Do you follow a sleep routine for your baby yet?

Shelby - posted on 05/27/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Do you have a specific schedule you follow with regards to bedtime/naptimes? Or do you just let your baby sleep whenever he/she feels like it?

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Claerisse - posted on 06/08/2010

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My 4 month old goes to bed at 7pm, I wake her at 11pm for breastfeeding, then she wakes up at 3am and 5am for feedings, then up at 7am, back to bed at 9am. Naps when she wants, usually no more then an hour at a time. Once she turns 6 months, she will be more on a nap schedule, like my first one was. Hope this helps :-)

Lynne - posted on 06/08/2010

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I try to get the twins to take a nap between 9.30 and 10.30am everyday but it does all depend on whether they are sleepy enough, as for bed time i get them to bed by aboyt 7pm and they wake up at between 5-6 am it woeks well for us.x

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Lani - posted on 06/10/2010

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My DD is 4 months old, she (eventually) found her own routine. We get up at whatever time she wakes, which is usually around 6, & from then she feeds every 2 hours, sometimes 2.5hrs. So she feeds, then is awake for about 1.5hrs, has a 20min nap, then wakes for the next feed/play/sleep cycle. This happens til her last feed at 8 - 8:30 (she skips the nap before this feed), where she usually feeds to sleep. Unless she having a growth spurt & wakes for an extra feed, she's usually asleep from about 9 til 6. I only wish I could get that much sleep!

Melanie - posted on 06/10/2010

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i follow my own routine, gets up at 6.30 in morning has bottles, bed at 8 til 10.. then we go out for the day gets fed every 3-4hrs thru day, normaly sleeps on n off in btween with lil naps, but proper nap half3-half4.... then i do bottle half 5, bath 6. bed half6 ... and we stik to same everyday since he ws bou 4 weeks and hes slept 12 hrs since 6 weeks old

Melanie - posted on 06/10/2010

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ive stuk to a routine from day with myself and my kids and thy both slept from bou 6 weeks old 13-15 hrs a night, its good t gt in to routine as soon as u can because it allows u to relax aswell at nights

Jessica - posted on 06/10/2010

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I have a 4 month old and a 22 month old, and I have discovered that my oldest son was unable to be on a true nap schedule until he was 18 months old. But if you can manage to get your baby on a schedule, that is amazing! Let me know how you do it!

Anne-Marie - posted on 06/10/2010

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i find that my son does not sleep unless he gets his bath and massage. he goes to bed at about 7 pm as long as you have given him his bath and massage and he won't go to bed unless anyone but me gives it to him. So i make sure i am always home to get him to bed before we even think about going out

Jo - posted on 06/08/2010

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we don't follow a routine. my boy's 15 weeks now and goes to bed around 10-10.30 and sleeps at least 8 hours. he doesn't sleep a lot during the day anymore so i'll just put him down when he looks tired but it never lasts more than 1+1/2 hours

Meghan - posted on 06/08/2010

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im a stay at home mom and it seems that my son has a schedule of his own.. some days he naps 2 hours at a time some days he only get 1 hours worth of sleep all day. But he always goes to bed around 7-8 every night and wakes up between 4:30-5:30 sometimes i wake him up to feed him so he'll sleep to 6 but he wont sleep past 6:30 ever...

Kristine - posted on 06/08/2010

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Nikolas always goes down between 8:30-9:00pm. We bathe him every other night. So on nights where he gets bathed that happens at 8pm and then bottle follows, then bed. On the nights that he doesn't get a bath we play until about 8:10pm, then get him ready for bed, give him his bottle and then put him down. Night time is definitely a routine. During the day however there is no fixed nap schedule, I let him sleep whenever he falls asleep. I have noticed a pattern developing though.. he will sleep from 8:30am to about 10am every day (he's up at 6:30am). Then he will nap again in the afternoon for a good hour and then usually again early evening from like 6-7 or so. Of course if we take him out in the car he will get even more nap time, although lately he seems to be able to stay awake in the car more than ever before. I read somewhere that a 3 month old should get approx 5 hours of nap time a day, but not sure about a 4 month old? Nikolas gets anywhere from as little as 2.4 hours to as much as 4.5 hours each day and then 9-10 hours of sleep every night.

Brandy - posted on 06/08/2010

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I had my baby Seth on a schedule when he was a newborn up until recently because he is teething so its kinda throwing him off a bit. It not a on the dot schedule but he has developed his own along with me guiding him. It doesnt mean he will always stick to the sleeping aspect of it though. I think as he gets older he will have one down though. The bathing before bedtime really does help him sleep through the night. When i began doing that he started sleeping from 9pm to about 7 or 8 in the morning. It was nice but now with the teething he has been waking up at 3 am the last couple days. I would say try a schedule do whatever works for your child.

