Any advice on getting a six-month-old on schedule. We had a kinda routine before, but he’s changed up the hours he likes to sleep. Went from 9p-6a with naps throughout the day to 4a-1p with naps after. I need any advice I can get. Ftm of a seriously unexpected baby ( didn’t know I was having him until I was in labor.) All advice is appreciated
Make sure you keep his or her surroundings very bright during the day and very dark during the night, try to schedule naps and make sure baby gets used to noise. Make sure his or her feeding schedule coordinate with the sleeping schedule as well.You’re going to have to keep a log of feedings to ensure proper nutrition.
Wow that is a tough sleep schedule! It may take awhile (and you’re going to lose sleep) to turn this around but the only thing you can do is keep that baby from napping. Somehow…
Need to get him to where he’s tired at night and back to a nighttime sleep schedule.
Wait your baby sleeps 4am to 1pm?? You need to keep that baby up so they are tired at night baby should not be sleeping though the morning till after lunch
Guess I’m the odd one out but I let my baby’s set their own schedule and I tweak it as they get older.
Keep your schedule, if he’s sleeping, when it’s time to eat, wake him up and feed him, and do on
start waking baby up in the mornings so he’ll swant to go to bed earlier… he should slowly transition back to the original schedule
Stop naps and wake him up early so he will sleep at night. All 3 of my kids stopped napping at 6 months if they napped they wouldn’t sleep at night.
Pick a day, I call this the day of hell cuz thats what it will feel like, and wake that baby up at 7:30/8am, no matter if he went to sleep at midnight or 6am. If he did sleep a good chunk, then keep him awake until 1 or 2, and give him a small nap, no more than a hour. If he didnt, let him sleep for 1.5 hours. Wake him up again, and go bed at 8/830pm. Do this for two or three days, then let him nap for up to 2 hours. Then after that he should be on a good schedule, just remember that a schedule requires you sacrificing the ability to do things willy nilly but it becomes necessary when you have a problem sleeper.
Less naps and be consistent at night time bedtime. My girl started getting less naps by 6 months. She now wakes up about 730-8 naps at 12pm and then another at 4pm. She then has bedtime between 730-8pm and wakes up 1 or 2 times for a bottle. Wake baby up earlier do not let them sleep in til 1pm either.
Start with waking him up between 7 and 8 every morning. Keep him up for atleast a few hours. Its gonna be tough and there are probably gonna be some battle but its gonna help him get adjusted and his schedule back on track. Babies THRIVE on routines. Write one out and stick to it. No straying from it. Play times, nap times, bed times, and wake times should be the same every single day until he is back on track. To encourage sleep at night put chamomile and lavender tea bags in his bath while ur running it. I SWEAR by this. Puts my kid to sleep every time.
Is it bad that I’m more concerned about the story of you not knowing you were pregnant
Google “sleep training”. All babies schedules get messed up when they start to grow and change…
My littles lay down for bed at 7. They dont go right to bed but are usually out by 8-8:30. I wake them between 7-7:30am and only one nap a day from 12-12:30 to 2 or 2:30. I find this routine works pretty well so far. I make sure I turn their fan on and it seems to help.
If you dont mind me asking, what did you think was happening to your body if you didnt know you were pregnant ( I mean no sarcasm) I just wondered what you thought was going on ?
As for the baby sleeping wake them up a d try to keep up till it’s time to sleep .
Babies need sleep and alot. I wouldnt recommended not letting them nap at all. But stop the naps like 3,-4 hours before bed time.
Wake him earlier and he will go to bed earlier … time his naps and dont let him sleep too much during the day, you also have to set it up for him, lots of lights and sounds during day, dim lighting and quiet at night. He will adjust.
So… hear me out.
And this is gonna suck. LIMIT NAPS.
If baby is staying up later at night, have naps less. Or earlier naps. Or less amount of time sleeping during naps.
Keeping baby occupied with toys, getting in face and playing will help keep baby awake and mind off of being as tired.
My kid was never on a schedule. I tried and tried but she eventually put herself on a schedule around 6 months.
Never a nap any later then 5 (unless in the car) and 9 times out of 10 asleep by 9 p.m. (at the latest). Now, sometimes that doesn’t always work, but everyone has their off days.
Try putting baby in car and drive with bottle or toys in backseat. Baby will eventually fall asleep (hopefully soon) and you can turn around and put him in bed. It’ll work out eventually that he will want to sleep earlier because you started it with the car rides. (I hope that makes sense…)
It all really boils down to less naps and shorter ones. The first few days are gonna be rough.
Best if luck, mama
I let my daughter sleep till 8am then I wake her (if she’s not already awake). I’ll let her have a nap in the day but I won’t let her nap past 5pm.
She will then sleep 9pm - 5.30am have a quick feed/change them sleep till 8 o’clock. X
Is he sleeping from 4am to 1pm the next day sorry? Xx