Moving up in Three Simple Steps: The Moms on Call 8-16 Week Schedule

Experiencing anxiety about moving up your baby’s sleep schedule? Get help with the adjustment from Moms on Call! Learn how to move up into our 8-16 week schedule and get tips for getting your baby sleeping through the night.

Some parents may see moving up in schedules as an obstacle. We are here to help with the adjustment and get you through it in a breeze. One of our most frequently asked questions pertains to the 8-16 week schedule and moving up, as this is a big sleep leap for the baby.

If you follow the Moms on Call 4-8 week schedule, the baby can move up between 6-8 weeks of age if healthy and gaining weight! 

If you are starting to follow Moms on Call’s typical day schedules and techniques, jump right into the 8-16 weeks schedule between 6-8 weeks of age (if healthy and gaining weight). Begin with Moms on Call Basics to get the details just right!

Now let’s go over what signs to look for and three simple steps to moving up! 

  • Baby is healthy and gaining weight!
  • Middle of the night wakeup is later than usual (closer to 4 am).
  • Nap time begins to shorten, and the baby has more alert/awake time during the day.

Moving up means getting the baby to bed earlier. At Moms on Call, we’ve found that sleep does not “shift” — it expands. So, by getting the baby to bed earlier, they will actually sleep longer! Yay for big sleeping milestones!

Follow along with our three simple steps to moving up, and your little one (and you) will be sleeping and dreaming longer before you know it! 

  1. Check and perfect our miracle sleep trick! Watch the swaddle video here to get the swaddle just right and tight, tight, tight!
  2. Follow along in the book and online courses for help getting your baby closer to that 4 am middle of the night feeding.
    • Allow baby 4- 6 minutes (this can be extended based on what is best for your family/sanity!) of fussing before you begin the soothing rounds.
  3. Stay confident, and the baby will follow! Keep in mind adjustments typically take 3-5 days. 

Transitioning Early?

When:

  • If able to stay up about 45-60 minutes from the start of the feeding until nap.
  • If your little one is fussy in the evening or you have difficulty getting them up from the late evening catnap.
  • Nighttime sleep stretches decrease in duration.
  • Suits your household best.

Here are a few tips to help with this “Transitional Routine.”

  • They may not be able to stay up the whole time. Starting the nap 15-30 minutes earlier than listed is okay.
  • They may doze for short periods during “Awake” time.
  • You may find you are using your “Grace Periods” more often than not.

Example:

  • 7 am Feed
  • 8 am Start the pre-nap routine
  • 8:15 am Down for nap
  • 9:45/10 am Feed

Routines are meant to serve your household with predictability and flexibility. Jump right in; you’ve got this! And remember, our confidence is contagious. 

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