Kirsty - posted on 06/08/2010

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Aiden naps when he wants to during the day. On the night he usually falls asleep in his rocker at about 8pm then he is woken at 10-10.30 for a feed. Then ge will sleep through till between 7 and 10am. We have been lucky and he has been doing this since he was about 3 weeks old. Xxx

Lori - posted on 06/07/2010

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My sone is four months old and has somewhat of a sleep routine. He goes to bed anywhere from 9 to 12 and will get up anywhere from 8 to 11 to wake up fully...He wakes up ocassionaly for night feedings but when it comes to nap time I let him sleep when he wants....It is hard to get them on a schedule but once it is accomplished you get a better nights of rest because you have an idea of when they will get up which is when you will get up...lol...good luck

Athena - posted on 06/07/2010

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My almost 4 month old has a very loose schedule based on the 3 hour EASY baby whisperer method (Eat, Activity, Sleep, You). It seems to work really well for him and me, but I don't force the timing. He lets me know when he's tired or hungry and I don't wake him up if he wants to sleep past his usual feeding time. Basically I start the day by feeding him when he wakes up (anywhere from 7am-9am), then it's play time and once he's been up for about 1.5 hours he starts getting fussy which tells me it's nap time and he'll sleep for about 1.5 hours. At night he usually goes down anywhere from 8pm-10pm and gets up once during the night to eat around 3:30/4:00am.

Mais - posted on 06/07/2010

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yes it's truly they make thier own schedule ,, my boy is 14 weeks usualy take short naps at day, then he goes to bed at 7:30-8pm every night tell 8 or 9 am.

REBECCA - posted on 06/06/2010

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Hi Thomas has a bedtime routine of bath at 6.30 ,massage with johnsons bedtime then a feed and bed, I put him down asleep as he falls asleep when being fed. This had been working fine , sleeping 7.30-5 waking once for a feed ,however the past two nights he has been feeding every 2 hours I've my fingers crossed that its just a growth spurt. (he is 15weeks). As for naps Thomas will nap for an hour but on my lap about three times a day. If anyone has any tips for getting baby to go to sleep by himself I'd love them. Thomas is breastfed so tends to fall asleep while feeding.

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Whoa, I guess my LO has a pretty great schedule after reading some responses. He's been sleeping about 12 hours at night since he was 3 mo. He wakes up at about 8-9, has a bottle every 3 hours of mostly breast milk (I pump for him at work). He has his last bottle between 7:30 and 8, and is usually in bed every evening by 8:30. Naps are harder-he almost always has a nap after his mid-day bottle, but not if he's in a strange place or if his schedule is disrupted by going to grandma's house or the doctor's. He doesn't usually sleep for more than 45 minutes during the day.

Dena - posted on 06/06/2010

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Nope work just ended for the summer I need to put her aon a schedule that is not geared to work for baby sitter though.. she can be squeally when awake wants to be held not lay down, she sleeps good at night and moves around I do have to change diaper or she might get raw and red then she realizes she is hungry I have noticed when she is really sleep her diaper is dry though so mabey I can leave her alone what do ou all think?

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Naptimes for Hayden are whenever she feels like it - usually around the same times on the days we get up early. She takes 3 or 4 short little cat naps mostly. Bedtime routine starts @8 and she's usually all the way down by 10. She gets a change, then massage, then some swaying/dancing to soft music, then a book, then she eats and falls asleep.

Emily - posted on 06/05/2010

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My 16 week old is on his own schedule. I am going by the whole "allow them to make their own schedule" advise, but he somewhat follows our lead. He goes to bed between 9:30 and 10:30 and sleeps for 10 hours (waking twice to eat). He usually takes 2-3 good naps at daycare and he might sleep for another 1/2 hour or so after I pick him up (around 6:30). He eats about every 3 hours. We really let him make his own schedule and it is pretty regular. It will be like clockwork for a few days or a week, then it might change a little. I like it because he's easy-going and flexible as far as his schedule goes.

Jenny - posted on 06/05/2010

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I pretty much let my 4 mo old Piper sleep and eat on demand. Has worked out great for us since she was first born, and she started sleeping through the night at 3 weeks. We wake her up around 6:30 am and she eats. She then goes to the sitter's where she eats every 3-4 hours, takes one short nap around 9 am and one 4 hour nap around 11-12 am. She wakes up around 3 or 4, eats then I pick her up. She plays with us most of the afternoon and we let her eat on demand. She never goes to sleep at the same time, but is always down for the count between 8-10 pm, after she has had her bottle and rice cereal. She is definitely getting into her own schedule, and it works perfectly for us!

Denise - posted on 06/04/2010

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I'm using a wonderful book called The Baby Sleeps Tonight that has really helped us! My son didn't sleep through the night until he was 18 months old, so I was desperate this time around to do things differrently. I haven't been able to get my daughter to sleep straight through the night yet, but we have made a lot of progress and I do feel rested in the mornings.

