Wednesday, May 19

I've never been so excited for it to be 3 AM before.

It is 3:00 in the morning and Milo just woke up. For the first time tonight. I went to bed around 10:30. That is more hours of consecutive sleep than I've had in a long time.

Even more encouraging is the fact that, according to our Itzbeen timer (best baby product I never thought I'd need), it has been nine hours and thirty-eight minutes since he last ate. Now, if we could just manage to push back his last feeding for the day a little bit closer to bedtime, we'd have a baby who could sleep through the night.

Parents out there, any advice on how to make this happen? Will it start to happen on its own?

Bonus baby picture that has nothing to do with this post. You're welcome.


Courtney said...

Hmm, we were advised by several friends to try feeding Austin right before we went to bed, but that never worked for us. (He would be fast asleep and almost impossible to wake.) Milo might be at an age where you could say, Okay, 8:00 is bedtime and we'll always do a feeding then, regardless of when his last feeding was. You know, start a little bedtime routine that always happens at the same time of night.

But what do I know? Despite all our efforts Austin didn't sleep through the night consistently until six months, when we let him cry it out for an hour and a half. :)

Super cute picture! Can't wait to see you!

Linda and Matthew said...

I agree with Courtney on the bedtime routine. Pick your bedtime (I think with Charlotte is was around 8:30 or 9:00 when she was that young) and start your routine a little before then. Quiet time, maybe a book, sing him the same song and then feed him. It just depends on how scheduled you want him to be.

We started Charlotte on a pretty specific schedule around 4 weeks and stopped demand feeding. She was "snacking" so we stuck to regular feeding times and the naptime and bedtime sort of naturally followed and revolved around the feeding times. If I remember correctly, she was on a 3, 6, 9 and 12 schedule, but started to skip the midnight and 3 AM feedings around 4 or 5 weeks.

Get a general idea of what Milo's schedule is (Charlotte was most active in my womb at 3, 6, 9, and 12, so she basically came out scheduled) and then adjust it slightly to work for you. That's my advice and what worked for Charlotte, but every baby is different! Good luck- doesn't it feel wonderful to sleep for more than 4 consecutive hours?