I am having trouble getting my 6wk old on a sleep schedule, I breast and bottle feed, help

Ebonie - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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should I introduce rice cereal? Or what should I do

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i had the same problem. we tried the rice cereal with the formula and it didn't work! then we remembered to swaddle him. we kept the room dark when he woke and talked softly at night. during the day we made sure he was entertained and took his naps, we also gave him bottles during the day as well as mommie milk and only breastfeed at night and eventually he stopped feeding at night because he was full. sometimes he just woke up and didn't know how to go back to sleep--if that happens try putting your hand on his chest, the smell of mommy will do wonders in the area of comfort. it took about a month-- then he started teething and all of that went out of the window! but our good news is that another month went by and he is sleeping again!
you can also try to take the baby outside for a bit, the fresh air does a good for the little ones and you. so make sure the baby is full, well burped, clean and has a fresh diaper. good luck

Ez - posted on 06/17/2009

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6 weeks is too early to really be able to implement any sort of routine, and also too early for cereal. The best piece of advice I was given was to allow my baby a 'grace period' of the first 8 weeks where you follow their lead and take note of their natural sleep/eat rhythms. Then when they're that little bit older you have an idea of what their natural habits are and can try and put some structure to it. I'm a firm believer in baby-led routines and think they're much more successful than trying to impose a strict schedule that may suit you but be at odds with your baby.

Etta - posted on 06/17/2009

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6 weeks is way too young to introduce solids. My first child didn't really settle into a schedule until he was about 4 months. I'm expecting the second to be similar. Both my kids started sleeping the night when they were about 2 months though.

I know sleep deprivation is tough to deal with, but it will pass. Hang in there.

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