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Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

Should my baby nap on a schedule, or just whenever he seems tired?

Re: Should my baby nap on a schedule, or just whenever he seems tired?

The Bump Expert

The answer to this question depends on the age of baby.

Before four months of age, baby needs an extraordinary amount of sleep. Some babies can only stay awake for an hour at a time. However, if you are a"schedule person," you can start to keep a sleep log of when baby is sleeping and awake. After a week or so, look back on the logs to see if he has some consistent sleep patterns that you can try to encourage from day to day.

Once baby reaches four months, he is neurologically capable of differentiating between his nights and days. At this point he can benefit from a more predictable, established sleep schedule. Plus, by this age babies are exercising their little bodies more and need several naps to help them get through their active days.

We personally feel having a napping schedule is beneficial because it takes the guess work out of parenting. You don't have to worry that baby is getting too much sleep during the day or that you'll be escorting a cranky, overtired child to a playdate. Parents who initially dislike schedules tell us that once they give them a try, they actually find set times liberating. Even fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants parents quickly realize the value of guaranteed down time each day to eat lunch, catch up on e-mail or take a much needed shower.

watch: overcoming naptime troubles

sleep experts conner herman and kira ryan Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, cofounders of Dream Team Baby

re: Q: Naptime Schedule?

Thank you for this! I was just wondering about naptime routines today. A friend told me not to worry about it (DD is 7 weeks)... I just have to go with her needs.

Mango2 |

re: Q: Naptime Schedule?

this was wonderful because my DD is 3 months and she is starting to fight naps and then by the end of the day she is so tired, it takes a lot of consoling to calm her down.

CA2NC2VA |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

My 15 week old seems to have somewhat of a schedule but it's not the most 'convenient' (I know, babies aren't supposed to be convenient lol). After he eats, he's awake for 2-3 hours (your baby can read video time and then lots of playtime), then gets sleepy (very cranky) for a nap. He naps for 1 hour then we start all over again. So several naps a day. Is there a way to get him into the pattern of just a late morning nap and late afternoon nap (2-3 hours)? I've heard alot of moms have this type of schedule. Is it too early to try this, or am I expecting too much and just need to go with the flow of his seemingly natural body clock?

JenneMomma |

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How are those baby can read programs? i was thinking about getting one but want to know if theyre worth it. As far as napping goes, my 20 week old usually has a nap in the late morning and mid afternoon for as little as 30 minutes to more than a few hours. i just try not to get her asleep too late so that she'll go to bed at night when she needs to.

Sheerie |

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This is my third child. I truly believe in having a set schedule for everything! Not only does it make your own life easier by making the day more predictable, but baby benefits too when she knows 'what comes next". It seems to make everyone happier at the end of the day! My kids have always taken a three hour nap every day up til about age two. My youngest daughter is 15 weeks and takes a morning nap, eats, plays for about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs then a three hour nap. This give me the time that I need to do what I need to do. By the time this nap is over, dinner time and evening is near. She plays for a few more hours. Bath time is at 7 and she knows when bath time is over, we settle down to nurse at 7:30 and by 8:30 she is sleeping in her crib. If she doesn't nap during the day, it makes for a very troublesome bedtime!!

CarlaShirey |

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My b/g twins are now 14 weeks old, we were very blessed with good sleepers!! They are my first (and second) and I just followed their lead. They still eat about every 3-4 hours and nap for 30 min to an hour each time. And then a nice long nap in the afternoon, which usually lasts 2-3 hours. But like I said, I followed their lead. Good luck!

jbergstrom |

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I do what the one with the twins does. I let my 15 week old tell me when he is tired. His actions are pretty easy to read and he kind of fell into his own little routine. I think that has been much easier then fighting him and trying to get him to sleep when he may not be tired. Have you ever tried to go to sleep when you are not tired? We do do a bedtime routine that we started early on so he could learn the difference between night and day but it was based on his natural rhythm. We would turn down all the lights around 9 o'clock and turn the sound on the tv down. Quiet ourselves as well. Give him his "last" bottle let him fall asleep, put him in his crib and then we would go to bed, which is usually around 10. He started sleeping through the night consistently at about 3 months old. Now he goes to bed between 9 and 10 and doesn't wake up until around 7 am. Sometimes I have to wake him up to get him ready for daycare. We didn't force him to do anything. We just learned what his body wanted to do naturally and used it to our advantage.

ash138 |

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We have a 20 week old and have been going on his schedule since he was born. Like some of the others he fell into a sleep routine pretty easly and has been sleeping through the night for some time now, with the occasional restlessness. My question is about putting him in his crib for naps. Since he falls asleep when ever he is tired, which is ususally three naps a day, mid-morning, noon time and earily evening, we have been letting him him sleep where ever he is. Should we be putting him in his crib? And when should we be expecting the three naps to go to two?

