Our son is now 2 months old, still very young, and he tends to be awake from 8:00pm to 11:30 pm with catnaps. After 11:30pm, he sleeps for 4-4.5 hours at a time. Since I have to get up about 5:30am every morning, I feel like I am losing a lot of sleep with this schedule. My lovely wife has offered to stay up with the baby while I go to sleep, but that feels so unhelpful. What are some things we can do to start getting him to bed a little earlier.

asked 16 Dec '09, 15:29

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Is your wife breastfeeding? I was wondering could your baby be waking up because he is hungry after the 4-4.5 hour stretch of sleep?

(18 Dec '09, 06:11) Emi

@Emi, yes she is.

(18 Dec '09, 14:08) Matthew Jones

Have you started a bedtime routine? We read a book to our baby and have him watch his Ocean Wonders Aquarium in his crib to wind-down at night, signalling bedtime (we've been doing this since he was about 2 months old.. he's 4 months old, now).

Once we put him to bed any time between 7 & 8 p.m. (when he's showing signs of being tired), we don't take him back out of his room for the night. Often he will wake up after 30-45 minutes, as his body seems to think it was just nap time! We go back in, keeping the room dark, and rub his head and "shush" him until he falls back to sleep- this usually leads back into the longer, deeper sleep for the night.

I would suggest giving this a try, as if you take him out of his room into a lit-up room, or even different room for that matter, you are reinforcing the "catnap" mentality at this hour of the night.


answered 16 Dec '09, 16:07

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+1 Really great answer for dealing with catnaps.

(18 Dec '09, 06:00) Emi
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