Best way to get baby on a sleep schedule?>

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Leanna - posted on 08/11/2009

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my daughter used to not be on a so good sleeping schedule but what i would do was let her take 2 45 minute naps during the day. one in the morning and one after lunch. than around 730 8 pm i would put her down and let her cry for a little so she would get used to being in her crib at that time every night. if she would cry longer than 10 minutes i would go in the room and comfort her than put her back in the crib. she did this for about a week. than, after that she started getting used to going in the room at the same time everynight and would go to sleep on her own.

J'Neka - posted on 08/08/2009

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Initially your child is going to dictate there own sleep pattern. Follow their lead. Notice the times that they sleep 10am or 2pm 6pm. If you want your own put them down at a certain time everyday after they have been feed and played with. Turn some music on for them and they will drift asleep after they get use to the routine. Infant usually take 2-3 naps a day an when they get older they take fewer naps. All the lights don't have to be off and the room doesn't have to be silent. At nite when your baby wakes up don't turn on the light and take your baby out of bed if they aren't crying. As long as they are ok let them play and they may go back to sleep. These things aren't easy.

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Teresa - posted on 09/22/2011

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BTW, my son was bottle fed. I don't know about breast-fed babies but I'm sure it can be done. My son was born 3 months early and was never really strong enough to latch on so I pumped for the 1st 2 months and then it was on to formula.

Teresa - posted on 09/22/2011

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I read Babywise when my son was about 6 months old give or take a week or two and we were waking up at around 1am by that time. The first night we let him cry it seemed like forever, we would check on him, make sure he was ok, and then get back in bed. The second night he cried a little less, and by the third night, he slept right through. My friend has a 6month old and has tried this but her son turns into a poltergeist after crying so long. His voice changes and he gets absolutely sick with frustration. I think it is different for everyone, and the timeing is different for everyone. My son was never a big eater and he isn't now (he's 7). My friends son is a HORSE and would raid the fridge himself if you prop him up to it. The hardest part for those babies that are ready to get rid of that mid-nite feeding, or more the hardest thing for the parents is the guilt. We just kept telling ourselves, "he will not remember this" and "he will not starve to death". He actually adjusted hi eating and sleeping behaviour during the day by himself. Once again, every baby is different. We got lucky with that one.

Lindsey - posted on 08/11/2011

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I also need help getting my almost 8 month old daughter nevaya to go to sleep in her crib awake. Usually my husband and I take a drive with her so when we lay her down she is already sleeping. She just crys and crys when i try to lay her down...and suggestions on making the transition easier for her and I?????

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Read baby wise!!!! Had I known about this book with my first baby...oh, gosh!

Read and follow to the letter, you'll have your baby on a good schedule within 1-2 weeks!

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Can't recommend Baby Wise enough - we followed it from birth on and Adrian started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks (and still does).

Ellie - posted on 08/08/2009

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Babies are usually pretty good about getting themselves on an eating schedule. After every feeding I would just burp and change them, and then lay them down for a nap. During the night my youngest slept through from age 6 weeks. I began laying him down at 7pm, after his last bottle of the day and sometimes some cereal, and then he just learned to sleep on his own from there. He woke up sometimes, fussing a little, but I just gave him a pacifier and he drifted right back to sleep.

Stacy - posted on 08/08/2009

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I highly recommend the book Baby Wise, which helped me get my baby on a good sleep pattern. Keeping him up more through the day helps him sleep all through the night. Good Luck!

Amber - posted on 08/08/2009

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breast or bottle baby? how old? and where does she sleep? All of these things can make a difference because you don't really want to start cereal until at least 4 months. and sleeping in her own bed rather than with you ar in your room will help her to sleep longer.

Jael - posted on 08/08/2009

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Make her stay up more in the day time so she will be sleepier at night. And feed her right before you lay her down and maybe try getting her to eat alittle ceral. Dont feed her out of schedule, she will catch on.

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