Vicpark it varies a little but he usually wakes at 6/6.30am. So then first sleep is 8/8.30am (two hours awake - i pushed this to 2 & a half hours today which seemed fine).
Then he usually sleeps for at least an hour, sometimes up to 2.
Then i do two hours awake time (pushed this out to 2 & a half today), then he has a sleep around lunchtime. Again this is usually 1-2 hours (today it was just a catnap though, not sure why).
Then i do two hours awake time then try for another sleep, which is the one he usually refuses.
Then depending on afternoon sleep /how long he has been awake, i start his bedtime routine between 4.30 & 5pm. On a good day in bed by 6, otherwise 5.30
And asleep no probs 6pm-6am?
Do you think maybe dropping his midday nap down to say an hour when he has an afternoon nap he might be easier to settle?
That's a very long bed time routine IMO. I'm not sure what others do but at that age or was 5-10 minutes of books. A 10 minute bath, 5 mins to get into PJs and sleepy bag, cuddles and top up feed of around 20 minutes and into bed - total time 45 minutes, them we dropped the top up feed once on solids and that's 25 minutes.
You mentioned your routine yesterday and it sounds like too many steps.
What was his schedule at sleep school and bed time routine?
Sleep school focussed on getting him to sleep, they never mentioned anything about my bedtime routine. Ill try & shorten it a bit. But he seriously only has a 5 minute book & a 5-10 minute bath. Feeds take ages cause he's constantly distracted, pulling off to look around, i think that is where the time is going.
They let me do the routine i was already doing & made no comment about changing it
The move to 2.5 hour gaps between sleeps sounds good. Apart from cutting the third late afternoon nap, I would suggest a little more awake time before the final night bedtime. Instead of 2.5 hours try 3-4.
Try not to let total for day naps exceed 4 hours.
Eg 6am wake
Just an idea - you change the specific times if the day naps depending on when bub wakes.
I would be offering solids first at lunch and dinner. Just one boob feed no top up. If bub is fluffing around taking an hour for a feed at that age then bub is not hat hungry. Put a limit of 30 minutes max.
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