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On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep

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The sweet spot of scheduling is all about finding what works and learning what is most common for a baby at a certain age. Overall, this can help you develop a good baby sleep schedule that will best serve your child and your family.

This scenario highlights the importance of understanding how baby sleep schedules change as babies get older. Parents, especially first-time parents, will be much less frustrated if they know what to expect from their baby and when their baby's sleep patterns might indicate a problem.

New Baby Sleep Schedule From Ahhhhh to Zzzzzzz

  • Christine says:

    I have a happy and healthy six and a half week old who is absolutely thriving, but with his daytime naps down to 30 -45 minutes, I am pretty tired out! Last week, we were on a roll. He was following the Babywise recommended sleep schedule for 4-6 week olds almost to the letter, and I felt like I had gotten a fairly good grasp on his sleep signals (yawning, glassy eyes), but it has been downhill since then! In the last couple of days, he has been smiling up a storm and he seems especially friendly right before I put him down for a nap, so he’s revving up just as I’d like him to wind down. He’s also smiling at the mirror when he’s supposed to be going to sleep. Before this week, his “Wake Time” was only about an hour, but now I’m wondering if I’ve got the timing right. I’m not sure if it’s the chicken or the egg but with the short naps, he’s started yawning while he’s eating (a first for my “Miss Piggy” eater!) and it seems like he’s not always getting full feedings, even with encouragement, which could also be contributing to his short naps. Would so appreciate your advice!

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    • Danielle Miller says:

      Christine,

      Boy, sleep in the first year is a trick, isn’t it?! Just when you’ve got it down to a science everything changes!
      I think the most important thing I can say is that he is giving you and chance to get away from the clock (even though sometimes it can be a help) and focus more on events. What I mean is, sometimes it helps to thing sleep/eat/play, repeat. If he is acting tired during his feed then try moving it up so you can get him down a little earlier. It’s counterintuitive but if your little guy misses his “go to sleep” window that will shorten his naps. Putting him down sooner can help him sleep longer, who knew!
      Hope this helps!

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    This scenario highlights the importance of understanding how baby sleep schedules change as babies get older. Parents, especially first-time parents, will be much less frustrated if they know what to expect from their baby and when their baby's sleep patterns might indicate a problem.

    This scenario highlights the importance of understanding how baby sleep schedules change as babies get older. Parents, especially first-time parents, will be much less frustrated if they know what to expect from their baby and when their baby's sleep patterns might indicate a problem.