I need to set a bed time for my 9 months old

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I work nights so its hard for me to put him to bed before 9. How do i get my babysitter to start putting him to bed at a good time.

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Joy - posted on 07/31/2009

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yeh he actually sleeps a lot better if he has sleeps through the day. He has about 2-3hrs in total broken into 2 sleeps through the day. I actually got him onto his routine following a really great book i found called Save our Sleep by Tizzie Hall,its my bible on everything from sleeping to feeding and more. I owe my life to this book.

Becky - posted on 07/31/2009

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Yes - I agree with all Moms above, just start the routine, and the rest will follow. Joy - I am so jealous - 12 hours! Does he nap in the day too?

My son is the same as Cari, he eats 4x a day every 4 hours. 8, 12, 4, 8. We've recently changed his last feeding though, he gets food (he is on fruits now mixed with cereal), and 6 oz. of formula, then he plays for awhile, then around 9PM we get him ready and he gets bottle, goes down after that. Just have your sitter follow your routine - that is what she gets paid for!!

Joy - posted on 07/29/2009

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yep as all the others say,establish a routine, just start slowly, it'll prob take a week or 2 for him to get into the swing of things. My son eats dinner at 5pm, has a bath at 6pm,has a bottle at 6.30pm and is in his cot ready for bed by 6.50pm EVERY night. He sleeps through till 6.30-7am. He knos his routine and looks forward to it. good luck.

Cari - posted on 07/28/2009

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I would say you need a set routine to use day by day. My son is 7 months and his is based on what time he wakes up. He eats every 4 hours and 4 times a day. At his least feeding, he is gone. That is his routine. Just try waking him up around 8 or 9 and he should be in bed that night by the same time. That is how my mom did all of us and she passed the advice on to me and it works!! Hope this helps=)

Kelly - posted on 07/28/2009

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I would say that if you just let the sitter know the routine than it shouldn't be a problem.....if you have 2 days off in a row thats when i would start the routine and the bed time....that way he is kinda used to being put to bed at that time....i would also agree with everything that Jemina said but i also put some "bedtime" music on in my sons room....or some people use a fan for what they call white noise or something like that......and my son always has a bottle before bed...even if he had just eaten one like 2 hours before bed just to top off his feed so he will be full all night......good luck

Jemina - posted on 07/28/2009

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hey i think that a good way to start is to develop a routine, that is easy for both of you to follow,i.e: my routine, starts @7pm i give dinner(if he eats baby food already)if not skip that part and leave it for last,then a warm bath, and then a nice warm bottle or breast whichever form of milk you give it's all the same i guess, and then the most important part, while he is still drowsy place him in his crib/bed and kiss him goodnight, and then after you know he is safe, sound, fed and changed walk away, he will knock right out,of course everyonce in a while you might get some crying, you can of course go back and show him your still there, but do not pick him up just kiss him and lay him back down,and again walk away. i guess everyone has there own way of doing things but this way has always worked for me and i have 4 kids, hopefully this was helpfull, always remember repetition is key, you have to be consistant, everyday same boring routine!lol.gd luck

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