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Naps / Nap extension not working
« Last post by Seachelle1512 on March 21, 2022, 16:24:27 pm »
LO is 8wks old today. Been on an EASY pattern for weeks now. Not a schedule yet, but definitely a pattern. He sleeps pretty good at night so far. The last week each night went like this: a 3-5hr sleep stretch, eats and sleeps another 2-3hrs, eats and sleeps another 2-3hrs. Around 10-12 total night sleep hours.

Daytime naps have been dicey… example of what happened today:
10:05 asleep for first nap
10:50 I heard the first awake noise on monitor
10:50-11:00 HTTJ for about 10min, I think I about have him asleep then 11:00 he starts fidgeting hard and cries
11:00-11:10 I get him resettled in the crib (small, short-lived win) so I pat his back and hold him through the squirms
11:10-11:35 this process continues for 25 more minutes, he never resettles into a deep sleep. He yawns, eyes stay mostly closed, no hardcore crying, some whining. But no deep non-moving sleep. Constant jolts and squirms.
11:35 I finally pick him up after his agitation starts to increase. He rubs his face into my chest, I have to bounce him a bit to calm him down, then he becomes still.
12:15 he’s asleep in my arms as I’m writing this and has only twitched twice for the last 40 minutes. Guess this is his deep sleep cycle finally (?) after 40 minutes of failed nap extension.

He’s on reflux meds, I gave gas drops prior to this nap and right before the gas drops he passed gas during tummy time. So I don’t think tummy problems are the reason for his nap troubles.

Why can he go to sleep on his own for nap but not stay asleep on his own? What am I missing?

I’ve tried every awake time combination imaginable over the last week (anywhere from 50 min to 1hr15min) and it seems he can’t get past the 45min hump on his own anymore. I have maybe 10% success rate extending his nap fully in his crib, 10% of the time he continues napping on his own, the other 80% he finishes his nap on my chest or the swing after a failed attempt to nap extend.

Am I wasting my time? My back and sanity sure aren’t thanking me 😞 If he doesn’t resettle in 15-20 minutes should I just hold him for the remainder of the nap? I have 4 more weeks on leave and could enjoy them more not hovering over his bed for hours each day doing something that isn’t fruitful.
How much longer do I try? Or just try for one nap a day then do what I need to do for the rest?
Bottle Feeding / Re: 3 month old refusing a bottle
« Last post by Beyeraident1999 on March 17, 2022, 11:57:00 am »
Bottle refusal is a common problem that can occur at any age. If your baby refuses to take a bottle from you, then it may indicate that they are not getting enough nutrition through breastfeeding. This could be due to insufficient milk supply, improper positioning of the nipple, or even a lack of interest in nursing
Breast Feeding / Rough guide by age of feeds?
« Last post by Crispysage on March 06, 2022, 17:07:38 pm »
My LO is 13 mo and doing great. She is still on 7,11,3,7 (plus a 5am one I’m trying to drop.) maybe this is an EASY schedule question but I’ve forgot when they start dropping day feeds?
I have had great success by bringing daytime feedings closer in time, moving the feeds closer each day by 15 minutes till we find the 'sweet spot' of timing which gives me and babe that much needed rest at night.

Sleeping For Toddlers / 12 month early wake... is anyone out there???
« Last post by Abbyw on February 08, 2022, 12:14:41 pm »
My 12 month old has always been an early riser. His nurse for some reason was never able to train him out of the 5 am wake up but once she left, I was able to get him to wake up later.
Recently, be it the 12 month sleep regression, teething, etc. He's waking up early in the 5s again and I'm falling apart. Throw in frequent NW as well.

I'm at a loss. I'm trying to push his morning nap to after 11 but he's usually so exhausted by then and he rarely sleeps for more than 1.5 hrs.
Sometimes he'll go down for a catnap in the afternoon and bedtime is at about 7ish (earlier if no afternoon nap) or 7.30ish if he did.
I need some guidance here, where am I going wrong?
Naps / Terrible naps during the day | 17 weeks old
« Last post by AnnaKorp on December 04, 2021, 12:22:42 pm »

My daughter is 17 weeks old and is obviously going through the 4 mo sleepregression…
She was never a very good sleeper. The first few months she cried a lot, so we held her very close to us. She is used to sleeping in the carrier and being rocked to sleep.

A few weeks ago we started with BW and she suddenly could sleep in her crib (we did pet/shh, but instead of petting stroke her eyebrows).

But now with the sleepregression…
Catnaps are very common and now she won’t sleep in her crib anymore unless we rock her to sleep and very calmly put her in her crib. (She’s too fussy for pat/shh). Very often she’s awake after 10 minutes after laying her in her crib.

At this moment I really don’t know how to handle this situation 🥲
This morning’s nap we put her in the carrier, so she could have two cycles of sleep.
For her other naps we don’t know what to do… We have a toddler too that wants his attention.

(FYI: she seems to be able to fall asleep herself, as she has shown last week with some naps). But atm she’s wide awake in her crib.

Can someone please give advise/tips?

