It feels like it took A LONG time to get here, but Jack's finally on *some* kind of schedule. Babies and toddlers change so much, and juuuust when you think you have things figured out, they change again. I've learned to just roll with the punches, and take it a day at a time.
Piper was an amazing sleeper from the get-go (she still is!), and started giving me 7 hour stretches through the night at 3 weeks. I didn't realize how lucky I was until little Jack came along. He had his nights and days mixed up for awhile, and was waking up every 1-2 hours throughout the night. Around 6 weeks I started getting him on a rough nap schedule throughout the day, and it made a HUGE difference with his sleeping. He wasn't getting overtired and unsettled, and he started giving me 5-6 hour stretches. Recently it's been 6-7 hours (last night it was 8 - wohoo!!), but of course there are always "off" nights when he just doesn't sleep as well.
I'm not an expert in the slightest, and am just figuring things out as I go, but I've received a few questions about his sleep schedule and routine, so I figured I'd share what it looks like at 8 weeks!
***The Baby Wise book was recommended to me 1000x when I reached out on Instagram for help with getting him to sleep better. I follow the eat, play, sleep routine they recommend - meaning Jack eats right when he wakes up, we "play", he goes back down, and I keep cycling through that throughout the day. In general, I try not to nurse him to sleep (except for going to bed at night), because I don't want him to get dependent on that, but there are definitely terrible days I do because truly nothing else works.
I also try and keep his wake time to one hour in between naps. I was keeping him up for two hours (I don't remember why I thought that was what it was supposed to be haha), which was making him veeeery overtired, fussy, and hard to put down. He refused to go down for naps longer than 30 minutes when I was keeping him up for too long. I went through about 3-4 days of just absolute insanity where I did whatever I could to get him to go down one hour after waking up. It was SO exhausting, and I felt so guilty because Piper wanted me to play with her, and I couldn't. We went on lots of walks, I did lots of baby wearing, lots of drives in the car, lots of walking around and around and around - seriously, whatever it took to get him to sleep after that one hour mark haha. IT WORKED though! He finally got the idea, and after about 3 days he started taking longer naps, going down easier, and sleeping much longer throughout the night!
7:00am WAKE UP - nurse, and put right back down to sleep. My sister told me to start doing this, and I swear it has helped him go down for naps so much! I don't know what it is, but getting that extra sleep in the morning helps him.
8:30 - 9:00am WAKE UP FOR THE DAY - nurse, change diaper, get ready, tummy time, etc., go back down around 10:00am.
11:00am - WAKE UP - nurse, change diaper, play, goes down for a longer nap around 12:00pm.
3:00pm - WAKE UP - nurse, change diaper, play, goes down for another nap around 4:00pm.
5:00pm - WAKE UP - nurse, change diaper, play, goes down for a cat nap (if I'm lucky). It's hard getting him to sleep from now until bedtime. Usually goes down around 6:00pm.
6:45pm - WAKE UP - nurse, change diaper, play, nurse, bath time, nurse again and put him down for bed around 8:00pm. I nurse him a few more times at the end of the day because he's a lot hungrier.
***When he goes down at night I swaddle him in a SwaddleMe velcro swaddle, or an Ollie World swaddle (this one is my favourite). It keeps them bound up tight at night so they don't wake themselves up. I swear by these!!
5:00am - WAKE UP - nurse, and right back to sleep. **Occasionally there's a 2:00am feeding instead of this one, but that's happening less and less these days.
7:00am - START ALL OVER AGAIN!