I’m always a little weary to write about sleep routines so as not to jinx us. It seems like every time I do, Olivia starts sleeping poorly again. But I just had to share this. I stumbled across the 2-3-4 sleep schedule when I was researching what to do about Olivia’s 45 minute naps. I knew she was way overtired when she woke up from those naps, and she was starting to get raccoon eyes, despite her nighttime sleep being 7pm – 7am with a quick wake up at 5am to eat.
Here is how the 2-3-4 method works. There’s minimal math, and no spreadsheet required (unless you’re a nut like me).
- Nap #1 is exactly 2 hours after morning wake up
- Nap #2 is 3 hours after Nap #1 wake up
- Bedtime is 4 hours after Nap #2 wake up
This really got us back on track. Sometimes this schedule naturally develops. For us, the mistake I made was waiting 3 hours after morning wake up to put Olivia down for the first nap, which led to her being extremely over-tired and unable to sleep for longer that 45 minutes. I guess I just thought that 2 hours was too soon, but when I came across the 2-3-4 schedule, I was willing to try anything. It really worked like a charm. And while we have our off days once in a while, things are MUCH better now.
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