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Baby Sleep Schedules

Vanessa V.
VANESSA V.
Child Sleep Consultant
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Snooze time still not up to par? We're happy to help—Tinyhood Sleep Consultant Vanessa Vance has seen it all! Get ready to feel more rested.

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One month olds sleeping schedule
PHUONG

mynbaby is sleepy but he doesn’t want to sleep and cries a lots. Is there anyway that helps the baby falls asleep. And what is a good sleeping schedule for him. Thank you

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi, the main goal of this age and phase is to offer naps every 45 mins - 1 hour (closer to 2 months of age). The DVD happiest baby on the block is amazing at teaching soothing and swaddle.

Vanessa
VANESSA

He sounds overtired. I will send you a link to the sleep averages chart soon

Vanessa
VANESSA

http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2013/02/average-sleep-charts-by-age.html

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Phuong, At this age, both day and night sleep are disorganized and unpredictable. Do your best to rest and recover from childbirth. Rest when your baby is sleeping. It will add up and sometimes you may fall asleep too!

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Phuong, Around 6-8 weeks you will notice the social smile emerge. This is a great time to introduce laying him down, quiet yet awake. Around 8 weeks of age you will notice a predictable nighttime pattern of an early bedtime 7-10 pm and a solid 4 -5 hour block of sleep.

So, likely, you will find your own schedule as he gets older. The brain really isn't advanced enough at this age to put him on a schedule.

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Transition to 1 nap (17 months) - 1 short nap!
MEGHAN, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD, 23 MONTH OLD

Hi,

Our 17 month old has started to fight her first nap at home, but still does 2 with our nanny. We started to transition to 1 nap: she falls asleep around 11:30, but sometimes will only sleep for an hour! Bedtime is 7pm.

Should I make adjustments? How can I extend her nap? Is it weird that she still wants 2 naps with the nanny (it’s making bedtime difficult/ late)?

Thank you!
Meghan

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Meghan, this transition takes longer than the previous nap transitions. Be open to offering her one or 2 naps based on her mood. If you are on one nap-- it needs to be at 12:30 pm. It may start at 12 and slowly inch back. You need to offer naps with when the melatonin is released. It will increase the quality of the nap, even if it is shorter. After 7 months you can offer the crib 1.5 rule for both naps. Offer 2 naps at 9 am and 1 pm. Go outside to play to extend the wake time. It is stimulating and sets the circadian system.