Our schedule is something like:

7.30: E + A
9.15: S
10.45: E + A
12.30: S
13.15: A
14.15: E + A
15.00: S
15.45: A
17.00: E + A
17.30: S
18.30: A
20.00: E + S (after small bottle she’s still awake)
20.30: A
22.00: E + S (after bottle only sleepy, but still awake)
3.00: E (dreamfeed)

How do we improve? Or is it a matter of time? 😬

Thanks for your responses in advance ❤️
Naps / Nearly 5 month old naps
« Last post by SJS1471 on December 02, 2021, 16:24:22 pm »
Hello I am back again with my second baby!

Yet again I have a serial cat napper but a really good night sleeper 😅

She will be 5 months on Sunday and our EASY looks like this -

WU 7.30
E 7.45
A 7.55 - 9.20
S 9.20 - 9.50
A 9.50 - 10.45
E 10.45
A 10.55 - 11.40
S 11.40 - 12.10
A 12.10 - 1.30
E 1.30
S 1.55 - 2.20 resettled herself for another 15 minutes
S 2.30 - 2.45
A 2.45 - 4.00
E 4.00
A 4.15 - 5.00
S 5.00 - 5.30 (carrier)
A 5.30 - 6.00
E 6.00
A 6.15 - 7.15
E 7.15
S 7.00

The naps are UT I'm thinking as she wakes happy apart from the afternoon one. She isn't happy when she wakes and tries to get herself back to sleep but can't. She puts herself to sleep for naps sucking her thumb. The last nap is always in the carrier on daddy so that I can go and pick our eldest up from pre school shower her etc.

I'm wondering whether to try and push her WT out more? I'm obviously grateful she sleeps so well at night but as the night goes on she just gets so grumpy and is not a happy baby at all.

Thank you if you got this far 😅

Bottle Feeding / 3 month old refusing a bottle
« Last post by Kclu on November 09, 2021, 18:17:58 pm »
Okay, baby girl was taking a bottle once in awhile no problem! She would latch onto it and drink. Now I'm going back to work in 7 days and she is completely refusing. She pushes her tongue out any time the bottle comes near her. She has always refused a binky so no luck there. I recently, four days ago, tested positive for COVID my milk is very dry, she is very hungry and would rather suckel on a dry breast for 1.5 hours than take a bottle. I have tried different milk temperatures, warmed nipple, different nipple, someone else trying to feed it to her. Is it just because she is sick or do I have an issue on my hands? My mother in law will be watching her while I'm at work and I cannot break to breastfeed her. I need her to take Bottles. Please help.
Night Wakings / Night Wakings/ Early Wakings in an 8 month old
« Last post by LydSquid on November 03, 2021, 10:06:19 am »
Hello all! It's my first time here. I read BW during my pregnancy and have referred back to it many times for help.
We have always tried to stick to the EASY routine and had hiccups when we strayed. We overused a paci and it became a strong prop for my little girl.
At 6 month we moved her into her own room and we realized how bad it had gotten because we actually had to get out of bed to put it back in.
At 7 and a half months I took away the paci cold turkey. She is now 8 and a half month and still exhibits signs of wanting to suck or not being satisfied with sucking on her fingers or tongue when going down for naps and resettling after waking.

When we first cut the paci I turned into a human paci and she started waking more frequently and only wanting to nurse to go back down.
I cut night feedings two weeks ago after reading another post on this site. I tried PUPD but she just screams more and I have to rock her hip in her crib. She settles down a bit and then cries and sits up within 10 minutes. This would go on for an hour or more some nights.

 The last couple of nights I have caved and fed her because I thought she might really need to eat. But she still has a very hard time staying down. She settles in her crib and then within ten minutes starts crying. This will be anywhere between 4 and 5 am. Past that I just know she won't go back down and don't bother.

Since cutting the paci and trying PUPD she has shortened her 45 minute naps to around 30 minutes and it's cause a wreck of a time during the day. I try to resettle for naps but the same thing happens. She calms down for a minute or two and then stirs and cries.

She started solids at 6 months. She still just snacks, tastes, and plays. She started crawling over a week ago. She can pull herself up on her crib. She is very attached to me throughout the day. My husband works from home and I take care of her full time so she is always around her parents.

She is normally able to stay awake for 3 hours but has gone up to 5 when we are around other kids her age and in a new place.

Our EASY routine looks like this give or take a half hour.

5:30 wake up and nurse
8:30- nap (sometimes I will try to resettle and put her back down but this hasn't ever worked)
9ish wake up and nurse
12 nap
12:45  nurse
3 nap
3:30 wake up and nurse
6:30 nurse
6:45 bedtime routine and down for the night

Or if  she naps longer its been like this in the past:

6am wake up and nurse
9am nap
9:45 wake up and nurse
1:30 nap
2:30 wake up and nurse
6:30 nurse
 6:45 bed time routine and down for the night.

Thank you for the help!
General Sleep Issues / Ssh pat addict - warning off ssh pat
« Last post by Cg1986 on September 18, 2021, 09:27:08 am »
My 11 week old can be guided to sleep successfully with the ssh pat. Whilst this is great, she can only manage one sleep cycle because she’s still not falling to sleep independently. Despite my attempts to wean her off / reduce the patting gradually, she gets so worked up and upset, it means I always end up helping her to sleep. I know until she’s falling asleep completely without me, she won’t be able to connect cycles for naps so can anyone share their experiences / guidance of how to wean off the ssh pat? Thanks!
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