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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board


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Our 5 1/2 month old daughter has never been very good at taking naps, it has just been hit and miss. I consider it a success if her 2 or 3 naps a day are at least 1 hour. When do most switch to 2 rather than 3 naps per day? I would love to know what a 'normal', ha ha, schedule for a 6 month old looks like.

We usually put her down around 8:30 (it's a battle some nights)and she still wakes up at least 2 times per night, but only has 1 bottle normally. I just feel like she should be sleeping better than she is. When she actually does take a good 2 hour nap she is so much happier! I keep the room dark, she sleeps in a Halo sleep sak, white noise machine on, we have the same night time routine each night...I am out of ideas. I just feel like all I do is battle for sleep all day. My husband travels during the week and the sleep depervation is starting to take it's toll. Any and ALL advice will be appreciated.

FYI we have not started baby food or cereal yet. I have tried rice and oatmeal but she gets VERY fussy after eating so I decided to wait until she was 6 months old to try again. Thanks for the help!
Hi, my baby is the same age and sleeps through the night, sometimes she would wake up once.
After reading different books (my favorite is the baby whisperer), asking the pediatrician, etc, this is what I did, maybe it will work for you too.
Night sleep is influenced by what happens during the day. At 5 1/2 months a baby should eat every 4 hours, my baby eats at 8, 12, 4, 8 and she has a dream feed at around 11 before I go to bed (she should be off that once she eats more solids). You can adjust the times, it shouldn't be rigid.
Do you have a routine? The one I follow is based on e.a.s.y concept, eat, activity, sleep, your choice. So there are 3 long naps and one catnap in the afternoon, no too long or she won't go to sleep. From what I understand the 3 naps go up to 9 months.
When is bedtime we give her a bath to relax followed by a bottle of formula and she falls asleep with that.
Now, your daughter might be getting up at night because of hunger, or because of habit. First you should make sure she eats enough during the day, increase the intake during the day with the amount you notice she eats at night (don't add a feeding, put extra oz in each bottle) it might be also a sign that she needs solid food. My baby slept a lot better after we started giving her food at 5 months. But we started with fruits, they are easy to digest. I can tell you about that as well, but don't want to make the reply too long.
Second once you are sure she had enough during the day don't feed her anymore at night, but offer water. You can tell that she doesn't need to feed at night if she isn't hungry for breakfast.
My daughter doesn't like plain water so I have a little trick, I give her warm water with very little formula in it and she would drink that and go back to sleep in 10 min.
Good luck, it will work eventually, don't worry. My baby was a preemie, so I know what lack of sleep means :)
Ivana
Ivana, What times and how long does your daughter normally nap? I am struggling with her 45 minute cat naps...somedays she will only sleep 2 hours total and I know this isn't enough. She normally goes down from 10-11 and 2-3 and then sometimes a short everning nap but I try to do not do anything after 5. Any advice you have is welcomed! Thanks for advice on solids, we're been trying apples all week:)





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