Krista - posted on 06/04/2010

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My little guy wil be 4 mo on the 11th. I have a bedtime routine of bath, bottle, bed. Bedtime is about 8:15-8:30. I put him to bed awake every night and he puts himself to sleep. Generally sleeps til about 7 am.
As for naps, his first one is always about 1.5 hours after he wakes. I watch for the sleep signs, then I pick him up and rock him. I put him to sleep on his belly and he sleeps about 2 hours. The rest of the day its either 1 or 2 naps depending on what time it is. I don't let him sleep after 5. His 2nd and 3rd nap are either on his belly again if its early and I want him to sleep long, or if it's later and I don't, I let him sleep where he fell asleep (swing usually) and then he only sleeps for that first sleep cycle - about 30-40 minutes. It's a huge rule for us that no sleeping after 5.

Mandy - posted on 06/04/2010

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We follow babywise and our 4mth old is on a good routine. We also do a few things that babywhisper said. Her nap routine starts when she starts to rub her eyes, then I put her in her sleepsack, turn the lights off, turn her mobile on, give her her pacifier, sit in the rocking chair with her and read a story. After that I lay her down awake and she falls asleep. She takes 3 naps a day that are about 1.5 hrs long. She will fight atleast one of them a day and wake up about 45min into it, but within 5 min she has fallen back asleep.

Caitlin - posted on 06/02/2010

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My daughter does a mostly on demand routine, except for bedtime is always 9pm. I change her diaper, nurse her, then swaddle her partly then put her down and she sleeps until about 7am.. Twice a week the routine changes because I have class for 3 hours, but my husband takes care or the feedings by bottle, so she technically still gets fed on demand..

Sofie - posted on 06/02/2010

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Hiya Shelby.
Toby eats when he wants to, usually every 4 hours. Apart from at night I give him Aptamil Baby Rice in his bottle to fill him up and help him start to sleep through the night.
He goes to bed between 7 and 9pm, wakes up and 4.15am everytime and then again between 8 and 9.30am for the most of the day. He will have a nap at about 2pm.
I love it because it is just a routine that I have noticed not structured, so I am proud of my little man (=
How is your little one doing?

Melissa - posted on 06/02/2010

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I too have an on demand routine. When she wants to eat I feed her and when she looks tired she sleeps. She is awake alot of the day we have a busy house with her 3 older brothers and all and I havent been able to get her on a stricked routine she has a tipical and then there are days it is differant. Sometimes it is hard cause I will get used to the tipical and then she will stay awake or even sleep more and I have to ajust but it works.

Lisa - posted on 05/31/2010

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Hi Shelby, I follow a feed / play / sleep routine however I don't have a specific schedule as her sleep times differ each day. Sometimes she will only sleep for half an hour and other times she will sleep for 2 hours. When she only sleeps the half hour I let her play a bit before I feed her. I go by my daughter's cues.

Amy - posted on 05/30/2010

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We follow a routine (babywise). He eats every 3 hours, and about 1 1/2-2 hrs of that is sleeping.
9:00AM nurse
10:00-12:00 nap
12:00 nurse
1:30-3:00 nap
3:00 nurse
4:30-6:00 nap
6:00 nurse
8:00 bed
9:00 nurse, then right back to bed
11:00-ish I wake him up to feed him, and he sleeps for about 7-8 hours from then
6:00AM nurse, then back to bed

From birth, I made sure to give him full feedings, and he pretty much put himself on a 3 hour schedule. It's totally not impossible to get them to nap on a schedule - I did it, without much effort at all. I did it with my older son, but didn't start until he was about 9 months old, and it was much, much harder. He's almost 2 now, and he's down to one nap a day, but it's like 2-2 1/2 hours every day. Greyson (3 months) goes to sleep all on his own every time he goes to sleep. I lay him down awake, and he goes to sleep, without crying (almost all the time...if I lay him down too late, and he's over tired, he'll cry then). He does great on his nap schedule. It keeps him happy and healthy...and predictable! :)

Nikole - posted on 05/30/2010

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Shelby, my daughter who is 4 months, sleeps whenever she wants to. She stays up for most of the day now and I usually give her a last bottle at about 10. She's been sleeping from about 10 to 8 every day. Pretty much impossible to make a baby less then 1 1/2 a nap time schedule. I don't think you can force your baby to sleep. LOL! Typically, they make thier own schedule.

My 3 year old does have a schedule. Usually I put him in nap time at 1 and then I stick him in night night time at about 9. :)

Tassia - posted on 05/28/2010

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Hi Shelby, my daughter has a schedule she takes her naps the same time everyday 9am, 1pm and 4pm. her naps are usualy short 1hr or 1 1/2 then she goes to bed at 7:30-8pm every night. The nap schedule is all her but the bed time is me becuase my 20 month old goes to bed at the same time. But she used to her schedule bed time now.

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