Sleep routine needed!

Carol-Anne Louise - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Ever since my son was born, he only sleep's for 1 hour and 30 minutes - 2 hour's a time at night - he is now 17 week's!
He does'nt sleep much during the day. Proberley 30 minutes a time. He does'nt wake for certain reason's. He just wake's! I give him a bath every night and a bottle after just so he can get into a routine of knowing it's BEDTIME!
From changing formula milk (also due to him being a sicky baby), to added a duvet under his mattress to changing his bottles. I'm becoming despearate that nothing is working!
Can someone please give me a sample routine from Day to Night (adding times). Including bottle feeding time's (as i feed on demand).
Many thank's.

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Karren - posted on 05/31/2010

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they say at the sleep centre the best routine is feed (and let sit for 20 mins to half hr) play for rest of that time then put to bed to sleep all up from time of waking to next put down to sleep should be roughly 1 1/2hrs this increases as they get old by about 1/2 hr when 6mths etc usually coinciding with each milestone as in 3 mth 6 mth 9mth and 1 yr etc hope that helps but also what works best for your baby

Cherrah - posted on 05/16/2010

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Take a deep breath...ok...now repeat to yourself...I am a good Mommy, I am a good Mommy! LOL! With my first child I was going crazy trying to get a rouitne established and I kept changing it, and changing it, driving myself, and him, crazy. One day I just observed him and wrote down the times he wanted to eat, sleep, play, etc. Then I was able to see the pattern he liked. He liked to eat 4 oz every 4 hours. I made the bedtime routine most important. So that he could learn that we play, we eat, we take a bath, we read, and go to bed. During the day I had a four hour span that just repeated itself. So starting at 8am then: 12 noon, 4pm, 8pm, 12 midnight, 4am, then back to 8am. I worked on trying to eliminate the midnight feeding first, then the 4am, later. I'd keep him up for at least an hour and a half each time, whatever it took. During the day, he slept downstairs in the noise with lights on. My basic schedule was wake at 8am and get out of bed. Eat 4oz, play, stay up till approx. 9:30-10, sleep downstairs where noise was. Wake at noon, eat 4oz, play. Stay up until approx: 1:30-2:00, Sleep in the noise. Wake again at 4, eat 4oz, play. I tried to get him to stay up longer this time until atleast 6-6:30, sleep till 7:30ish, play first this time. Eat 4oz at 8:00, give bath, lotion, book. In bed by 9:30-10. If he woke at midnight or 4am to eat, it was in the dark with no eye contact. One tip that helped me was that I made sure family members followed the same routine. If it was time to eat, hed eat, time to wake, he'd be awake, etc. The other tip that helped when changing his diaper in the middle of the night was to change it first before eating that way when he got sleepy from eating he just went right to bed and wasnt woken up by me changing his diaper. I hope that helps and wish you the best of luck. You two will figure it out, I promise. :) :)

Lora - posted on 05/12/2010

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My daughter is almost 16 weeks old and I used to feed on demand too. We were having the same exact sleeping problem you are. My daughter eats about 5 1/2 oz every 4- 41/2 hours with a 5 oz cereal bottle at night. She usually sleeps about 9 hours at night and takes 2 naps during the day, usually about 2 hours each. By this age, they should really have a set schedule. It has made all the difference in the world for us. It wasn't easy to get a routine down, especially the feeding part, but it isn't much more trouble than what you're already dealing with. Our pediatrician said to start trying to make her last at least 3-4 hours between feedings, and do whatever it took to keep her occupied (pacifiers, toys, car ride, ect). If you get them used to doing other fun things besides eating all the time it will make your life much easier. It could be that he is tired too. We all know that babies act hungry when they're tired, so swaddle him up nice and snug and try to get a good feeding routine down. Fortunately, our babies are almost ready to start eating cereal by spoon, which will help hold them out longer too!

