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Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Christy says

    Should I wake baby or let him wake on his own if he is napping longer?
    Nap 8:30
    Wake/milk/diaper 10 (supposed to wake?)
    Nap 11:30

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Christy –
      Thank you for writing to us! Keep using these schedules as a guide, and do feel free to make them your own! Every baby’s sleep needs are different! As a general rule, if letting your little one nap a little longer does not interfere with the next naps or with bedtime/night sleep, then there is no need to wake him up too early! You may want to test things to see what works best! We’d love to help with this and create a schedule just for you! Please contact us for more info at any time!

  2. Irina says

    Hi Nicole,

    In 6-weeks old schedule, there’s 2 nap entries in a row, with no feeding in between:

    4:30 PM Nap
    6:30 PM Nap

    Is that right? How long are these naps? And what’s in between them? My baby is only 3 weeks old now, but he always wakes up hungry, and it’s hard for me to imagine that things will change so much in 3 weeks that he will not demand his meal first thing he wakes up.

    Can you advise?


    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Irina-
      Thanks for writing to us! Yes, this schedule is correct! The naps are likely 30-60 minutes each, and you could certainly add a feeding in between those naps, especially if baby is cluster feeding! Definitely feed your baby when hungry and feel free to make this schedule your own! These are general guidelines, but schedules and babies can and will be a bit different. Thanks again for visiting us Irina! And check out the other schedules too!

  3. N Brown says

    Thank-you for posting this. My 13 week old (ex-32 week prem) is sleeping closer to a 5 week old, as she should. Several people have commented she shouldn’t be snack feeding or sleeping so much, but your schedule is almost exactly what she is doing. Relieved and will stop listening to all the opinions! Thanks.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Nancy,
      Thank you so much for your comment! It can be really hard to know which opinions to listen to when your baby is very young, so I’m glad we could provide some support 😀 Babies need to eat, and very young babies are not usually organized sleepers and eaters until at least 4 months after their due date, so you have some time before you need to be worried about that! Hang in there 🙂

  4. Bella says

    Our 12 week old started waking lots in the night and having short 45 minute naps, do you think this would suggest they are going through the 4 month sleep regression early?
    We have started to teach him how to fall asleep on his own and he now sleeps through the night from 7/8 till 6 without a feed. His naps have gone from 45 mins to 2/3 hours long during the day. Does this sound okay? I know all babies are different but he’s asleep alot more than the schedules here.

    • Neosha says

      @Bella – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us! Yes, all babies are indeed very different and our schedules are just guidelines. If your little guy is getting the sleep he needs and developing as a whole, by all means let him sleep and keep him on that schedule as long as he’ll let you! 🙂 It’s definitely possible for babies to hit the 4-month sleep regression as early 3 or 3.5 months. Here’s a bit more about that regression that you may find helpful: Hang in there, Bella!

  5. Anna says

    Hi, I have a 13 week old who I am exclusively breastfeeding. Ive finally managed to get her to accept a bottle sometimes if she is not too hungry. I’ve tried dream feeding around 10:30 as suggested and she is always is so deep asleep I can only get her to suckle a little off one breast and no more. She will then wake up at 1:30am and then again at 5:30am. What can I do to encourage her to sleep a longer stretch or will this happen naturally eventually?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Anna, thanks for writing to us. Dream feeds don’t work well for all babies so if your baby doesn’t seem to wake up for it, that’s ok! It sounds like she is sleeping great for a baby her age though. Here is a link to a sample schedule for a 3 month old where you’ll see 1-3 night time wakings are very age appropriate:
      If she was to suddenly start waking every 2 hours or so (or has the same sort of rhythm to her wake ups) then we’d consider that a problem, so let us know if anything changes and you need more help, but hopefully things keep running smoothly! As you said, if all goes well as her belly grows she will being taking longer stretches, it’s just still so small she will still be getting hungry frequently.

  6. Julia says

    Apologies if I just missed this portion, but what plan should premies follow? I have 11 week old twins, but they were born 8 weeks early, so have any adjusted age of 3 weeks. Thanks!

    • Neosha says

      @Julia – Thank you for reading – for babies born prematurely, you would just want to use their adjusted age at this stage. Hope this helps!

  7. Claudia says

    What if I want to start my day at 9am? This is convenient for our family schedule at the moment. Also, my 5 week old formula feeds every 3hrs, usually 9am, 12pm, 3pm,6pm, 9pm and naps in between. Should he have a nap between 6pm to 9pm? I usually will feed at 9am and put to bed. What if I do every 4hr feedings instead of 3hrs? Will that impact his night sleeping? Right now he’s sleeping from 10pm and won’t wake till about 230am or 330am and then one more time at around 645am. What do you suggest? That means he’ll nap longer during the day time if I go 4hrs in between feeds. Usually he’ll nap 1.5hrs and I usually wake him every 3hrs to eat

    • Neosha says

      @Claudia – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. Newborn sleep and daytime schedules can be quite tricky to navigate especially for such young babies. It frequently comes down to patience, trial and error! However, it seems as though you have quite a few detailed and valid schedule questions here! As a representative of our Client Relations team, I am not fully trained to answer all of them. Our sleep consultant team would be a much better resource for you – you can read more about them here: You may also find help out in our Members Area where you can chat with a Sleep Consultant and with other parents – Hang in there, Claudia!

  8. Nicole says

    How long would you say a catnap is? Your sample schedule says “catnap” for the third nap but not sure how long? Thank you

    • Danielle says

      Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for your question! A catnap is anywhere between 20-60 minutes. Most young babies aren’t taking longer naps yet consistently. I hope this helps!