ZEPF |

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My 13 week old has started getting into his own schedule. For a while there he was pretty random but now we can expect him to take a short morning nap, possibly another short afternoon nap, and a long late afternoon nap. Sometimes he'll wake up in the middle of his nap (usually gas) but then go right back to sleep. This is my first child.... I kept on telling myself in the beginning that I needed to get him on a schedule. I laugh about that now. IMO, you have to let the baby get you on the schedule, you can't force him to sleep, like another mother mentioned.

kdw_putri |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

At about 9 weeks we kept a log of my daughters eat and sleep times, since we're first timers, and from that we were able to determine when she would nap depending on the time she woke up that day. Now that she's 15 weeks she's on the schedule that she set herself and it really does help with making plans. The only difference from 9 to 15 weeks is that she no longer needs a cat nap in the evening and is able to stay awake from 530 until bedtime at 9.

hopeanna |

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i read this book called "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" that outlines sleep studies done on infants and toddlers and its effects into adulthood. The basic gist is that infants (sometimes into toddler, depending on child) should not be awake for more than 2 hours( 120 minutes) at a time...except on very special occasions like christmas, thanksgiving, etc. where interuptions in sleep are unavoidable. Some babies can only last 60-90 minutes awake, even into 6 months. The book helps you identify your childs signs of when they are tired vs. when they are "overtired" (which is when they are difficult to put down for a nap or a long sleep.) Since reading and using this book, my son sleeps from 6:30 pm to about 5 :30 am. ITS AMAZING! and he takes 3 naps during the day ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours. the benefits later in life are amazing, according to the book. Being a new mom, this book took some guess work out of the picture (but it is not a quick read! nor is it user friendly...its a science doctor kind of book, but it helps) Hope this helps.

nmshoffer |

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I don't get all of the abbreviations on all of these baby websites. Is it that hard to just write the full word out? Or at least have a reference somewhere. What the heck is a DD?

baileyblaire |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

I completely agree! All of these abbreviations are ridiculous and completely unnecessary, how hard is it to write out "my baby" instead of LO (for Little One, I am assuming). I am a software engineer and have a TON of experience with needing to learn/know a multitude of 3 letter acronyms for my profession, is it really necessary to develop your own shorthand for mommyhood? Can't you mommies and daddies try to make SOMETHING a little EASIER instead of harder? I find most of these posts pretty much impossible to read because there is a lack of any real words! OK, I am done with my rant, but really folks, your opinions and advice are usually completely disregarded by me because your use of shorthand makes your posts impossible to comprehend.

katlaroc |

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LO is little one DD is darling daughter. To answer the scheduling question, I am trying to get my LO on a schedule this week. He is 15 weeks old tomorrow and I enjoyed the first 2 months with him being a transportable sleeper, meaning he would sleep wherever we were. Over the last month he really has become increasingly interested in the world around him and doesn't nap outside of the house. I am working on the 3 nap a day module.

michkev11 |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

I'm going crazy-my 8 week old son will only nap during the day if he's being held or in his car seat in the car. When I put him down the most I've gotten is a half hour out of him; but if I hold onto him he'll sleep alot longer. What are these 3 and 4 hour naps I keep hearing about?? If someone has any ideas please share!!

KEBA |

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Olivia is 15weeks and is usually awake 1.5-2 hours at a time before she's ready for another nap. She wakes up at 7/8am. She takes a 1-1.5 hour nap in the morning, a 1-1.5 hour nap in the afternoon and hour nap in the early evening. She may take a 30 min nap around 845pm, then eat at 9:30pm and then goes to bed and sleeps10 hours. I'd say she sleeps probably a total of 5 hours during the day and 10 at night.

AmyWest |

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Ryan is 20 weeks (as of today!) and has NEVER taken a 3-4 hout nap, i have no idea what anyone is ever talking about KEBA, i'm not sure why, but my child has always been very active literally since she was 2 weeks old and shes never taken more than maybe a 2 hour nap. She has her own routine though and right now i flow with her, she wakes up late, like 9:45-11:00am and plays for an hour and half then naps for 30 minutes then plays for another hour or two and sleeps for another 30 minutes i think she sleeps again like that and around 6pm she sleeps for about an hour, and then she sleeps again for 30 mins maybe in the late evening right before bed, then i put her down at 10:30pm most nights. This is the schedule we both made to fit our lives for now (i work 12 hour shifts at the moment), it works, but man i would give anything for a 3 hour nap in the afternoon from her!

starhorse218 |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

UGH... nap? What is that? My girl is 6 weeks and may sleep in my arms, limp as a ragdoll..then when put down she comes right back to life! Id be happy with 30 minutes! Is it too soon to start putting her down for a nap in her crib? She currently sleeps next to my bed in a bassinet, so hasn't even used her crib yet. I could really use advice on this one. I'm self employed and work at home, but can't even get 5 minutes of work done. Even tried slings!

