Monday, August 15, 2011

Nighttime Sleep: 9-15 Weeks Old

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Okay, first of all, if your newborn is not sleeping at least 7 hours at night, I want you to just close the post and walk away. Don't read it.

If you are still hear (rubbernecker huh?), let me first tell you that my babies at this age were not sleeping as long as I am about to talk about. They all turned out fine. They all slept this long at some point. So if your baby is not sleeping as long as I am about to talk about, don't stress, don't worry about what you are doing wrong--it is okay. Everything will be okay.

If your baby is 9-15 weeks old, here are some guidelines for night sleep.

A bottlefed baby can go up to 11 hours at night between feedings. This doesn't mean she will or that she must, just that some babies in this age range can. Do not go more than 11 hours. (On Becoming Babywise page 121). Also note, a 9 week old won't necessarily be at 11 hours. It can be a gradual process that is achieved by 15 weeks old.

A breastfed baby can go 9-10 hours at night. This doesn't mean she definitely will or that she must, just that she can. Do not go over 10 hours between feedings. Just as with bottlefed baby, it can be a gradual process that is achieved by 15 weeks old. 

If you let a breastfed baby go more than 9-10 hours at this age, you are risking milk supply issues. If  you are concerned with milk supply, stay on the 9 hour side of this range. 

If you pump, you could try going 11 hours, but make sure you pump at 9 hours. 

Now you know in quick reference how long you can let your 9-15 week old go through the night between feedings. Always be mindful of baby's growth and of milk supply. 

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karine said...

First I just want to say thank you for this great blog! I am a new reader. I was given the BW book before my baby was born (May 2nd), and really liked it. I managed to follow pretty much everything -schedules, naps in bed, playtime... My boy is growing well and is very happy. He started his 1st tooth at 11 weeks, which was way too early, but he is a good sport.

Now, I meant to write you at some point about sleeping -he has always slept very well at night, no crying, no fussing- except he still gets up 2x a night to eat. He is now about 15 weeks old, and only BF. He has gone 7 hours between feedings only 3 or 4 times, usually it's 4 hours, sometimes 3. He does eat full meals every time, so I don't worry too much, but I am afraid of letting him CIO if he's really that hungry.

Babies here (I'm in Montreal) don't start solids until 6 months old; I'm sure things will get easier for me and him. Right?

In any case, thanks again for all the work you've put into this blog! It's very inspiring!

Mollie Energy said...

I'd be curious where you got your bottle feeding sleep amounts, because our daughter slept for 12.5 hours straight at 12 weeks with no problems. She was bottle fed and has developed just fine. Just wanted to reassure others out there if your baby goes longer. I have no idea about breastfeeding...

JenD said...

Just a note that my son was sleeping 12 hours at night by 12 weeks old. He was exclusively drinking breast milk, but I gave his milk in a bottle as his last feeding (so probably more than he would have gotten if he nursed) and I always pumped at 10pm (~9 hours before he woke up).

Stanselmdoc said...

Is there some magic that happens at 15 weeks that enables the breastfed baby to go longer than 9-10 hours? My 16wk daughter has consistently woken at 5-5:45AM every morning and I've always fed her. Sometimes she eats well and others not. I don't know if it's a hunger issue or not. :/

Her bedtime is 7-7:30PM. So that would be 10 hours, but she is 16 weeks old. Should she be able to go longer? She's also very small, and I don't want to do CIO if she's truly hungry, but like I said, a lot of the time she doesn't even take a feeding, she just comfort nurses back to sleep until 7.

Do you think I should try CIO? Thanks!

KEK said...

What a wonderful post! I would also love it if you would do a post on sleep from 16-24 weeks. I'm still confused about the "can move to 10-12 hours of sleep" portion. Does that mean without eating or total sleep at night? How does this apply to a small baby (my DD is only 12 pounds at 19 weeks).

My DD does not do a dreamfeed because it disrupts her sleep, and will typically sleep until 5am (bedtime is at 7:30). During the last week she has consistently woken within 15 min of 5 and that time does not change based on when her last evening feed was. Should I do CIO? Would it be okay to push her to 12 hours at night even though she is small?
Thank you!

