When can I put my baby on a schedule?

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Elfrieda - posted on 08/25/2011

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If your baby has been sleeping for 1.5+ hours by the time you decide to turn in for the night, if you pick her up and quietly feed her one more time, it might stretch out the time you get to sleep. I think it's called "dream-feeding". I only figured this out once my son was older than your baby, but it was such a wonderful solution! Usually he wouldn't even wake up, really. He'd eat and I didn't burp him, just put him down again and snuck away. Awesome! That's an extra two hours of sleep you just bought yourself, lady! :) It's so scary to pick up a sleeping baby, especially if that baby is very difficult to put to sleep, but the extra hours of sleep are sooo worth the gamble.

Lissa - posted on 08/25/2011

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I don't believe there is such a thing as a feeding schedule for a baby, you feed the baby when the baby is hungry. Every baby is different some need fed every hour and a half some will go as much as four hours between feeds. Can you imagine being hungry and being told you can't eat for two more hours or feeling fairly full then someone trying to force you to eat more.

Jenni - posted on 08/25/2011

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Is he breastfed? How old is he?



I'd do away with scheduling... they usually tend to fall into a routine on their own. Feeding on demand is important. Don't cause your baby undo stress by forcing him to wait.

Connie - posted on 08/25/2011

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I agree with everything else written, but also wanted to mention that their schedules will normally change depending on where they are in a growth cycle, fattening up or lengthening out, and teething. Sticking to a strict schedule is just not feasible. It needs to be fairly flexible according to their needs. Saying that, they do fall into their own patterns and are pretty much consistent no later than 6 months old.

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Michelle - posted on 12/03/2011

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my twins were on a schedule from day one, the were in hospital for the first 10 days so hospital did it for me. I have changed it bit by bit to work round my oldest school run and now I love my schedule and so does my hungry little baby lol

Heidi - posted on 10/17/2011

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I tried to do the every 4 hours schedule that only resulted in a very cranky and frustrated baby, mommy and daddy. I then let her be my guide and it turns out she likes to eat every 3 - 3.5 hours and naps when she is tired. The only real routine we have is her bedtime routine and everyone who meets her comments on what a happy and content little girls she is (mommy and daddy are very happy to).

Gemma - posted on 10/14/2011

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I just feed my baby when he is hungry....i can usually tell the difference throu his cries. He feeds between 2-3 hrs durin the day and mainly 4 hrs at night sometimes if im lucky 5-6 hrs but only sometimes. I let him wake me for feeds so im not wastin time tryin to feed him wen he doesnt want it or just goes bk to sleeps after a few tiny mouthfuls. I made that mistake with my first. Third time rnd i think im doin pretty good :) He is only 10 wks old so i no few more months n il be gettin a better routine for him. At the mo he still still small n i cant stand to hear him cry at the thought of him bein hungry. My sis got told to feed every 4 hrs n she wud make her baby wait....i thought it was horrid to c him screamin for a feed. If they r hungry jus feed them.....happy baby = happy mummy :D

Amy - posted on 08/26/2011

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My daughter was a breastfed baby and still does 2-3 times a day. So if I got home late at night or left before she woke up in the morning I would just do the dreamfeed so I wouldn't have to pump. Basically I would just pick her up not turn any lights on and sit it a chair in her room. Since babies have the need to suck she never really would wake up, when she was done I would just lay her down in the crib. I still do this when I get home late at night, it gets me extra sleep!

Elfrieda - posted on 08/26/2011

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I only figured out the dreamfeed once my son was partially on bottles, but my sister-in-law did it while breastfeeding. It was easy with a bottle, because I just left the boy in his crib while he drank. I think if you make sure that the crib is warm, or the baby is well-wrapped so it isn't cold when you transfer from your arms to the mattress, it won't wake the baby.

Jenni - posted on 08/26/2011

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Dea, I also did the same as Amy and Elfrieda... the dreamfeed. Yes, you can do this with both breastfed and formulafed babies. I typically did the dreamfeed around 10-11pm before I turned in for the night. Until around 6-7 months.

Dea - posted on 08/26/2011

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@Amy and Elfrieda- is this for bottle feed or can u dream feed at the breast as well?!

Amy - posted on 08/25/2011

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Elfrieda is so right, I always did this before I went to bed and before I left for work in the am so my husband would get extra sleep in the am!

Amy - posted on 08/25/2011

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It sounds like he's on a schedule, it might not be ideal for you but you're getting 2 1/2 to 3 hours which is pretty normal for a breastfed baby. Eventually you may get four hours but probably not for another couple of months. I always just fed on demand I felt like I got more sleep that way then trying to push the limits and dealing with a cranky baby.

Jenni - posted on 08/25/2011

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Breastfed babies need to nurse more often than formula babies. Where formula babies can go a maximum of 4 hours (during the day) without a feed. Nursing babies can only go a maximum of 3 hours.

Both my kids nursed every hour-2.5 hours for the first 4-6 months.

Hope this helps!

Dea - posted on 08/25/2011

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Thanks guys! My baby is going to be 2 months on aug 27th and is solely breastfed. I hope he falls into schedule soon.

Charlie - posted on 08/25/2011

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Babies will eentually put themselves on a schedule , in the first few months just feed them when they are hungry.

Dea - posted on 08/25/2011

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At night he feeds around 2:30 and 6:30 (4 hours) but during the day it can range from 2 hours to 3.5. I tried to put him on a 4 hour schedule but it didn't work and he was clearly very hungry.

Aubrey - posted on 08/25/2011

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With our son we started his first day ( I had him at home so we started right away)
With our daughter we didn't start until she was a week because she had a cleft palate and we didn't know until day 3 (I tried nursing for 3 days and knew there was something wrong but everyone kept telling me she was sucking even the lactation nurse at the hospital said she was sucking before we left the hospital but I knew she wasn't) so after getting myself on a pumping schedule and stuff we started to schedule her stuff.

Morgan - posted on 08/25/2011

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Everyone is going to have a different opinion on this one!! But for me I started getting my daughter into a routine as soon as she came home :) with no issue

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