Sleep Schedule (Trial & Error)

Two days ago I wrote about our attempts at setting an actual schedule for Abigail in hopes of her sleeping better through the night (read more here: Fine. We’ll Try a Schedule). 

Remember when I said this?

“And as I sit here at 8:55pm on a Sunday night, I’m proud to say that I’m one week into a set schedule (which I’ll share soon)…we’ve had three successful **full nights of sleep since we began our schedule…and we’re over an hour into our evening of adult-only leisure (meaning Abby’s sleeping, Mommy’s writing, and Daddy’s watching Entourage – the perfect Sunday evening).”

Well, she woke up a little before 5am on Monday morning. Not ideal, but not bad (and MUCH better than waking up at 1am or 2am, that’s for sure!). 

That was nearly 9 straight hours of sleep. 

And since this whole parenting thing is pretty much trial and error, 7x7xDaddy and I thought it would be a good idea to adjust things a bit on Monday night by putting her down closer to 9pm (what can I say, we’re brilliant).

SUCCESS!!!

She didn’t wake up until 6:45am this morning.

Go team!

We’re obviously a little skeptical to believe this will actually become the norm anytime soon, but we’re going to stick with the following *sleep schedule* in hopes that it will become the norm someday in the near(ish) future:

7:00 am: Abby up

9:00 am: Abby down (and sleeps until her little heart desires)

11:00 am: Abby up

2:00 pm: Abby down

3:00 pm: Abby up (shorter nap in the afternoon)

5:00 pm: Abby down (only some days – I try my best to keep her up but sometimes she just needs one more catnap)

5:45 pm: Abby up

9:00 pm: Abby down for the count…

Anyone have any brilliant ideas as to how we can cut out the late afternoon nap and have an earlier bedtime instead!?!

If not, that’s okay. We’re quite content with how our schedule is going thus far. I’ll be sure to write an update when we have a few weeks (and hopefully lots of sleep) under our belts.

7x7xMommy

*the scheduled times are all approximate, of course!

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16 Responses

  1. Krystal says:

    Yay for a good schedule! I read your post “Fine, We’ll Try a Schedule” and now I’m super afraid because I’m thrilled that my 12-day old little one is such a good sleeper.. this ends?! Oh no, I need to work on this now then. haha. I’ve been reading “On Becoming Babywise”. Hopefully this helps.

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      haha…yes, it sadly ends when you stop swaddling them (well, at least for us!). But I’ve definitely talked to my fair share of Moms who say their babies transitioned smoothly from being swaddled to not…I envy them! Hopefully your good sleeper becomes a GREAT sleeper without too much effort! 🙂 Keep me posted – any tips would be appreciated.

  2. Sarah P says:

    My boys took longer naps in the afternoon than in the morning. At about a year, both gave up their morning naps for one long afternoon nap. Maybe you can try to shorten her morning nap in hopes that she increases her afternoon nap and then she may be able to get rid of that early evening nap. Who knows if this would work!?!? I feel like during their first year the kiddos “schedules” changed every few months.
    Poor Lulu has to nap when she can because we now have such a busy schedule with the boys! She has not been the best sleeper at night because of this. 🙁

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      That’s great advice – thanks, Sarah! I feel like most people say their babies/toddlers have longer naps in the mornings so it’s great to hear that there’s another alternative that actually works. As a matter of fact, Abby took a short nap this morning (1 hr) and napped more in the afternoon…she just went down for the night, so fingers crossed it all works out! Awww…and Lulu…she’s just going to be the trooper of the family, right!? 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    Ah Ali I feel for you! We’ve never had a great sleeper but once Harper started teething he was up literally every 45 minutes for about three weeks straight. Hubby and I were going crazy and were breaking down. I picked up the book “No Cry Sleep Solution” by Elizabeth Pantley and found a lot of her tips very useful. One of the things she suggested that I was surprised to learn was that” early to bed, early to rise” wasn’t actually true when they researched different bedtimes and length of sleep. By adjusting Harper’s bedtime to earlier he has been sleeping much more soundly and longer. He goes to bed around 7 now (which is so early!) and sleeps until about 7-8am.He usually gets up once to eat around 2:30 and then right back down…sometimes again around 5ish for just a little milk snack. The book encourages consistent meal times and trying consistent nap times, keeping sleep logs for a few days to get a good birds eye view of her daily “schedule” and then altering things from there. Good luck I know how hard it is!!! I’m definitely going to write on the subject over at mamasurfs after vacation so i’ll send you the link once it is up! Here is what our “schedule” looks like if you can call it that and of course everyone has different things that work for their baby and their life but thought I would share….

    Up between 7 or 8 (no later than 8 as they say starting your day at the same time sets the clock)
    Milk at 8
    Solids at 9
    Play
    Nap around 10:30
    Play
    Milk at 12
    Lunch at 1
    Play
    Nap around 2:30
    Play
    Milk at 4
    Dinner at 5
    Play
    Bath at 6:30/7
    Bed time 7-7:30
    Up around 2:30 to eat and back down

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      This is so helpful, Heather – it’s nice to know other parents are going through the same stuff (especially after hearing from a few of our new parent friends whose babies have been sleeping through the night consistently for a long time – I’m sooooo jealous, but good for them!!!). 🙂 And I like the idea of putting them down earlier – it’s so incredibly counter-intuitive, but it seems to work. Crazy!

  4. Heather says:

    whoops forgot to mention that he usually takes a tiny powernap sometime around 4:30/5ish…not more than 15/20 minutes

  5. Verna says:

    Maybe try an earlier bedtime. My son goes to bed at 7pm. It works great for us. He usually get up about 6am. Isn’t the quiet time at night so nice?

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