Savage Family said...

Great post! My DD is 7 wks, 3 days and is an amazing sleeper (3rd baby - maybe it's not a coincidence!). I feed her at 6:30pm, put her to bed at 7:30pm, dreamfeed at 9:45pm (approximately), then she sleeps until her morning feeding at 8am (give or take). Some mornings she wakes at 6am and I feed just a bit (4 minutes each side), other mornings she is comforted by a pacifier and doesn't need a boost to fall back asleep til 8am.
Side note: she is a larger baby, weighing 12 pounds already. Exclusively breastfed.
My other two were not this "easy"!

Jessica said...

I know you said to close this post and walk away if your baby is not sleeping at least 7 hours at night...but I read on anyway because I was hoping for some insight, which I know this blog is full of! :)
For a while I've been wondering why my LO seems to not be making any progress in the area of nighttime sleep - he is 10 weeks old and regularly sleeps 4 1/2 hour stretches at night (after his dreamfeed at 10 - 10:30pm until 3 - 3:30am; he goes to bed about 7:30-7:45pm). He has only slept longer than that once (6 hours) and that was the night after he got his two month shots. During the day we are on a pretty regular 3-hour schedule and he takes GREAT naps, almost always 1.5 - 2 hours. Due to some recent disruptions to our schedule, I have found that he can go as long as 4 hours between feedings during the day (not that I am planning to push him there just yet). So my questions are:
1) Could his amount of daytime sleep be interfering with his ability to sleep longer at night? He consistently gets 15 hours total, day + night, but I feel like he is at his optimum waketime right now.
2) Should I push him a little more at night to go longer between feedings? He does still wake occasionally at random times(which I know because he's still in our room and I hear every little thing), so I don't think it's out of habit.
3) Is there something else I should be doing to help him move in that direction?
Other info: He weights close to 13 pounds and is exclusively breastfed. Occasionally he will wake around the time of the dreamfeed, sometimes not.
Thank you SO MUCH for this blog! It is a huge help to me as I know it is to many others.

Plowmanators said...


Be sure to check out the post on "nighttime sleep issues: revised and updated" for ideas.

Solids could do it. I think that post can help you

Plowmanators said...

Mollie, this is all from Babywise.

Plowmanators said...


You will have to decide if you want to do CIO or not. She could go longer at that age, but she is in the range of normal.

I think the main issue with the breastfed baby at that age is concern over milk supply.

Plowmanators said...

KEK, I take that to mean sleep. You have to decide if you think CIO is appropriate or not. She is pretty small. Just watch her weight and so long as she stays on the same growth curve she has always been on, then she should be fine.

Plowmanators said...

Savage Family,

That is very nice!

Plowmanators said...


1) It *can*, but that doesn't look like too much for that age.
2)I think you could try some things--like soothing him back to sleep without feeding. Another thing, he might be waking up since he is in the room with you and can hear you moving around. I would either move him into his own room or get a humidifier or some other sound machine to help muffle sounds.
3)See the "nighttime sleep issues: revised and updated" for more ideas.

You are welcome :) Good luck!

Stanselmdoc said...

Thank you for getting back! I had forgotten about this post/question, but I wanted to give you an update.

She basically stopped nursing well at 5:30AM, so instead of CIO, I just rocked her a little back to sleep and she slept until DWT. Couple days later and now I don't even get her out of bed, I just turn the white noise on and pat her.

And last night, she slept 7:30P-6:45A! It was wonderful. :D

Thanks for your advice!

Tiffany said...

I am a little confused about night time sleep..... Currently JOsh, formual fed, 9 weeks, 13lbs and 231/2 inches, goes to bed at 8:30.He will take a feeding at 11pm and last until 3or 4am. I feed him again. Then he is good until wake time at 7:30. So he is sleeping 11.5 hrs at night. He doe snot usually wake for feedings just takes them with eyes still closed) Yet I read the should not sleep this much until weeks you mean with out eating or is 11.5 hrs too much at 9 weeks even with the feedings? If so that may explain why he does not nap well? Thanks!

