Greetings all! Need help with my 12 week old now I’m back to full-time work. Not expecting through the night but would love to minimize the evening drama...he’s a catnapper (despite best varsity swing technique!) and overtired by “bedtime," needing 2+ hours of rocking before he’ll give us a 4-5 hour stretch. Yikes!
His routine: After an early am feed he sleeps until around 8am. He catnaps around 9.30 for 30-40 minutes (Early he is amenable to being put down while dozy, but not later.) Thereafter he manages between 40 minutes and 1.5 hours awake, but his naps remain v short. He’s fed BM roughly every 3 hours until his evening feed around 6pm when I get back from work.
Then what?! By 7 he is tired and grumpy. We’ve tried keeping him up another hour before commencing bedtime routine. He sleeps the usual 30-40 minutes then fights it till 10.30 before conking out, either in the swing or co-sleeping because he’s tired me out too. But if we let him nap at 7, he’s still grumpy when he wakes up and bedtime is pushed back till past 10.
When he was really little I would handle fussy evenings with constant feeding, Netflix before co-sleeping, but feel we should be starting better habits now he’s at 3 months. Do we try and tinker or just wait him out? Please advise!