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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Calling all moms...

so I have "tried" to read some books about scheduling babies - but I just get confused and discouraged because they are all so different. Walker is on a decent "schedule." We just kind-of made it up and it seems to work. However, his naps are getting shorter (like only 30mins) and more frequent. It seems like it would be better for him to have fewer naps - but longer naps...I just don't know how to get there and Aaron's home with him during the week - and I'm sure would enjoy longer "nap times" as well. Any suggestions on what worked for your little ones (or what didn't work) - so I don't have to go out and buy another book...anybody? anybody?
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Here's what we currently have working:
eating about every 3 hours
Wake 6-6:15am feed
play
sleep (30-45 min)
REPEAT unil about 6 or 7:00pm
feed @ 7pm
bath
play feed at 8:30pm
bedtime
sleep till 6am

4 comments:

  1. Hey there! We were in the same boat FOREVER! Emery would be awake for 1.5-2 hours, nap for 45 minutes, and repeat all day. I know it's hard, but be glad he is napping! I have friends whose babies don't nap at all. That said-Emery finally got down to 3 naps a day and then 2 naps a day at 6 months. They're still only about 45 minutes and longer if I'm lucky.
    Some things we tried that worked....white noise (LOUD fan, white noise CD, white noise machine) and giving her a pacifier/putting her back down when she woke up.
    Sounds like he's just making his own schedule that he just wants you to follow. :) Our slogan is "whatever works" as long as she's healthy & happy. But I totally hear ya on wanting longer naps!
    Good luck!!! :)

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  2. For his age he has a pretty typical schedule, sleeping every few hours. However I would be concerned if naps are only 30 minutes long - I think they need to be at least 45 minutes to be considered a real nap. How many naps does he take in a day? Three is a good number at that age. You probably don't want yet another book recommendation, but... the book that helped me the most was "The No Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley. It's about paying attention to your baby's cues and getting him on a routine that works best for him.

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  3. Jessica11/23/2009

    hey! I read "Babywise" and the only thing that really worked for us was the "EAT, PLAY, SLEEP". And it looks like you are already doing that. Harper has one 2 hour nap during the day and the rest are 45 min to an hour. If she wakes up and seems cranky, I just give her a pacifier and lay her back down. I guess, he knows who is in control=)

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  4. Hey Michele!

    I am not a mom yet, but I helped my sister a lot when my nephew was born. She finally got him on the BEST napping schedule. She bought one of the large box fans at Target and had my granny make really, really dark curtains so his room was lika a cozy little cave ( we literally all referred to it as the cave, lol). It really helped making the room more "sleep" friendly versus the room being quiet with too much sunlight. I think he started associating the fan with sleep time too.

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