Do other July babies have a real 'schedule"

Stephanie - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 107 moms have responded )

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I'm just wondering if other July babies have a rigid schedule....I'm still struggling to establish one with my daughter. I'm a teacher and I think my desire for an organized schedule is stronger as a result! LOL!

Is she still too young to have a regular routine? Are my expectations too high? Thanks:)

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Rebecca - posted on 02/23/2010

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With you first child it can be much harder to establish a schedule. We were unable to get one until he was about 10 months. He is 2.5yrs old now and when our daughter was 2 months old, i put her on the same schedule as him and she hasn't flipped since. She wakes up the same time, eats the same times, naps same times, bathes, cereal at bed and everything. In fact she is on such a good schedule it's kind of tiring becuase if i'm doing dishes when she's supposed to be having her night cereal she screams cause she knows.

Don't worry it will come with time. Stay consistent as possible and she'll fall in to place.

Good luck!

Tracey - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter has her "own" schedule and we are all pretty happy with just going with the flow, she still wakes up at night to "snack" a little too but I figure I'm going to enjoy her while she's little and small, she can be on a strict schedule later, however we do have a nighttime routine that seems to help her recognize that it's bedtime.

Laura - posted on 02/03/2010

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My little girl has a flexible schedule I'd say. We tend to do the same things around the same times each day, but it will invariably change a bit here and there depending on what she is going through at the time. When she started teething her schedule got thrown off, and we also have had to adjust and readjust due to some periods of allergic reactions and reflux that have upset her normal order of events. We do have a fairly regular eating schedule (if not exact times, then at least amount of time between and what she eats when), and our bedtime routine is set enough that if we miss a part of it, she gets upset. But, I waited awhile to start the bedtime thing because my husband is a coach and had to work late in the earlier months and I thought it was more important to give them time together than to be on a tight schedule! :)

Ashlie - posted on 02/02/2010

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i have a scedule for blake july 4th baby. up at 8 with a bottle and food, 30 minute nap at 10, play time and tummy time till 12 than bottle and babyfood, 3 hr nap at 12:30 has bottle at 4 than 8 its solids with smaller bottle and play time..bath time at 9 and than bed and than all over again im kinda ocd on him and his scedule lol

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Krista - posted on 12/26/2011

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we dont really have a schedule.. wen the kids start to get crabby, we feed em n put em down for a nap.. same with night time. although it is usually around the same time, i just let them go to bed wen they "let me know" as for feeding, i just feed them when i eat, and snacks in between

Courtney - posted on 10/06/2011

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My son is 2, born july 26th. For the most part he does have a regular schedule. The only time it gets out of wack is when I let it...like letting him nap too long, or letting him sleep in. Other than that, its gravy and he knows what to expect. I had to figure out how many hours my son had to be awake after nap to go to bed and sleep through the night and for my son its about 6 hours. However from the time he gets up in the morning to nap is about 3.5 hours. You just have to be aware of your childs needs.

Kristen - posted on 10/03/2011

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My July baby is 11 weeks old and we are JUST making a schedule... I also have a 2 y/o so adjusting has been INSANE! Lucky me, my July baby has been very flexible and easy to deal with :-) My 2 year old has also been great with all the changes ... for the most part!

So any way - After her 2 month appointment the doctor said that she should be getting into a schedule. She was uptoday at 6AM (she has been sleeping through the night for 3 days or so, YAH!) ... After the doctors appointment, I desided in the morning I would put her down for a nap. I normally would just put her in her swing to nap (where her brother would tease, poke and disturb her) ... So I put her up stairs in her bassinet, door closed, monitor on. She slept for about 3 hours. Then we all will play and have some awake time. Keeping activity at a 11 week and 2 y/o level has been challenging ... but they have fun! Later, she will go down for another long nap (late afternoon) ... and bed time is around 9PM. I think we have to get BOTH kids in bed much earlier. My husband and I stay up kind of late, so we put the kids down late too BUT my son will be starting preschool next year..... Might as well start now!!!! Kids will be all confused...