Stephanie said...

I was wondering how you can really be sure baby doesn’t need nighttime feedings. Will the baby just go longer and longer at night or will steps need to be taken to stop it? Is there an appropriate age when it’s no longer necessary? My daughter is only 6 weeks, so I know it’s perfectly normal for her to eat in the night. She goes from the dreamfeed around 10:15-10:30 to about anywhere between 3:15-4:30. When I feed her at this time lately, she only drinks for about 7-10 minutes (usually 13-15 minutes during the day) on one side, and I can hardly get her to take anything from the second side-maybe 3-5 minutes before she starts grunting and pulling. I’ve taken her off many times to see if she needs to burp, but she doesn’t, just goes to sleep. Would this be an indicator that she doesn’t need this feed? She’s still sleepy during all her feedings so it’s hard to tell if that’s all this is or if she doesn’t need to eat at this time. I haven’t tried changing her or anything to wake her up because I really don’t want her to be wide awake as I want her to go right back to sleep right away. She wakes exactly 3 hours after this feed and takes a normal feeding. I wold like this time to be 7, so if she starts sleeping until 5 or 6, I’m not sure how to keep that time. I’ve read your posts on waking early, but I’m still confused as to what to do if she wakes at 6 because on most days, I can’t push her feeding back any. I considered waking her at 4 even if she didn’t to ensure a first feeding at 7, but I don’t want to create a habit of her waking at this time, and I also won’t ever know if she can go longer—possibly all the way to 7. Also kind of related to this, when is a safe age to move the baby to her room at night? If I couldn’t hear her moving around and grunting in her sleep, she may go longer because then I’d wait until she actually cried to eat instead of hearing her grunting and looking at the clock and knowing it’s been 4+ hours so I just go ahead and feed her. Thank you so much!!

Plowmanators said...


The 11.5 hours a baby that age shouldn't do is without eating. He is eating in there so it is fine.

Plowmanators said...


Most babies will just sleep through it. I would not say that what you are describing means she definitely doesn't need it. But by this age, you could try soothing her back to sleep and see what happens. If she sleeps for about 45 minutes then wakes back up, then you know she does need the food. If she sleeps several more hours, then you know she does not.

I moved my kids to their own rooms around 2 weeks old. I have monitors on them, so I can hear them and with McKenna, I had a video monitor (still use it. I love it). I bet if you moved her to her own room, she might sleep longer.

Stephen and Tiffany Seston said...

Your blog has been super helpful! I do have a few questions that I'd like your advice on...
My baby girl is 9 weeks. She is getting good at going down for naps; she'll cry for about 5 mins. tops and then go to sleep. Her first 3 naps are 2-2.5 hours but she wakes up in the middle and cries herself back to sleep. Her last naps are 1--1.5 hours.
Her feeding is 7,10,1,4,6,7:45-8...10:15-30.
1) Will she ever stop crying when I put her down for naps?
2) Is it okay that she's waking mid nap?
3) Is it okay that I feed her at 6 then again at 7:45?
Secondly, I put her last 'awake' feed is at 7:45, 8 if I can push it...then I put her down for the night. I also do a dream feed sometime after 10:15. She has for the past few weeks consistently been getting up at 2:30-3:00...then she'll wake at 7 to start our day. Last night, I tried letting her CIO but she screamed for 25 minutes. I put a paci in and she slept until 5. And then I woke her at 7 to start our day.
Do you think I should just keep trying CIO or if I should just feed her? Do you have recommendations for the end of the night? It seems a bit much..4,6,8...10:30 and she's still waking up. :/. Should I just stick to 4,7,(7:30 bedtime) 10?

Any advice is much appreciated! Thank you!

Stephen and Tiffany Seston said...

I should add that she's breast fed.

Samuel Spatola said...

hello. my daughter is 3.5 months old and for weeks, she was eating at midnight and then i'd have to wake her at 7:30am which was great. now though she won't go more than 6 hours during the night. i'm guessing i need to extend her wake time since she only stays up for an hour at a time still. she sleeps 2 hours for her naps so maybe she's sleeping too much during the day. if so, how do you do it? 5 minute increments?

also, when do you drop the midnight feeding?

