I’m learning so much along this parenting journey! Right now, I’m just trying to read as much as I can in preparation for the next step. Arden is 5 weeks old and we’re managing to keep the sanity around here. Improving our sleep would be a huge bonus for us — so maybe sleep schedules are the place to start.
- TheBump.com: Baby schedules
- HappiestBaby.com: 1st year schedules
- The Baby Sleep Site: Sample feeding and sleeping schedules
- Parents.com: sleep schedule
- A mother far from home: newborn sleep schedules
- Mighty Moms Club: newborn sleep schedule
- Baby Sleep Science
Here’s what we’ll go with when Arden reaches 4 months:
- 6:30-7:00a = wake, feeding
- 8:30a = NAP –> Wake, feed
- 11:30a = NAP –> Wake, feed
- 3:00p = NAP — not past 4p –> Wake, feed
- 6:30p = final feed; bedtime prep
- 7:00p = bedtime
- (9:30-11:30p = dream feed/pump = optional)
- 1:00a (or after, but before 4a) = night feed
All naps < 2 hours
- Establish feeding relationship (lactation consultant, breast, bottle)
- Swaddling, pacifier, white noise
- From 7a-9p: NOT sleep longer than 2 hours at a time. When wake from nap —> 30-50 min awake time (including feed) —> NAP
- When wake from nap —> feed (even if previous feed was <2 hours prior)
- If not ready to feed —> wait 15-30min and try again.
- 30 min before bedtime —> feed baby in well LIT room (keep baby as awake as possible during feed) —> swaddle.
- **Unless absolutely necessary —> avoid changing diaper or unwsaddling until morning. If must —> use <15 watt bulb or red light.
- ** Between 4:00a and 6:30a —> NOT enter baby room unless an emergency. **
- 7-14 month old = nap 2x/day (9:00a, 1:30p)
- If eating solids —> breakfast about 1 hour after morning waking. Lunch around 12:00p. Dinner about 2 hours after waking from 2nd nap (around 2 hours before bedtime).
Update: June 18, 2018
Update: March 23, 2019
- Baby Sleep Simplified: Newborn sleep schedules
- Newborn sleep week-by-week
- Sleep schedule for baby’s first year
Updated April 24, 2019
This book (12 hours sleep by 12 weeks old) was recommended by a friend…. I thought we’d give it a try for G. The first book ( Getting Your Baby to Sleep the Baby Sleep Trainer Way) worked so well for Arden. But, G has been having shorter naps and shorter feed schedules so I’m worried he won’t be as good of a sleeper…
Updated: June 14, 2019
G has been sleeping like a champ. He’s 3 months old today and has pretty much declared his own sleep schedule. I followed Natalie Wiles method since it worked so well for Arden, and it seemed to jive more with G. He spends about 2-3 waking hours in between naps. When he first wakes up from an overnight sleep, I like to change his diaper and then get him a solid feed. These days, he’s taking about 6oz when he first wakes up. Then we hangout and watch Arden have breakfast and get ready for school. After about an hour from his big feed, G will do some tummy time/mobile time/book time for about 30 minutes. After that, I’ll put him in the swing to check out the backyard and some nature. See rest of the schedule below!
6:30a – Wakeup –> diaper change, big feed
7a – watches Arden have breakfast and get ready for school
7:30a – tummy time, mobiles, books
8:30/9a – Nap (typically he does 45 minute naps)
9:45/10a – tummy time (about 5-10 minutes on empty stomach)
10ish – diaper change –> feed
10:30a – in his swing looking outside and at mobiles
11a – tummy time, mobiles, books, MontiKids stuff
12p – Nap (this is either 45 minutes or 2 hours)
1p – tummy time
1:15p – diaper change –> feed
1:45p – play, books, mobiles, MontiKids stuff
2:45p – feed, diaper change
3p – Nap (until 4p/4:30 at latest)
4:30p – Feed/diaper change when wake up. Go for walk around the neighborhood
5:30p – Papa and Arden get home; dinnertime/play
6:15/6:30p – Feed/diaper change
7p – Bed — sleeps until morning.