Caroline - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
Caroline - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
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Natasha - posted on 10/12/2009
My lil man is 6 months old and we stick to a pretty good routine but of course you have the days where it just doesn't work. He wakes up between 6 and 6:30 but is happy to play by himself until i get up usually at 7. I get him out of bed change his nappy and dress him for the day and then give him his bottle. He will be awake for about an hour after his bottle then i feed him 3 tablespoons of pureed fruit and put him to bed for a nap which is anywhere between half an hour to 2 hours. He will wake up and i will take him out and let him play in his jolly jumper or under his play gym. He then has another bottle and i spend time talking to him and reading his books which he loves. He is usually awake for an hour and a half and back to sleep for half an hour. He is awake and happy to play again for an hour and then i feed him another bottle and some vegetables for lunch. Then he goes back down for an hour sleep. After that he will be awake for 2 to 3 hours. His Dad will come home from work and give him a shower and he will have his dinner and then is put to bed between 6 and 7 pm. I wake him up at 9pm for his last bottle and then he is straight back to sleep and sleeps through the night. I find waking him for that last dream feed is the only way he will sleep thru the night and has been working for me since he was 11 weeks old :) All the best with getting bubs to sleep through the night. Its amazing how much better you feel after a full nights sleep. xo
Nikki - posted on 10/12/2009
I guess it different for every parent as we all have to try and see what works and what doesn't, I have 3 kids 2 yr old son and 9months old twin girls, they all wake up at about 7.30am. I breastfeed my girls let them play with their brother while I have breakfast than I feed my son and than by 8.30 -9.00am I give the girls their breakfast, breastfeed them in about 20-30mins put them to sleep they sleep for about 2hrs. In this time I do my house work, shower and my son is showered and ready as well, when the girls wake up I give them a bath lunch, play time and then all 3 kids go to sleep at about 1.30-2.00pm my son sleeps for about 3hrs and the girls if I am lucky 2-3hrs. In this time I do my dinner prep... after the afternoon nap all 3 of them play together, until I feed my son his dinner, than the girls. By 6.30pm I give them a good massage change into their PJ's off to bed they are for the night by 7.30 the girls r sleep, hubby puts son to bed by 8.00-8.30pm and than its our time Mr and Mrs..... but there r somedays when the girls r up every now n than but than u just hug kiss and put them back again.
Blackwood - posted on 10/12/2009
Have you tried to bath everynite at the sametime with the johnson and johnson bathtime products, it's lavendre. (just found this stuff myself and my little man is 9wks old and sleeps for 5/6 hrs straight)?
Erin - posted on 10/12/2009
have a look on www.babybliss.com.au - there are free schedules on the right side, I have the book and its brilliant
I put my 6 week old into her schedule 4 days ago and he at night sleeps 6 hours has a feed then sleeps another 3-4. Its all about routine and not overstimulating your baby as they are hard to get to sleep. Also teaching your baby to put themselves to sleep and then they will start to sleep through as if they wake they will put themselves back to sleep! good luck!
Deborah - posted on 10/12/2009
The key is a routine. My kids are older now, but as a stay at home mom (at the time), we had a daily schedule and routine of play time, snack time, nap (not always cooperative), etc. The key was nighttime though... Work into it. Dinner, play, bath, story books with a small cup of milk, to the bedroom for lullabies, etc. The same every night if possible. I never had a problem.
Roxanne - posted on 10/12/2009
I swear by a schedule. I have a 33month old son and an 18 month of old son. We wake up around 7-7:30, have a glass of milk, bum around, breakfast 8 -8:30, play or errands until lunch around 11:30-12:30, another glass of milk, Naptime around 1pm, 2 hours (awake or not) in their rooms, Then we go for a walk or play in the basement until dinner at 5:30,then bath and cuddle read time another glass of milk and then to bed at 7. Sleep 12 hours and repeat. I think the important thing is to try and stick to it. For naps, our pediatrician is the one who told me to set a time and leave them in there for 2hours whether they sleep or not,they need to learn to put themselves to sleep or to play alone quietly. For bedtime,I agree with the notion of putting them down and walking away, if there is something wrong you will be able to tell, but don't run in there all the time when they cry,they are training you then. They need to learn to put themselves back to sleep. Make sure they have a stuffy or something that gives them comfort, that isn't you, and keep that constant. Hope this helps, if you can get it going, it is awesome for everyone.
Kathy - posted on 10/12/2009
The important thing is that you DO have a routine. Children find comfort in them just as they find comfort in behavioral perimeters we set for them in teaching them to be disciplined people. If story time is always before bath time and bathtime is always before bedtime, there is comfort in routine and fewer struggles with bath time, bedtime, suppertime and other parts of the routine.
If you're looking for another way to get 'em tuckered out before bedtime though, my preschoolers were all guaranteed to do naptime after water play. LOL!