Plowmanators said...

Stephen and Tiffany,

1-most likely yes :)
2-all kids wake mid-nap. If they aren't adept at self-soothing, they likely will wake fully. They also will wake because they are hungry, so always be on the lookout for that.
3-it is okay. I would do 8 instead, but if 7:45 is what works best for you, go for it.

I would not do CIO in the night if you are not prepared to see it through. I know that I personally could not see it through which is why I have never done that at night. So if you will just go to a pacifier anyway, I would start there.

Your night is called "cluster feeding"--see the blog label on that for more.

Plowmanators said...


I would add five minutes to one nap and see how she did. If she does not sleep well for that nap, it means she is not ready for more waketime.

I have a post called "waketime: extending, calculating..." (something like that) that should help you.

You midnight feeding is a nigthttime feeding, so see the blog on "nighttime sleep issues revised and updated" for more there.

Samuel Spatola said...

okay, since last writing, i have extended my daughter's waketime to an hour and a half and she's doing fine with staying up that long and sleeping well for her naps still. she started going longer at night again thankfully but yesterday and today she only went 6 hours. maybe for now she's going to have some days where she just is more hungry? or perhaps didn't eat well for her midnight feeding?

Plowmanators said...

Does she wake to eat on her own at midnight? Do you do a "dreamfeed"? I have read that doing a "dreamfeed" later than 11 can interfere with solid nighttime sleep, so it is possible the midnight feeding is making it so she doesn't sleep as well at night.

Unknown said...

I don't know if anyone will respond but I am desperate. I was doing well with babywise until my daugher was 2 months, then she stopped gain weight (she has pretty severe acid reflux and is on medicne but still spits up a lot). Well when I had her on the babywise schedule she was feeding every 2 1/2-3 hrs during teh day and would go 3 1/2 to 4 hrs chunks at night. Due to her not gaing weight (she was only gain 1 -2 oz a week), we had to increase her feedings to every 2 hrs during the day, at first she was still sleeping longer at night but now she only goes 2 hrs. She is finally gaining weight again (5 oz last week), so I am scarred to try and not feed her at night but i work full time and getting up every 2hrs to nurse is killing me. Any ideas for how to get her to go longer (she is now 3 months old) at night between feedings.

Plowmanators said...


I think this is something you really need to decide with her doctor.

If you do need to stick to every two hours, I would pump if breastfeeding and have someone feed her for at least one of the night feedings so you can get a longer chunk of sleep.

Sloew said...

My 4 month old can only fall asleep with the pacifier in his mouth. His big issue now is that he can take it out of his mouth while he is falling asleep but is not too precise about putting it back in, gets upset, then I have to run in and put it back in his mouth. This can happen 5-6 times, both during naps and at bedtime. Does CIO work for this circumstance? I don't want him to revert to sucking his thumb instead or in addition!

vogue said...

I've recently started trying BabyWise with my 9-week-old daughter, and seem to have upset the apple cart.

Before BW, she would not sleep during the day at all unless I slept with her on our bed, or unless we were out and she was in her pram. If I took her out for a walk, she'd sleep but wake up the moment we got home. Bedtime was anywhere from 7:30 - 9:30pm, following a few very fussy hours of agonizing cluster feeds and burping. Then she would sleep anywhere from 5-8 hours straight, wake for a quick feed somewhere between 2:00 and 5:00, and always woke again at 7:00am like clockwork.

I started BW to try and introduce some sense of routine but now I'm longing for those nights where I only had to get up once!

Bed time at 7:00, she wakes again at 11:30, quick breast feed on one side and she is sleepy again. Then same again at 2:30, then 5:00. Wake at 7:00. It's way tougher than before I did BW.

Daytime naps are only lasting about 45 minutes each, and I manage to get 4 in a day.

Where am I going wrong with BW? Should I just go back to what I was doing before, since at least I was getting more nighttime sleep!

Thank you!

