My LO is 6+ months and all of a sudden, starting last Sunday, he decided he does not get tired anymore and won't go down on his normal 11:30am nap. We pushed it further and further out, and he still wasn't napping until we put the white noise on (normally he passes out on his own).
I think we are going to be approaching the 2-3-4 nap schedule, but how does the feeding fit into all this? Solids and all?
Here is what we currently have that is still changing:
930am-10:15am nap 1
10:45, or even 11am bottle 1
???? nap 2
(it used to be 11:30am. he normally naps 1.5 hours, not sure anymore)
1:45pm bottle 2
(there used to be a 3:00pm nap, nowadays we don't know when to put him down or if we should put him down)
3:45pm bottle 3
6:45pm breastfeed (usually passed out)
Any suggestions on what we should do to modify this?
How is your 2-nap schedule looking like combined with the feeding schedule?
cantaloupe / 6687 posts
It definitely sounds like he is ready for 2 naps...my LO did the same thing when she was ready to transition from 3 to 2 naps...she would basically not take her second nap...just roll around and kind of put her head down, but not sleep a good stretch. Once we moved to 2 naps, she is sleeping great again for her naps (2-2.5 hrs)
Here is this post about 2 nap schedules
and here is another about feeding
Here is my feeding schedule
1st nursing - at wake up (followed by solids about 30 minutes after)
2nd nursing - after first nap (followed by solids about an hour later)
3rd nursing - after second nap (followed by solids an hour later)
4th nursing - at bedtime
And I will say I was scared to move to 2 naps and cut out a nursing session, but it was no problem...she started nursing longer and eating more solids on the 2 nap schedule
nectarine / 2964 posts
@sandy: Thanks for the info!
Did the 4-feed @ day affect your supply? And are you doing 3 solids a day at 6 months or is this a schedule when you LO is a bit older?
I am not sure if I am comfortable with switching to 4-feed a day yet because of weight gaining issues. then my supply seems to be tanking....
admin / watermelon / 14210 posts
@irene: we weren't doing 3 meals a day until olive was 9 months. at 6 months, you don't need to do more than 1-2.
nectarine / 2964 posts
@Mrs. Bee: My question is, how do you do 2 meals, 5 nursing/bottle sessions, with the 2-3-4 nap schedule?
Today it went like this:
930a nap (40 mins)
11a bottle after great struggle (4 oz)
12:15p put him down but he won't go down
12:45p finally went down after white noise.
*this nap usually lasts for 1.5-2 hours but since his last feed was so long ago, he was only able to nap for 1 hour)
2p bottle 2 (4 oz)
4p bottle 3 (2 oz)
This works but doesn't quite work..... He used to pass out on his own for his naps but now it just feels so unnatural that we have to force him to nap. Then, his usual 1pm feed is pushed to 2pm, leaving only 2 hours room to the next feeding at 4pm (which used to be 3:30p) so he eats less. I am skeptical about feeding him later than that because then he wouldn't feed well at 7pm and he'd usually pass out by then.
This all suddenly happened last Sunday.... what's up with that...! I swear he was still doing 3 naps fine last Saturday.
kiwi / 551 posts
My little guy is 7 months and we have been on 2 naps for about 3 weeks now.
6:00 out of crib (sometimes he is awake at 5:30)
9:00-10:30 nap #1
2:30 nursing or bottle of BM (pump if at work)
Bottle at wake up
6:30 nursing/bed (usually falls asleep while nursing)
10:30 dream feed (we have done this since 2.5 months and are scared he won't sleep through the night anymore if we take it away)