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What is/was your 6 month old's night routine?(4 Posts)
Hi all. My DD is 6 months old in a few days and I really need to start sorting out her sleep routine. She sleeps through the night which is amazing but is awful when it comes to day time naps (basically will only sleep on me) and this also stretches into the first part of the evening. At the moment her night looks like this:
8pm-8.30 bottle and nappy change
8.30pm-11pm asleep on me in living room.
11pm - take her up to bed with us - nappy change, bottle, bedside crib (where she settles pretty much straight away) - wakes at about 7am.
Obviously the part of the night where I'm a human mattress is not ideal - I've made a rod for my own back and now trying to get her to nap in her cot in her room or crib in our room is usually impossible. I've tried to put her down at 8.30pm but she won't sleep, or if she does it's half an hour if we're lucky. I'm going to persevere though and so would like to find out what other people are doing - i.e. general schedule - any little routines, hints or tips.
I also read somewhere that a dream feed (I guess kind of what her 11pm feed has accidentally become) isn't necessary from 6 months. So is the aim to get her to sleep at around 8.30pm (as this seems her natural bed time) and then for her to sleep through? No more feeds or nappy changes? I'm also not sure if I should be tackling day naps and night sleeps at the same time - I.e. just no more sleeping on me in the living room at all. Or small steps?
Sorry, this was longer than I intended!
Mate, she's doing amazingly. Rod for your own back, my sweet Aunt Fanny! You do what works.
FWIW, at six months, mine went down at six, slept in her cot until ten and then woke every two hours until 5 a.m.
Thanks. And yeah, I did read it back and think actually that really sounds like I'm complaining about absolutely nothing. I know so many babies just do not sleep and I do know I'm so lucky she's such a good sleeper - I guess I'm worried it's all going to go to shit with the imminent move to her own room (we have no room to keep her in with us and she's almost outgrown her crib). I feel like having her sleep mostly on me isn't a good thing and is asking for problems later on so I'd like to get some kind of routine in place. But maybe I'm expecting way too much of a 6 month old. 😬
They tend to outgrow it when they're ready. I just popped mine down eight minutes after she fell asleep. If she cried, I picked her up and continued to hold her for the duration of the nap. Eventually she just started staying down.