Megan - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son will be four months as of tomorrow. He sleeps anywhere from 8-10 hours a night straight through. He takes a nap about twice a day. One around 11 or 12 and then another about 4 or 5. He goes for a bath at 8pm every night. I use the bed time bath & bed time lotion for him. When he's done and changed into his pajamas I give him a 4oz bottle with cereal in it. I try to keep the lights to a minimum. Sometimes he falls asleep before he's done and sometimes he's still awake. I put him in his crib whether he's sleeping or not. The nights he's still awake he ends up falling asleep on his own. I don't know if this helps or not. But I wish you the best of luck!

Haleana - posted on 05/11/2010

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Hi, this sounds very familiar to me. My son is 14 weeks and 6 days and is now starting to sleep through. Here's what we do....

He feeds usually every 3-4 hours and we bottle feed him 6oz at a time. He asks for it, we don't impose it. Usually he'll have a feed at about 8.30pm and then we bath him AFTERWARDS. This is because he is also a sicky baby and tends to puke as soon as you put him on his back, despite a good winding session. This way, he pukes in the bath so we can clean him and it gives him time to settle and for the milk to go down. Once he is out of the bath he gets a full body massage for about 10 mins and is wrapped loosely in a nice soft blanket and soothed to sleep (whatever works) once asleep he's placed in his cot and uncovered slightly (to prevent him smothering himself).

It should be about 9.00pm/9.30pm by this time and he will usually sleep until about 6am. HOWEVER, in recent days he's started waking at about 3am. We've found that if this happens, after his bath if we offer him a further 3oz of formula, he will take it and this will help to see him through to 6am, sometimes later.

I really hope this helps. I know what it is like to suffer with this as he used to suffer with Colic. I really feel for you! x

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Emma - posted on 05/30/2010

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My daughter will be 5 months next weekend but has been sleeping through since about 2 months..here is our routine now that she is on solids. Hope it helps.
7am wakeup...7 30am breakfast...8am playtime...9am bottle...9 30am put in her cot (she puts herself to sleep in about 2 minutes)...11am wakeup and play...11 30am bottle...12pm play...1 30pm put in her cot...2.30pm bottle...3pm play...5pm dinner...5 30pm bathtime...6pm bottle...6 30pm put to bed. We also use the johnsons night time lavender bath wash which probably helps with the sleeping but Izzy also has a 20month old brother to amuse her and wear her out.

Karren - posted on 05/29/2010

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my advice is find out where you live if the have child sleep centres the are part of the hospitals in melb they are called tweadle and occonnal house get a referal and go to it i did recently and my daughter responded great best week spent and my daughter has reflux and colic so it helped her alot

Elyssa - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughter was having the same problem for a little while, but then I decided that I would only feed her every 3 hours and I was very strict about it. she only ate at 6, 9, 12, and 3 around the clock. if she was sleeping, I would wake her up so she could eat (unless it was the middle of the night and she didn't wake on her own) Her nighttime routine goes something like this... dinner at 6, bath at 7 and feeding AGAIN at 7:30 (after bath and lotion) She just turned 5 months and now sleeps for 12-14 hours a night. lucky me! if only I could get my 2 year old to do the same... Be patient and consistant and it all will pay off I promise! Good Luck!

Lauren - posted on 05/26/2010

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Hey there. My daughter is about 4 and a half months and sleeps well. she has dinner at 5 a bath at 6 and bed at 7 and sleeps till about 5-7.30am and only has 2 naps a day for about an hour. try not to let your son sleep so much during the day and try to tire him out then when it comes to bed time hell be to tired to stay awake. good luck

Jasmine - posted on 05/24/2010

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Hi! I am a first time Mommy of a 4 month old boy weighing 16 pounds. He wakes up between 7-8 am and eats 7 oz of milk, 3 hours later for breakfast he gets 3 scoops of rice cereal with some fruit mixed in along with about 4 oz of milk, 4 hours later for lunch he eats 7 oz of milk, 3 hours later for dinner he has another 3 scoops of rice cereal mixed with veggies and 4 oz of milk, after his bath time at 730 pm, depending on how long ago he had dinner, he'll get 4-7 more oz of milk before bed. I burp him and then wait until i see an eye rub or yawn then he goes into the crib, with his sea horse that plays underwater sounds and music, still awake. He usually ends up crying himself to sleep. But every night it takes less and less time for him to sooth himself to sleep. He sleeps 11-12 hours straight through the night and takes 2-3 naps throughout the day equaling up to about a total of 5 hours. Though right now he's teething so he may wake up from the pain at like 4-5 am. I usually give him some baby Motrin or a dabble of whiskey/brandy on the gums along with a little bottle of about 4 oz. Good luck lady! Hope you're able to get your little one into some sort of schedule soon, for both your sanity!!!

