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8 months, longer A times
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:45:40 am »
Hey all,
can someone have a look at our schedule? It seems to keep getting later and later for bedtime. I'm not entirely opposed to this as DH and I are night owls it gives me a bit of a lie-in but wondering if I need to tweak A times to keep the day to 12.5hrs? Last night bedtime was 8:20, I think the night before was some time in the 7pm hour. She does fine on 3.5hr A times though.

A 8:30am
E 9am milk + solids
A
S noon-1:30pm
E 2pm milk + solids
A
S 5-6:15pm
E 7:45pm solids
8:30pm bath, bottle, books, bed
9:15pm asleep, no crying

Not much crying before naps and she wakes happy. She wakes 1-2x at night and I offer 1.5oz of BM + 1.5oz water or a BF. I am weaning her down from those with the water, hope to drop to 0-1 wakings by next week. We can't do much crying at night right now due to DH so it's been a slow process on that front but I'm not that bothered by it.

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Re: 8 months, longer A times
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2018, 09:14:56 am »
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To be honest I think I'd stick with what you have unless it is becoming a problem for you.  The A times and naps look good, night is a decent length it's only that you start and end the day later than some families.  If BT started to get a lot later than this then I'd suggest reducing nap2 a little, say cap 10 or 15 mins earlier to make a 1hr nap instead of 1hr 15 and then bring BT earlier.  Over the coming months that nap might need to reduce more until it is a CN and is eventually dropped.  At the moment with the A times being comfortable (she goes to sleep well) you could start he naps at the same time and just cap nap 2.  If/when her morning A time needs to increase (eg nap refusal or nap goes short due to UT) then you would move nap 1 a bit later and put down for nap 2 a bit later but cap it at the same time so that you can keep BT the same.

With regards to the night feeds, it's perfectly normal for a BF baby to need one or more night feeds for a good few months yet. I am not sure aiming to wean all the feeds would be advisable at this point.

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Re: 8 months, longer A times
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2018, 22:45:14 pm »
Thanks, that does help!

Also, today we went to the park and she napped in the car a short nap. Now her afternoon nap is going quite long, 2+ hours. Is this normal to catch up from the missed time in the AM? Some would say cap all naps to 2 hrs to prevent messed up nights, what are your thoughts there?

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Re: 8 months, longer A times
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 04:25:02 am »
I tend to suggest to go in and watch at 2hr and wake her when she rouses between sleep cycles, often around 2:15. That's the most pleasant time to be woken...

Its fine to catch up a bit, just that a sleep debt doesn't have to be paid back in full hours of sleep, just good quality sleep.