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  1. Kelly says

    Hello,
    My 12 week old has just gotten into a sleep pattern of:
    bedtime at 11pm in his crib, solid sleep till 7-9am. Then I feed, change and play with him for an hour/hour half, and then he falls back asleep in his boppy for 2-3 hours. After that his naps are only 30-45 mins. Should I be playing with him in the morning, or just feeding and changing him and put him back in the crib?

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Kelly – Thank you for your comment! It sounds like you have a great routine going with your 12 week old. In the next few months you will likely be able to start bringing that bedtime back a bit, but it sounds like he is giving you great stretches of sleep! Here is a link to a sample schedule for a 4 month old – I know he is not there, but this will give you an idea of what you will be working towards transitioning him to in the next month or so if you need to make changes: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/4-month-old-schedule/
      Having one longer morning nap and then more catnaps throughout the day is pretty normal, for now I would just continue to make sure he is not awake for too long (about 1.5-2 hours at the most) before trying to get him to sleep again. As he gets older you should see those naps lengthen out and he will not be taking so many each day. That said, I would continue to do what you are doing unless in the morning he seems super drowsy and it’s challenging to keep him awake. If this is the case I’d offer the nap sooner.
      I hope this helps! Thank you for using the Baby Sleep Site as a resource for sleep!

  2. Lily says

    Hi. My baby will be going to daycare at 4.5 months old. I have a rather inflexible work schedule so he’ll have to be up at 6 am at the latest to make it to daycare at 7 am. I can’t pick him up until 6-6:30pm and get home about 6:45-7. So he likely would be in bed at 7:30-8 at the earliest. As well, I can’t control his naps during the day anymore. Do you have any tips on how to adjust to this schedule? Do I feed him when I wake him up or have the daycare do so when he arrives? How about naps? Thank you!!

    • Neosha says

      @Lily – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village! Working home schedules with day care schedules can be quite a challenge, for sure. Depending on how your little guy sleeps and if he eats during the night, he may or may not be hungry when he wakes in the morning. If he is hungry, you would likely want to consider going ahead and feeding him. If you are nursing him, a good feed in the am when he wakes is likely a good idea regardless. Overall, it really just depends on your guy so you’d just want to use your best judgment and perhaps ask for the daycare providers’ schedule for his room since they generally have a loose schedule of when they feed babies. They may already have a policy in place to feed babies close to when they arrive or vice versa.

      And these two articles should help you as you prepare your little guy for daycare – they go over a few tips for getting ready for daycare schedules and for getting your baby ready for the impact daycare may have on his sleep: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-naps-2/daycare-nap-schedules-2-tips/ and https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/how-daycare-impacts-your-babys-sleep-schedule-and-habits/

      Hang in there, Lily, and please keep reading!

  3. Kayla says

    Hello,
    My 3 month old sleeps through the night (12 hours). She goes to bed at 8pm and wakes up around 8am. She takes 4 naps/day. I breastfeed her also – 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 730pm. I’m wanting to move her bedtime a little earlier so she will hopeful wake up a little earlier (I’m going back to work next month and she will need to be up by 7am). I’m wondering how I can do this and still get enough feedings in for her and also what times you would recommend for a nap. I have found she likes to nap from 5-630pm in the evening so it’s too early for bedtime but waking up at 630 is too late to put her down at 7. Thanks!!!