Dusty - posted on 10/12/2009
you know come to think of it.. i was totally against putting my baby on a routine at first! he was in the NICU for 13 days and they put him on a routine and he was up every 3 hours like clock work and i was ALWAYS taught don't wake up a sleeping baby to feed him! and so i didn't and he actually put himself on the routine and i just went with it... but i did the not getting out of bed thing because i know so many moms that get up at 6 am because their baby was up and they let their baby tell them when it was time to get up and i decided i was gonna try to do differently so i tried something and it worked!! so advise i can give is try something you think up even if someone else might frown on it.. i can't tell you how many people frowned on my idea that worked and those same people who frowned now tell me how great my little boy is and how well he sleeps! oh, by the way he slept 8 hours at 8 weeks and 10hours at 10 weeks and 12 hours at 12 weeks and has been sleeping for 12 hours ever since and he is now 11 and 1/2 months!!!
Shannon - posted on 10/12/2009
it doesn't matter what you do or how you do it during the day as long as you are consistent. put your baby down for a nap, the exact same way you put them down to sleep at night. for me, my daughter has a favorite toy and blanket. i start humming the same tune while carrying her to her crib. i lay her down, give her the toy and cover with the blanket. say good night and drop kisses on her forehead, stroke her cheek and shut the door. she knows what's coming when the tune starts because she lays in my arms and closes her eyes as soon as her head hits the bed. my husband does the same song and routine. works wonderfully, sleeps from 8pm - 7 or 8am depending if her sisters wake her in the morning. your baby will be different obviously but as long as you start it and don't stop when it doesn't work at first you will get it! unfortunately, i did not do this with my first and she wouldn't get out of my bed until her sister came along. basically our children want structure and if you are strong enough to permit a minimum amount of fussing in the beginning they will adjust. my daughter can have a crazy day, but when our routine starts at night she is out no matter what. hope this helps and keep trying new things. every mom has to find their own path.
Tyshani - posted on 10/12/2009
I guess a good schedule depends on your lifestyle. I can't afford to stay home from work, so my kids have to go to daycare. Jude is 3 and Tahiri is 4 months. We get up around 7 and I let Jude watch about 30 minutes of tv while he eats cereal and gets dressed. I get Tahiri dressed and depending on what time she got up in the night, I feed her a bottle. Then, we head to take the kids to school and my fiance takes me to work. I get off work at 4 and we pick up the kids immediately. When we get home (around 4:30 or so), Jude can play in his room until dinner, which is around 5:30. If he eats all of his food, he can have a sugar free Popsicle for dessert. I give the kids baths every other day unless they have done something outside or have gotten themselves extremely dirty somehow. If it's bath day, this is the time they get it. If not, Jude takes his vitamin, brushes his teeth, and gets in his pajamas. I let him watch tv until about 7:30 and then it's time to wind down for bed. Tahiri is on her own schedule. When she is awake, we give her tummy time or let her sit in her vibrating chair or swing until she gets fussy. Then, we feed her a bottle and lay her down. At 7:30, Jude gets a story read for him and lays in bed. Usually he fights sleep for a bit, but is out by 8 o'clock. He sleeps until he gets up at 7 the next morning.
A helpful thing that I found is a chore chart from Target. It has 4 different colored stars and shows rewards for each child getting one, two, three, or four stars. My son is the pink one (he chose it), I'm the blue, and my fiance's the green one. The "chores" are: Jude's allowance, Jude getting vitamin and brushing teeth, the kids' baths, laundry, dishes, dinner, and Jude cleaning his room and being in bed by 8 p.m. Most of them are simply reminders for me, and Jude only gets stars for his allowance, which is on a scale, and being in bed with a clean room by 8. The other stars are to show who has done what on a given day so my fiance and I can keep our sanity and even out the chores.
Jude's allowance starts out at $1.00 every morning. If he throws a fit for no reason, refuses to clean his room, misbehaves at school, etc, he loses a quarter. If he still has $1.00 when he goes to bed, he gets a star. We got him a red race car bank to keep his quarters and dollars in so he gets really into it. We've seen a drastic change in his behavior too. For one star, he gets to watch a movie in the living room. for two, he gets to stay up an hour later. For three, he gets McDonald's. For four he gets an extra dollar that week. If he gets 8 stars or more a week, we take him to Chuck E Cheese.
Hope this helps!! It just depends on your situation and how old your kids are, but even if they are young, hopefully this will help you in the future.
