Start Consolidating 3 naps to 2

Consolidating 3 naps to 2

As your baby grows into a toddler and their need for sleep decreases, it is still extremely important to provide an opportunity for naps and rest time through to about 3-4 years of age.

Now that I’ve set the stage, I have two questions: First, my plan was to not start pushing a schedule until 12 weeks. Some babies don’t settle into the two naps a day pattern right by 12 weeks — you might get more of a series of catnaps throughout the afternoon and early evening. Just keep feeding every 3/4 hours and try to read her cues and learn her signs that she’s getting sleepy so you can get her in the crib while she’s awake.

Except, that’s exactly when we’ll be in the middle of moving to another city. When she IS ready for a two-nap schedule, it will ideally look something like this: 11 a.m.

These infants have a partial waking and realize the conditions under which they fell asleep (nursing to sleep, bottle to sleep, pacifier, being held, whatever it is) are not present and then they fully wake up.

The drive to sleep is much less during the day so it is more difficult for infants who do not fall asleep on their own to make it through a sleep cycle transition.

Anyway, she’s eating exclusively formula, according to a schedule only known to her.

I’m still in the mode of following her cues for the most part, which generally means eating every 3-4 hours during the day, and one feeding in the middle of the night (so…5-6 hours between feedings at one point).

This is most likely an age-inappropriate schedule for a 4 month old, as I learned the hard way. What is quite likely happening right now is that your child is not awake long enough to get tired enough to make it through the sleep cycle transition.