tina@duenorthdesign.com |

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My son has been sleeping in his crib in his own room since he was born, I used to check on him constantly - but he is always fine, and I keep a baby monitor right by my bed so I can hear him when he fusses. Have you tried a swing to get your baby to take a nap? Our baby had a few weeks of bad colic, had to stay up and walk/dance around with him, felt so bad for the little guy - then my mom bought us a swing and WOW! He would sleep for 2 hrs in it no problem. I asked the doc if that was okay - he said it's better for baby to get sleep than worry about how he's getting it. We have the Fisher-Price precious planet swing, it's small - portable - and inexpensive ($65) Hope this helps you, hang in there it does get easier!

frogorama1979@yahoo.com |

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My baby daughter is 5 weeks, and I just finished reading a book called "On Becoming Babywise", which is all about how to arrange your baby's sleeping patterns from day one and how to incorporate them into your everyday life. So far, I love it. Basically the gist is creating a predictable routine based on feeding times, which consist of (in this order - VERY important): feeding, awake time (of 15 - 45 minutes), and sleep time. For the first 8 weeks, feeding times should be 2 1/2 - 3 hrs apart, and then gradually increase as they get older. Except at night, which includes only one middle of the night feeding. My baby is just about sleeping through the night already at 5 weeks old. I highly recommend this book! Hope it helps! Congrats to all the new moms and good luck with the scheduling. :-)

NicoleS777 |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

Scheduling, I think is great, however, my baby is 5 weeks old and she is wakening every two hours and sometime sooner. Is this normal?

ransburge |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

Ransburge...my baby girl is 5 weeks old today and she sleeps for 2 hours once a during the day. The rest of the day she takes 30 minute cat naps all day long. She finally goes down around anywhere between 8 and 9:30 pm and will sleep anywhere from 3 to 4 hours, wake to be nursed, sleep for another 2 hours, wake again to be nursed, sleep for a hour then she's up at 5:30 or so. So to answer your question if you're getting more than one "nap" of 2 hours you're doing good!! :)

tara715 |

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Hazel is 20 weeks old today! She has been on a schedule for over a month now. She wakes up between 6 and 7 am eats and then plays for 2 hours and goes down for a 2-3 hour nap. She wakes up around 12-1 pm eats and then plays for another 2 hours and then goes down for another nap. This one is usually shorter 1-2 hours. She is up around 3 or 4 eats and plays until bath time which is at 6pm. Sometimes if she is cranky we begin bathtime at 5:30. She is eating her last bottle by 6:30 and usually asleep by 7pm. She will sleep for about 5+ hours and then wakes up for another feeding/diaper change and goes right back to bed within the hour and sleeps until the morning. She kinda just fell into her own schedule around 4 months old and it has been great to know what to expect during the day.

rmaslowski |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

With my first daughter I used the book The 90 minute baby sleep program and it really helped with what to expect from baby at what ages, what tiredness signs to look for, etc. Basically if you are able to recognize when they are tired, and get them to sleep they really can set their own schedule! With my new one it's kind of hard to get good naps in except when my toddler is taking hers in the afternoon ( my son in 5 weeks) When he does nap it's usually either in my arms, in a sling, in his bouncy chair withe the vibration on, or our bed (he seems to dislike his bassinet) If your LO won't let you put them down once they are asleep try making sure they are swaddled when they fall asleep in your arms and then put them down. Also keep trying, eventually they will get used to being put down. And about the book Baby Wise, be very careful! There are a lot of medical errors in that book because the authors are not doctors. Especially if you are breastfeeding! http://www.drmomma.org/2009/10/babywise.html

laceyrn02 |

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Swaddling?! Yep, it's one thing that has really helped my little guy to stay sleeping instead of getting up after 50 min nap, but he’s never liked his arms in the swaddle so I put the blanket under his armpits. I don't pick him up every time I hear him making noise (esp if it hasn’t been an hour yet). If he sounds like he won’t go back to sleep on his own then I go in, give him back his pacifier and lay my hand on his cheek to try to help fall back asleep on his own. He'll go back to sleep for another 50min then usually. He used to do this all the time and I was getting tired of running up and down the stairs to try to help him take better naps, but then I tried swaddling and now he does at least 2 hours at a time :) Oh, and I always put him down to sleep when he's drowsy and not actually asleep yet so he learning how to drift off on his own. And I make sure that he's back to sleep within 2 hours of waking up from night or nap.

thx2StGianna |

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Help! I can't get my daughter on schedule during the day because she won't sleep in her crib. She sleeps there all night she is 20 weeks and has been sleeping throug the night for months. She will only take a nap during the day while eating or occasionally in the car seat. Do I just let her cry in the crib? I don't know where to start, thinking I should read some of those books.