Melissa - posted on 10/12/2009
My twins just turned a yr. Were on the 3hr schedule. (feedings are at 6:30am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 6:30pm) Our routine is: Have a bottle at 6:30am-go back to sleep for a catnap...... Up for real around 7:30 or 8...... Play for a while then spoon food and a bottle at 10am....... Play for an hour take a cat nap...... up by 12...... Spoon feed and bottle at 1pm...... They take a long nap until about 3:30..... They get up play and have spoon food and bottle at 4pm..... Then play with brother who is now home from school, and Daddy home from work play till around 6.... They fuss and get tired about this time and want a bottle. (every other night is bath time at 6pm). They sleep all night. Except for Gwen she wakes up from time to time trying to find her pacifier! I also keep a sippy cup filled with half water half juice with them in the floor while there playing all day. Babies get thirsty when their playing :0)
Sherry - posted on 10/12/2009
It's all about routine!!! My daughter has been on schedule siince she was around 4 or 5 months. Sometimes the routine gets messed up from family visits or vacations but you just start over and keep up the routine.. Good luck
Teagan Altaira - posted on 10/12/2009
wake up at 7am for breakfast, watch iggle piggle on the telly (my lil girl is nearly 2), go for a walk to the park and usually have a picnic lunch there or go to cafe, nap from 1-2pm if she is tired, dinner at 5pm, in bed by 6.30pm with a book... i usually talk to her about our day, help her remember what we had for breakfast or if we fed ducks etc... then its lots of kisses, and let her know i will be back in 10min to check on her. SLEEP lol... wakes at 7am.
i dont think you need an intense routine as such... just a cut off for nap time and a deffinate time for dinner. if my daughter sleeps past 2.30pm she is a mess. if she doesnt have dinner at 5pm theres issues lol.
Veronica - posted on 10/12/2009
I don't have an awesome routine like these other moms. BUT I sleep through the night.
I put the baby in the furthest away room at night time (8pmish). He is asleep. I shut the door. When I go to bed at night, I shut my door and turn on a sound machine. He may wake up and cry, but I can't hear it. If he wails and is really upset I will hear it, wake up and go to him. Otherwise I wake up in the morning at 6:30am and go check on him. He is either 1. awake 2. awake and playing in his room 3.sleeping and we wake him up 4. crying
He ususally is happy and playing in the crib/pack and play. He has not once died or turned evil by crying in the middle of the night with no one coming to his rescue. He is still wonderful and I am a beautiful, beautifully well rested woman in the morning. =)
Vanessa - posted on 10/12/2009
"Contented little baby" this book saved my life and my baby girl now sleeps through the night. Look it up on the internet. Cheers!
Dusty - posted on 10/12/2009
When my baby was an itty bitty i wouldn't leave the bedroom and do anything until it was a time that i thought was a good time to wake up and start the day. if he wanted to be awake then i would leave him in the cradle and let him play and talk or whatever he did and i would lay in my bed (his cradle was right beside my bed) until about 8-830 and then we would start our day! we would play and cuddle for about an hour and i'd give him a bottle then i would feed him, play for a while, nap while i washed bottles laundry and breakfast/lunch for me, after nap time he'd get a bottle and lunch more play time, then another nap, play time, snack and bottles, dinner, bath, and play for a short time and i'd read him a book, brush his teeth and put him to bed by 8. so there is a small amount of mommy and daddy time! hope this was help. :) good luck!
Amy - posted on 10/12/2009
My son has been on a really good routine since about 3 months old. He is now 6 months. He wakes up every morning around 7am and eats a 6oz bottle. Goes back to sleep till around 10:30. Wakes up and gets 2 tablespoons of rice cereal mixed with 2 oz of formula followed by a 4oz bottle. He sits in his bouncy chair and watches playhouse disney and plays with toys for about an hour to an hour and a half. We may also do some tummy time or sitting. Then he takes a short 45 min nap. He eats another 6oz bottle around 2:30 then we play. He is very easily entertained! After all of my daycare kids leave...we may run some errands. He may take another short nap between 2:30 and 6:30. Not always though. At 6:30pm he eats a fruit or veggie puree followed by a 4 or 5oz bottle. If he didn't take another short nap than he will usually nap from about 7pm-8pm. Bath around 8pm everynight. It's a very good way to relax baby and get them sleepy! I also use the bedtime bath! Daddy gets home around 9:30 so he spends time with him then he gets a 7oz bottle around 10 and falls asleep. He sleeps the whole night and we start all over again at 7am.
Its a wonderful schedule. It took some time but with routine he got used to it and now follows it really well. Some babies take longer than others to follow a schedule and sometimes they even get off their schedule completely for a couple of days.
Hope that helped! Good luck!
Amanda - posted on 10/12/2009
its hard to get babies into a routine but once you do your golden. My routine with my twins is everybody wakes up at 7am and has breakfast. Then play time untill 11am and then its lunch time, after that they go down for a two hour nap and wake up at 1pm. Then its playtime again untill daddy comes home from work at 2 pm then its time we all go for a walk as a family and bring the dog untill 3:30pm at 4pm its dinner time. After that its bath time and cuddle time and at 7pm they have their bed time feeding and go to bed. Sleep for 12 hours and then repeat.