irishbaby is 6months old. Currently she sleeps from 9pm to 8am solidly and naps for between 30minutes and 2hours during the day. She doesn’t like daytime naps much, and she won’t go to sleep if put down before 8pm.
We were planning not to co-sleep, but it just naturally happened. For the first few weeks they wake every 2 hours to feed, so we just put her down in her pram in the living room during the day and then took her up to bed with us at 11pm. I’d feed her and put her down in her Moses’ basket beside me. Come 2am when she woke up, I’d bring her into bed with me to breastfeed her, and I’d fall asleep before I could put her back in the basket, then I’d barely have to wake to feed her at 4am and 6am.
I have the luxury of a long maternity leave and a weekly cleaning lady, so I made up my sleep deficit with long lie-ins(in bed with the baby) until 10 or 11am, so I’ve been tired, but not like the horor stories I’d been hearing.
At 4 months we put her in her own cot in her bedroom- by then she was only waking at 2am. Her first night in her cot she slept from midnight through to 7am and that was it.
A couple of weeks ago she went through a growth spurt and started waking at midnight, 4am and 6am- starting solid foods seems to have put an end to that, thank goodness!
We have a baby monitor, but I keep it on the lowest volume setting or I wake up when she rolls over. She does wake during the night, but she just sucks her thumb and goes back to sleep 9 times out of 10.
It is different for everyone- my SIL and her husband are an early-to-bed-early-to-rise family. Their kids have long daytime naps, are all in bed by 7pm, but are all up at 5am when their dad gets up to milk the cows.
irishfella and I are night owls who are rarely asleep before midnight and don’t have to get up before 7am and irishbaby seems to have fitted into our routine.
Just do what seems right for you, don’t be afraid to experiment with different approaches, and take into account what your baby does.
I am very lucky in that my mum breastfed my sisters and I, so she was always there with help and encouragement. I fed on demand and apart from the first 2 weeks (which hurt like a mother f$%ker) I haven’t found it particularly problematic. Neeps- if you ever want a bit of support or have a question I’d be only to happy to help.