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  1. Charlotte says:

    Hi I have a 6 month old little girl and our routine is pretty good through the day she’s breastfed and usually up by 7/7.30am naps at 9am for 1-2 hours then milk and another nap usually about 1/2 depending on where we are etc… slowly introducing food but she’s not too fussed some days…. it’s the bedtime I am struggling with… we will bath and then I will feed her roughly about 6.30/7 and she will fall asleep feeding sometimes for half an hour to an hour but when I put her down will wake…. the next couple of hours is literally feeding and rocking until she will finally go to sleep about 9/10pm! She’s waking up about twice through the night and once she’s asleep does sleep well it’s just getting her there!!! If I leave her to settle herself she gets herself in such a state!!!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Charlotte – Thanks for writing and sorry to hear that your 6 month old is having a tough time self-settling at bedtime! It sounds like she may need some more time and help learning to fall asleep on her own! Since she gets so worked up, you can definitely work more gently towards her falling asleep on her own! For help with this, please contact us for more information on our products and services and we’ll help you find the perfect fit! Thanks Charlotte!

  2. Christy Graham says:

    Hello! 🙂 My little guy is about 1 week shy of being 7 months old. He is breastfed and we started incorporating solids into his schedule twice a day (breakfast and dinner) when he reached 6 months. He also takes about 2 naps a day with hopefully a cat nap in the late afternoon/early evening so he can make it until bedtime and keep his awake time less than 3 hours between naps. He has definitely had his struggles with sleep especially around the 4 month sleep regression, but he has since then learned to self sooth at bedtime and was down to 1 to 2 feeds a night with him going to bed usually between 7-8pm and sleeping (with the 1 -2 feeds mixed in) in his crib until about 7:15-7:30am the next morning. A few weeks ago, he started waking again about every three hours and wanting to wake up anywhere between 5:30-6:45am. His pretty consistent sleep schedule at night has now been him waking around 11pm and eating for about 20 minutes and sometimes even longer. He does fall asleep during this feed, but goes back into his crib without a fuss and will sleep until about 1:30-2:30am. Our pediatrician told us our son should be able to sleep for at least 4 hours between feeds at night, so when he wakes up around this time, I typically let him cry it out until he goes back to sleep which he does (a few times I have fed him a third time or held him for a few seconds), but then usually an hour to an hour and half later he wakes up again crying (around 2:00-2:30am). At this point I do go in and feed him, because I am worried he is hungry. At this point he seems very awake, is moving around and playing with my hair, etc. while he eats for about another 15 minutes. When I put him in the crib after this feed, he is always awake and moves around for about 15 minutes until he puts himself back to sleep, but he does so without screaming or crying. So his crying is always when he wakes and not when he goes back to sleep. Then he sleeps again, but only for about another 3 maybe 4 hours from the start of that last feed. I have been letting him stay in his crib at this point until at least 7:15am. He typically just roles around and babbles. I am struggling to determine what has caused this change and if he is actually hungry or just wanting to see a familiar face when he wakes up before he goes back to sleep? Or if maybe his naps are too short or too long (usually naps about 2.5 hours total a day) with some naps being 1.5 hours and some being .5 hours, but no consistency or set patterns yet no matter how hard we try. Just wondering if you had any thoughts or first steps we should be taking to help him sleep again longer at night and not wake up so much fussy. Thanks so much! ?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Christy – Thanks for writing about your son, and sorry to hear that sleep has taken a tough turn lately! It really sounds like you are so very aware of his sleep needs, and in teaching him good sleep habits! You can certainly see if adjusting his daytime schedule a little helps him sleep a little better at night! It would be tough to say here what caused the sleep disturbance, and how to help. We’d really need to have a sleep consultant take an in depth look at everything sleep related and at his whole sleep history. If you’re not interested in one on one support with email or phone consultations, I think a great DIY option for you would be to join our VIP Members Area. This gives you access to all of our e-Books as well as audio tele-seminar recordings, case studies, and do-it-yourself tutorials, including a workbook designed to help you create your own sleep plan. My favorite feature is the access to our weekly “members only” expert chat sessions, where one of our sleep consultants will answer your specific questions live via chatroom! You can also write a message on any of the pages within the VIP Area, and a Sleep Consultant will reply!

      The Members Area subscription grows with your baby, is affordable, and available in sizes to fit every budget. Members also receive 20% off of all personalized sleep consultation services, should you find that you would like more personalized assistance.

      You can read more about our Members Area here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/diy

      I hope that this helps Christy! Good luck!

  3. Alex Alsson says:

    OMG You guys have a lot of info about it “)

  4. Betty says:

    I have a 6 month old daughter and she takes 2-3 naps daily ( daytime)
    She will only nap for about 30 -45 minutes daily .
    She drinks milk 4 oz. ( formula) every 3 hours . She’s also eating 4 oz. Baby food at every feeding .
    My question is:
    how do I get her to fall asleep at night ? She thinks nighttime is playtime… She usually does fall asleep at night until 1am .
    I also a first time mom

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Betty – Thanks for writing, and so sorry that you are struggling with your 6 month old’s short naps and very late bedtime! It does sound like she needs some adjustments to her schedule so that she can get to be earlier. You can first determine if she is tried and just fighting bedtimes, or maybe she is not tired at bedtime due to a late nap, or perhaps even overtired and this pushes her bedtime out so late?
      This article shoudl help:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-patterns/summer-bedtimes-baby-toddler/
      I hope that this helps! Please consider working with one of our expert sleep consultants if things do not smooth out! She can definitely help determine what is going on and make a Plan with you to get naps and bedtimes on track!
      Hang in there Betty!

