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General Sleep Issues / Re: 3.5 MONTH BEDTIME @ 9 PM???
« Last post by Sarah33miller on April 03, 2021, 00:00:41 am »
Thank you so much for your reply! I do feel like I have a good handle on his tired signs and have stopped watching the clock. He does get tired roughly between 1.5-2 hours. I was wondering if you have any advice about what to do during night wakings? He has been waking up every half an hour to one hour all night long recently. Iím at a total loss as to how to get him to sleep longer. I also feel like itís confusing because he hasnít weaned off night feedings so I usually feed him around 1am and 4am, so sometimes when he wakes up I do PUPD, and sometimes I feed him which I feel like must be confusing for him.
General Sleep Issues / Re: 3.5 MONTH BEDTIME @ 9 PM???
« Last post by Katet on April 02, 2021, 04:58:44 am »
It may not be something that has an easy fix.
Firstly he may need his time between feeds to be  anywhere between 3and 4 hours, but as you say his awake time for his age is 2 hours, but that's an average, some babies it's 1h 45 some 2.15 and that can change for each nap time, so you may need longer or shorter at different times in the day...2hours isn't an exact science for all babies.
Level of stimulation may also effect how long they stay awake too, this knowing tired signs at this age is vital to  work out if your 2 hours is 1h50 or 2h 15.

In terms of the long evening time...quite normal to have witching hours/unsettled period, at 3months in BF babies it can be part of a growth spurt to change  milk supply to meet development or it can be over or under tired based on day  and if they are low or high sleep needs.
The first suggestion, I'd have to make is throw away the clock and look for tired signs and hungry signs , you may find that a 3.5/3/4 or a 4/3/3 or 3.5/3.5/3.5  routine is what he works best on on any give day it may change by 10/15/60 minutes.
Secondly definitely try holding through the jolts and given his age even try picking him up and sitting in a quiet dark place to see if he'll go back to sleep in your arms (which is actually what worked with my second.
General Sleep Issues / 3.5 MONTH BEDTIME @ 9 PM???
« Last post by Sarah33miller on March 30, 2021, 22:16:15 pm »
My DS is falling asleep at every nap time, right on schedule just by using the 4S's but we have 2 problems.

1. the 45 minute intruder - which is causing me to tweak his schedule so he is only up for 2 hours at a time. I am going to try holding him through the jolt tomorrow to see if it keeps him asleep - I feel like it might work because he does sleep through whenever he is in his car seat.

2. After his 5pm catnap, he is unable to sleep until 9pm or so. A lot of nights he shows no sleepy cues and is relatively content this whole time. We TRY to do a 7:30 bedtime, after his 7pm feed we do bath, massage, prayer and song (the full wind down routine) but come bedtime he is not tired at all. I know he is a little young for PUPD, but we still tried it as he is a big baby (15+ lbs) and I felt that he was developmentally ready for it. After just 2 days we had broken the sleep props that were preventing daytime naps, but we still have had no luck with bedtime. Even before we started PUPD, we could not get him to fall asleep at bedtime with nursing, rocking, or any other prop. He just seems to be wired from 6pm-9pm. Our nighttime sleep is still pretty pathetic (waking every 2-3 hours) but if it's not time to feed he usually settles within 10 minutes. I am wondering if we could get bedtime earlier if things would go better. Could this wired time be from him being overtired because of his short naps? I was following the 4 hour schedule at first him with because he does not need to eat every 3 hours, but he couldn't handle missing the extra nap so I am back to the 3 hour schedule just to try to squeeze in 4 naps. I'm kind of lost, constantly trying new things and unsure what will help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Bottle Feeding / Re: Desperate Mum to wean off breastfeeding
« Last post by Katet on March 28, 2021, 21:58:25 pm »
At 7 months old I'd go straight to trying a cup, my youngest managed one at 5.5months after refusing the bottle and I needed to be away for more than the gap between feeds.
Also at 7months you'd have started on solids so if you need to skip a bf, just offer a solids feed.
Basically at 7months just skip trying a bottle as in many ways they aren't the greatest for teeth anyway so  it's best to drop bottles by 12 months anyway, moving to milk in a sippy cup removes that step. .
Activity Time & Toddler Activity / toys for toddler
« Last post by AmberPic on March 25, 2021, 07:06:10 am »
Personally, I really like toys that also help children develop. I have two sons, they are staying home with me and I need them to play with toys. Children like toys that attract their attention, they should be bright and interesting. I found such toys there My kids like it because it makes a sound. They also like to take them apart and see what's inside so I'm glad that these toys can be easily assembled. I know a lot of moms have the same problem. Good luck to you!
Sleeping For Toddlers / Re: Help with 2.5yo Nap Please!
« Last post by KKmom on March 19, 2021, 19:21:54 pm »
Any advice from moms out there? Appreciate any guidance. 
After getting through the time change last week, we have leveled off at a fairly consistent 7:15-7:30 wake, 3:30 fall asleep for nap and 9-9:30 fall asleep for bedtime.  I've capped his naps at 1hr30now and waking him by 5:15 at the latest.  This may just be the best that it gets, which is Ok. I'd really like to hang on to those naps for longer.