Oh yes, and nursing baby ... that is every 3 hours or so. For me, it is just getting through the day because on top of having an 11 week old and a 2 year old, I also watch my nephew mon-fri who is on the autism spectrum. Yes, it gets crazy Mon-Fri .... if we get out side it breaks things up nicely, all I know is that next year, when I wont have to carry and breast feed the baby it'll be easier! She will actually want to play with the boys! :-) Was this helpful or just me venting while I have free time!!?? ;-)

Mindy - posted on 02/23/2010

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My twins are on a schedule some of the time. They get put about the same time have a bottle about 9, a short nap, lunch, a bottle and nap at 2. Then we have dinner at 6. They have that bottle and have start to work them selves out of an evening nap. Then we do baths at 8:30 and have the final bottle and bed time at 9. They still seem to think they need a bottle in the middle of the night but it is getting longer. Then we start all over agian. Having twins and doing daycare, I have to have some what a schedule going. If I didn't have a schedule for all 8 kids, I would drive myself crazy. But if the schedule gets off a little, I don't let it bother me too much.

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Hello, I have a july baby, and whilst i'd like the take the credit for Lucas's schedule, sadly i cant, he decided one night at 6 weeks old that he wanted to sleep thru following a bath, so i tried the exact same thing the next night, exact timing of bath etc, and it worked, he is 7 months old now and even with his cold that he has right now he still sleeps thru the night from 6.30pm till about 5.30am... dont put any pressure on yourself, your little lady will find a rythmn that suits her and it'll be unexpected... good luck

Amber - posted on 02/18/2010

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Hi everyone, this is my first post as I am new to the site. I do not have a schedule for my son (7-24) we have the philosophy of embracing the chaos... this comes from having a 16 year old daughter and our bouncing baby boy :) I think that everyone should do what is right for them and the babies... Hope this helps :)

Stephanie - posted on 02/18/2010

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i let my son braiden (JULY 19TH) Pick his own schedule and thankfully it worked out for me. He gets up between 7:30 to 8 and has his oatmeal then he plays for a little bit when he gets tired of that and wants i bottle i give him a five ounce bottle then he goes for a nap This time ranges from 9:30-10:30 when he gets up from his nap i have him play for a little bit then when he is done with that i feed him his lunch then let home go back to playing when he is done with that he has another five ounce bottle and goes down for a nap. when he wakes up from that (usually lays down between 12-1 and gets up between 2-3) he plays maybe ahs a bottle and sometimes but not always takes another short nap around 5-6 (but were alking maybe a 10-30 min nap) every day around seven we run his bath and have him play in that as long he wants then we get him out dress him for bed and then feed him his dinner from there depending on how tired he is he may play of just have a bottle and go to bed. (usually btween 8 and 9) then sleeps the hole night until about 7:30-8. Its not always set in stone sometimes it is different but this is pretty much it. I just noticed when he was always getting hungry and tired and reliezed its a schedule.

Tanya - posted on 02/18/2010

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my daughter alexis was born on 24th of july is in a routine she gets up between around 830 she has either weetabix porridge or baby cereal for breakfast has a nap for 30 min then we have tummy time till 12 she has homemade dinner then another 30 min nap then we play with her toys n wlker etc till 4 whch is then tea time more of daddys home made dinner then we have chilling down time in which we sing rhymes n tell stories etc till 7 which is bath time at 8 oclock she has a 9oz bottle and 830 bed time xi have found that since she as been on solids it has helped us stay in a routine and she has come on alot better. i personally think babys are never too young to get into a routine we started when alexis was 5 weeks old and since then she has slept through every night x hope this helps x

Allison - posted on 02/17/2010

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Mine does not have a schedule, but I know others that do. I do feed him solids at the same time, 12pm, 5pm, and I do a late solid feeding before bedtime. (he sleeps all night that way LOL) That's all I do that is "schedule" also he has 1 bottle in the morning, 1 in the afternoon, and 1 before bed as well.