Peytons*Mommy said...

I dont know how much this might help you but my 7 week old is very attached to his pacifier too. Sometimes during naps he will spit his pacifier out and get very upset so I understand where you are coming from! I have done BW since week two and I TRY to let him fall asleep without his paci when I can because it seems like he will sleep longer and "not think about it" if he doesn't have it at first. But, I have tried the CIO method for this problem and he usually only cries about 10 minutes then he falls back asleep. It's worth a try just to get a good long nap or nighttime sleep for you and your little one! Good luck :)

Peytons*Mommy said...

I dont know how much this might help you but my 7 week old is very attached to his pacifier too. Sometimes during naps he will spit his pacifier out and get very upset so I understand where you are coming from! I have done BW since week two and I TRY to let him fall asleep without his paci when I can because it seems like he will sleep longer and "not think about it" if he doesn't have it at first. But, I have tried the CIO method for this problem and he usually only cries about 10 minutes then he falls back asleep. It's worth a try just to get a good long nap or nighttime sleep for you and your little one! Good luck :)

Peytons*Mommy said...

I dont know how much this might help you but my 7 week old is very attached to his pacifier too. Sometimes during naps he will spit his pacifier out and get very upset so I understand where you are coming from! I have done BW since week two and I TRY to let him fall asleep without his paci when I can because it seems like he will sleep longer and "not think about it" if he doesn't have it at first. But, I have tried the CIO method for this problem and he usually only cries about 10 minutes then he falls back asleep. It's worth a try just to get a good long nap or nighttime sleep for you and your little one! Good luck :)

Viviana Rose said...

Hope someone reads me!! My 4month old one was eating 4 times during the day, 4 hours apart and then a midnight feed anywhere between 2-4 am, then wake up around 7am. First feeding usually between 730-8. One night he skipped the midnight only to wake up until 6am. We fed him and he took 2/3 of his usual and then two hours later, we offered again and he only took what was needed to complete feeding and we got back on track. Realizing he could go longer and eat the same amount, we trie pacifier until 7am the next day to start of with the new schedule of only 4 feedings. He then howeever woke up at night every hour almost and wed give him a paci. Ped suggested we do a dreamfeed because he might be hungry eventhough he tried to drop it. We now do the 4 feedings, the last around 730pm and then a dreamfeed around 1230. He is now waking up at 530-6 every day! Not really crying to eat I believe. We get him and he is happy until around 715 when he will get fussy and we feed him then. What is happening!! Are we messing him up!?? Background: He is not the best eater, eats very poorly actually so it is hard to say he is ever starving since he will only take a few ounces even after long stretches. Also, we created the bad habit of him relaying a little too much on pacifier to go back to sleep at times ( trying to fix this CIO) so at times during the night he will take the pacifier and go back to sleep. At 5-6am he will be wide awake even with the pacifier.

Sarah Citti said...

Hi! My baby is 12 weeks in a few days . She sleeps great naps during the day and goes down at 730. For weeks I've been waking her at 1030 still to feed her again and she still doesn't sleep past 3 or 4. I tried dropping the 1030 feeding and she wakes around 1...she doesn't seem to sleep longer than 5 hour stretches but when I put a paci in at 3, sometimes she will go back to sleep, sometimes not. My first daughter was sleeping all night 730-730 at 10 weeks. I'm so frustrated. What should I do? If I let her cry she cries for an hour or more.

magamae said...

Hi there...I read the babywise book but not sure what to do in this situation: my 12week old slept 11hours straight two nights ago but now is back to getting up 1-2 times... Was her sleeping solidly through the night a fluke!?!?

Karen Loxton Cairns said...

Hi Megamae

My baby did that too, at around the same age. She was sporadic for a week or so at first, but eventually started sleeping 10-12 hours regularly, until she settled in to a 12 hour routine (7pm to 7am). She still has this sleep routine and she will be 2 next month. Holding thumbs that yours will be a good sleeper like this too. :-)

Valerie Plowman said...

