I am the mommy to a beautiful, happy ebf 11 week old baby girl. She is a wonderful sleeper at night (FINALLY lol) and goes to sleep at about 7:30pm. I feed her again around 10:30 just before I go to bed, and then she wakes once at 3:30 or 4 to eat, and goes back to sleep until around 7. This just recently started about a week ago. Up until this past week she would wake 2-3x per night, and would nap 3x per day for anywhere from 1-2.5 hours each time.
The problem now is that during the day while I am away at work, she refuses to nap for her daddy. He is lucky to get 2 30 minute naps out of her. I initially thought that she was sleeping so well at night that she just didn't need much sleep during the day, but the more I talk to people and do some research, it seems she is still young enough to need more sleep during the day than what she is getting!
What gives?! Could she be sleeping TOO long at night time? What do your littles schedules look like? I'm not looking to 'sleep train' right away and we don't even need her on a perfect schedule; she is still very little. But we are trying to get her to nap a little longer or at least get to the bottom of this. She is a happy little thing until about 3pm when she starts getting very fussy because she hasn't slept enough during the day. Any ideas/insight/words of wisdom will be so appreciated.
pomelo / 5554 posts
I definitely don't think she's sleeping too long at night, and I definitely DO think she needs more sleep than that during the day. Part of it could be adjusting to the change in situation, just like if she'd started daycare. At this age I'd suggest that she shouldn't be on a schedule so much as she should be going to sleep 90 minutes at most from when she wakes up. What is she sleeping in (crib, daddy's arms, etc)? Is the room dark? Has he tried swaddling or a swing?
pear / 1737 posts
That is good night time sleep! My baby was still going to bed around 9:30 at that age. Unfortunately, at that age she started not sleeping very long for naps and the only way she would sleep longer than half an hour was if I fed her and then she fell asleep while eating and I sat or lay very still with her on me. I did that for 1.5-2.5 hours once a day....only baby! Haha. I agree it's a bit soon to be on a set schedule.
Suggestions for longer naps though: white noise /music playing continuously. I heavily relied on this and still use it, but don't know if it does anything anymore. Is the nap routine the same when he does it?
hostess / papaya / 10219 posts
That's awesome night time sleep. I don't mean to be dismissive of your concern because it's legit, but after two kids, I feel like sleep is just always changing that first year. Just when they nap well, then their night time sleep goes to crap or vice versa. There is always something: growth spurt, teething, illness.... my DS2 is 10 months and when he started daycare at 6 months he started taking 15 minute naps twice a day. She tried everything! Then a couple months(!) later he started napping for an hour at a stretch. Crazy babies! They just have no respect for any semblance of a schedule!