AmandaSnyder |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

I have a 20 week old and I have him on a schedule he gets his breakfast and he knows when he goes in the swing its a nap and when he wakes up we do My baby can read have tummy time and play in the jumperoo then he has lunch and takes an hour nap. After that nap its play time again I read to him give him a snack as the evening comes he takes another 20 min nap and then as night approaches he gets cleaned up with clean clothes diapers and then gets his warm bottle and then sleeps through the night. I dont force him to do anything but its routine they learn they are very smart. So yes schedule the naps we are the mommys we have to help them grow and be healthy.

cmhenry10 |

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I totally reccomend the book "Baby Wise" Not only did the napping and feeding schedule suggested help me to get my 5 week old to sleep from 1-7am but it made me feel good to have a system to follow. I didn't feel like I was just making stuff up and I got results because of it! Sleeping Baby=Sleeping Mommy

sgbail2 |

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nap schedule ha......my son can stay awake alll day sometimesmaybe sleep for a max of 6 hours overnight but daytime he is like the energizer bunny and he is only 15 weeks....how do i get him to nap....

mommyme27 |

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Naptimes have been hard around here, but are getting easier. I have an almost 4 year old & a 3 month old! My 4 yo doesn't do naps anymore really, once in a great while AND she can make it pretty difficult to get the baby down! My increase in knowledge between my kids is amazing, hahaa! My first I didn't want to cry it out (CIO) & didn't know about the "happy medium" of putting her down BEFORE she fell asleep. SO I nursed her into a coma & then put her down.....wished I'd known then what I know now! Baby #2 seems to be a good sleeper & I try to often put her down just before she falls asleep. Back to the nap (sorry!) 3 month old will go down soon after waking in the morning (1-2 hrs) when she wakes I try & get her to fall back asleep & then she'll sleep about 2-3 hrs. After that, maybe some cat naps & to bed about 7-8pm. OH & Your Baby Can Read......google it. Looks like it's not such a great idea after all. Phonics is a better teaching tool. YBCR is basically memorization, not really learning to read & apparently can HINDER the learning to read process.

stompykitty |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

OH I forgot, good book if you're not into CIO (cry it out) is "The No-Cry Sleep Solution"

stompykitty |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

We recently put my 4 month old on a sleeping routine using the Baby Whisperer method. It's, by far, one of the BEST things we've ever done! She now takes two long naps a day (1.5-2 hours) around 9:00 am and 1:30 pm and does a little 45 min catnap before her bath time to get her through her evening routine successfully. She's down by 7 pm each night and sleeps straight through till 7 am

lindsaypavlick |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

Everyone talks about their clhild going down for a nap here and there for 30 min or an hour etc.. I have a 18 wk old and have also been in the process of eliminating the swaddle and a pacifier. The naps were great when we had those two, but now he won't go down for a nap. On the flip side he sleeps for 10/11 hours a night without a problem. Can anyone give advise on how they get them to take a nap after the sleep training at night. I could let him cry it out when I know he is tired I suppose. Right now we can only get him to nap in his carseat vs. his crib. Ideally I would like to place him in his crib at set times... Any advise?

karen3051 |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

I'm a believer in a schedule! Not necessarily based on time, but on a predictable rhythm. (food, play for 1 - 1.5 hours, sleep until it's time to eat again) I read baby wise and in general liked it and took a lot of the philosophy to heart. (Not necessarily all) I think the biggest thing for me was to come to grips with the idea that as the mommy, I am capable of making decisions for my baby over when he should sleep. If he's full, healthy, and tired, he goes in his crib. If he cries for a bit before he falls asleep, that's okay, he still needs to sleep. At first we were worried we were going to break his smiley happy personality, but that's honestly not the case! He wakes up happy as ever, even if he spent 20 to 30 minutes crying himself to sleep. Don't be afraid to use your best judgment, babies need to rest! They are not old enough to make the call for what is best for themselves yet! Crying for a bit will not hurt him, physically or emotionally. Sometimes when I know he needs to sleep but he wants to cry for a bit, I just get in the shower. Typically he's done by the time I get out. Good luck!

LizzieAnnCSU |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

It is always good to have a routine and a consistent schedule for anything that has to do with baby and toddler, for young children as a whole. They need to know what to expect as it makes them more comfortable and secure. There are some great tips for settling down your child for daily naps at www.toddlerbedandmore.com under Toddler Tips. Best of luck!

