DS is 6.5 weeks. Our pediatrician suggested the following schedule to get him to sleep at night:
Wake up 7am- feed, keep him awake for at least an hour
10am- feed, keep him awake for at least an hour
1pm-same as above
4pm- keep baby awake until 7pm with last bottle at 7.
We try to stick to this as much as possible, but DS is getting sleepy around 6 and I know it's too early to put him to bed. Lately it seems like he isn't napping for very long during the day, only 30-45 minutes at a time.
We will have some good days/nights where he'll sleep from 9:30pm to 1:30am, 2am to 6am and sometimes we have terrible nights when it seems like he is just wide awake from 10pm to 2 or 3am. It's really wearing on me and DH. He works second shift so it's just me doing the bedtime routine 4x a week. Right now DS takes about 4oz of breastmilk every 3-4 hours and is gaining weight.
any suggestions? I think we need to push bedtime back to 8 or 9, so should I just let him nap around 5 or 6? I'm driving myself insane looking at the Internet For ideas, don't rock him, put him down when sleepy etc. we use a pacifier and he hates being swaddled, he likes his hands free to put over his head. We either rock him to sleep in our arms or in the glider. It can take up to an hour!
Any advice or help is appreciated. We'd like to be on some kind of schedule by the time I go back to work in December.
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