Re: Anyones baby sleep through the night? If so, what's your routine?
posted at 4/4/2011 8:15 AM EDT
Of course by answering this, I will jinx myself. But, DS started STTN 2 weeks ago, almost exactly at 5 mths. Before he was a once a night nurser at some point between 12-3am. Our schedule M-F is as follows (weekend are slightly different, but I try for not more than a 1 hour shift in times):
5:30am - Wake, diaper change, nurse (some mornings he is up babbling at 5am but is a really happy baby in the mornings, so will babble until I get him)
6am - out the door to "nana" care (sometimes awake in the car, sometimes a short cat nap)
6:20 - Arrive, Play
7:15-8:15 (ish) - Nap
8:30 - 5oz bottle
9:15 - Breakfast (2 tbsp oatmeal, 2 tbsp fruit)
11:30 - 5oz bottle
1-3pm - Nap (this fluctuates a bit... sometimes earlier/later in the day, but usually his longest nap)
3pm - 6oz bottle
4:45pm - Pick up from "nana" care
5:30pm - Dinner (2 tbsp oatmeal/rice, 2 tbsp veggie)
6:15 - Bath (every other day, nights we don't bath, we just play), diaper change, PJs
6:30pm - Nurse
6:45pm - settle down time... so either some floor time, book or some quiet activity. If DS is already rubbing his eyes, he goes straight into the crib.
7pm - Latest time to bed.
I have always tried to put DS to bed awake which I think has helped him learn how to settle himself. He has been in his crib since 1 week old and he loves it. In fact last night I nursed him a bit early and put him down at 6:30pm because he was so tired (afternoon nap was a bust), and he gave me a HUGE smile and immediately closed his eyes. Somehow he knows its his own special place.
Once in crib, we have a music aquarium that we play that lights up and plays lullabys for 7 minutes or so. I also put him in a sleep sack and pop in a paci. We have been incredibily lucky that when/if the paci falls out, it hasn't ever bothered him. I think he could actually take it or leave it... but we use the paci only at sleep times (naps too) so I think that is another sign to him that its sleep time.
We have to wake up so early to avoid traffic (we both work in the city and live about 45 minutes out) so some nights DS only gets 10 hrs of sleep. So we try really hard to get at least 3 hours of good naptime during the day. I will say, the days with horrible naps... he is a bad night sleeper. If he doesn't get at least one 1.5-2 hour nap (can be either morning or afternoon), he is a bear. Sleep definitely begets sleep with my kid.
Sometimes he still wakes overnight and just babbles, but I realized he wasn't in need of food, so at 5 mths, I let him be and I was amazed how fast he went right back to sleep. Most of the time he can put himself back to sleep on his own; last night I needed to go in and just pop in the paci and rub his forehead and he was back out. They say that everyone wakes up several times at night, we have just learned how to put ourselves back to sleep, and babies need to learn that too.