Lindsay - posted on 02/15/2010

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I read "On Becoming Babywise" and have been following that schedule since he was 2 months old...I need organization and routine and it works perfect for my baby and me. It also helped him start sleeping through the night at just 3 months! :)

Allison - posted on 02/15/2010

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I have a schedule for Taya, but it tends to fluctuate an hour or 2 weekly. One week her naps will be every 3-4 hours on the dot pretty much, the next week, it is different but only by 2 hours or so...

Sharon - posted on 02/14/2010

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We have been very lucky with our son Julian (born 8th July) as he has slept through the night for most of his life (obviously with the occasional disturbance, with issues such as colic, reflux, teething, allergies - our boy has had it all). He usually wakes at around 6:30-7am, often dependent on when my husband gets up and organised for work. I feed him formula in his room, and he goes back to sleep for another hour or so (yay a little sleep in for me!). He has a little playtime, then cereal for breakfast at about 9am. Around various play activities, he usually has another bottlefeed mid morning, and then a sleep. Lunch (usually fruit) is around midday, and then another bottlefeed mid afternoon, and another nap before dad get's home. I try to give him his dinner at 5pm, so that we then have time to make our dinner and eat etc. By this stage he is getting tired and has his bedtime bottle at around 7pm (twice a week he'll have a bath and playtime just before this). At other times during the day, he'll have juice/water to keep hydrated, and nibble on bits of fruit and rusks etc as snacks. So I guess in summary we have a routine, but very flexible, we usually just 'read' what Julian wants and some days routine just doesn't work, and you have to be prepared for it.

This has worked great while I have been a stay at home mum. I am starting him at childcare next month, to prepare him for my going back to work in April, so we both will have to get used to another routine, hopefully he copes ok with change ;-)

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Well I wish I could be like u other moms, but my girls do as they please! They havent been on a schedule since they came home.

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My 7 month old boy has been in a routine since he was 2 weeks. When I bought him home from the hospital I was at a lost as to what to do with him and after crying to a friend she pointed me to "The little Contented Baby Book" by Gina Ford. What a lifesaver this was and my boy has followed her routines since that day and was sleeping through the night from 9 weeks. They are never too young for routine and in fact it helps them develop and rest and eat enough so I would definately recommend this book if you are struggling with routines, sleep patterns or even weaning. 10/10 I love this book. :)

Katelynn - posted on 02/14/2010

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My son was born July 22nd and for the most part he is only a pretty regular schedule. He has off days, but sticks to it for the most part. He's up at 7:30 for a 6 oz bottle and plays most of the morning. He takes another 6 oz bottle & a jar of baby food at noon then naps until to 3:30. We usually sing,read, and watch the "your baby can read" program until dinner. He eats dinner around 5:30, another 6 oz bottle & a jar of baby food then he's usually in bed by 7:30pm and he sleeps through the night!!

Andrea - posted on 02/14/2010

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I forgot to add that our nightly routine has been in effectr for atleast a month so it's never too late to start or change something in your routine.

Andrea - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter and I don't necessarily have a set morning schedule (it depends on the night. She's teething and waking up more so we've been sleeping in and also other things are incorporated into our mornings like running errands, appts and the like) but after her initial feeding at 5 or 6am she falls back asleep to about 8 or 9am (if we have no plans to go out) and then we start our day.
Our evenings are pretty well established and very successful for us. At 5pm she eats her dinner, followed with a bath and play time (at this time I start dinner for my husband and I which is around 6pm-6:30pm and then we eat at 7pm). I'll nurse her and then she usually falls asleep anywhere between 7:30pm-9:30pm. This allows me to wind down and/or finish what I started earlier in the day. I keep it the same every night so my daughter knows what to expect and if my family watches her I try and get them to follow it so my daughter doesn't fuss if she becomes overtired. Don't worry you'll find a system that works well for your family. Good Luck!

