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  1. Thiranya Ravi says

    Hi Emily DeJeu, such a wonderful post on newborn baby sleep and feeding schedule. Thanks for sharing this post with us. Keep sharing.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Thiranya Ravi, thank you for your comment, we are glad the article was helpful!

  2. Destiny says

    Hi, my 4 week old is now sleeping longer at night and less in the day but I just want to know should we wake her so she can eat at night or let her sleep until she wakes up for a feeding? During the day she eats 3-4 ounces every 3-4 hours of formula, She is past her birth weight as well.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Destiny,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! Usually, we do recommend waking baby to eat during the day, but not at night at this age, if she was born on time and is generally healthy. However, you should check in with her pediatrician, as it can depend on her growth curve and we definitely want to make sure she’s getting enough to eat 🙂 Hope this helps, and good luck!

  3. Kamie says

    I just wanted to say I’ve been following this sleep/feeding schedule since my newborn was 3 weeks old, and since then she’s been sleeping up to 9 hours a night and only short naps through the day rather than the other way around!! You’ve saved me weeks of sleeplessness so I wanted to thank you!!!

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Kamie, Woo-hoo!!! That is awesome! We are so glad things have been going so well for you and hope they continue. 🙂 Thanks for using the Baby Sleep Site as a resource for sleep help.

  4. zane says

    this means that if my baby wake and feed for like 30mins than there is 1hour for him to play and 30mins to fall aspeep?

    1:30 PM – Wake and Feed
    3:30 PM – Nap (30 – 60 minutes)

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Zane, thanks for writing! This would mean that from the time your baby wakes up, you would have 2 hours to feed, play, and help them sleep again. It is simply that they would not be awake longer than 2 hours total, so if it takes about 30 minutes to get your baby asleep, then yes, that is what it would look like for you. I hope that helps clarify!

  5. Alison says

    My 2.5 month old is not napping longer than 30 minutes at a time then will take one longer nap most days. What is the recommended length of a nap for this age? Is this something I should work on with him?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Alison, thanks for your comment! Short naps are pretty common at this age so I wouldn’t worry about it too much unless it is still going on by 4 months or so. If you haven’t yet, here is a link to a free ebook with information that will be helpful to have on hand: Hope this helps!

  6. Alicia L says

    I need help with my 7 week old. My first child would’ve been able to follow your plan above beautifully since she fed for 30-45 minutes each feed and slept for 1-1.5 hours each nap (she’s 5 now and I don’t remember exactly what she did at 7 weeks) but my new LO is a whole other bag!! I EBF (as I did with the first kid) but LO has reflux (first kid didn’t have it so I’m lost in the sauce!) and will not go any longer than 1.5-2 hours between feeds during the day, then a 4-5 hours stretch at night before going back to the 1.5-2 hours. Ok no biggie, but she only sleeps 30 minutes at each nap during the day. I know that the above info says that’s ok, but I’m confused with the schedule. What am I to do with my LO between feeding and getting to sleep? I try to get her in her play yard and bouncer but that doesn’t last long- 30 minutes tops- since she’s quite a fussy girl. She acts so tired only 30-45 minutes after I feed (she feeds 5-8 minutes on each breastfeeding) her so I’ve tried watching her cues and get her down for a nap but either it takes forever to get her to sleep or she goes right to sleep and is up in 5 minutes and I wait a bit and try again after she’s gotten a bit more tired looking. She also won’t sleep in my arms or in the carrier, and will only sleep in a rock n play sfter rocking her to sleep. We have a dark room and swaddle. So are her sleep cues true or is she just kinda tired from dealing with her reflux? I need to figure her out because I work from hone and I’m afraid I’ll get fired since I have to spend so much time trying to get her to sleep. Please help!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Alicia – Thank you for writing to us! Sorry that you are having a tough time with baby number 2! If all babies were simple, and had sleep (and feeding) issues that were “easy” to solve, we’d all have a lot more time on our hands! All babies are so different, as are their sleepy signs, sleep needs, and sleep habits! Many parents in this situation find that baby wearing can help calm/soothe/etc during awake times, and depending on what you use, the positioning can help with reflux too! Wearing baby also helps free up your hands! Crib aquariums, and swings can help during awake times too. #0 minutes in any one place is quite a while at this age too, so if she is content in her bouncer for 30 minutes, I would call that a win!
      Regarding her schedule and catching her at just the right sleepy time, you may need to play around with watching those more subtle of signs, and getting her down before she is too tired.
      A consultant can help, if you would like some supportive one on one help to really maximize sleep and schedules! Hopefully things will smooth out with just a little tweaking, but if you find that you would like more help, you can check out our consultation packages here:
      Good luck Alicia! : )

  7. Jordan says

    Hi! Love your site. My 6wo currently sleeps and wakes only to feed between 12am and 8am… Then throughout the day will sleep for 1-2 hour periods and then be awake for 1-3 hours and repeat. I breastfeed him when he fusses or after 3 hours whichever comes first. This results in an average of 13-14 feedings a day. I am wondering, should I be trying to get him closer to the schedule you post here? On one hand, I don’t want to let him dictate our daily schedule for longer than I should, but I don’t want to schedule him unnecessarily either, as it seems like lot of work and stress. TIA

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Jordan – Thank you for your comment and congratulations on your new baby. I am glad to hear he is sleeping good stretches for you and it sounds like nursing is going really well too! If you are happy with the way things are going right now, I wouldn’t stress yourself out trying to change things just yet. As he gets older you will want to think about a more solid schedule, or if you start to notice he is developing some bad habits and is dictating how things go a little too much, then that is a good indicator it may be time. Please let us know if you have any other questions along the way, we are here to help!


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    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Melissa Ann Baad – Thanks for stopping by! I am happy to help but I don’t know what your whole comment got posted. When you’re able to give us a little more information we’ll be here. 🙂

  9. Melissa Andrews says

    I need some advice. My 5 week old will sleep only if she is swaddled. She will also sleep thru the night and not wake up for a feeding. My questions is do I wake her up at night for a feeding or just let her sleep? She also will sleep most of the day if I keep her swaddled. If I take her out and wake her up, she starts fussing. Is she getting too much sleep?

    • Neosha says

      @Melissa – Thank you for stopping in to our sleepy little village. Congratulations on your new little girl! 🙂 This is a great question and one I’m afraid we can’t answer with 100% certainty. This would be a question better posed to your daughter’s medical provider. Frequently, once a baby has reached a certain weight and trend in their growth as newborns, it’s okay to let them sleep longer than 2-3 hours without having to wake them up to feed them. But, if they haven’t yet regained all their birth weight and developed a trend in weight gain, you’d want to keep waking them to feed them. I wish I could be of more help here for you, Melissa, but reach out to her medical provider as I’m certain this is something they can quickly clear up for you.

      In regards to her sleeping swaddled, this is generally perfectly okay for many, many months. Newborns easily sleep 16-18 hours per day. And many babies prefer that close feeling they had in the womb to sleep and sleep much better when you recreate this feeling for them in a swaddle, so no worries there. So long as you release her from her swaddle during the day to allow for adequate physical development, swaddling safely while asleep is generally okay. This article will help you determine when and how to stop swaddling her: and how to know if she’s getting too much sleep:

      I hope this is helpful! Please stop in to see us again soon, Melissa.