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Arielle D.
ARIELLE D.
Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant
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Self soothing

JULEE, PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD

What is the best way to start having a baby learn to self soothe? I'm trying to have my son, 7weeks, on an eat/awake/sleep cycle. But he just wants to breastfeed himself to sleep. I'm not sure when it is appropriate to start letting him cry some, and it is also really hard for me to let him cry! He does use a paci but doesn't always keep a hold on it.

JULEE

Also what is a typical sleeping amount for a 7week old?

Arielle
ARIELLE

Hi Julee,

He is far too young to let him cry. He doesn't yet have established circadian rhythms so his sleep will be erratic until closer to 4 months. It's perfectly fine to let him nurse to sleep at this age. I wouldn't stress that right now. At this age, he needs about 16-18 hours of sleep.

Arielle

JULEE

Thank you! I never have the heart to let him cry, but my pediatrician had said to start letting him fall asleep on his own. I had no idea what that actually meant. So I'm going to just keep on loving and snuggling him to sleep! 😊

Arielle
ARIELLE

Oh my gosh - NO! Not yet. He's still a newborn!

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4.5 mo schedule

LAURA, PARENT OF 7 YEAR OLD

Hello! What is the ideal nap and bedtime schedule for a 4.5 month old? Thank you!

Arielle
ARIELLE

Hi Laura,

At 4.5 months, I typically recommend something like this:

Wake by 7 a.m. (but do no start the day sooner than 6 a.m.)
Nap 1 around 8:15/8:30
Nap 2 around 12:15/12:30
Nap 3 about 1.5 hours after the second nap
Bedtime about 1.5 hours after the third nap

This may vary a bit by baby!

Arielle

Naps for 8mo old

MARLENA, PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD, 5 YEAR OLD

Hi Arielle-
Our sleep is a big mess! I tried to transition my then 7+ mo from 4 to 3 naps three weeks ago (late, I know) and was hoping it would extend her daytime naps that were at and are still at 30min max. LO is now 8mo and I'm trying to follow a wake time schedule of 2.25/2.75/2.75/2.5 but naps are not extending despite the nap reduction change and crib hour/crib 75 attempts. LO cries loudly when waking from naps. She also tends to wake after the first sleep cycle when put to bed. She wakes 1-3 x at night and I'm still breastfeeding exclusively, including at night. LO falls asleep for naps and bedtime independently in her crib.

Any thoughts??

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New born (almost 4weeks)

JULIA, PARENT OF 4 YEAR OLD

I’m sure it’s too soon for a sleep schedule, but what amount of sleep should be expected for this age?

Arielle
ARIELLE

Hi Julia,

It is too early only because your baby does not yet have circadian rhythms (sleep rhythms). That being said, ensuring that your baby is put down for naps after about 45 minutes of awake time will help. At this age, you're typically looking at 16-18 hours of sleep during the day.

Arielle