Julie - posted on 02/14/2010

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We definately have a schedule in our home. Graci Beth is up at 7:30, eats right away. Naps from 9:00-10:30, eats again at 11:30,food and bottle, naps again at 1:30-3:30, eats again at 3:30, food and bottle and then goes down at 7:30pm with a bottle. Is everyday perfect? NOOOO, but the routine is there for the most part. We are still waiting on our first tooth, so our teething issues have been challenging with her sleep patterns. I am VERY driven by keeping her on a schedule, so she has consistency and I have peace. I used Babywise as my guide and started her at 2 weeks old. I recommend this book to every new mom.

Good luck and be patient with yourself!

Jennie - posted on 02/13/2010

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My baby boy was born on July 22 and he has already established a sleep routine. He started sleeping through the night at 3mths

Brandy - posted on 02/13/2010

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We have a very set schedule...up at 6:30 eats at 7:30 nap at 9 eats at 10:30 nap at 12:30 eats at 1:30 nap at 3:30 eat at 4:30 then eats at 7pm then off to bed...then all over again the next day! He has been on this schedule since he was about 3 months and before that had one extra feeding at 10pm but he has been on this schedule since he was born.

Kim - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son was born on July 31. Several people recommended I read "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" which basically says at this age you should put them down for a nap within two hours of waking. His day goes somewhat like this:

Wake between 8 - 9 am (he wakes me up)
Eat
Nap #1 between 10 - 11 am (1 -2 hours long)
Eat/Play/Run Errands Whatever
Nap #2 between 1 - 2 pm (1 - 2 hours long)
Eat/Play/Run Errands Whatever
Nap #3 between 4 - 5 pm (1 hour long)
Eat/Play etc
Bedtime between 8 - 9pm

He wakes up once or twice during the night which is totally normal for someone 6 1/2 months old. I didn't create the schedule, he did. I should also add that I am breastfeeding and he still eats between 10 - 12 times per day but the times vary. I don't really care for schedules. We spend the whole of our adult lives playing by the rules and coloring in the lines - I think childhood is a time to explore boundaries and color outside the lines.

Jeni - posted on 02/13/2010

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I have a scedule but i like to use the "give or take an hour" routine :D
my Son wakes at around 7, has a bottle and some cuddle/play time.
around 8-8:30 he has his breakfast (solids)
has more playtime and a bath
Around 10 am Morning nap
sleeps for about an hour and then has bottle, we will go for a walk or have playtime
Lunch around 12:30
he has another hourish long nap around 2pm
usually will have another bottle round 4pm
Dinner at 5:30-6 pm
Playtime with daddy when he gets home and bedtime around 7:30-8pm

I not too keen on really rigid schedules because you need room to move incase something out of the ordinary happens you dont want to throw them off balance
(eg holiday etc)
Good luck

April - posted on 02/13/2010

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I am a school teacher as well and a schedule is very important here. However, with that being said I don't stress out if the schedule doesn't work out to the T every time. I get her from the babysitter about 3:30. We come home and play ( Mommy and Me time...if Daddy is home from work he plays too.) We eat about 5:30 or 6. We go straight to the bath and wash up. Then she hangs out with us and with in 10 or 15 minutes she is sleepy(rubbing her eyes). We then go to the rocker and 9 times out of 10 she is asleep by 6:30 or 7pm. She will sleep all night most nights unless she is wet or dirty. This is just our schedule and it works for us. I found that if you will just do the samething with her everyday she will adjust to the schedule. It was hard for the first couple of weeks. I even found that she will stay up longer if she doesn't have her bath. As soon as she gets her bath within 20 minutes she is down for the night. She knows that the bath is bed time. Just hang in there and it will all come to you all.

