how to start a baby on a schedual

Melinda - posted on 02/18/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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hello i have a daughter she is almost 8 weeks old and im trying to put her on a flexible routine any tips?

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Elfrieda - posted on 02/18/2013

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My only routine at that age was to try to get her to sleep before she'd been awake 2 hours. That way she didn't get overtired. I also started to try to put her to bed at the same time every night. She had been going to sleep for several hours at 8 pm, but I started her at 6 pm and that seemed to work, she sleeps for a nice long stretch, maybe until 10 and then I just put her down right after she eats every time she wakes up until 6/7 am.

Secondarily, I've heard that the order of eat - play - sleep is the best one, but I don't follow that very strictly, because sometimes in order for her to fall asleep within my 2 hour window, I nurse her to sleep.

Lately I've been trying to get her onto a predictable schedule by writing down when she does things so that I can encourage her to do it at the same time each day but within her natural rhythm so things will go easily. But I haven't had much luck yet. She's 3 months old, and at least I know that she'll have 3 or 4 naps a day, go at least 2 hours between feeds during the day, and get up between 6 and 7, and go to sleep at 6 pm, and have a nap at noon. Actually, that's pretty good already!

Just keep building on the routines you already have, and slowly you'll fall into a much less chaotic life. Do it mindfully, but slowly and it won't be too frustrating for either of you. Good luck!

Faye - posted on 02/18/2013

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You decide what time to get her up for the day. You decide what time to put her down for either a nap or the night. You (sort of) decide when and what she will eat. The eating part is a bit hard to do but you know that she eats every so many hours so you make the errands schedule around that bit of info.

Like any other child, be consistant. She will learn what she is taught. If you get her up at 6 AM each work day then be prepared for her to rise at 6 AM on off work days. If you feed her at 7 AM on work days be prepared for her to be hungry at 7 AM on off work days.

If you don't want her to get up at a certain time then don't wake her each day at the same time.

All babies 2 months of age need 14 to 15 hours of sleep each day, naps included in this total. Between now and 4 months of age she will begin to have "regular sleeping patterns and longer night sleeping". It is "important to establish regular sleeping patterns" between 4 and 12 months.

I had a book given to be my the OB to read but do not remember the name of it. I used it for both my kids. I used the following web site to get some of this info: http://www.sleepaidresource.com/sleep-ch...

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