Toddler101 |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

My son is 15 weeks old and pretty much on a schedule. He takes a 2-3 hour nap between 8 and 9 am and I play with him for 1 hour and 1/2 to 2 hours and than he goes down for another nap for about 2 hours and is up agin for 1 hour and 1/2 and than sometimes will take another nap around 4 pm to 5pm and than we get him ready for bed about 6pm if he can last that long and he is sleeping by 7pm. He gets up in the morning between 6:30 and 7:30. He does get up in the middle of the night once usually between 12:30 - 3:00 am to eat but he goes right bavk to sleep. I think a schedule is important for babies because then they know what to expect. My baby has been sleeping in his crib for naps and bedtime since he was 2 months old. He taught himself to put himself to sleep. We lay him in his crib awake and he may fuss for a few minutes and than falls alseep.

anniemakaya |

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DD is 5 weeks old now, and her sleeping pattern is clearly changing. She was sleeping consistent stretches for the first 3 weeks and we'd wake her every 2-3 hrs to eat. Now she is still sleeping fine at night once we can get her down, which is getting increasingly harder, but daytime naps are a battle. I think she's overtired at night because of the poor naps, which makes bedtime a bit of a nightmare at times. I am also changing her diaper every couple of hrs because she doesn't cry when it's wet, so I stay on top of it. Am I messing up her sleep schedule with diaper changes? How often do you all change them while you LOs sleep? Thanks for your help!

LPK_05 |

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my 20 week old was a great schedule.. then all of a sudden it went down hill. Ive been doing a log for several weeks now and ive noticed he can be wishy washy. sometimes. He can fall asleep right away and sometimes he cries for 20 minutes... Hes been waking up more in the night too (besides his 2 night feedings) He goes to bed at 8:30 and wakes up at 8. naps can range from 30 mins to 2 hours...Any advice? please help!!!!

hoffer030 |

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I was getting really concerned with getting on a routine and getting our 13 week old to sleep in her own co-sleeper for naps too. She has always slept on us or in our arms, and only recently has started sleeping in her co-sleeper at night, but still refuses to for naps. After talking with some mom friends with 1 yr olds, I feel reassured - they all get there eventually. If naps are now only 30-45 mins, they will get longer with time. Since letting go and not worrying that 30mins wasn't enough - we've been a lot happier! We find it important to look for tired signs and act on them asap because she'll go down easier that way. Ialso work from home, freelance, but I trust that step by step, she'll get to sleeping on her own and for longer. I recommend Elizabeth Pantley's "No Cry Sleep (or Nap) Solution". Thanks for the explanation on DH, DD, and DS too! ;D

megnjus |

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OK, but HOW do you get them on the schedule?? I want a schedule and we don't have one. I don't know how to actually get on the schedule! Please help!

sharethevision |

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I am an RN in the NBN & NICU and I find it really disturbing that people still read and follow the BABY WISE book after multiple Pediatric doctors, Lactation Consultants and other experts have found its counsel to be dangerous for babies and inaccurate based on sound medical evidence. Please, Please go to the AAP website (American Academy of Pediatrics) which does NOT support scheduled feedings because this can lead to low milk supply for mom and dehydration, malnutrition and failure to thrive in infants. This is very serious. Please don't follow Babywise. You, as a Mom, are wiser than that. There are other good books that do not encourage such harshness. Babies have needs and they actually come quite equipped to let you know what those needs are. Follow their cues and you will know when they need to eat, sleep, etc. They are doing what is best for their body. They are not manipulative - they do not have the developmental capacity to manipulate at this age. That is just silly. And don't let them cry-it-out. That is so sad and there is a reason it tugs and your heart strings and is difficult to listen to... its not a good idea. Look up info on Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and you will see that even minimal child neglect, or inconsistent care is damaging to a child. Please don't do that to your precious baby. They count on you to show them kindness and love.

mommiejoy |

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I'm a 31yr old mom of 2, my 1st daughter is 11 yrs old and my youngest is 4 months(20wks) old....boy does time change! for this scheduling baby naptimes....I too follow my baby's needs...since she was a few weeks old we have found that a baby swing helped her nap and also having a receiving blanket in her arms/hands...she would play with it and even rub it in her face to help herself sooth to nap time/bedtime....she still does now and I am sure this is her security form of soothing herself...i dont ever have to rock her or bounce her just lay her down in the same room as I or dad or whom ever and receiving blanket. Also u can try a pacifier.

cecidiaz413 |

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Thank you, those who posted about the horrors of Babywise (as oppose to the others who recommended it here)! I was amazed at how extreme this method is. To expect what they expect of a 1-2 mo old baby?? Don't parents know that a baby is supposed to keep you up at night? That's what people always refer to when they ask new parents if they are sleeping. Hello? Maybe people are swinging to the extreme, though, when they read the attachment parenting books and believe that they have to hold their baby all of the time. This is also ridiculous. There is a happy medium in which we will not "spoil" or emotionally destroy our kids. Hopefully we can learn to be reasonable. Whew! Okay, off of the pulpit. Reading about Babywise books got me all riled up.