It is pretty common for a baby to be some nights through and some not. It could be a growth spurt or soemthing, but it could be just normal back and forth. I am pretty sure only 1 of my 4 started sleeping through the night and just did it every night. Most of my did a couple, didn't, did, didn't, etc.

Lyndsey said...

Our three month old dream feeds at 10 and then gets up around 6:45. Any advice on how to lengthen his sleep time?

Valerie Plowman said...

You could try a later dreamfeed and see of it helps--like 10:30.

It might also just need time. That is really great for that age really.

Jill said...

Thank you so much for all you share on this blog-so helpful. We have a nearly 12 week old boy. He is pretty much on a 3 hour feeding schedule during the day and then let him sleep as long as he can at night. His last feeding of the day is usually 7-8 pm and he has been waking up somewhwere between 1:30-4:00 respectively (Most recently around 2/2:30).What do you suggest as the best approach to helping him to sleep through the night? Thank you so much!

Valerie Plowman said...

Hi Jill, there are so many possibilities as to what could help. It all depends on why he is waking. Of he is waking because of hunger, then you would try either cluster feeding or a dreamfeed. If he is waking becuse he is cold, you would try warmer pjs.

See my post on nighttime sleep issues (the revised and updated version). It will give you common reasons for waking and what to do about it. Good luck!

Kristin Johnston said...

I love your blog! It's been so helpful to me and I have recommended it to so many friends! My daughter is almost 15 weeks old and the last two nights I tried not walking her up for her dream feed at 10:30 and she slept through the night (12 hours). She has never woken up for the dream feed and has slept through the night (11-7:30) from 12 weeks. I know you said it could cause milk supply issues but do you think since she is almost 15 weeks it's ok? Also, is 5 feedings enough enough? She eats every 3 hours during the day and seems happy and content. Any suggestions would be great!

Kristin Johnston said...

Another thing to add to my previous comment... I fed her at 11 pm last night and she wasn't that hungry this morning. She would only eat on one side. Would it be a good idea to pump at 10 pm instead of feeding her? Thanks!

Valerie Plowman said...

If she is happy and content, I think what you are doing is great. If it were me, I would pump for a dreamfeed just to be sure your supply is okay. You can freeze the milk and use it for emergency bottles or adding to baby food later on.

Kristin Johnston said...

Yes she is very happy and content and a little chunk! I will start pumping then thanks. How long do you think I wil need to pump / dream feed in order to keep up my milk supply?

PN Mihlhauser said...

Hi. I have a 6 week old formula fed girl. We are trying to get on the schedule of 7-7 but it has been being 7-8 ish due to getting the other one down for bed. Scrambling at nighttime. She eats every 3 hours during the day of about 4 oz every feed. I feed her at night then down for bed. She normally wakes around 12ish at night and then again around 4ish. This am she woke for that feed at 445 but went back to sleep until 6. My question is if she sleeps longer and wakes around 530-6 do I let her cry and soothe occasionally or so I feed minimum amount to satisfy her and put her back to sleep until 7? I'm not sure what to do but she has been cryin on and off so I no she's hungry but not sure if Shea in the habit of waking. Thanks for the replies and help

Valerie Plowman said...

Kristin, I am not sure. I would guess 10-20 minutes (per side).

Valerie Plowman said...

PN--this post should help you out with that:

Kristin Johnston said...

Thank you so much for responding but I meant for how many months. I'm just wondering at what point I can go 12 hours without nursing and have my milk supply be unaffected. Thank you!

Valerie Plowman said...

Hi Kristin, hard to say for sure. Some women can't go more than 10 hours ever to maintain a milk supply and need to pump as long as baby is nursing.

Some babies start going 12 hours around 4 months, so you might be able to try it then. It might be safer to wait until about 6 months to try stopping the dreamfeed pump. When you do, pay attention to your supply so you will notice in time if things go down.

Samantha Bird said...

