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Old 08-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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Re: sleeping schedule

We are a scheduling family here as are our friends. We schedule beginning somewhere between birth and 3 weeks depending on the baby. It is 40-45 minutes is a very common interval for babies to awake. Most will fall back asleep if they have learned to self soothe and have eaten well and had sufficient waketime throughout the day. We shoot for naps 90-120 minutes from birth on and do very very well with it, despite occasionally waking at that 45 minute mark. We feed our babies, keep them awake about 30-45 minutes after eating (change diaper in there) and then lay them down when drowsy for a nap. Drowsy means reading your baby's sleep cues. For many its that first yawn, restless movement of their heads or the first fuss. This is the happy sleep window! Early tired = likely to fall asleep happily and unassisted. This way we are assuring they aren't hungry, diaper is clean and dry, and they are ready for sleep after some socializing and activity. We have very little difficulty guiding our babies to this routine. Generally 2.5-3 hours after we woke them and fed them, they are awakened and fed again. that's we do with smashingly successful results. GL finding what works for you!
Leslie Helpmeet since 1999. WAHM to Big(04), Middle(08) and Little(09) and Double Blessings (10/13).Granola crunchy, scheduling, Evangelical Liberal mommy that CDs, BFs, ERFs, & BWs. An attached parent without the Attachment Parenting.
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