Post # 1
Ok, so I was successful getting my 8 week old on somewhat of a nap schedule. There is no exact time for his nap, except that I won’t let him up more than 2 hours at a time (I put him to bed as soon as he starts yawning/getting cranky). Usually, the times of day end up being similar
(get up at 6; sleep from 8-10; up from 10-12; sleep from 12-1:30, and so on).
Today, there is no putting him to sleep!
He was up at 10:15 and started getting cranky around 11:45 so I put him to bed, hoping he’d fall asleep by 12:00… Well he did not. At first he was calm in his bed; then he cried a little bit; then a lot… I went in to comfort him at different intervals. He finally stopped crying at 12:40. I just went in to check on him, thinking he was asleep… NO!! Still awake!
So… Should I get him up at 1:30 even if he didn’t nap or wait some more for him to sleep?
And if by 1:30 he finally falls asleep, do I let him sleep even if it disturbs his routine for the rest of the day? (I’m very keen on keeping a routine, I have a 8 week old that sleeps through the night except for 1 feeding, and I believe the routine is the key for this).
Post # 3
This just sounds a bit too rigid for me. I operated on the theory that my babies knew their sleep needs better than I did. I still was lucky enough to have babies that slept through the night very early.
Just because he has been on a 2 hr schedule doesn’t mean that things aren’t going to change as he grows older.
Post # 4
Yeah, thing is, I don’t go only by the clock, I follow his cues to put him to sleep. If he’s clearly not tired and in a good mood, I’ll let him up. But he’s clearly tired – yawning, fussy, his eyes are watery… But he just won’t nap!
He spent the last two days not napping, and now this morning, slept for almost 4 hours straight, with one 15 minute period awake to eat and he fell back asleep on my breast. I kept him cuddled on me so that he’d get more sleep because as soon as I put him in his bed he wakes up – he needs the sleep!
Post # 5
Be careful about letting him nap on you. You can easily get into a situation where he won’t sleep in his own bed and you can’t live your life with your baby attached to you.
Post # 6
@julies1949: agreed, I have seen that happen and it is no fun.
I would just lay him down and let him cry it out. It is good for them to cry, it exercises the lungs and releases bodily stress.
Post # 7
@julies1949: Yeah I know… I don’t usually let him nap on me; I make sure to put him to bed before he is asleep so he can fall asleep by himself. But the past 2 days have been so difficult on that front that I wanted him to get some zzzz’s before the lack of sleep gets bad for him.
Post # 8
Can we trade babies? lol Mine sleeps at max about 40 minutes and he goes down whenever he wants I have no set schedule. He will mostly only sleep in my arms and prefers to nurse every single hour.
My suggestion would be to swaddle if you aren’t already or unswaddle if you do. My 3 month old has been fighting sleep for weeks now. Sometime there are no issues and at other times there are major issues.
Post # 9
8 weeks is pretty young to let him cry it out, but I totally agree with you that he needs his sleep! It sounds like he’s really tired, but fighting it, for some reason.
Do you have any idea why he might be fighting sleep? Sometimes things like colds, congestion, growth spurts, etc… can affect their sleep. Also, being overtired can really affect their ability to get to sleep and stay asleep. His age might also have something to with it; a lot of babies go through big sleep regressions between 2-4 months, as they become more awake and more aware of their surroundings. Even if he seems otherwise fine, there might be an underlying issue affecting his sleep right now that will resolve itself in time.
I would suggest that the most important thing, at this point, is to get him caught up on sleep and worry about his sleep training a little later. If you haven’t before, you could try movement (going for a walk in the stroller or baby carrier, swing, car ride, etc…), white noise, or putting him to sleep in a different place from his usual sleeping place, to see if any of those things make a difference.
Post # 10
Don’t let the baby cry this young. Even the cry it out books say that for the first 12 weeks, do whatever works to get the baby sleep. So it’s ok at this very young age for the baby to sleep on you. I went to a sleep doctor at a hopsital (Ferber) and even he recommends no crying for babies under 6 months.
Post # 11
My 8 week old will be on what seems like a schedule for 3 or 4 days and then switch it up – maybe just to keep us on our toes?? lol its frustrating sometimes but I feel and I’ve read that it’s normal before 12 weeks to sleep/eat/wake on demand. So I’m following his schedule. (& I’m back atwork, too..ughh haha).