@Etran This is tough! It's really normal to see these shorter naps at this stage. I hope they start to lengthen soon. For the time change, I'd suggest perhaps adding another nap to the day so that you can push through to a 6/6.30pm bedtime. It might not be possible, but worth a shot!
@Kelly_T Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips! I like to suggest doing the change on Saturday but know that it might take a few days to adjust!
@Jlkubajak This is a great plan! Our blog post suggests making the change on Saturday but if you wanted to try Friday and Saturday, this is a great idea!
@Bekahleigh4 Totally a general suggestion based on a 7pm bedtime! If 5.30am works for your family, go for it!
@ParmR She is doing great! Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips! Also take a look at our sleep schedule generator (MELANIE, PLEASE LINK). I want to make sure she is getting enough to eat during the day so she can work towards not eating at night to feed. Is she fully awake and ready to start the day at 5.30am? Can you try treating the 5.30am waking as a night feed?
@Marisssivo I hear you! Those early waking are hard to change! I think you are doing an amazing job. Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips! I would suggest transitioning to the two nap schedule as best you can after the time change. I suspect getting him onto that schedule might help with the early rising.
@Ayirp20Mom Id love you to leave her in bed until at least 6am if she is happy. Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips.
@lwj1101 Its totally likely that this is due to her standing! Those shorter naps are fine, we see that most babies need a little less sleep during the day as they get older. I'd love you to TRY to have her stay in the crib until 6am. 5/5.30am is just brutal for most families! Take a look at our blog post for suggestions for tomorrow.
@Mismin Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips!
@Marianne Id let her sleep later for the last nap of the day tomorrow to get her ready and then put her to sleep later tomorrow night. Definitely let her sleep until 6 tomorrow for the third nap and aim for an 8pm bedtime.
@Jane Id love you to leave him in bed until at least 6am if you can. Some babies are just early risers and that is hard to change! Id love to try to cap his nap to 2 hours if you can, that might help (some daycares will let you do that, others wont :( ).
@AG_1212 I'd love you to fully transition to the two nap schedule if you can. That will likely help with the early morning wakings. https://www.nanit.com/blog/sleep-schedule-generator/
It sounds like she is getting plenty of sleep but I'd love to try to get her to 6am if we can! Making sure she is getting enough to eat during the day might help and getting rid of the third nap will likely help as well! Good luck!
@Js_mom It's up to you. You can leave him for 20-30 minutes after he wakes to get himself back to sleep if you are up for it. I wouldnt go longer than that. I'd suggest starting with the first nap of the day. If he doesnt get himself back to sleep, move on with the day as best you can. Give it four or five days and then try the second nap too. If hes stil taking a third nap, that is just a cat nap to get him through until bedtime, no need to push him to get back to sleep if he only naps for 20 minutes for the thrid nap.
@Astrong24 It sounds like she is ready for bed at 7/7.30! I'd love you to try to get her to sleep at that time. The key is getting her to fall asleep by herself at the beginning of the night! Once she can do that, she wont be waking overnight to be fed or soothed. Make sure her nap isnt too late, I'd love her to be awake for around 5-6 hours before bedtime at this age!
@EABach The 7 month old sounds like a dream! Keep doing what you are doing!
If the 4 year old is taking a nap, I would cut it out. If they are not taking a nap, I'd love to see them in bed asleep a little earlier if they continue to have an early wake up time. Toddlers push limits and boundaries and its our job as parents to be setting those limits and boundaries. I'd suggest a short nightime routine with no 'one more' 's! (ie, one more book, hug, glass of water, etc!). If you are both consistent about the short routine and not giving in the the 'one more' 's, you should start to see the bedtime creep earlier.
@Lia You have lots of choices! At this age, almost all healthy babies are capable of sleeping through the night without a feed if given the opportunity. You can go cold turkey and just leave her to CIO until she gets herself back to sleep, you can gradually cut down the amount of milk she is getting in the bottle, you can water down the milk so she is eventually just taking water and not milk (and then cut it down all together) or you can keep feeding her and hope she drops it on her own!
@Ilona Ilona, you can totally move her schedule in one day if you want to. It might take her a few more days to adjust but you can absolutely try to get it done in one day! Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips!
@MiklaRivett I'd love you to try to leave him until 6am if you can. If hes really upset Id go and get him but if he is rolling around, Id totally give him the chance to get back to sleep. It might be a few days of 4.30am wake-ups but hopefully after a few days his little body will adjust to the new time. Make sure he is not napping too much during the day.
@Mnroberts Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips! You can totally keep her up later tonight AND tomorrow night to get her ready!
@Lauralye77 OMG! She sounds PERFECT! What a dream! For tomorrow, please dont wake her, let her wake naturally! Actually, unless you HAVE to wake her for daycare, Id love you to leave her to wake naturally every day!
@Michelle Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips!
@J_and_M This all sounds really normal! You are doing great! Hang in there! At this stage, I just want you to focus on feedin her every 2-3 hours during the day (with some cluster feedings being normal) and hopefully you will start to see a longer stretch of sleep start to emerge at the beginning of the night soon! This is HARD. It WILL get easier soon! She will start to sleep longer stretches really soon!
@Jeff14834 Take a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips! In terms of the early mornings, it might take a few days to adjust. If he is happy in the crib, I'd leave him there until 6am if you can. If hes upset, i'd go get him.
@lpd Again, I'd really love you to try to leave him until 6am if you can!
@AdvancedMommying Most everything has been addressed now. Hopefully, you find them helpful! As for Jeff's question I recommended taking a look at our blog post on the time change which should give you some tips! In terms of the early mornings, it might take a few days to adjust. If baby is happy in the crib, I'd leave them there until 6am if you can. If they are upset, i'd go get them.
Hi Dr. Barnett,
My son will be 9 months on Sunday. We finally have a pretty good sleep schedule down. He’s in bed between 8-8:30pm and wakes at 8am for the day with one waking around 4-5am for a feed. He takes 2 1-1.5 hour naps during the day at 11 and 3:30. He’s pretty flexible on the nap schedule if we’re out running errands for the day.
Any tips on how to adjust his schedule for daylight savings? Do you think the middle of the night feed is still necessary? If not, tips to help drop it. He is currently eating 2 meals and a snack a day and his bottle intake has slightly dropped as more solids are being added on but he’s still drinking 25oz of breast milk a day.
Hi @pgordillo I'd love to move him to three solid meals a day at this point. If he's getting everything he needs during the day he shouldn't need to eat at night now, assuming he is healthy and born on time. If you take a look at the Nanit 9 month sleep schedule, this should give you a good guide on feeding and sleeping times during the day. In terms of dropping the night feed, you can try gradually cutting down the oz he is getting in the bottle, reducing by an ounce every couple of days (at the same time as ramping up his food intake during the day), and then you can also try cutting the milk with water so he is gradually just getting water in the middle of the night. Once he is taking just 1 oz of water and no milk, you can be assured he is not waking because he is hungry, he is waking out of habit.
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