Dawn - posted on 05/24/2010

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get the book " the baby whisperer solves all your problems" by Tracy Hogg. it is great for discussing all eating sleeping and routine problems. It also has different sample routines for different stages, ages and wieghts of babies. It is has been great for me. We have been using its insights since day one with our son and at 6 weeks he was already sleeping through the night.

Trina - posted on 05/24/2010

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check the water with the inside of your wrist like with a bottle so its not too hot, and take your time with the massage. enjoy your baby. I breast feed so give my boy one side then knock him out with the other after his bath, my wee man also doesnt sleep much during the day two small naps, make sure bubby is warn what i do is use a sheet as a wrap to make him snug and tight. wrapping it around him like they do in hospital before putting his duvet over him.

Trina - posted on 05/24/2010

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I agree the night time bath with the bedtime bathwash, then I massage bubs with the lotion and powder of the same product it relaxes my wee man, then a final feed then bed ... michael is 19 weeks and I have had this routine since he was born. he has slept through from 5weeks.. in earlier weeks when getting the routine started I would give him his bath later at night around 10pm then he would settle around 11 waking at 3.30 then at 6.30am. gradually I would make bath time earlier until now when he is in his bath... a hot bath, none of this luke warm rubbish... everyone knows how TIRED the feel after a nice LONG SOAK in a hot bath...at 7.30pm in bed by 8 8.30 until 5.30 6am bliss, Having this every night establishes security for my wee one as it is something that he knows will be happening and he knows that once he has a bath he knows its going to be bedtime...A little tip, make sure you let your little one have a nice long soak in their bath, its worth it. Good luck ;0)

Amberly - posted on 05/22/2010

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we quit letting our son nap at all after 6pm. we give a bath at 8:30 bottle (most of the time with rice cereal) by 9pm and he is asleep sometime b/t 9-9:30. when we first started he would only sleep till about 6, now he sleeps consistently till 8am sometimes longer... we also found that letting him sleep on his belly makes him more comfortable (we watched him to make sure he could turn his head properly during nap times before we tried belly at night.)

Asha - posted on 05/22/2010

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I follow the sleep routine book "The Contented Little Baby" by Gina Ford. My baby is now 19weeks and we have started sleeping 8hrs straight for the last week.
This book changes its routine from each age/stage of babies development, up to 1yr of age.
I would really recommend you buy this book to help you find a routine to suit your baby at its stage of development, it can take up to a week to teach your baby a routine but it is worth the effort in the long run.
My baby's routine is (at the moment)
she has slightly different routines for a bottle fed so dont usethis as a guide if your baby is bottle fed.
8am wake up nappy change and feed for 20-30mins on 1st breast
play time
10am morning sleep - no more than 1hr\
11am nappy change feed on other breast 20-30min
play time
12.30/1pm afternoon sleep - no more than 2 1/2 hours
2.30/3pm wake up nappy change and feed off first breast 20-30min
play time
5pm afternoon nap - no more than 15mins
6pm feed off otherbreast 20-30mins
6.45pm bath time then massage and dressed
7.15pm feed off 1st breast 20-30mins
8pm in bed
11.30pm top up feed 20-30mins

following Gina's routines really helped me learn to pre-empt my babies needs it might not help everyone but it really worked for us, I have a very happy little girl who feeds well and sleeps well.

I really think getting a book like this would help and would definately recommend it.

Good luck!

Anna - posted on 05/19/2010

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Julie- I wish I could still swaddle my little one- she slept well with the swaddle, but now she acts like I'm putting a straight jacket on her! And now she doesn't like to be layed down so much. Such is my lot! :) any swaddling tips?