Christina - posted on 02/13/2010

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I created a schedule for my daughter a month ago because we were having problems with her wanting to go to bed at all hours of the night. It was the best thing I ever did with her! I was a mom that thought.. I'll live on baby time, this is how she'll be happiest. But, now she gets more sleep and is so much happier! This is our schedule, I am not rigid about it. If it changes I don't mind, I just try to go back to it the next day.
8-8:30am wake up
bottle
9:30 cereal w/ oatmeal
10 or 10:30 1 hour nap
wake up, bottle
1:30pm oatmeal and fruit or veg
small bottle before nap
2:30 sometimes 3 nap for 2 -3 hours depending on how busy the day was
wake up, bottle
7:30 dinner, oatmeal w/ veggies
8 bath time, book
9 bottle
9:30 bed

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Those of you that have a child that naps during the day are lucky lol. My daughter born July 29 doesn't nap for longer than 10 mins during the day but more than makes up for it at night. She sleeps for 10 -12 hours straight. My problem is the routine we have at the moment involves her not going to bed until after midnight and getting up at noon. lol

Gail - posted on 02/12/2010

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We have a flexible type routine,,, depends what time he has his first bottle/breakfast and go from their,,, the only thing that is pretty much the same if his bed time routine and he goes down a similar time each night no bother. Day times naps 3 or 4 anything from 10mins to an hour. It works for us,, but everyone has to do what works for them.

Tabitha - posted on 02/12/2010

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no they are not high at all. my son had a schedule by the time he was 3 months old. it has changed a little bit but he is usually constant with it. but every baby develops there schedules at diffrent times. just be patient. good luck :]

Gabriella - posted on 02/12/2010

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My schedule resembles Ashlie Quillen's with the exception that my daughter goes to bed at 8pm.
Your daughter isn't too young to have a routine. I would have assumed that you would have had one already. I established my routine from the beginning and therefore it wasn't too difficult to adapt it (i.e. take out a feeding) when necessary.

Hannah - posted on 02/11/2010

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We've tried to get a routine (more for our sanity than anything else and we were fed up pacing the floor trying to get libby to sleep) and the basics are there. Libby wakes up about 6.45 and has a breastfeed. She's just started having a cereal breakfast at 8 and then goes to sleep at 8.45 and sleeps for about an hour. she plays, has another breastfeed at 10.45/11.00 and then plays again till solids at 11.45. Down for a nap at 12.30. Now this is where it can go a bit pear shaped. The sleep is not consistent yet so i let her sleep for however long but she'll have another milk feed at 3, tea at 5 and then bedtime routine from 6 - bath, feed, in bed by 7. She sleeps through the night and wakes again at 6.45. I'm quite particular about the schedule so that we all know where we are. In fact, i don't like taking her out in the evening in case it upsets her. She's probably be fine. It's me that worries too much.

Alisha - posted on 02/11/2010

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I think you will be more frustrated if you expect a baby or young child to follow any rigid schedule. I like a predictable schedule too so Ive been pretty consistent about time frames for naps and eating and bedtime but it is definately a range. My LO wakes between 7a and 8a. I get her to nap usually for 30 mins within 2 hours of waking. I can usually get a 45 min to 1 hour nap between 12noon and 1p and then again from 4 to 5. It varies depending on if our day has any trips involved. I stay home right now so its easier to keep her on a predictable schedule. I plan trips during wake times especially if we arent going far. If we do go somewhere thats over 30 mins drive then I plan to leave just before naptime. It works well. I hope this helps at least to compare to what you have been doing.

