No more routine??

User - posted on 12/01/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

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my daughter has a weird eating schedule. before she would eat every four hours but sleep through the night. Now it seems like she eats randomly. What should I do?

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Amy - posted on 12/01/2011

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Teresa she's only a month and a half, I don't think she's ready for cereal. Just keep doing what your doing schedules change all the time.

Jodi - posted on 12/01/2011

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6 weeks is a normal age for the beginnings of a growth spurt. She is cluster feeding to help build up your milk supply ready for her needs. Just keep feeding her on demand, and once your milk has built up she will settle into a routine again.

Anna - posted on 12/05/2011

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My son is 19 months and we still don't have an eating schedule. As long as you offer healthy food (breastmilk/formula for infants) throughout the day, your child will be fine. Babies are very smart and know when they're hungry.

Lee - posted on 12/03/2011

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I would go with it probably a growth spurt. Keep in mind though that hungry and tired signs are very similar. I was feeding my daughter when she was trying to tell me she was tired.

Nikki - posted on 12/03/2011

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As soon as you get used to the schedule they set for themselves it changes and it's completely normal, growth spurts, teething, being unwell, change in routine all impact their natural routines. Demand feed and just follow her cues and she will be fine.

It does get hard at times, you get used to a certain schedule and the sleep and then it all changes, you feel as if you haven't slept in weeks, just sleep when she does during the day when you are tired and before you know it she will be sleeping more during the night again.

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ELSIE - posted on 12/07/2011

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just let her eat she will get tire of it sooner or later it don,t last for ever

Dani - posted on 12/07/2011

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Keeping a baby under a year old on a schedule is hard so like everyone else i have to say just hang in there.. Give her what she needs when she needs it and remember it wont be like this forever.. But as for all of the cereal comments, you can give a baby cereal and it will not hurt them. My son started on cereal when he was 3 weeks old and has always been perfectly fine.. It just depends on the child. All i can tell you there is ask your pediatrician if you feel like its something she needs..

User - posted on 12/06/2011

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I just started laying her in bed with me and she got a little better, just nursed her and slept. She has been getting bigger the doctor said and that I should keep breast feeding as much as I am. Is there a certain Diet I should follow while breast feeding? I basically have just been eating what i would eat when i was pregnant cuz i am scared to eat something that will hurt her.

Sharon - posted on 12/05/2011

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yep, I have to agree, most likely a growth spurt. With my 2, they would have a 'routine' for a week or two, then it would completely change just as I was getting used to it. This happened until about 4-5mths of age, then they'd keep a 'routine' for about a month or so and change again, until about 1yr.
I think they just like to keep us on our toes!

Jessica - posted on 12/05/2011

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I agree with the other moms. Schedules are really a myth until babies are almost 1 (or at least in my experience). My second is 7 months today...she did sleep fantastic at night until she was about 3 or 4 months (6 hour stretch at night!) and then she regressed back to up every 2 or 3 hours and that stayed the case until just last week when she's starting to stretch out her sleeps again. She now has a daytime schedule, or approximately, but besides bedtime, anything goes at night. Last night I got a 5 hour stretch, but usually every 4 hours now she's up. I hope this doesn't discourage you in any way. BFing is so fantastic for mom and baby! I actually was half cosleeping my Rose when she was getting up every 2 hours...I'd put her to bed in her crib and get up once or twice and nurse her and put her back down, but by the 3rd time I was getting up it was too exhausting to stay upright and feed her, so into bed with me she came. I co-slept with my first from almost the beginning and kept on until she was almost 1. She was terrible night sleeper! Sometimes is feels like nights last forever, but you are doing the best thing for your baby right now, and building trust with her when you respond every time she cries. Good luck, and the sleeping will come, and babies grow so fast, so cherish the cuddly nursing time! :)

Leah - posted on 12/05/2011

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I had no choice but to bottle feed as mine wasn't getting anything from me, so i think it's great that you've kept going with the breastfeeding.
In our case having formul meant he'd go 3-4 hours between feed.
But she is still young so try stick with it as long as you can it's good for her and i agree that she's only asking coz she needs it. and remember it'll get easier

Julie - posted on 12/03/2011

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You must be talking about a nursing or bottle-ed aged little girl.
Make sure YOU are eating good nutritious foods if you are nursing - they will hold her through the night.
Also, an infant wanting to eat more often may be going through a growing spurt and is needing more - this is a stage and will pass.
I found that sometimes she merely had a bubble that needed to be burped out of her and she only thought she was wanting to nurse. Burp her good and she will rest a lot more comfortably through the night (and you will too!)
♥ love her - her value is worth her weight in GOLD ;o)

Stifler's - posted on 12/02/2011

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my rats never had a real routine. they would go 4 hours and then next week it would be 2 hourly feeds. just go with it.