Lauren - posted on 05/19/2010

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Here is the schedule I put my little girl on:
7am - 6oz
830 to 10am - nap
10am - 6oz
1130-2pm - nap
2pm - 6 oz
5pm - 6oz
6pm-715pm - nap
8pm - 6oz
830pm - bath
9pm - bed
sometimes we have cereal after the 8pm bottle
She doesn't sleep that much during the day and her nap times are usually shorter than what I listed so I try to have quiet time with her when she wakes up early. She sleeps 10 hours at night which probably isn't very common but once we started the schedule she took to it really well. I think most people feed their children on demand but its hard to start a schedule that way. It will take some gradual adjusting to get them on the right schedule to fit yours. I suggest feeding him more during the day to help him sleep at night; by 4 months most babies are drinking 6oz at a time. And a good order to remember is bottle, bath then bed. When he starts teething you won't want the bottle to be the last thing he does before he sleeps because you will have to wipe his teeth off to prevent decay. Another thing that helped us was putting a box fan in her room, it really drowns out the noise and helps put her at ease when we travel and she isn't sleeping in her own bed. Good luck all you need is a plan and lots of patience!

Anna - posted on 05/19/2010

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Just listen to your baby and he'll tell you what he needs. Rest when you can and enjoy these months because they will be gone SO fast. Maybe he needs to sleep with you- on you- by you- to feel secure. Especially since he's been "sicky". You could try a sling or wrap (I love a maya wrap) to help you get things done during the day and co-sleep at night. Research shows that the faster you respond to a crying baby the less often they will cry over all. it pays to pay attention to him. Good LUCK!

Julie - posted on 05/19/2010

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I have to say it breaks my heart to see how many people let their infants cry it out. A baby who is only 4 months old is not crying because he is trying to manipulate you. He is crying because he needs you. He does not know how to comfort himself and needs you to help him. Letting him cry it out does not teach him how to comfort himself. It damages him. Please don't do this to your children!

Natalie - posted on 05/19/2010

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Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with your child, here is my routine, please note that every child is different, but I do hope this works:

5 AM wakes up, and we drive papa to work

6AM Has first bottle of 5-6 oz
6:30 plays after bottle and change diper, giving him some tummy time and developing him sitting up

Then maybe around 7:30 8AM I put him down for a nap. I always make sure I put on his mobil and that he has his pacifier, even if he is not asleep when I put him down, I will let him cry himself to sleep, coming into the room to calm him down every 7-10 mins. He will sleep for an hour maybe an hour and a half

Then once he wakes up time for a bottle between 11-12 and again it will be 5-6 oz, I may even give him infant cerael or oatmeal at this time.

Then play time and nap time. Thease are the steps I do everyday. Once it's bed time around 5 or so, I will give him a bath using calming bubbles, then when drying him off and putting him in PJ's I use calming loation as well. (You can get it at Target very resanable price) After he is in his PJ's around 5:30 6 it is dinner time for him. He will have a 5 oz bottle and infant oatmeal. Once he is cleaned up It is story time for about half an hour, and rocking in the rocking chaire. It is normaly around 6 or 7 by this time and then I put him in his cribe and follow my nap time routine, If he cries I go in every 10 mins to calm him down, but I don't talk to him, he normaly falls asleep within 20 mins or so. And he is out until anytime between misnight and 3 am then I will give him a 4 oz bottle and he falls back asleep until 5. I always offer my son his pacifier, that always calms him down. Also, you may want to just try teething tablets for night time, he may be teething and if you give him the tablets that make him drowsey it may help him to sleep. I know hat may not be the best idea, but desperate times calls for desprate actions. Hope this helps, and that you get some sleep.
All the best to you and yours (sorry for the spelling errors)

Julie - posted on 05/18/2010

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Swaddle, swaddle, swaddle! Even if he fights it, swaddle him. Infants up to 5 months old have the Moro reflex that makes them feel like they are falling, and it will wake them up. If you swaddle him he will not be able to get that reflex. It sounds like you have a routine (even though I think you should probably let him go back to sleep after his 12 am bottle and not keep him up).