  4. Ashley says

    When my baby turned 3 months, he finally started eating 5oz each feeding every 3 hours during the day. At this time we were doing the last feeding at 1030pm & he would be asleep by 11pm & sleep through til 6-6:30am eat 4oz then back to sleep until 10-10:30am. I’d feed him 5 oz every morning at 10:30am.. then 1:30pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:30pm. The only nap he took at the same time every day was 12pm-1pm. He would take a few more cat naps about 3-3 1/2 hours in naps total. He will be 4 months next week and the last few days he’s been getting up at 4:30am to eat.. back to sleep.. & up by 8:30-9am. I also noticed he’s getting fussier/tired around 9:30pm so we’ve been putting him down for a ‘nap’ before his last bottle at 10:30pm, but it seems like he’s counting this nap in with his night sleep? The 11pm bedtime was working for us because I work a few nights until 1:30am or later. It was nice that his night feeding was later & he didn’t get up until 10am because I could get my sleep after working late.. & still get up well before him to get things done around the house. How can I get him to stretch his night feeding again & sleep in later? When should his naps be & how many does he need/how long?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Ashley,
      Thanks so much for your comment! What you’re experiencing is very normal for this age, if it helps! Many newborns have very late bedtimes, and then somewhere right around 4 months, babies start shifting to needing an earlier bedtime, sometimes literally overnight. It can be tough to accommodate an earlier schedule with most parent’s working schedules, but many babies do best with a rather early bedtime. We actually have a sample 4 month-old schedule with a lot of good information on average sleep needs, bedtimes, and nap needs here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/4-month-old-schedule/
      You can of course push all of these times a bit later to encourage your baby onto a later schedule, but at this age, whether it works or not will really depend on the baby – some a very adaptable, and some will sleep when they’re tired no matter what you do 🙂 I hope the schedule will help, but please get in touch if we can be of further help!

  5. Mahmudt Mihaela Cristina says

    I have a problem with my baby, he have 6 mouths and he have 2 weeks when not sleeping on night. I try to wake up in morning, he is angry, I put to sleeping at 12 a.m he sleep 4h, I put him to sleep at 21:00 but he sleep 2h and again had a white night

    • Danielle says

      Hi Cristina,
      Thank you so much for your comment at The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re dealing with night waking. It sounds like your son might be going through the 6 month growth spurt. It’s very common for babies to wake at this age for a few weeks in order to eat at night, since they’re growing and need the calories. We have an article on growth spurts you can read here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-needs/baby-growth-spurts-affect-sleep-feeding/
      I hope this helps and your baby will start sleeping better soon, but if you do need more help, please let us know! Good luck!

    • Danielle says

      Sorry for the second comment, Cristina, but I also wanted to mention that you might like to check out our sample sleep schedules for a 6 month-old here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/6-month-old-baby-schedule/
      These won’t apply to every baby, but are good examples of how often most babies need to sleep and eat at this age to avoid excess night waking from hunger or overtiredness. I hope they help!

  6. Amber says

    We sleep trained my 11 month old pretty late. At Around 10 months. it took us a WHOLE 3 Weeks. And even then he was waking up. Now at 11 months old he’s gone from sleeping through the night to waking up at 4:00!!!!! ??? We put him to bed around 10:00. I would like to move his bed time forward. How do I do this? I’m scared he will wake up even more. ..oh and he naps at daycare for 1-2 hours.

  7. Allison says

    My 15 month son is continually waking up at 4:30 every morning. He still takes two naps (1 hour each) and usually is down at 7:30 at night. Any thoughts? Could he be hungry?

    • Neosha says

      @Allison – Thank you for visiting our sleepy little village! If your little guy is waking so early every day, there could be a number of causes really. The most common being his sleep schedule during the day – if he’s getting enough to eat during the day, hunger is not generally the issue at this age. This article goes over some common reasons for early waking in toddlers, which you may find helpful: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/toddler-waking-early-rising-tips/ Again, thank you for commenting and please keep reading our blog!

  8. Libby says

    Any tips for working moms? We don’t get home until 6-6:30 some nights and still need dinner, bath and bedtime routine. I have a 3 year old (who naps) and due with another in spring! Thanks!

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Libby – Great question! You can absolutely adjust bedtime later, to allow for your work schedule; it just means that you may also need to allow for a later morning wake-up time. If you have to have an early wake-up, then your little one will need longer naps to compensate. Hope this helps! Thanks for your question 🙂

  9. Krista says

    Why do you say close to 8 pm here but on the sample schedules for 11 month olds, you say they should be asleep by 7? That’s a big gap.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Krista – thanks for pointing this out! I changed it to 7:30 p.m. Bedtime at this age is tricky – standard advice would be 7:00 or 7:30, but if your child is napping well and sleeping through the night at 11 months, you may need an 8 p.m. bedtime in order to keep the morning wake-up time from being hideously early 🙂

      Thanks for commenting, Krista!

  10. Lillian Joseph says

    Thanks Emily for this awesome post. I am a proud mother of 8- month old baby. I must try to follow your routine.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Lillian Joesph – glad you found the post helpful! Best of luck to you 😉