Kaitlin - posted on 12/02/2011

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It may just be a growth spurt- feed her when she seems hungry, but if she's just 'snacking' (takes a sip, then plays, then wants another sip) don't give her anymore for 20ishminutes. Then if she's still fussy, try feeding her again, a 'whole meal'. Don't worry, even the best schedules go awry during growth spurts, teething, and things like moving or traveling. I'm a huge fan of schedules, but at this age, they just need food.

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She was going 4 hours between feeds at younger than a month and a half? Wow....

I'll tell you, my twins were schedule fed and were on a 3 hour feeding schedule from birth til 5ish (I think) months. No schedule at night and were only waking once in 12 hours at 3 months.

My son was fed on demand and didn't go longer than 4 hours (day or night) between feeds til about a year and a half.

Every kid is different. If she's hungry, feed her.

Alexandra - posted on 12/02/2011

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routines and schedules change all the time, especially in little babies. don't give any cereal before 4 months old. you WILL DEFINITELY WILL hurt your baby if you do so. Hang in there, your baby will get on a schedule later on. Gotta have patience. as long as she is not loosing weight, everything is normal.

Sylvia - posted on 12/02/2011

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Four hours between feedings?! WOW. I thought babies only did that in books.

Six weeks is a common time to start a growth spurt, and six-week-old babies do normally eat at frequent and not necessarily regular intervals. If you want to keep nursing, bottles and cereal are both not great ideas (and cereal is just a bad idea generally -- breast milk is higher in calories and way more nutritious, and cereal isn't intended for six-week-olds anyway.

Bonnie - posted on 12/02/2011

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Babies don't have a schedule in most cases and you can't give a 6 week old cereal.

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Babies routines are constantly changing, especially when breast fed. Just go with the flow, it's all normal. :-)

Ashley - posted on 12/01/2011

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I would say that at a month and a half any routine she may have had will change as she changes... she is about to hit her first major growth spurt. All babies go through it and if you are lucky she will get back to sleeping again quick as she stopped.

Teresa - posted on 12/01/2011

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Sounds like she's pretty young and still getting the hang of a schedule. She may need a little more sustanance like cereal or something. Once again I don't know the age. Babies start to want more after a certain period. the formula, breast milk, whatever isn't enough. my son was good with formula for a long while but my freind's baby needed extra almost from the get go. Follow her lead, she'll let you know.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/01/2011

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I think it's a growth spurt, too. Try to remember that this phase will pass and you'll be getting more sleep soon! Good luck.

Amy - posted on 12/01/2011

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A bottle isn't going to make her through the night. Babies sleeping habits change all the time. I agree with kellie it could be a growth spurt which babies have quite frequently and require the extra calorie intake.

Kellie - posted on 12/01/2011

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Tbh I don't think that will help, I know it's hard and it will pass, keep doing what your doing and she will settle again.

User - posted on 12/01/2011

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Yes I breast feed. Should I start gibing her a bottle at night to make her sleep through the night again?

Kellie - posted on 12/01/2011

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Are you BF'ing her? Because from what I hear BF babies eat ALOT like every one to two hours. I had to bottle feed mine and she was three hourly on the dot, I could set a timer by her.

She needs the food or she wouldn't be asking for it, the grow soooooo quickly in those first few months they need the fuel to keep up with themselves :)

Kellie - posted on 12/01/2011

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Go with it, if you try to fight it and go against the grain you will only frustrate yourself and you daughter.

How old is she? She may be going through a growth spurt and needs more frequent feeds. I dare say it will all settle and go back to normal soonish.

Babies like to keep us on our toes by shaking it up every so often, it's a part of their job description lol

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