Carol-Anne Louise - posted on 05/17/2010

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Thank you ladie's. I appreciate the help and support you have all given me!
I have taken into account everything you have said and I'm willing to give everything and anything you have suggested a chance!
Thank you again! =] x

Rachana - posted on 05/17/2010

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Have you tried swaddling him? My daughter (also 17 weeks), just like your son, would wake up for no reason. Then I read somewhere since the babies do not have a complete control over their reflexes, they shake their limbs in sleep and startle and wake themselves. Ever since I started swaddling her at night, she has become a sound sleeper. She sleeps atleast 4 - 5 hours at a stretch. I put her down at 9pm. She gets up around 2 or 3... has another feeding and goes back to sleep only to wake up around 7. I can understand how frustrating it could be to have a baby getting up all the time. Try the swaddling him. Goodluck!

Amy - posted on 05/16/2010

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Haleana I am so glad your lil one only sleeps around 45 min each sleep during the day - I have been told my son does not sleep enough and that he should be sleeping up to 3 hrs each sleep during the day !! --- OUR ROUTINE Usually he wakes around 7- 8am and I feed him about 20min later let him play for about an hour then offer him another feed if he wants it then put him down to sleep I just repeat this till he wakes up around 4ish and he has a feed and a play then we have a bath and try and keep things nice and quiet with a massage another feed then put him down to bed @ about 7- at the moment he is waking between 12 - 2 and then usually around 5am - it seems to vary depending on whats going on growth spurts etc some days he just wants to feed & sleep !!!

Leona - posted on 05/15/2010

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I would suggest taking your baby to a chiropracter (one that is used to working with children) i have done that, my baby started sleeping through the night only after that. he has 11 hour nights starting between 8 and 9:30. he usally eats every 2 to 3 hours and takes naps anywhere from an hour and a half to 3 hours.

Chantelle - posted on 05/15/2010

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My son is now 4 months and sleeps throught the night (about 7:30 to between 5 and 7). Baby's for the most part are learning so they have to learn when to sleep. It's a little hard to do (on your fealings) but it worked for me. I preaty much taught my son when it was time to sleep by instead of giving him a bottle at night, I would give him his binky and hold him really close to me until he fell asleep. Since he slept best when he was close to me (since my husband was @ ft rucker), I would keep him in the bed with me. It took about a month but it payed off. He now sleeps through the night in his bed. His routine now is a bottle around 6:30 then i give him a bath @ 7:30. If keeping him in the bed with you is not something you want to do (some mothers uncomfortable with it for good reason) my doctor said that one thing you can do is when he wakes up @ night when he cries give him about 5 to 10 mins before you go to him. Normally the lack of light will let them know that this is bed time and they'll just go back to sleep. Hope everything turns out ok. Good Luck!!!

Sonya - posted on 05/15/2010

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My daughter, from she was 6 weeks old (now 18 weeks) has slept anywhere from 7 to 10 hours at night. We have put a routine in place which seems to work perfectly for both of us. She stays wherever i am during the day and naps as she pleases but come 8 or 9 in the evening, i feed her and put her in her cot, sometimes she outs up a fight but she eventually sleeps with the help of her musical light show. We wake her between 11 and 11.30 and feed her. She is still pretty much asleep but she becomes wide awake when i change her nappy lol and wants to play, which we do for 15 mins or so. She goes back down to sleep almost as soon as we put her back in her cot.
Also, at first i was against it but we give her a dummy for bedtime. It has made the world of difference. But the old school dummy, not the new orthodontic ones as they seem to fall out too easily.

