8 week old evening sleep

(7 Posts)
Squaffle Tue 31-May-16 20:12:47

DD is 8 weeks old, our first baby. During the day she sleeps in her pram or car seat if we're out, or her Moses basket if we're at home. During the night and first nap of the morning she sleeps in her cot in our bedroom. She is formula fed, has a dummy and prefers to get drowsy cuddling me or DP, at which point we put her down still drowsy. She's a great sleeper, easy to settle, and if we feed her around midnight she sleeps until 5 or 6am.

The problem that we're having is in the evenings when settling gets much trickier... from 6ish until 10ish she won't sleep in her cot even though she's very happy to do so at other times. She will only settle in the living room with us, and is often very awake during this time (but happily so). If we put her in her cot she spits out her dummy and cries. She'll keep doing that until we get her up for her next bottle (i.e up to 3 hours) no matter how many times we go in to settle her. She'll sometimes fall asleep with rocking/head stroking etc. but then wakes up within a few minutes. If we keep her with us in the living room she sleeps much better, and will happily settle in her cot when I go to bed at 10ish.

I'd love to do bath/bottle/bed routine but it's just not happening! Is she too young? My main concern is that she's quite tall and will grow out of her Moses basket soon. Should I wait until then as there will be no other option? If so, what can I do to get her to settle, or do I just need to accept that she likes to be awake in the evenings?! Thanks for your advice everyone smile x

Timetogrowup2016 Tue 31-May-16 20:16:23

I would say she's to young to be worrying about a bed routine.
She sounds like she's sleeping very well so I wouldn't worry.
Enjoy the sleep.

loosechange Tue 31-May-16 20:22:46

Six til ten were often the witching hours for us at that stage, walking colicky babies round and round.

I couldn't get mine down between 7 and ten until after 10 weeks, and they all got into a routine of going down well. They didn't sleep for as long as your little one does, but that's another story.

stargirl1701 Tue 31-May-16 20:28:38

Sounds totally normal. It is recommended she is in the room you are in for the first 6 months for all naps and sleeping. Enjoy your baby. Toddlers need a routine, not babies.

NerrSnerr Tue 31-May-16 20:32:05

I think she's too young to be in a bedtime routine. The SIDS guidelines state that babies should sleep where you are for 6 months and that's what we went with. Our daughter just dosed on us or in her carry cot until we went to bed. We sorted the routine at 6 months.

Squaffle Wed 01-Jun-16 09:48:50

Thanks so much everyone, that's very reassuring. I'm happy to have her with us, I was just worried that I was doing something wrong as a friend (who has 3 children) said "ooh I wouldn't let that go on for too much longer"! I love the cuddles and know they won't last forever, so I'm enjoying every second!

This may sound very stupid but where do I put her when she gets too big for the Moses basket?

stargirl1701 Wed 01-Jun-16 14:57:42

We used the pram downstairs and a co-sleeper crib upstairs.

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