ezwheel |

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In my experience I think its impossible to have a schedule in the first few months for your baby. I do however think you can become more familiar with your babies signals that she or he is tired and then you know when to help them go to sleep, swaddle, rock, pacifier, turn lights down. My LO is not much of a day sleeper usually no more than 30min to 1hr at a time, he has never taken a 3hr nap, I wish lol. He usually gets his sleep disturbed by gas. Now that he is 15wks I have a rough schedule for when he should nap but doesn't always happen, usually three short naps a day. I have learned that long walks help most days. He always goes to sleep at night btw 7 and 8 and doesn't have a problem going to sleep. He only wakes up once during the night.

nauticski |

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my daughter has made her own schedule she wakes up,eats,then plays and an hr to 45min before her next feeding she naps and then wakes up for feeding and then we do it all over again. I am glad that she is so routine :)

delane89 |

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My son is gonna be 6mo. next week. He has been sleeping great since he was 2mo old. Pretty much since he was born he was sleeping at least 4-6 hrs at night. Since 2mo he was on a schedule of 8p bedtime. Every night around 6p we do cereal (not in a bottle), bath time (use the night time soaps) then rub bath time lotion on him.. Then Time for the rest of the bottle around 7:45 - 8 he's out til 6:30-7:30a.. Change his pants and give him a bottle he's out again til 9:45-10.. He's not a long nap baby. he kinda sleeps during the day here and there as far as time's. I thought as long as he sleeps thru the night I'm set. I do want to start scheduling naps. Specially knowing its better for them..

krishelle26 |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

Can someone help me out please. My 16week old baby boy takes several naps a day however they are for only 15-30 minutes and then wakes up, Im really trying to go with his schedule but I need some down time to get things done. He also flat out refuses to sleep in his crib, he'll sleep in his swing, in the bouncer, even on his floor mat but as soon as I put him in the crib (asleep or not) he starts screaming! I need help because I have already returned to work and my husband will be returning soon so he has to go to daycare.

lmmaup01 |

Q&A: Scheduling baby's naptimes?

I HIGHLY recommend "healthy sleep habits, happy child" by dr. mark weisbluth. its SO informative and explains the baby's sleep patterns by age and developmentally.

Kayk1440 |

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I, too, read the "Healthy Sleep Habits..." book (a laborious read, but useful), and have definitely found that it is spot-on regarding the "one to two hour window of wakefulness." The idea is that babies can be awake for that amount of time, then they NEED to sleep. For my 4 month old daughter, I still find this to be true! It is also very helpful in recognizing "sleepy signs." The books that I really found to be lifesavers, however, are the "Baby Whisperer" books by Tracy Hogg. I truly wish I'd read them before my daughter was born! I don't do absolutely everything she suggests, but her overall approach is balanced and full of good old fashioned common sense: not too harsh, but not extreme attachment parenting either: a healthy balance. Our daughter is on her "EASY" routine: Eat, Activity, Sleep, You time. It is not a schedule (though the times do end up being pretty consistent), but a routine. It really takes the guesswork out of it for both parents and baby. Honestly can't recommend these books enough!

mileahdye |

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The one mom mentioned, "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy child". I have used this book, since my LO was about 2 months old. I think the knowledge gained from it is so VALUABLE to assist with caring for your LO. All mommies and daddies should read it. My LO gets the rest he needs, i get sleep, and my husband and I get alone time in the evening when we can enjoy each other like we did before LO was born. it has been a blessing.

p rimmer |

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To the moms wanting their babies to nap longer... My baby had trouble going down for more than 25 minutes too. For her long late afternoon nap I swaddle her. I was afraid at first, not wanting to confuse her. But we've been doing it for over a month and she'll sleep 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Amazing. We have bumps in the road from time to time. And every baby is different. This worked for us:) She is 15 weeks now.

roxystar328 |

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The book BabyWise is fantastic! It helps estabish a predictable schedule, which is also very flexible, so that if the baby is hungry earlier than the 2 and 1/2 - 3 hour period, you feed them. But it teaches the baby to not be randomfly fed every 20 minutes, which helps their metabolism adjust and become predictable and gives the mommy a good schedule. My daughter is 15 weeks old (12 weeks gestation, as she was early), and I still employ Baby Wise. I also use it in combination with the 90 minute sleep cycle (the book). So, in other words, we do the "Eat, Wake, Sleep" cycle that Babywise teaches, and the "Wake" cycle is no more than 90 minutes at a time (as per the other book). It's fantastic. She knows exactly what to expect. Naps end up being 1-1/2 each time, 4 naps a day. She goes to bed between 8:30 and 9:00 pm, after her bath, and will sleep till 6-6:30 usually. She always gets a bath, to trigger the idea that it is nighttime and she needs to sleep. I highly recommend the BabyWise book. Also, check out "healthy sleeping habits, happy child". Also a great read with easy to understand suggestions. Good luck to all the mommies!

