Are you putting your baby on a schedule?

Margarita - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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There is lots of discussion about whether or not to put baby on a schedule - nap, feeding, play, etc. I have just been allowing my 16 week-old son to dictate when he's hungry and sleepy...he eats every 2 hours during the day, is up for an hour, then sleeps for another hour or so. He sleeps well at night, 9:30-6:30 waking up only once at 2am to eat. What is everyone else doing?

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Justine - posted on 12/16/2009

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I dont think that schedules are just for the parents. i heard that schedules for babies make happier babies. they will know what to expect throughout the day, and they will be more content when you put them down.

Triana - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter is bout to be 4mths and ever since bringing her home ive had her on a schedule. Feeding times have changed of hours but thats about it. She usually wakes me up at either 730 or 8am and from then on I feed her every 3-4 hrs. She cat naps throughout the day when she wants and usually falls asleep around 8 or 9 but I still continue to wake her to feed. If its past midnight I donr bother. I never go more than 7-8hrs without feeding simply because I heard around 9hrs is when they actually start feeling hungry

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I do the same. My son is 15 weeks and I am still home with him so it is easier than if he were in daycare. Gavin eats every 4 hours though and sleeps from about 9pm to 4am at night.

Alison - posted on 12/15/2009

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my son is near enough 4 months old and i do have a kinda mini schedule for him but nothing that says do this do that if you know what i mean he goes to bed at 10pm and sleeps all the way through till 9am or sometimes if he feels lazy 10am he has breakfast when he wakes up and then usually a snooze in the afternoon he has dinner around 6 but throughtout the day he has a bottle every 3 or 4 hours so im happy at the moment then hes not sleeping or eating hes playing leanring or having a nice little cuddle with his mummy and daddy x

Michelle - posted on 12/15/2009

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millie feeds around every 2 hours from 7/730am till 8/830pm it sounds alot but she rarely has more than 5 ounces. she has finally started to sleep throuth the night. she naps in the day when she wants, more if shes bored but then she stay up later to have her feed quota. her bath times are not regular. we dont have story time before bed yet as this seems to wake her!!!

Grace - posted on 12/15/2009

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We are letting our 18 week old baby boy do the same thing... only, we've sort of clued in to his cues and can tell when he's tired so, we put him to bed awake when he acts tired and it's been working well, he falls right to sleep... The only concern I had was whether or not he was sleeping too much, but since he's growing, eating and sleeping well and is alert, interactive and blossoming while he's awake, I'm guessing everything's ok! :)

Stacey - posted on 12/13/2009

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My 4 month old is on a schedule. She eats every 3 hours throughout the day and evening, but sleeps through the night. I let her sleep whenever she wants, and here lately she's been staying up later than usual, but she usually sleeps for 12 straight hours once she goes to sleep for the night. Granted she is on medicine that makes her sleepy too so that's why she's a heavy sleeper. She's on a feeding tube so the sleep doesn't interfear with her eating schedule, I just hook her up and get that belly full!

Anne - posted on 12/12/2009

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My 4 month old daughter is starting to fall into our routine! I haven't push it yet because with 3 others things can get chaotic! My 5 yr old daughter and 4 month old get up around 6 am, my 9 year old daughter gets up 6:30 am and my 2 yr old son usually gets up around 8:30 am. 5, 2 and 4 month old take naps right after lunch! My 4 month old has slowly got on their schedule, but she likes to eat around same time as us around 11:30 and by noon they're all fed and ready for naps! Bedtimes are 7:30 for 2 yr old, 8:00 for 5 yr old, and 9:00 for 9 yr old! They all seem to do good with this schedule and are happy in the morning! My 4 month old usually goes to bed around 8:00 pm, but then still gets up every 4 hours or so! She is breastfeed baby though, so I heard they eat more often! I think a schedule should be set up gradually! Wake them up a certain time feed them,feed than lay them down for naps a certain time around lunch, bath them a certain time, and fed them put them to bed. They get into the routine after awhile they might fuss a little at first, but get the hang of it! My 2 youngest listen to soothing music at night! Schedules are important as I've been a daycare provider and some advice if your child is going to attend daycares most have schedules, so getting them on the daycare schedule when they're old enough is important! I took care of a baby that his mom was always on the run and never had a schedule than I took care of him and it was a mess because he would be inconsistent, scream and wake others up at naptime! He seemed unhappy a lot, but children do enjoy consistency when they reach age 1 because it causes less confusion!

Crystal - posted on 12/12/2009

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I have a night and a morning routine. Hailey goes to bed around 7:30 - 8pm. She will wake for 1-2 feeding durring the night and sleep until 8-9 am. She eats a lot in the morning and will take a nap or two. She doesn't really have a schedule after that. I go out a lot and she sleeps well in the car. Around 5pm she will eat every hour until bed. That is the only routine we have - I let her be. If she needs to nap she naps.

