Do you want more sleep?   Yes! I need more sleep.

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  1. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Emuna — thanks for pointing this out! These patterns definitely don’t apply to every single baby. Again, we at the Baby Sleep Site are big on emphasizing that every child is different, so your baby may not follow that principle (that a baby’s sleep in 24 hours remains constant from day to day). It’s probably true that the majority of babies’ sleep stays constant from day to day, but that definitely won’t be true for all babies.

  2. Emuna says

    I have to protest at something – when Nicole says that a baby’s total sleep in 24 hours will stay relatively constant, I can’t say I’ve found that to be true. I have heard from a lot of people “don’t worry, a baby will get the sleep it needs, they just will!” It frustrates me to no end. They don’t, necessarily! There are times where they really just don’t get the sleep they need! In my experience, if we have a tough night that doesn’t guarantee that baby will have longer naps the next day, or if she wakes from her morning nap too early, her afternoon nap isn’t always longer to compensate for it. Maybe some babies do, but based on my experience, babies do NOT always “just get the sleep they need.”

  3. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Katie — glad you found the article interesting! I was a bit worried as I was writing it, wondering if people might find it too technical, or too dull. But the response so far has been great! Apparently, we have plenty of numbers nerds for readers 😉

    Glad to hear your daughter scheduled herself so nicely. It’s SO nice when it works out that way!

  4. Katie says

    Well this is really interesting stuff! My baby was bf and I also allowed her to feed to sleep. I definitely noticed a 3 nap routine develop around 3 monthishvbut timings would be completely variable depending on what time she woke. She developed a fab nap routine pretty much to the clock around 6-7 months, and I haven’t put this in place. I did start to keep her going a bit longer in the morning or I found shed wake after 45 mins, but when I pushed her thru until about half 9 (unless particularly tired) she slept for almost 2 hours. Reslly interesting that I know a few people it’s similar experiences. She settles herself and sleeps 7-7, I do let her have a soother to settle herself but she doesn’t have it in the day. I remember months 4-6 being really tough at night but it car with time and perseverance, I haven’t let her cio

  5. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Michelle — thanks for sharing these specifics! So glad you found the article helpful 🙂

    @ Chloe — Baby ESP has been mentioned a few times — sounds like it’s a fantastic app! We’ll be doing an article at some point soon reviewing the best apps for parents of babies; we’ll make sure Baby ESP is in there. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Chloe says

    I thought this was interesting to read because I have tracked everything my son did (night sleep, naps, diapers, meals, meds, and more) for a full year, too. I use the baby ESP app, which I guessed she mentioned when referring to baby tracking apps, and I just saw above that I am not the only one recommending it. 🙂 It also graphs and I saw similar results regarding sleep. It was so helpful when trying to analyze if a natural pattern was emerging, as well as helping me look back and see with certainty what might be affecting my son’s mood (“oh, whoops, he has been up too long”, etc).

  7. Michelle says

    This is fascinating! Thank you so much for posting (and thank you to the lady who shared.) My baby is currently 7 months/1 week, and I recall at her 3 month pediatrician visit that the doctor said that we could start to sleep train. Fortunately for us, she just sort of fell into a pattern on her own, and we didn’t have to do that much training. She seemed to want to sleep all night, right around the 3.5 month time period. She would get noticeably crabby and sleepy right around 9:30 PM, and practically demand to go to bed. Around 4.5 months, she would come home from daycare very tired, and sometimes take a nap. I noticed that she seemed to want to go to be earlier, so we changed her bedtime to 8:30. Now it’s creeping up to 7:30 (although sometimes she will fight it until 8 or 8:30, and get overtired, but generally it is between 7:30 and 8.) The inconsistencies come when she is going through a developmental stage. Towards the end of 6 months, she began to crawl, and when I would put her in her crib, she would spend about an hour rolling around, rocking on her hands and knees, playing. Then she would get overtired and cry because she was wound up. Now, as I said, she is falling into a pattern of wanting to go to sleep earlier and going to sleep more easily and smoothly. For my baby, it has been a matter of paying attention to her cues and looking for signs of tiredness. I’m not always great at figuring them out, but I try! I’m looking forward to the day when she can tell me that she’s tired and it’s time to go to bed!

  8. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Susan K — so glad this article resonated with you. It’s really interesting, isn’t it, to see those graphs? I’m not a mathematical, science-oriented person (not by a long shot), but even I found the graphs fascinating. Glad to hear you did, too 🙂

    @ Diana — Beth actually recommended that app to us as well, but since we’ll be doing an article in the near future about the best apps for parents of babies, we though we’d save it for that article. You’re right, though; since that app is specifically designed for tracking your baby, it’s more comprehensive than the one Beth used. Good tip! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Diana says

    I have been using a similar app, for android, called Baby ESP. after many many apps tested. There is a free trial but after that the app costs about 5$. Best 5$ ever spent!
    It tracks everything, it;s more user friendly then the app Beth used and best of all it creates all these graphs by itself, so no need to be a numbers nerd 🙂
    I am not affiliated with this company, I just love their app so much.
    It tracks sleeping, feeding, diapers, medicine, bottle, pumping, baths, you can set up custom tasks, and also stats and graphs for all the data.
    My baby is now 7 mo and 27 days , I can see he sleeps from 7 to about 6 am, he eats at 12 am, and 4 am, and also all his feedings during the day, solids and breast, and naps at 9 am and 1 pm. He was all over the place also, and it’s so nice to see his sleep and eating consolidating, so you know witch way to “nudge” him.
    I also bought Nicole’s ebooks to know what I am doing, so that I don’t force anything on my baby.
    All in all we are blessed with so many good resources, I sometimes cry thinking about how hard it was for my mother.

  10. Susan K says

    I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to read this article today! Just this morning I was thinking to myself “If only I could get my 11-month old daughter to be more consistent in her sleeping and waking times.” Reading this article and seeing Beth’s graphs make me realize that (1) I’m not the only person with an inconsistent child and (2) while they aren’t perfect, my daughter’s sleep habits have definitely improved as she’s aged (and will hopefully continue to do so).

    Thank you so much for such great information! I look forward to my weekly emails from the Baby Sleep Site and this one just might be my favorite yet!