Amber - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter was born on July 21st and we've really just recently established any kind of "schedule." In the beginning she had very bad sleep habits. (probably had a lot to do with me, lol.) She had to be rocked to sleep and held or she would not nap. At night, it was much the same story. But, in my defense, she also has pretty severe reflux so a lot of her problem in the beginning was being uncomfortable. And NOTHING we have tried since the day she was born has helped her reflux. At her 6 month check up about 3 weeks ago my pediatrician asked about her sleeping habits, where I guiltily admitted to rocking her every night and he told me unless I wanted to do it forever, I had to stop now. So, I did. And now, she is AMAZING and has been on a pretty decent schedule since. I think the most important thing any parent should understand is that babies change so often therefore a routine is more suitable than a very strict schedule. Avrie wakes around the same time every day, her feedings and naps vary slightly each day, but at night, we do keep things very consistent. If anything, I think the best thing is a very consistent night time ritual so that your child knows that it's time for bed. I always feed my daughter, give her a bath and some play time, then give her a baby massage in her room with dim lighting and her music playing, get her in her pj's and then we say goodnight to daddy and she falls asleep all on her own usually between 9 and 9:30pm. But like I said, all babies are different so you should just try and adjust things to your child. Yes, babies do well with structure, but I think rigid schedules are tough on babies, as well as tough on parents, especially if things get thrown out of whack. Just be flexible and try to establish a flexible routine with your little one. It takes time too, I mean we are just figuring it out as well!

Heather - posted on 02/10/2010

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I don't think your expectations are too high. I know a lot of moms who keep their babies on a schedule. We have used Baby Wise schedule since he was about a month old. We are on a pretty good schedule with about a 30 minute flex.

6:30 AM - Wake Sleepyhead!
Breakfast: Nurse + Fruit & Cereal
Get dressed. Playtime.
8:30 - Nap/Quiet time.
10:30 AM - Wake from nap.
Lunch: Nurse/Bottle + Vegetable
/Fruit
Playtime, explore, read... Have fun!
12:30 - Nap/Quiet time.
2:30 PM - Wake from nap.
Snack: Nurse/Bottle (optional: frozen fruit in mesh teether)
Playtime
4:30 - Nap/Quiet time. (if needed)
5:30/6:00 PM - Wake from nap.
Supper: Nurse/Bottle + Fruit & Vegetable

Bath time/ PJs.
Play time.
7:30/8:00 PM - Bedtime Routine. Read & Snuggle.
Nurse/Bottle then to bed.

He goes down on his own for naps and bed time. We cuddle but have gotten away from rocking. However, he has begun pulling up on his crib so, we've had a little bump in the road for a few weeks.
He gave up his pacifier a couple of months ago.
Anyway, Hope this gives you an idea to go on. Let me know if I can help.... Good luck!
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Alanna - posted on 02/10/2010

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I think schedules make life alot easier, I got both my kids on a schedule very early. It doesn't always work but for the most part it does and it'll make your life easier. Of course all children are different but just do your best and hopefully things will become organized soon. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter was born on July 15th and she has been on a regular routine for the last few months. I don't stick to a schedule during the day. She plays and sleeps when she wants. Her naps during the day are always different but they are always the same in the evening. As soon as we get home from work she plays in her exersaucer for about 30-45 minutes. Then she rolls around on the floor and plays with her toys. She starts to get fussy around 6pm so I lay her down for a nap. She usually sleeps for 1-1/2 to 2 hours then is ready to eat between 7:30 and 8. She plays for about a half hour and then is ready for bed. I put her in her crib, tuck her in and play her music.

Catherine - posted on 02/10/2010

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I was never planning on having a ridgid schedual for Isabelle however, she kind of formed one herself. Working together we ended up with a routine which she now has set in stone. She wakes at 530am, snuggles with me till 630am. Gets up and has solid foods, has her bath before her bottle. She then gets Wiggles which is ALWAYS followed by a nap (all that giggling and being goofy must wear her out!). After her nap we have tummy time and some solids. Play till around 1pm when she has her bottle and by that time ready to play in her walker. Bella does not sleep during the day anymore besides her morning nap so she is up playing until around 530 when she gets her solids, dinner bottle at 6pm and then sleeps through the night.

My biggest problem with the routine is that she has started going to day care 2 days a week. Unfortunatley they can't exactly KEEP her routine and she gomes home cranky and not hungry for dinner because they feed them at 3pm...

Angela - posted on 02/10/2010

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OMG! I'm having the same problem with my July baby. She will not get on a regular routine. It's always different everyday. My first daughter was on a regular schedule as a new baby practically and it was so nice. I feel like I did something wrong that my second just isn't as predictable.