Rebecca - posted on 05/14/2010

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MY heart goes out to you, My daughters were both great sleepers, 8pm-8am from four weeks old, alot of people asked how i did it? I put my mean mummy shoes on, at night, as they were both bottle fed, if they woke any earlier than 3 hours between feeds, i simply wouldnt go to them, after a few nights, of crying (EEEK) they finally stopped waking, so they would start going say 4 hours between feeds at night, and so on. I read a book, that was quite amazing, its called "Tizzie hall" Save our sleep, its got routines for babys down to a T, if you follow her routine, after three days your baby will be in a much better routine for you, she always said, allow 3-4 days for change and after that, it should settle, sometimes letting him have a grizzle, wont hurt, if he is screaming of course you should try and comfort him, but maybe instead of feeding him at night, on demand, you should try to distract him for something else, a dummy, a cuddle, a soft toy, a song? Perhaps a drink of water, anything to try and stretch out those feeds, let him have a cry, see if he will go back to sleep, someone once told me that if u take your time to make their bottle, diddle around, sit for 10 minutes, wander back in, quite often, they are back to sleep before you get in there, worked for me. With the daytime sleeps, again, my girls go down at 11 and dont wake until 2 (I have a 4 month old and an 18 months old) But they did thaton their own, i just put them down at eleven, if they wake after only an hour, i leave them there for 20 more minutes, even if they cry, quite often they go back to sleep for another hour or so, someimtes with bubs, they wake up and cant figure out how to settle back to sleep, so they cry out, and we feed them, and this becomes their comfort and they cant go back to sleep without it. Good luck my dear, and i do recommend you read that book, it saved my life and alot of my friends lives. Good luck x

Whitney - posted on 05/14/2010

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My daughter is 4 months, she wakes around 7:00 am, feeds hangs out for a little while and takes a mini nap from 9:30 to 10:30 (sometimes she skips this nap) She eats again around 11:00 ish and takes a nap around 12:30. Eats again around 4:00 and stays awake until 7:30 or 8:00 when she goes to bed. I try to give her a bath every night, but with my work schedule sometimes I have to skip it. But at this point in time she lets me know when she wants to go to bed. She gets fussy and nothing seems to make her happy. So I feed her and put her in her crib and she goes right to sleep!

Stephanie - posted on 05/13/2010

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Wake at 6:30am, nap at 9am (1hr), nap at 12pm (1hr) and nap at about 3:30 (1hr) bath at 5:30, feed at 6pm and bed at 6:30pm.

She will wake usually about 2am and 5am for a feed though. Try to keep the room as dark as you can for night feeds, try not to talk or make eye contact so bub doesn't think its play time.

BUT she never used to like daytime sleeps but we persisted with it, making sure she sleeps for at least 40mins ( I read somewhere that they need at least 40mins for "memory storing" or something), somedays it would take me almost 2hours to get her to have a full sleep but after about 4wks of that she is much easier to settle and has a pretty reliable routine. Like Kelley said a nap about every 2hrs is a pretty good guide.

Try keep bub stimulted when awake by reading, singing, playing, belly time, shopping and even walks around the yard. Try to make bath and night feeds at the same time everyday regardless of bubs mood.

But every baby is different and from what I see here most babies go bed much later than mine. And I think it takes about 2wks for bub to recognise a routine so persistance and patience are important! Good luck I really hope you find something that works for you.

Deana - posted on 05/13/2010

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I agree with the comments by Lora Martin. Implementing a routine is key. I have four children, my last is 14 weeks and he's been sleeping through the night since he was 8 weeks. All of my children have slept through the night by 9 weeks. My little guy sleeps from 9 pm to 7 or 8 am I then feed him at 8 am after he eats he plays for about an hour to hour and a half(your little guy could go longer) he then sleeps 'till 11 am and then I feed him again and we repeat that same routine all day. He's on a 3 hour schedule right now but that will increase as time goes on. If you really want to get a handle on it then I recommend you read "Baby Wise" It has saved me from sleepless nights and frustration. Especially when I was a new mom! I hope you find what works for you soon.

Eve - posted on 05/13/2010

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My lil boy is 18 weeks old and sleeps very well. Our day starts about 7 am. between 7 n 830 am. then we do mommy baby play time for bout 15 mins then tummy time for however long he will allow. then we do the sit in his baby chair n play with toys. We also have "your baby can read" dvds n flashcards we do. by 1030 hes ready for at most a 30 min nap. then we do it al over again but this time we may add in a trip to the park or the store. I carry him in a baby go carrier on the front of me so he gets to see everything. I just try to get all his senses goin n usually by 7-9 pm he is beyond ready for bed. Ofcourse we do infant massage every morning and night. He loves the special bonding time. It took a lil bit for him to love all of it though.I have been doin it since month 1. My lil man rarely cries. It seems more like a tryn to talk fuss. Hope this helps

Sarah - posted on 05/12/2010

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try to keep it very bright during the day, and dark to veryvery dim light at night, good luck!

