Post # 1
I have read this in multiple places and the one sleep book I read, and it seemed to work very well for me for awhile. My question is, at what point do you stop this and is your child no longer a “newborn”?
Kayla is going to be 3 months on Friday and she still tends to get fussy about 1-1.5 hours after eating which is normally when I try to put her down for a nap (which were lasting about 30-45 minutes). Today, she was able to be calmed down and stay awake for longer, which resulted in longer naps. Is there an age where you no longer need to worry about this two hour rule?
Post # 3
From what I’ve read the newborn definition is usually 0-3 months but I have no idea if the definition carries to the sleep/nap guidelines. I think in the No Cry Sleep Solution book it suggests 4 months with most of those techniques so maybe that is the guideline. I personally go by my baby’s cues instead of a hard rule of time. If you are willing, maybe try experiementing a bit when she (and you) is in the mood and adjust by 30 minutes or so similar to your experience today. See if it was a fluke or if she is ready for a little longer awake time.
Post # 4
I think the guidelines are:
- 2 hours for 0-3 months
- 3 hours for 3-6 months
- 4 hours for 6-9 months
- 5 hours for 9-12 months
I’m pretty sure we were right on with these for Addie, but obviously each baby is different and some might be ready for longer awake periods before/after what this says.
Btw, I can’t believe Kayla is 3 months old! I feel like I just read about her birth a few weeks ago. 🙂
Post # 5
Yeah tell me about it!! 🙂 Thanks for that tip though. Sometimes it nice to know a general guideline to at least keep in mind…since the 2 hour one seemed to work well for Kayla!
Post # 6
We just had our 3 month old up for 4 1/2 hours because she missed her afternoon nap!! We took a gamble and it was sooo crazy to put her down at bedtime. It took half hour and she was crying so loud! I haven’t seen this since the first few weeks of life. The most difficult thing is, she was super mellow and giggly happy all day so it threw us off. It’s all fun and games until it’s OverTime. Gotta get back on schedule tomorrow. Thanks for the 3 hour rule…it’s nice to know we can extend it beyond 2 hours now. Just NOT 4 hours, for a few more months.