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I didn't even try with my first to put him on a schedule until we was 18 months old. i wish we had started a little earlier, maybe 12 months. My friend started her son when he was 9 months and took a few months, the same with my son.

Erica - posted on 12/09/2009

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I started putting my little girl on a schedule after my mom had her over night for the first time.. she was about 6 weeks old. She had her days and nights very confused she would snack rather then eat.. I dont think i was getting more then 20 minutes of sleep at a time that first six weeks. it was very stressful for me. So i started by encouraging her to stay up longer..played with her more kept her moving during the day so she would sleep better at night.. ect. Now she is 3months+1week old and she sleeps threw the night.. she wakes up around 7ish eats a bottle we play for about an hr and then she takes her first nap.. when she wakes up i give her tummy time and play with her and then she eats again. after we cuddle on the couch together and socialize.. so on and so forth.. He schedule is not strict by anymeans, but I believe it gives them a sense of security.. they know what to expect and it makes them happier... the hard part is, getting other people to stick to the routine..

Tanya - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have been thinking about this schedule idea as well, but think it's best to just let my son make his own schedule. Right now, he sleeps through the night, going down between 8:30 and 10 and sleeping for 8 hours. I feed hi and put him back down for another 3 hours. During the day, he cat naps and eats every 2-3 hours. He wakes up, eats, then is awake for about an hour and a half (so 2 hrs total) before sleeping for 30-60 minutes. He sometimes takes one longer nap.

Krista - posted on 12/05/2009

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I keep my baby on a general routine, but not a tight schedule. The only thing that is scheduled is that around 6:30 - 6:45, he goes up for his bath, and then warm jammies, the swaddler, one last bottle, and he's usually in bed anytime between 7:30 and 8pm, and normally sleeps through until 6am or so. On a calendar, I've been writing down when he eats (and how much) and when he naps (and for how long). I figure that if I do this for awhile, patterns will emerge, and then if I want to set a schedule, I can at least base it mostly on what he's already doing, instead of trying to impose something that he's totally not used to.

Brooke - posted on 12/05/2009

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I practice "feed/wake/sleep" and it has proven itself to be a wonderful way to create a routine that is both predictable and comfortable. Our son takes naps three times a day, 1-2 hours per nap, then sleeps from 8pm -7 am.

Rachel - posted on 12/05/2009

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Well i tend to be i follow his lead as well. I tend to make the last time he goes to bed closest to 7 his bed time. Normally about 6pm. Even feeding or wake up after that is done in his dark bedroom.(or with a small night light) I don't take him out that makes him aware it's dark and time to sleep. So he gets the idea bedtime is before 9pm because early on it doesn't tend to matter much but as they get older it matters more. A normal bed time for a child under 3 is 7:00pm and the sooner the get them there the better. The least amount of change the better for you and the baby.
So what i guess i should say is i let him set it but i know what i'm looking for and what to do to lead what he does to a good schedule.

Hazel - posted on 12/05/2009

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No, I never put my little ones on a schedule, but thats just me. We have bedtime routines, but thats about it.

Bronwyn - posted on 12/04/2009

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I read that in the first 6 months, a schedule is mainly for the parents, rather than the baby. On the other hand, I read that schedules a really important, especially for getting the baby to sleep through the night.
I am a big fan of schedules, so we've had our baby on a schedule since 4 weeks. Since about 10 weeks, our baby has slept through the night.
I know that the most important thing to follow is the 'feed/wake/sleep' routine, during the day, and then the 'feed/sleep' routine for night feeding.
I have been following a 3 hourly routine. Whatever time he wakes up (6am, 6.30am or 7am), that time will dictate the routine for the day. His wake time is 1 1/2 hours and he'll sleep for 2 hours, 1 1/2 hours, 1 hour or 45 mins. I fiddle around with the routine, depending on for how long he slept. But, each day, he'll go to bed at 7pm. I like to follow a routine, but be flexible at the same time. Sometimes, I wake him to feed him if I'm doing other things that day.

Shelly - posted on 12/04/2009

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mine usually goes to sleep when he wants during the day...and eats every 2-3 hours, depending on how long he naps in between. sometimes he will take long naps in the morning and afternoon, or just a bunch of cat naps throughout the day. as far as at night...he usually goes to bed between 9-10:30 and will sleep till 8 or 9am...he sleeps through the night and does not wake up to eat. its great...he is an awesome baby and only really cries when he is hungry. hes very smiley and loves to interact with everyone hes around!!

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