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Baby Sleep Schedules

Caroline A.
CAROLINE A.
Certified Child Sleep Consultant
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Did baby's arrival send your sleep schedule into a tailspin? We hear you. Get the expert advice you've been looking for right here, right now. Led by Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Caroline Adcock.

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3 weeks old.
BIZZY, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

My child is not in any sort of schedule and just turned 3 weeks old. He sleeps when he wants and wakes when he wants. Which is fine as I’m off work for two months but when and how should I start getting him on a schedule. We usually get him down finally around 12-2 am for the night and he wakes about 3 times getting up for the day (sort of, as he sleeps a lot still) at around 10

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Bizzy! Most kids won't be on a predictable schedule or won't have the ability to be on a predictable schedule until they are 4 months old and older. Right now, your son is working on organizing his night sleep (=sleeping longer stretches at night). Day sleep organization usually comes after that. One thing all kids have in common is wake time windows that need to be observed lest they become overtired. Once a kid is overtired and accumulates sleep debt, sleeping (both falling asleep and staying asleep) becomes more challenging for them. At 3 weeks he can't be awake for more than 45 min without getting into the danger zone, so try to get him down within 45 min from getting up. Feed him, change/play and then prepare to get him off to sleep again. And you're observations are spot on, he needs a total of 16-18 hours of sleep right now, so it will seem like he is sleeping all the time!

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8 week old not napping
PAIGE, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Our 8 week old sleeps great in her bassinet through the night only waking once or twice to eat. She will not nap in her bassinet or swing during the day. We have to hold her or she only sleeps about 5 minutes and then is extremely over tired. What can we do?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Paige! Make sure you have the basics covered: dark room, white noise, temps between 68-72 degrees. Then get her down within her awake window, which at 8 weeks old is one hour max. Some kids are really sensitive and also don't show clear tired signs, so with them it is even more important that the parents pay attention to the clock. Does she take a pacifier? This can also greatly help to get her to fall asleep without too much parental intervention.

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Feeds through the night
MARIA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My baby is 4 months old and I still feed him about 2-3 times at night. What do you suggest me to reduce the feeds and help him to sleep through the night?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Maria! This question is really better answered by a lactation consultant as they are the experts for feeding related questions. From a sleep perspective, it's a good call to have the first feeding of the night no sooner than 12am, which then helps to push all the other feedings later. If your child is thriving there shouldn't be problem to give this a try, but please make sure your pediatrician is ok with it.

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Sleeping through the night.
SAMYA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

What can I️ do to start making my baby sleep through the night?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Samya! This is a pretty open-ended question, a good start is making sure that your child gets the rest required during the day (at 9 months that's 2.5-4 hours) and then gets to bed at a reasonable time to allow for 11-12 hours of sleep. Allow your child to self soothe or to learn how to self soothe so that even when he/she wakes up, he/she has the ability to go back to sleep.

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Wake a sleeping toddler?
IVETTE , PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

My 13 mo is still on two naps but is still awake longer during the day so bedtime started getting really late. To fix this we cap his morning nap at 2 hours max and afternoon at 1 hr. He usually sleeps 10 hours at night. Is this ok? I feel so bad waking a sleeping baby but I’m not sure how else to make all his daytime hours fit in!

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Ivette! How about you switch it around, wake him the latest by 10:30 from his morning nap and get him down by 1pm for his noon nap (up by 3). That way he gets plenty of opportunity to nap and you get to a better bedtime.

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Vacation/Jet Lag/ Teething
ARIEL, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

It appears we have hit the big three! We are on vacation, in a foreign country and my 7 month old son is just beginning to break a tooth. We did sleep training at 5 months and he has been sleeping 12 hour nights with no feeds since then. From the first night we arrived to my in laws house, my son has been waking up 2-3 times a night hysterically crying. The first time he wakes up (usually 2-3 hours after bedtime), he refuses to go back to sleep for at least an hour or two. I am not sure how to deal with this wake up (and the others). I'm nervous that all the hard work I did with him 2 months ago is ruined. I am doing our usual bed time routine, at the same time as at home, and treating night wakings the same as well. The only difference is that the three of us are sleeping in the same room and we are in a foreign country (with a 7 hour time difference). Any advice?

MOHAMMAD SHAKIL

30 minits

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Ariel! First off, once you're back home make sure you get back into your old routine and be firm about it and it shouldn't take too long for your 7 month old to readjust. While travelling it is really kind of tough, especially if/when the sleep environment changes significantly. If you can, put up a sight barrier so he doesn't see you guys, have the room as dark as possible and if it's an option have some whitenoise on. It sounds like he is overtired hence the wake up early in the night. Make sure he gets the naps he needs and also expose him to daylight early in the day to set his clock to the new timezone.

Sleep
SAMYA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

What can I️ do to start making my baby sleep through the night?