I have a 9 week old baby girl. My husband and I have been so lucky in that Meg has been a brilliant sleeper and very happy baby since day 1. I have put this down to the fact that she has her daddy’s very calm temperament but also that I feel I can sense what she needs or that we have followed a routine that seemed to just falls into place from the start. She’s been fed when I knew she would be due a feed, nappy change as soon as its needed and wrapt and put to bed when I notice sleep signs.
I have just started reading your save our sleep book only a week ago as I find it really interesting and wanted a more structured routine so I can plan other things ahead of time around our sleep and feeding schedule and also hope to get Meg sleeping right through the night. Though she has only really ever woken once, sometimes twice.
Beforehand, I would allow Meg to sleep as long as she needed through the day then wake, feed, change, she would stay awake for between 1 and two hours then wrapt and put to bed. The only problem is that feed and sleep times were at different times each day which isn’t convenient.
Now, I am trying to follow your routine for 4 to 8 weeks, as I have just started. I wake Meg and feed her at 7 am, 11am, 3pm and then last feed at 6 after I put her in the pram from her 1 hour nap at 4:30, and 5:30 bath.
I have found that she cannot stay awake for more than an hour at a time on this schedule. I have tried stretching her out till for the full hour and half but she gets quite grizzly (which she never used to do). But then another part of your book advises to put her to bed before she gets the heavy eyes etc. So I am a little confused… should I try the stretching out or put to bed before before she is over tired?
One other thing I have have noticed is that she would always sleep right through to the next feed, but often now she will wake after 40mins to 1 hour. And be wide awake, and happy to just be up and looking around.
The only reason she ever cries is if she has bellie pains, which isn’t often. If I feel that it is a painful cry I go in and pick her up from her cot and comfort her rubbing her back or bellie straight away. All other noises just sound as though she is calling out to get our attention, in which case I leave her go and she settles herself 95% of the time.
Any further advise you have for me so as your routine sticks would be very much appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
Bonnie Cruttenden 🙂
May 12th, 2014 at 5:22 pm Kate says:
Hi Bonnie :
Congratulations on the birth of your baby, and it sounds like you are all doing very well so far, well done 🙂
If you are bottle feeding your baby (which I am guessing you are based on the feed times you have mentioned) then Tizzie recommends starting your baby on the routine for their age, which for your baby would be the 8 – 10 week routine (pages 107-108). Starting on the 4 week routine is only for breastfed babies over 1 month and under 3 months.
In terms of popping your baby down before their routine sleep time, this is ok if your baby is still sleeping through until their next scheduled feed. If you pop your baby down early and they wake early from their sleep then this is a sign that they do need to be kept awake a little longer so that they are tired enough to have a good sleep. As you mentioned your baby is now catnapping we would suggest trying to keep her awake until the routine sleep time. Things like little walks in the garden, nappy free play, tummy time and little baths are often a good way of keeping baby awake and entertained.
If your little one continues to catnap after being on the correct routine for her age then we would then recommend looking at the details on pages 175-179 of the baby book which covers the causes of catnapping and the approach that Tizzie takes while sorting through the issues.
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September 16th, 2016 at 12:16 am Jess says:
Also, just to add, my baby is exclusively breast fed, and we only spent 9 days in the special care baby unit before she was on all suck feeds, so she feeds well and I’m confident that she is full after each feed.