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I basically have two goals for Eva, that she takes a nap while her older sister does in the afternoon and that she sleeps through the night. Mostly, I just want her to be in a good mood and for all of us to get a good night's sleep so I can be in a good mood. I just don't think you need to be really strict with a schedule. When I try to be really strict, I just get frustrated. : )

Melissa - posted on 02/10/2010

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Babies thrive off of a schedule. They feel the security of what comes next. My son has been on a pretty regular schedule for about 2-3 months and I attribute his schedule as what as has helped him sleep through the night. Before I had my son, I was a nanny for over 10 years and all the families I have worked with appreciated a good schedule and so did the children. It doesn't have to be so regimented that if you don't do one step everything is going to fall apart. Just keep an eye on the clock and babies cues and all should go smoothly...With my 7 month old son, he wakes between 7-8 am, breakfast is between 9-10 am (solids, juice, yogurt, etc), naps at 11/11:30 am for 2-3 hours, lunch or snack when he gets up, late afternoon nap at 4 pm (30-45 min, usually), dinner is at 7 pm, then massage (if he is in the mood), bath, teeth brushing (only has 3 little teeth, ha ha!), books, bottle and bed by 9 pm. I also have been giving him a bottle with the light on so he doesn't fall fully asleep and then I put him into bed slightly awake so he can fall asleep on his own. This helps so if he wakes in the middle of the night he can put himself back to sleep. I had struggled previously with him getting up 2-3 times per night and not being able to get himself back to sleep so I had to change it up a bit...Sorry so long but I hope it helps....

Cheryl - posted on 02/10/2010

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wow lol thats some schedule. do you stick to that all day. not to be rude but that sounds like an army schedule. but as long as it works for you i guess. with jeremiah it is as he goes he makes the schedule and not mw which works for both of us.

Sabrina - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi Stephanie,

I truely believe that each child and family are different. Some babies take to a strict schedule easily and others may take longer to adjust to structure.

My family is always on the move. We are always going to family functions or staying at my son's gma's. So it has been tough to get him on a schedule. I worked really hard to get his feeding schedule down but FINALLY we've got! We have a schedule in the mornings and nap times always fall around the same time. I do find it hard to schedule bath time and things like mommy/baby time or independant time. I feel that if my son is happily playing on his own why bother him bc in 5 minutes he is going to be over whatever he is doing and want to be picked up. Babies have accidents I am not going to wait until bedtime to give him a bath. We just have fun and take things as they come.

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2010

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the only sort of schedule we have is that every night between 5:00 and 5:30 Violet gets a bath. Then a bottle then to bed. She is almost always asleep by 6:00. but during the day, her napping schedule tends to be change regularly...

Frenika - posted on 02/10/2010

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Yeah, my lil man born July 13th is on a schedule.

He wakes up at 6:00AM - usually on his own but sometimes I wake him up. Then he gets a bottle at 6:30AM. He goes to day care and arrives at 7:15AM so there he gets a bottle at 10:00AM, cereal at 11:30AM, another bottle at 2:00PM and then cereal at 3:30PM. I usually pick him up from day at 5:00PM. He takes a short nap between 5:30PM and 6:30PM and then he gets baby food at 6:30PM. Bath time is at 8:00PM and then he gets his bedtime bottle at 9:30PM which puts him to sleep until morning.

He doesn't really have a strict nap schedule. I'm not really sure how to even go by setting up nap times so he usually just falls asleep whenever he is tired but he always wakes up for feedings on his own - I use him as my clock cause he is always on time..lol At day care he usually take two naps each around an hour length but it is at no regular scheduled time.

It wasn't hard putting him on a feeding schedule. I like the schedule because he barely cries. If I was a stay at home mom I probably would try to set up a nap schedule as well but I think a feeding schedule is enough.

