I have a baby girl who was four months old yesterday and am after some guidance re day time sleeping.
She has slept through from 6 weeks of age, generally between the hours of 7.30-8.30pm through until 6am-7am. She is fed within about 20 mins of waking and will drink anything between 120 - 200mls.
For the last couple of months she has been waking between 6am-7am, feeding, then having a little play and going back to sleep anytime between 8am-9am....she will then sleep through until about 11am-12.00pm and will feed again upon waking, normally around 150mls. So goes about five hours between her first and second feed. She is then fed every three hours until bedtime.
I thought on the weekend that maybe she is going to bed too late and waking up tired and maybe that is why she is sleeping for so long in the morning? So I have been getting her up earlier and feeding her around 1030-11am. But she will drink no more than 80mls and that is a bit of a battle. I know you should never wake a sleeping baby but if she feeds at midday, then her next feeds are 3pm and 6pm. She has five bottles a day so has one more before bed...which is not three hours from her last one, normally she has a walk, a bath and last bottle between 8pm-8.30pm. Is this too late as regardless of what time she goes now she does not sleep past 7am. One day on the weekend we didn't get her down until 9pm and she still woke up at 6am.
So after this big sleep she'll then have anything between 45 mins and two hours any time between about 2pm-4pm.
Today she woke up earlier so I fed her at 10.30am. She only drank 80 mls. We had a play, changed her nappy and I put her on her tummy in her cot about 11.30am for some tummy time just while I got her clothes our for her (I was in the room with her). She fell asleep and is still asleep now, so has slept for another hour.
What should I do? She is swaddled for the morning sleep, just has her normal clothes on if she has an afternoon nap (as these are not guaranteed) and then a sleeping bag for the night time. Don't get me wrong, I am so pleased with her but am I doing wrong by her waking her up or is she going to bed too late? I don't know what to do. Or is this okay? People at my mothers group make snide remarks about her sleeping and I just want to do what it right by her...is it okay to let her sleep until midday then do the two last feeds close together? My plan was to try and feed her by 11am, then 2pm, then 5pm then last feed at 7pm to try and have her asleep by 7.30pm but by her only having the small feed at 10.30am-11am she's down on her consumption a bit - this can vary from 650ml - 800 ml a day. Then when she does have a small feed I'm never too sure when to feed her again!
I want to reiterate I am by no means complaining but am I doing it right?
@VicPark I have tagged you as from what I have read you know a lot about sleep patterns.
Thanks guys, appreciate it I don't know who else to ask
I should add she is a very happy smiley little girl and has been on Losec from five weeks of age. She makes it very clear if she doesn't want to drink any more by either pushing the bottle out of her mouth or letting it dribble everywhere!
(Sorry this is so long)