I found that since Olivia was about 7 or 8 weeks old, she would happily start her night-time sleep at around 6pm. I would take her downstairs when her tired signs started (at around 5.15pm) and then give her a bath, pyjamas, and feed and i could be guaranteed that by 6 she would be sound asleep.
All other sleeps during the day would last an hour or so, but when we did the 6pm one, she would stay asleep for ages. I didn't complain since it meant i had 3 hours to myself since I'd got to bed somewhere between 9 and 9.30pm (since I'd have been busy with her all day and then of course I was on call all night (nope, i don't have a partner who is fussed about getting up at night).
She was sleeping till 3am or so, then waking again at 6am, but recently she started waking at 10pm, 2am, 4.30ish, then 6.30ish. Is 6 pm simply too early even though she just seems to be really tired soon after 5?
i'd be interested in hearing what others think
Susan, Sydney, 12/4/05 baby