Melanie Jeanne

My Sleeping Baby…

My little baby turned 7 weeks yesterday. She is growing like a little weed, eats like her mama and sleeps/naps a lot, however is more awake and much more active these days. It’s a wonderful life!
Now, our latest goal… Working towards sleeping more than 8hours a night. We are on the cusp of 8hours… Sometimes sleeping 6, sometimes 7 or 7.5 and making it 8 if I count it to the minutes. We are so close and I would LOVE if we could get her to 10 hours in the near future. So, I have been pondering how to get her there. And I think we have done everything we can and I think I know where the issue may lie.
To lay it out… the current routine. Little miss Avery goes through her day, eating roughly 5ounces every 4 hours. Sometimes my little hungry hippo wants more and in those instances she may eat roughly 7 ounces during her feeding (I did mention she is an eater like her mama). She naps throughout the day when she feels like it (this is where I believe the issue lies). And then our night routine begins at 8:40pm. I prepare the bedroom for lotion time and jammies, dim the lights and turn on our iPod mix. She is in the bath by 9pm and out in 10 minutes or so. She loves the bath and relaxes into the warm sudsy water. We head to the bedroom for lotion, jammies, bottle and bed. She is usually asleep by 9:30pm, no later than 10pm.
So the issue… I would love her to sleep until 6:30-7am. This would help mommy when she gets back to work in a week and half. I could be getting ready while she is still dreaming away and feed her her morning bottle before her day of care starts. I would love our last bonding session to be hugging and chatting and of course, over food.
I think to meet the more sleep at night goal, means less sleep during the day. My latest goal would be to get her on a nap routine and get her to sleep less. I am not sure how to modify her little routine to promote this. Moms out there…. Any ideas???


  1. Ky •

    August 21, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Hmmm…. First off, it sounds like Baby Avery is doing incredibly with sleeping already. (Really.)

    I'm a fan of the book, "Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady's Gentle guide to helping your child go to sleep, stay asleep and wake up happy" by Kim West with JoAnne Kenen. (Whew.)

    A couple of the things I liked about this book were that a.) it wasn't militant, it was… well, gentle and b.) it took into account and taught me the developmental milestones that my little one was going through so that I knew what to expect from her.

    And, I loved the fact that it would give "sample routines" to acclimate your child to. They weren't STRINGENT, ABSOLUTE schedules… like I said, they were more routines… And, it just sort of helped me know that we were on the right track.

    For 8-12 week old babies, she says this:

    "Babies this age on average need fifteen hours of sleep, ten at night and five spread out over three daytime naps. Many babies can sleep six to eight hours at a stretch before needing a night feeding. By the end of the month, most should sleep eight hours uninterrupted."

    She then goes on to explain the "dream feed."

    Around this time we started doing the "dream feed" that she talks about in her book. We'd "put Lila to bed" around 8 or 9 or so… then either C or I would go in around 11 p.m., before we went to bed – to give her a "dream feed" bottle. She'd then sleep through the night from 11 p.m.until about 7 a.m.
    I'm a HUGE fan of that dream feed. We did that for a while and it didn't mess up OUR sleep schedules too much because we were just feeding her before we went to bed. (However, there were MANY-a-day that I would have preferred to go to bed earlier than 11 p.m. Still, I'd rather feed her at 11 p.m. than 4 a.m.)

    When I get to work on Tuesday I can scan the few pages in this age group if you'd like. Just email me and let me know!

  2. Ky •

    August 21, 2010 at 2:44 am

    (Sorry that was so ridiculously long.)

  3. C'est La Vie

    August 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the information!!!!! Thank you my dear friend. xoxoxoxo

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