For the past week or two, my five week old has been extending his nightly sleep stretches bit by bit. We started out consistently feeding every two hours round the clock. Two hours occasionally became three, and last week we had three five hour stretch nights in a row!
Last night we hit the jackpot of newborn sleep – a glorious 8.5 hours of blissful sleep! The only problem? My son went to sleep around 7:30pm, while I didn’t go to bed until well after ten. So even though he slept for over 8 hours, he woke up rested and ready for food at…3:30am? How do I get us onto a similar schedule?
Obviously I don’t expect a baby to be going to bed at 10pm, but I’m hoping there is a way to keep him awake long enough to move his last feeding until a bit later.
As it is now, his last feeding is around 6:30 or 7pm, and then we play for a bit before swaddling and going through the bedtime routine. I know I could nurse him right before bed, but I’m also trying to teach him to go to sleep on his own and avoid nursing him to sleep. Is there any way to get a long stretch of sleep, but also avoid getting up in the middle of the night with him?
Honestly, if I end up having to do one mid-night feeding with him, and the rest of our sleep is uninterrupted and deep – I’ll take it. It’s such a relief from the early days of waking six times each night. Can any experienced moms weigh in with advice on bedtime routines and extending newborn sleep? We are new at this. I know as soon as I figure something out it will all change again, but in the meantime I’d love to know what works for others!