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I know we've been talking more about how the baby sleeps and where. But how about when?
I'm finding it hard because there are days Elias sleeps well for naps, around 3 hours a pop. Other days he'll sleep for an hour if we're lucky and 30 minutes a lot as well. This leads to his whole day getting messed up as far as when he goes back down (he normally starts getting sleepy about 2 hours after getting up). And that then leads to his night time being messed up, with him going to bed at night at different times and making it hard for us to sleep the night as well. Some nights he goes to sleep at 10pm and will sleep until 5am but then other times he'll be getting up around 9pm from a nap started at 7pm and then he'll have his long sleep not until midnight or later!
So how is your LO doing? Are they pretty regular? Do they nap for a set number of hours all the time or do they change a lot? Do they sleep longer at night? Do they go to 'bed' at a set time every night, and if so, do they stay asleep for a set number of hours? Or do they wake at different times as well? How do you get your sleep at night if you have a baby that sleeps whenever they like? How are you dealing? Inquiring minds (OK..exhausted minds..) want to know!
I haven't paid much attention, to be honest, lol. I have noticed that his night time sleep has a regular pattern. But I haven't put effort into looking for patterns in his daytime routine. I do know that he has routine fussy times every morning and every evening.
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He has only a vague pattern. He does sleep at night though - some nights feeding takes forever and I will try to sleep in the day. The only thing is he does not always sleep much during the day. If he does it's usually between 10 and 2.
Well, these past few nights she's been more consistent. I also notice she's finally starting to spend more time awake in the mornings. For awhile there, though, her days and nights were switched, but she seems to be sleeping a bit more solidly and predictably at night. But at this age, it's still pretty unpredictable .
Mirabel (4) May 2014, Juliette (2) July 2012, Baby 3 after m/c due October 2015
Adalyn is setting her own routine. . . We usually make it downstairs between 8-9am and her diaper change usually wakes her up, if she isn't already awake. If she didn't eat before we came downstairs, I'll nurse her. Otherwise she'll spend some time awake in her bouncy seat by the opened back door. I may then switch her to her swing, or hold her. She'll probably spend a good hour at least awake bouncing between being in my arms, on her play mat, the swing or her chair. She isn't content in one place other then my arms for more then 10-15 minutes - Hah. The rest of the day she's up and down - Usually in 2 hour naps. Her fussy hour starts usually around 7:00 - Sometimes a bit later. She then spends 1-2 hour crying and on and off the boob. . . We're thinking reflux, but for now there isn't much we can do to help her though we do try. It's a stressful time. Usually after Emmersyn goes to bed at 8, I'll toss Adalyn in the tub just to get a break from her crying as she looooves her bath. We then lotion, diaper, PJ and swaddle her. All the screaming stops and she falls asleep usually around 9:00pm every night - It's nice! I'll take her to bed with me at 11/11:30 and nurse her wheither or not she wakes up, then we go to sleep. I can sometimes get a 3 hour stretch out of her at first, but usually it's 2 hour stretches.
Baby Jay actuallyt just started switching it up at night for me he used to sleep and wake up every 3 hours or so to eat then he went back to bed, all of sudden around 2 1/2 3 weeks he decided he wanted to cry and eat every hour hour in a half, two hours if i was lucky..so i would wake up, feed him, burp him, change him, and put him back to sleep, that normally took a while so by the time i axctually got to lay back down and fall asleep he would wake me up 45 mins or so later. Just recently i started giving him a little more formula at him midnight feeding and he will sleep from 11pm or midnight untill about 3,330 then he sleeps untill about 630am. after that feeding though he is back up ready to eat every 2 hours throughout the day. He picks and chooses when he likes to stay awake. although thank gopodness most of the time it isnt in the middle of the night.
Ben seems a little unsettled in the mornings. He'll be yawning etc, but doesn't seem to settle for much of a sleep. We are lucky if we get 30 - 45 minutes.
At around 11am - 12pm he'll go down for a couple of hours, I'll generally wake him at 1 - 1.30pm if he doesn't wake himself so he has a feed (I won't let him sleep longer than 2.5 - 3 hours) but he'll go straight back down again and sleep until 3 - 3.30pm.
He'll generally have another nap somewhere between 5 - 6pm, has a feed at 6pm, then sleeps again until we wake him to bath at 7.30pm. After his bath, he has another feed and is put to bed for the night.
I do a dream feed at 10.30pm, which seems to push him through to 1 - 1.30am. On a good night, he'll have another feed at 4am-ish, then sometimes makes it to 6am.
He's so much easier to read than my first son was... maybe it's just being a BTDT Mum!
E is a morning sleeper for sure so far. During the day he's starting to be alert more and stay up after nursing for about an hour or so. However, when he does fall asleep, it's only for 30 or 45 minutes to an hour. Once it's around 10pm or later, he passes out until sometime between 1 and 2. From there he only wakes to eat every 2 - 3 hours or more depending on if he's cluster feeding or not.
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Emily had her days and nights mixed up for weeks but I think she's finally getting a little better. I usually nurse her at 10:30pm and then she'll wake around 2:30 to eat and then again at 6 before I go to work. She still takes a lot of naps throughout the day but they're shorter and less frequent than before.
It varies. Generally Pippa cluster feeds beginning from around 6-8 p.m. to 1-3 a.m. That part varies by a few hours. She will eat every 30 minutes, switching from breast to breast, until she passes out. This typically lasts about 7 hours. She is not pacifying, as I hear milk coming out. Once she goes in her co-sleeper, she sleeps anywhere from 4 to 7 1/2 hours. That varies too. I get up to pump even if she sleeps the full 7 hours.
Once she is up in the morning, she eats every hour until after lunch. Then she will sometimes give me a 3-hour stretch between feedings. I use that stretch to take a shower an clean the house.
I have NO idea what I am going to do in less than 2 weeks when I return to work. I am hoping to get the stretch of sleep to happen earlier, perhaps around 11 p.m.
In the beginning, she had her days and nights confused, and we fixed that. We have a routine, and we only use her co-sleeper at night, never for naps! She can distinguish when it is nighttime and when it is just a cat nap.