addielaw |

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I am desperately trying to put our 15 week old on a napping schedule but she is VERY strongwilled already (haha, don't know where she gets that from ). She sleeps wonderfully at night, usually 10 hours, but fights naps like crazy during the day. The most I can get out of her is 3-4 30 minute naps...and she will get SO cranky. Help? Please?!

jlmoore1984 |

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In response to the question about "Your Baby Can Read" be very cautious with this program. As a teacher of reading, babies are not at a developmental point to actually have the cognitive thought to be able to read. All those babies are doing is memorizing shapes. THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING TO DO IS JUST READ TO YOUR BABY EVERY DAY. I also personally feel that the program stifles creativity and a baby just being a baby. He or she has so many other developmental milestones to tackle, why add reading to the mix? Like I said, developmentally they just can't do it until several years old. The federal government is now looking into this program for suspected fraud.

tina924 |

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I have a 6 week old who will only nap if he is held, and then *maybe* I can put him down in his bassinet. He doesn't like to sit in either his bouncer or car seat: he will cry almost immediately when placed in either one. It is frustrating. I want to establish a nap schedule ASAP. As much as I would like to go with DS needs, it is making me a wreck.

kittysquared |

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@kittysquared, have you tried a swing? My now 5-year-old son was EXACTLY like that as an infant! The swing was the only place he slept good outside of being held.

jessieza |

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I think schedules work best, especially for moms! But if I let my little one go beyond her nap time she is just cranky and more difficult to get to sleep. When I notice the first signs of sleepiness (rubbing eyes, yawning, fussing) I take her into her room, settle in the rocker, read a short story, sing a short song and lay her in her crib. She usually falls right to sleep with minimal crying. She is 15 weeks old today and has been sleeping 12 hours at night for 3 weeks now. During the day she is awake one to one & a half hours at a time. So usually she wakes at 7am, naps at 8:30am, naps at 12:30pm & naps at 4pm. Bedtime routine (bath, etc.) begins at 6:30pm and she is asleep by 7pm in her crib. Each nap is usually one to two hours. Having a schedule makes it easier to arrange appointments, play dates etc. And when my baby is awake she is so happy because she is well rested!

spammer1979 |

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'Parents who initially dislike schedules tell us that once they give them a try, they actually find set times liberating.' I have to challenge this by saying a schedule can also be an issue if you're unable to meet your imposed eating and sleeping times. If that baby wants that nap or meal and you're unable to get it done at that moment you're likely facing a baby meltdown. As a nursing but working mom, feed on demand has worked great. If I had a daytime caregiver who forced a feeding schedule it would really mess up my nursing. And to me nursing is extremely important.

debjoepasquale |

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Schedules are fantastic as long as you allow your self some flexibility with it. My son is 15 weeks today and has been "sleeping" through the night since 8 weeks thanks to a schedule. I say "sleeping" because as my pediatrician pointed out, he's waking in the night, but getting himself back to sleep with out me or my husband having to go to him. We've been following the Moms on Call methods and they have been great for our family. Wake up between 6 and 7 and feed. Play for a bit then nap. Follow this for 10am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, bath at 7, bedtime feed at 7:30 and in the crib by 8 for the night. As he's gotten older, his awake time is longer, but he still gets sleepy and we make a point to get him down while somewhat awake so he can get himself to sleep. I love my son dearly, but I can't imagine having to hold him every time he needed to sleep!

jnnfrrose6 |

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I about died laughing when I read that someone has not put their baby down to nap at the age of 12 weeks. I am a first time mom and I get that everyone does their own thing but my little one was sleeping in her crib at 4 weeks in another room. As soon as she would fall asleep I would put her in here crib. The results: 15 weeks today she sleeps from 7 pm to 7 am in her own crib, wakes for 2 hours, takes a 2 hour nap in her crib, wakes eats and plays until about 3 takes another 2 hour nap wakes eats bedtime routine and is asleep by 7! I never put her on a schedule she just fell into a routine but I really think putting her in her own crib every time she fell asleep is what has developed the good sleeping habits. I know it's hard especially at the beginning because you want to cuddle but I really appreciate her when she is awake

eharmon2 |

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For those Mums trying to get LO into a routine, try using a pacifier to soothe them into sleep. Everyone has different opinions about using a pacifier, but this has worked wonders for me. We only use them at nap times, and they have helped my 5 week old to self soothe - before I was cuddling him to sleep. We are using the Nuk orthodontic pacifiers as we are using the Nuk bottles as well. Good luck everyone!

christinehetley |

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my daughter is 23 weeks old. She was always a good night sleeper - never woke up and slept for at least 12 hours or longer. Nap time during the day was several naps ranging from an hour or longer. But over the past month, nap time during the day seems few and far between. When she is in the care of others her naps might last 20 mins long and she might have 2. I think those friends who are caring for her say that she doesn't show signs that she's tired so they don't lay her down. When I have her I will try and lay her down several times during the day and almost always she will fall asleep for at least 30 mins. I've been told that as long as she's sleeping through the night I shouldn't be worried. As long as she's healthy and her doctor isn't worried I won't be worried.