Hi there! Thank you so much for your blog! It is such a great resource! My son is four months old and started sleeping 11 hours a night at 10 weeks. He has always had trouble napping as I haven't been able to figure out the correct amount of nap time. I have scoured your blog trying to figure out what the issue could be and have had no luck helping him sleep through nap time. At four months old this is what his schedule looks like.
6:00 am awake and crying (this is a recent change. He used to sleep until 7:30 and I would have to wake him up) at this point I have tried nursing him as if it's a night time feed and then did his regular feeding at 7:30. I have tried letting him cry it out and also going in there and trying to calm him back to sleep. The results are typically the same. He sleeps for about fifteen minutes and is then awake and crying again.
7:30 feeding and diaper change
8:15 rubbing eyes and yawning. Down for a nap. He usually has no trouble falling asleep but then he is awake at 9:30 crying. I have tried treating this as a 45 minute intruder problem, let him cry it out, burp him, calm him and pretty much everything else I can think of and nothing has seemed to work. 10:30 feeding and diaper. 11:30 nap time. Again no trouble falling asleep. Awake at 12:30 crying. 1:30 feeding and diaper. 2:30 nap time. 3:00-3:30 awake and crying. 4:30 feeding and diaper. 5:30 nap time. 6:00 awake and crying. 7:30 feeding and diaper. 8:30 bedtime. No crying.

As you can see he is having trouble napping. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated! I'm getting tired from all the crying! :) thank you so much!

Valerie Plowman said...

Sam, at this moment, you are probably in the wonder week 19 time period. Trying to fix it with that going on likely won't be successful.

Waketime length is probably your best bet once the wonder week 19 is over. You might also consider gas--gas drops and/or gripe water are great.

Samantha Bird said...

Thank you so much for the response! I will try that!

Cassandra said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. My son is 13 weeks old and is still not STTN. I need help! Breastfeeding did not work out due to a lip tie so I pump and give it to him in a bottle. His ideal schedule is as follows:

Feed 7am
Nap 8 am
Feed 930 am
Nap 11am
Feed 1230 pm
Nap 2pm
Feed 330 pm
Nap 430/5 pm
Feed 530/6 pm
Nap 7pm
Feed 8pm and straight to bed
Dream feed 11pm

I write ideal schedule because. Most days he only naps an hour. He usually wakes up at 5/530 am and won't sleep unless I feed him. I've tried the paci but he will only sleep for 30-60 minutes. How do I get him to sleep from 11-7 and take longer naps? And last night he woke up screaming at. 345 am for food. And when I feed him in the middle of the night or that early morning feeding before wake time, he won't drink at all at 7 or even 730...He drinks about 4 ounces during the day each feeding and maybe 5 ounces at 11. I can't get him to drink more.

This is such a different experience from my daughter who is 2 now. She slept through the night at 7 weeks and ate like a champ! She too drank breastmilk from a bottle.

Any ideas would be helpful!

Valerie Plowman said...

Hi there! First, his age is still normal to not sttn.

Second, often a dreamfeed at 11 pm is too late. Consider trying 10:30ish and see how it goes. With two of mine, 5 minutes could make the difference on a good nights sleep or not. So experiment with the exact time of your dreamfeed.

When he wakes in the early am, feed him a small amount or help him get back to sleep. If we is up for over an hour before you ever even feed him, it will start the day off with him being overly tired and overly tired babies do not sleep well. Check out my post on 5-6 am early wakings. Good luck!

Kate said...

My 15 week old seems to be in a bit of a sleep regression.

I started BabyWise at week 1 and her schedule was pretty predictable - wake/eat around 7, with subsequent feeds around 10, 1, 4, 7 and a dream feed between 10 & 11. Naps were usually 1-2 hours, with the 4th nap typically 30 or 40 min. Bedtime is after her 7pm feed. I wake her for the dream feed to make sure she feeds well. When I've tried not waking her to feed then, just quietly putting her to the breast and letting her eat/sleep, she doesn't feed as well and seems to wake earlier in the morning.

From early on, she was basically only waking once at night to breastfeed. At around 2 months, she was making it from a dreamfeed at 10 or 10:30 till around 5 am, then progessing till 6:30 am 50% of the time.
At 10 weeks, she suddenly started napping for ONLY 40 minutes. No amount of rocking would get her back to sleep nor did she seem capable of fussing back to sleep at that point. Nighttime sleep remained the same.