If someone could weigh in on the questions, I welcome the input and ideas!

Night Wakings / after the 3 nights
« Last post by Twosweetgirls on March 11, 2021, 17:20:47 pm »
What next?  I have a 6 month old who started off really easy going, but now I have been waking up with him 5 times a night for a few months.  I noticed I had been feeding him milk at night more than needed, and most likely it was a prop.  So I did a 3 night fix, no milk from 10-7am.  This is great!  He wakes up hungry, and I'm not feeding all night.  But HE'S STILL WAKING UP!!! I dream feed at 930 and then 1130-5ish, he wakes up almost every 1.5 hours.  thoughts???
Sleeping For Toddlers / Help with 2.5yo Nap Please!
« Last post by KKmom on March 10, 2021, 01:24:06 am »
I used this board quite a bit with my older son and now I'm back for guidance with my younger. He is 2yr8mos and I'm struggling with how best to manage his naps (without giving them up completely- I am big on naps and my older son napped until he was 6yo). His nap times are getting later and later, thus getting shorter and shorter since I still wake him up at 5:15 regardless in order to get him to bed at night. He plays and talks and rolls around in his crib, but will not fall asleep.

This was his usual schedule:
Wake- 7:30
Nap- asleep at 2:30 for 1.5-2hrs
Bedtime- start at 7:30 (books), usually asleep at 8:30/sometimes 9

He starts nap routine at 1:30 (books, milk) and it used to take him about 45min-1 hour to fall asleep, so he would be asleep by 2:30 or 2:45. He will usually nap 1.5-2hrs when he falls asleep. These last couple of weeks his fall asleep time is getting later and later. First it was 3p, then 3:30 or 4. Today he didn't fall asleep until 4:45!! So he's only getting a 30min nap today. The problem is that with a 5:15 nap wake time, he won't fall asleep early even with a short nap. His bedtimes are also drifting later- sometimes he falls asleep at 9:15. Here are my Qs...

1. IF I want to hold on to his nap, should I push back his nap time and put him down to nap more like 2 or 3p? Would that make him MORE tired and more likely to fall asleep when he do goes to nap?
2. OR is he getting overtired and maybe I should put him down for nap EARLIER than 1:30? When he was younger he would get OT and super spun up and wouldn't be able to settle down for nap. It's similar now- he looks really tired by around 3-3:30, rubbing his eyes and yawning, but he just can't seem to fall asleep.   
3. I am flexible on when he naps and how late he falls asleep at night- it doesn't matter much to me. I just want to figure out the best strategy to get him to fall asleep for his nap. The two hours of time waiting for him to fall asleep for nap, going in and out of his room, telling him to sleep, etc. is really exhausting and it's a waste of time because he's not sleeping or up playing!

I do want him to continue napping and I'm not ready to transition off entirely. With our schedule it isn't feasible to get him in bed at 6 or 6:30 and I don't want to short him on total sleep.

He went to the dentist about a month ago and one of his 2yo molar was about to break through, with the other following closely behind. Teething could be an issue, but I hate to give Tylenol/Motrin every day if I'm not sure?? Teething should only be a temporary issue right, like for a couple days?  I think this is a broader issue with his sleep.

Thanks for your guidance!
Bottle Feeding / Desperate Mum to wean off breastfeeding
« Last post by Annie23 on March 07, 2021, 15:32:55 pm »
Hi all,

I am hoping I can get some advice, I have been trying to introduce a bottle for my LO. She is 7 months old and quite strong willed!
My mistake that I didn't add a bottle feed so she got used to it so now absolutely refuses to accept one.

I have exclusively breastfed but for various reason would like to introduce formula now.

I am starting with expressed milk, warmed to correct temperature, tried a few teats, different times of day but no avail. Is going cold turkey an option, last resort really.

Can anyone please offer some advice.

Thank you
Naps / Catnap
« Last post by Millermev on March 04, 2021, 01:56:45 am »
At what age do we drop the catnap?
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