melginther |

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My daughter is 13 weeks. I have kept a log of her feedings/sleeping/pooping schedule since week 9 and this has helped me tremendously in trying to make sense of when she usually gets tired/should sleep. I have realized that she is actually quite consistent in the number of naps she takes - one short 30 min catnap about 2 hour after she wakes up, one 1-2 hour nap about two hours after she gets up, another 1-2 hours nap early afternoon and possibly a quick catnap late afternoon not too long before her bed routine. The timing varies a bit (depending on whether she wakes up at 6 or 7am) so I watch very very carefully for signs that she's tired so that I don't miss her "sleep window". The late afternoon nap is a bit stubborn, I know she needs it but sometimes I can't manage to get her to sleep. She definitely needs to be flat to sleep for any reasonable amount of time - her crib is best, or a good sofa works too (now i choose restaurants that have good sofas just in case). I've been using white noise music for bedtime and most of her naps and I think this helps her switch to "sleep mode", together with swaddling. The pacifier is a great help too but now I make sure that I pull it out once she's about to fall asleep to try to lessen the suck-sleep association as she was waking up when the paci fell out.

caterinam1 |

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We try to have a schedule for our 4 month old, but whenever I try to nurse him, especially at night he falls asleep so he doesn't eat what he need to sleep through the night. He slept through the night for a while (about 4 weeks to 2 1/2 months) but for over a month now he wakes up during the night. I am thinking because he is hungry more or not eating enough at night. Any suggestions??? Thank you.

leduc82 |

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My 3 1/2 month old has always been good at giving the sleepy signal.and if I ignore it all hell breaks loose. She naturally is in an eat, play, sleep pattern that repeats itself basically every 3 hours. Eat at 7, play, then sleep around 8 or 830 for about an hour. Then we start the whole thing over and repeat. If I dont lie her down with her paci within an our and a half of eating, she fights sleep and it takes an.hour of calming and rocking to put her to sleep when she will normally fall asleep on her own within 5 min of being laid down.

Tiffrs |

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What I did was I wrote down when my baby naturally takes a nap and over the course of a few days I discovered that my baby already had planned her schedule. Which happened to be at times when she was most bored anyway, for example when I eat or when I work the most. She is almost 5 months old and takes about 3 naps during the day. One from 10 -11, 2-4, and then again from 5:30-6 then I always keep to the same "going to sleep for the night" pattern of bath at 7/7:30, change, feed, read a book, then asleep by 8/8:30.

Oli_via |

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I keep seeing how much a schedule can help and I work from home so I would LOVE to be on one, but I have no idea how to get us on one. First time mom here - so forgive me if this is a silly question but how do you do it? I put my 15 wo son down when he seems tired. When he is awake I try to keep him active and entertained and then we wind down around 5pm to a 7pm bath/bottle/bed routine. How can I get us on a daytime schedule?

gwseabrook |

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Up until my baby was 4 months, I just followed his cues for naps, but now he follows a schedule. He naps at 9 am, 1 pm and 4:30 pm, then goes down for the night between 6:30 & 7. I love knowing exactaly when he will be going down so I can plan errands around it.

Videogamegirl86 |

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My daughter doesn't have a "usually" sort of napping schedule. Some days she naps, some days she refuses. And I know that I'm the mom and I should be doing more to get her to take naps, but honestly, if she's not into taking a nap that day, who am I to force her? She lets me know when she's tired and I try to listen every time she makes her sleepy noise or does her sleepy face. And if she's going to take a nap, I've found that putting her down for a nap two hours after she woke up is easiest. Idk why, but she usually falls asleep pretty well if she's only been awake for an hour or two.

kaitaclysmic |

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I love the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. It helps tremendously with sleep schedules, naps, and what is developmentally appropriate when. According to him around now is when they solidify their morning nap (around 9ish, but the chid should not be awake for more than 2 hours from when they get up in the morning. - for my son it is an hour and a half) It has been helping me since my "sleepy baby" woke up! We are still working on it but it is helping. He also addresses the concept of soothing your child to sleep and letting them self sooth. The pros and cons of both. I have been soothing but am starting to think it is time to transition to him self soothing. He does this at night, but not during the day. This book also confirms that they do develop different sleep habits during the day than during the night so you can be consistent all the time or consistent for day and consistent for night in how you help or don't help them fall asleep. Very interesting.

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anthonyfiddy2 |

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I keep my babies (twins) on a schedule - EASY. E- eat, A- Activity, S- Sleep (or nap), Y - Your time.... you can read more about how I schedule out their day and make routines! http://nikkieandbabies.blogspot.com/2014/06/14-weeks-twins-daily-schedule.html

NicoleKidd822 |