Ha ha. I had him in a routine from 3 weeks and slept through from 7pm at 4 months. He's now coming up 20 months and the last 3 he's been waking at 5.30/6, but back to more or less normal the last 2 nights thank goodness!!!
That sounds like a very late bedtime to me with not much sleep during the day, so perhaps over tired? I would try doing bedtime at 7.
If you don't think he needs much sleep in the day, then maybe restrict the morning nap to 30 mins and bring the afternoon nap forward slightly so he has a decent stretch of awake time after his nap before bedtime.
In another month or two he will probably drop the morning nap and start one long nap after lunch a bit earlier than he is currently going down.
7am Baby should be awake, nappy changed and feeding no later than 7am Feed from both breasts or formula, followed by breakfast cereal mixed with milk, fruit and finger foods. He can stay awake for at least 2.5 hours.
8am Baby should be encouraged to play on the floor or other activities for 20-30 mins while you have breakfast Wash and dress baby.
9.30 Close curtains and settle baby in sleeping bag in the dark with door shut. Nap for 15-30 mins
9.55 Undo sleeping bag so baby can wake naturally. Must be fully awake by 10. Encourage baby to play on floor or take him out.
11.45/12 Give baby most of their solids before a drink. Encourage to sit in chair with finger foods while you have lunch.
12.20 Close curtains and settle in sleeping bag, in the dark with door shut no later than 12.30. Nap of no longer than 2 hours.
2.30 Wake baby a feed no later than 2.30. Open curtains, undo sleeping bag. Change nappy. Should be given milk, water or well diluted juice and perhaps a snack if baby no longer has milk at this time. Do not feed after 3.15 as baby will be put off tea.
4.15 Nappy change
5 Give baby most of their solids before drink of water or milk from w beaker. It is important baby has a good milk feed at bedtime, so keep drinks to a minimum.
6 Bath, dressed by 6.30
6.30 Milk feed from bottle. Dim lights and read a story.
7 Settle baby in sleeping bag, in the dark with door shut.
If you get on, it may be worth buying the book as there is a lot more information to add ie if they start night/early morning waking cut back on naps etc
It may look a bit much, but once we got into it, it was easy. It's not for everyone though
When my son was that age he slept 7 - 7 and was having a nap from around 8.45/9 - 10am. I often had to wake him so we could go out but if left he would only sleep for another 15 minutes or so. He then slept from 1 till 3 or 4 (or 4.30....). I didn't know it at the time, but apparently this is the "2,3,4" (hours awake) routine! Only my son seemed to need more sleep in the afternoon. I'm hoping DD (nearly 11 weeks) will turn out to be such a good sleeper!
Why would you wake your child from their naps? (not criticising you, just the GF routine) I think the more sleep they get, the better they sleep, generally. I'm a fan of routines but I've never woken either of my children up unless we had to get out of the house!
I agree that perhaps your son might be better with a bit more daytime sleep - could you let him have a longer morning nap and see how it goes?
I suppose everyone just has their own preference Within a few weeks, my DS was so good in his routine, he'd wake up himself during the day, but he he slept too long in the mornings, it threw it out. That said, he was such a lazy thing once he dropped his morning nap, it was nice to have lie ins.
Sorry, OP and KLou111 - I got confused about who was doing the GF routine! Obviously if it worked for you then great (thought OP was following it but having problems). I'm so grateful for any time to do stuff I need to get done that I just hope my children will sleep for as long as possible some days!
Iam not doing GF scampidoodle. I am just wondering if he needs more sleep or if I could tweak things to make his night time sleep longer as I do not do early mornings. I would like to bite the bullet and try a 7pm bedtime but I am worried he will wake even earlier.
Sometimes earlier to bed has a reverse effect and means later to rise. Strange I know, but the more tired they are at bedtime, the quicker they go into a deeper sleep then wake earlier. Would be worth a try.
You could try moving his bedtime forward by 15 minutes every couple of days so it's not a big change all at once - you might be able to see if those 15 minutes make any difference at all, and decide if you want to continue... But hopefully KLou is right!