Tricia - posted on 02/10/2010

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No rigid schedule here either. My boy (born July 27) has a set bedtime and wake up time, but after that I just put him down when he's tired. Sometimes it's 3 naps, sometimes it's 4 naps throughout the day. Really you should just be looking at total sleep time and making sure they're getting 12-16 hours of sleep a day. Any less and you're running the risk of a very cranky and underslept baby!

Natalie - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi Stephanie,

I don't have a rigid schedule for my 7-month old however I can see a lot of mothers do. Personally I feel it might be easier to schedule things when the baby is bottlefed, but that's just my opinion. I'm not in favour of schedules, but that's my attitude and opinion to raising babies! I'm a teacher too! Good luck to you.

Rebecca - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter put herself into her routine at around 3 months. wake 6.30am, bottle 7am, sleep for 30 mins at 8.30, cereal 9am, 1/2hr sleep at 11am, 11.30 bottle etc etc.

she goes to bed around 8-9pm. her routine can alter depening on teethng, colds etc. I would write down for a few days the times but go with the flow of your baby.

Cheryl - posted on 02/09/2010

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Every mom has a different opinon and they are all right for what works for them. Jeremiah was born on july 26, 2009. His schedule starts when he gets up. He gets a bottle then playtime. About 2 to 2 1/2 hours later he goes for about an hour nap. Then a bottle more playtime for a while then about 2 till 4-6pm nap time then some solid foods. More play time then about 9-10pm bath time bottle and bed. I found that bath time settles him down and sleeps better through the night. Good luck Stephanie. Just remember to do what works for you.

Rola - posted on 02/09/2010

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after reading Tiffaney's message I feel that I am not feeding my daughter enough!
my baby girl was born July 3rd...
I have my baby set at a 3 hour schedule for feeding...
my daughter wakes up 6-6:30am...I give her 6 ounces of forumula
then between 9 and 9:30am she will have around 3 ounces of fruits and then 3 ounces of formula...
then she naps around 11am
she wakes up when she wakes up...
then around 12:30 she will have around 3 ounces of vegetables followed by 3 ounces of formula...
then around 3:30 she will have another 3 ounces of fruits followed by 3 ounces of formula...
then around 6:30 she will have 4 or 5 ounces of a mix of veg and fruits followed by 2 ounces of formula...
she normally naps around this time for a bit...
then I give her a bath when she wakes up...
I giver her 6 ounces of milk around 8:30 and she goes to sleeps...
does this schedule sounds like not enough feeding form my baby? HELP!

Ann-Marie - posted on 02/09/2010

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We have a night routine I stick to every night. I give my daughter a bath, give her a bottle and then bed by 7pm. It seems to be working for us. We do not have a daily nap routine down because my daughter is just not a napper.

Rachelle - posted on 02/09/2010

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My little guy's days are almost always different. It all depends on when he gets up. I know he has about a 2-2.5 hour limit before he needs a nap. On average he has an hour nap sometime in the morning and a 2 hour nap sometime in the afternoon. He goes to bed at 7 everynight. I can't keep him up past 7. He sleeps on average 10-12 hours a night so I don't worry too much about our daytime schedule!

Desiree - posted on 02/09/2010

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I don't have specific times. I'm a stay at home mom. My twin boys were born 7/8/09. The routine is the same whether we are up at 5a or 7a. They play on the floor while I get their breakfast, then they eat, nap for anywhere from 30minutes to an hour and a half. When they wake up, they get washed up and dressed, play for maybe 2 hours or so. I usually get their lunch between 12:30p and 1:30p depending on how long they slept. They take another nap a few hours after that. They get cranky and let me know when they want their bottle and to go to sleep. They will usually lay on their stomachs and put their head on the floor when it's nap time. After their father gets home, we eat dinner. That's usually a little after 6. Bath's an hour after dinner then they play for a bit, bottle and bed. They're usually in bed by 9/9:30. My 4 year old daughter didn't have much of a schedule either. She has always thrown fits at nap time. Now if she gets one during the day, she won't sleep at night. I won't be able to get her to sleep sometimes until 2am. She's too hyperactive!

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