  5. Aish says:

    Hi,my son is 6 months old and still breastfeeding.He is not sleeping through the night every 2 hour he gets hungry.I cannot sleep through the night feed him when he wants.He sleeps 10 hour at night and day time he takes nap 2 to 3 time daily.I give him solid food 1 time a day 2 to 3 spoon.I don’t understand his night routine hungry every 1 to 2 hour.pls tell me how long I feed him before bed any other idea to sleep through the night with full belly.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Aish – Thanks for writing, and so sorry to hear that your 6 month old baby is waking every 1-2 hours to eat! That’s so tough! He likely has a habit of eating every time he wakes/partially wakes, and you can start by feeding him more in the day. Helping him learn to fall asleep without eating till asleep or almost asleep will be key too – if you are not already doing this. We can help you teach him how to sleep better and help you get him on a better schedule! Please contact us for more information about how you can get one on one help to get past this tough place! And hang in there Aish!

  6. Tamara Allen says:

    My baby boy is 6 months old and I’m having a hard time getting him on more of a set nap schedule. He typically sleeps about 11 hours at night with 1 overnight feed and pretty consistent wake up and bed times. He has started lengthening out his naps to at least an hour but sometimes still has a short catnap of about 30-35 minutes. The problem I’m having is that his nap can be anywhere from 35 min to up to 2 hours and it seems to vary daily. This makes keeping the next nap time difficult as I may have to move it up or back depending on how long he slept. So it seems his naps can occur at different times every day. On top of that I feel that his wake times have become a bit erratic recently. Some days he can easily be awake 2-2.5 hours and other days he seems to get fussy and ready to nap after only 1.5 hours. I feel this is messing with his body clock and I’m not sure how to combat it to get into a more stable daytime rhythm.

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Tamara Allen, thanks for writing to us, I’m happy to help! I’m sorry you’ve been struggling with naps recently, but it does sound like you are handling it well and adjusting his schedule accordingly. Try not to be too discouraged, you are doing a great job and naps can be similar to what you described for a while (both of my kids didn’t get on a really solid nap schedule until closer to 8-9 months). Here is a link to a free guide with additional tips on naps that may help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/free-baby-nap-guide/
      If you need more help we do have an ebook as well all about mastering naps and schedules that you can read about and purchase directly from our site if you are interested in more detailed information: https://www.babysleepsite.com/mastering-naps/
      Hope this helps!

  7. Alice says:

    I have recently started to introduce a schedule to my 6 month old. However, I have a 3 year old also and this makes it difficult to get my baby down for a morning nap 2 hours after waking as this always coincides with preschool drop off or playgroup. They both wake at 630 so ideally baby would go for his morning nap at 830 but we are always in the car at this time. Is it ok to push his morning nap back to 930/10? This would mean he’s awake for 3 hours + in the morning… it also means he has 3 rather than 4 naps per day (another nap at 1230/1 and catnap at 4 then bed at 7).

    • Neosha says:

      @Alice – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us! Juggling a baby and a preschooler’s schedules can become quite a nightmare, we know. It can definitely be managed with a bit of patience and creative thinking, though. If working their schedules into the 930 nap and the 3-a-day nap works for your family and doesn’t lead to overtiredness for your little guy, there’s no reason to try to make anything else work. Do what works for your baby and for your family! And if you find you need more scheduling support, we’re here for you! Hang in there, Alice, and please keep reading!

  8. Marie says:

    My grandson is almost 7 months old he lives in my home! His mom insist on propping his bottle! Then when he’s done the bottle he usually falls asleep, he doesnt take more than a 30 min nap at a time. His mom is used to him sleeping all the time due to being premature, he’s 7 mths old he should be on a schedule! I had him a few days and the first day was ruff but I got him to take a 2 hour nap in the AM and 1hr&30 mins in in the afternoon after his lunch, she buys the baby food and only gives it to him once a day! I’m watching him this evening and she put him to bed propped his bottle and went out! I say she’s just lazy! I thought feeding was bonding time! Oh and did I mention he’s had reflux and is on meds for it!

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Marie, thank you for writing to us. I’m sorry to hear you are frustrated with how your daughter has been with her son. It sounds like you are doing a great thing to help him and her. You are absolutely right, babies do thrive on routine and schedules, and it sounds like he got a great nap in with you. Since you are commenting on the 6 month schedule I am assuming you making notes of his adjusted age (so his age based on his due date rather than his actual birthday since he was premature) so just keep that in mind for a while until it seems he’s fully caught up with his actual age’s milestones. If you need any help and support since it sounds like you are carrying a lot of this, let us know! We are here for you and would be happy to help through this journey.

  9. Emie says:

    Hi, I have a little boy turning 6 months this week and is on this routine about 2 weeks now. It is working a treat and does not wake through the night at all. Should I be adding in a lunch also I started weaning at 4 months as he is a long baby and was looking for food. He seems to want food more then the bottle around lunch time? He is also refusing full 7oz bottles at that time he has about 26oZ a day roughly he is also teething so he isn’t really wanting to take it all in one sitting!

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Emie, thanks for writing to us. I’m glad to hear the schedule has been working out so well for you. If you feel your baby is growing past it in terms of solids etc then feel free to check out the other schedules and keep in mind that they are samples so it may vary slightly from baby to baby. We do still recommend breastmilk/Formula being the primary source of nutrition through the first year as they both contain so many important vitamins that are difficult to get when they are that little and not eating full meals like we as adults are. If he adjusts how much he wants in a specific serving, I think that’s fine, I’d just reduce the size of the bottle but try to offer those extra ounces later (personally). Of course also speak with his doctor to make sure he is getting all he needs as your Dr. knows your baby and his needs better than I do. 🙂 Thanks again for visiting the Baby Sleep Site and let us know if you need anything else!

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