Tammy - posted on 05/12/2010

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You poor thing!! My daughter is 17 weeks old today and I know exactly how you feel. I breastfeed my daughter and she eats every 2 hours. I have not gotten more that 2 1/2 hours sleep in four months! My advise is to sleep every single time your son sleeps. Even if it is an hour here or there. I have decided to give up and stop arguing with my daughter and this is the only way that I make it thru the day.I just gotta laugh and figure that one day......she will sleep all night or for more that 30 minutes! Good Luck!

Melanie - posted on 05/12/2010

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my son is 16 weeks he eats cereal with a little fruit mixed together at 7 am then for lunch 11 he eats a jar baby food any flavor then before bed he gets bed time bathe and lotion and a bottle with cereal and off to bed but in between his food he gets 6 ounces milk slightly warm and he love his swing . if he has hard time moving his bowels give him chamille tea . it really helps if you wanna ever talk ill help you my name is melanie and my number is 219-290-6808 good luck

Becky - posted on 05/12/2010

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My daughter is 3 1/2 months and this is how are day goes.. She wakes up at 630am and has a bottle. She plays for about 1 1/2 hours and takes her morning nap (she falls asleep where she is playing) I always wake her no later than 10am and she has another bottle. She plays again till about 1230pm when I fed her again and she takes her afternoon nap. I wake her up around 3 when she feds again. She than eats around 5-6pm and again at 9pm when she goes to bed for the night. Sometimes she will take a 20 min nap about 530. She will also wake up around 1230-1am for bottle and eats again at 4am when my husband goes to work.

Kelley - posted on 05/12/2010

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My son will be 4 months on the 19th. He wakes up sometime after 7:00 a.m. but plays quietly in his crib for about an hour before letting me know he's ready to get up. He eats an 8 ounce bottle then goes down for a morning nap sometime between 9:00 and 9:30. He usually sleeps until 11:00 or after, then he eats 8 ounces again around noon. He stays up and plays until between 12:30 and 1:00, then goes down for another nap. He'll sleep until around 2:00 then he gets up and plays some more until around 4:00 when I feed him an afternoon snack and put him down for his late afternoon nap around 4:30. He usually sleeps until 6:00, then plays until 8:00 when he's fed his 8 ounce dinner and put to bed shortly after he's finished. I read somewhere (can't remember where, I read so many parenting articles and books these days) that a good rule of thumb for napping is to put them down for a nap every 2 hours. I've been doing this with my son and it has been very helpful. I try to have him get at least an hour's worth of sleep each time, but sometimes we're a little shy of that. If he stirs before he's been down for an hour, I'll go into his room and give him his pacifier and shush him. He usually drops back off for 30 minutes or so. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Haleana - posted on 05/11/2010

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Oh and by the way, he doesn't sleep much in the day either. His longest nap is lunchtime which is usually no longer than 45 minutes. x

Brittany - posted on 05/11/2010

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our family sleep is pretty mnessed up since my fiance works till midnight but the way we do it is at about 8-9( when he wants his bottle) I will give it to him then put on a sleeper and lay him in his crib with a little bit of light on. he may fuss a little bit but he will fall alseep eventuly if i dont fuss over him..lol hard to do...but then he wakes up about the time my fiance gets home 12a-1a and we give him another bottle and he stays with us in the living room till we get done with dinner,talking and whatever. at 3 we wake him up for a cereal bottle and then put him to bed with the lights off and most of the time he will sleep untill about 7-8ish....the cereal bottle really helps him sleep longer and since i try to keep him up and play with him alot to wear him out before that 8p bedtime it helps him fall alseep to...i have found that if he wont go to sleep then if i wash him in the lavender baby wash it makes him fall right to sleep! hope this helps...♥

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