At 13 or 14 weeks however, she started waking at random times in the night and would not go back to sleep unless I nursed her. I am so frustrated with this regression and also exhausted with the lack of nighttime sleep in combination with her short naps during day. The other confounding variable is that just about this time I started doing 2 formula bottles a day (10am and 4pm) with the intent of slowly weaning to formula (I have too much anxiety with nursing and it wasn't good for either of us, nor the rest of the family!).

I feel like babywise is totally out the window now b/c our schedule is WAY off and has been for a while (other than eating at the same times). I'm totally at a loss as to what to do to help her and worried that I'm creating bad night time habits by feeding her when she wakes earlier in the night, but I just don't feel comfortable letting her cry at this age.

What tips or suggestions do you have? Could the switch to some formula have caused these issues?? Please help!!

Thank you!!

Valerie Plowman said...

It is definitely possible that th formula is causing issues. Some babies have intolerances or even allergies to things in formula. I would check that variable first.

It can also be wonder week related.

Think through other variables that have changed and address one by one.

I know your baby seems old, but this is still a very young age. Progression is still in your future :)

Jennifer said...

Hi, I have a 14 week old who can't seem to sleep through the night. When she was about 6 weeks old she slept from her dream feed at about 10:00-10:30 until about 6:15-6:30, and she did that for about three weeks, which was awesome. Then she got her two month shots, and she hasn't slept through the night since. We're on a mostly three hour schedule (eating at 6:30, 9:30, 12:30, 3:30, 6:00, and a dream feed at 9:00), and she does pretty well with naps minus the 45 minute intruder here and there, but it seems like her eating schedule is off. She will eat for each feeding, but her 9:30am meal is always very small, and I can't seem to get her to eat very much, no matter what I try. If I'm able to get her to eat longer than 5 minutes, she usually spits it up. She will often have a slightly smaller feeding for her 12:30 meal as well, then she'll eat really well for the afternoon/evening feedings, and then she'll wake up in the middle of the night around 3:00am because she's hungry (I've tried soothing her back to sleep, but she won't calm down until she eats because she's very hungry and will eat for around 15 minutes). She's always sleepy for her nighttime feedings and is very awake and alert in the day, so it's almost like her sleep schedule is fine, but her eating schedule is flopped for day and night (or at least off by 6 hours or so). Is there anything I can do to help her sleep through the night again? I know she is able to since she was doing so well before, but I'm at a loss as to how to help her get back to it.

Any advice would be wonderful! Thank you!!

Jessica said...

My 3rd baby and 16 week old hasn't slept more than 4 hour constantly at night. I have had a couple 6hr stressed here and there but never more than 1 night in a row. They are very few and far in between. He goes to bed at 7, eats at 10:30, then is up bet 1-2am, 5am then 6-7am. I stopped doing a dreamfed bc it made it worse so I just wait for him to wake up. His naps are only 45min during the day. He is on a 3hr schedule. I have been consistent with feeding and nap times. My husband and I are at a loss what to do. Our other kids both did great with baby wise but this baby is having a hard time.
He falls asleep on own, is always happy after his short naps. He weighs 16 lbs.
Any tips I can do??? Cio would wake up other kids in middle of night but I don't know what else will work!

Carolyn Pyron said...

Looking for some advice on STTN for our 10 week old son. He is a good napper and eater (wake time 7am 6 oz; 10am 4 oz; 1pm 5 oz, 4pm 5 oz, 6:30pm 5 oz, 9:30 dreamfeed 2-4 oz (he normally only finishes 3)). He wakes around 2am for a pacifier and then 3am (wide awake) to eat - 3 oz (I cut back from 5 to try and stop the waking at this time). His naps are 1:45-2hours and feed/play time about an hour until the 4pm - 6:30pm stretch. I attempt a cat nap around 5, but he doesn't always take it. Any advice on how to get rid of the middle of the night wake up? He is weighing 12lbs. I've tried shifting the dream feed 30 min earlier, 30min - 1 hour later w/ no change in wake times.


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