Sleeping schedule at night for my 4 week old son

Brandy - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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How do I get my 4 week old son on a sleep schedule for night?

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Melissa - posted on 11/15/2009

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Took about four months. Well for my children. Not all children are a like. I was also breastfeeding. I was up every two hours with both my children for two months. It was worth everything. My kids are not sick very much and they are 8 and 11 now. I started about 2 months and would play with them a little more during the afternoon when we got home from work and try to take awake until about eight oclock and they started sleeping thorough the night about four month.

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We were able to get a nice schedule around 5 weeks. I followed the BabyWise and Baby Whisperer tips. At first, she would go down at 9pm every night, and wake 2-3 times a night, not always predictably. Now she is 9 weeks and goes down at 8:30 and wakes like clockwork at 1:30 and 4:30. Keep in mind that every baby is different, but schedules are beneficial for you and him.

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Alison - posted on 11/13/2009

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Are you swaddling? A proper swaddle is like magic with newborns. Look it up on YouTube if you're not sure how.

Amy - posted on 11/13/2009

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are you breastfeeding or bottle feeding? I've heard from several mom's that it's much easier to get there kids on a schedule when they were bottle feed. I feed my son on demand and really couldn't get him into a schedule. Good luck!

Brandy - posted on 11/13/2009

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I think the best thing to do is to get on a schedule right away...I have my son eating every 3 hrs at that age and then would lay down as soon as he finished eating. We stayed with this routine until he was about 6 weeks and by then he was sleeping about 5-6 hrs at night...which just kept getting longer. He is now 13weeks and eats every 3 hrs during the day and then eats at 7pm and goes to bed, then we dreamfeed at 10pm and then he does not wake up till 7am!

Judith - posted on 11/11/2009

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Neither of my boys were good at schedules. I feed them on demand. I've heard good things about the Baby Whisper - however babies have their own strong will.
Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/11/2009

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With my son, he hated sleeping at night or at all for that matter when he was that little, it took me about a week of working with him, but i finally got him on a schedule at night. Anyway i would put my son to bed between 9:30 and 10pm and yes i know that is late, but it seems to be a magic time because he would get up at 2 am and them 5am to eat for about 3 weeks and then he got up once for about another 2 to 3 months and then he started sleeping through the night and has been ever since. Every couple months i would make his bed time a little earlier and now his bed time is between 8 and 9pm. I hope this helps and good luck with your son!

Carolyn - posted on 11/11/2009

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My son is 7 weeks old and does not sleep at night at all. I have to go back to work Monday. For the first time this week I have been able to get him to take cat naps but nothing major (im talking 45 min to 2 hr max) but he does not sleep a lot during the day either. My ped. says not to worry ever baby's different and some need more sleep then others. He said by x-mas all probable having him sleep 3-5 hr at night but not tell then. I know its been really tough for me. Good luck and hang in there. I'm going to try bathing, feeding and seeing if I can get him down at 10pm then feed at 1 and 3 or 4 and then I have to leave for work then my hubby will have to do 7 am feed and see if he can get him to take the morning nap I have been doing with him from 7-9am has really only been are sleep time. (just don't stimulate him at night, that is one piece of advise my mom gave is and that's so true)...good luck

Sylvia - posted on 11/11/2009

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You don't.

The best you can do is wait a few more weeks until his sleeping and waking and nursing times start to fall into a pattern -- which they do, at a certain point. Although of course then the pattern will change pretty frequently, and will be interrupted by growth spurts and milestones (especially teething) and colds. This is what babies are like: they don't sleep all night (for good biological reasons, such as that they sleep differently from adults and that they need to eat very frequently because they're trying to double their weight in their first six months).

If you happen to have a particularly placid and easy-going baby, you might possibly succeed in imposing your preferred sleep schedule on him. If not, it's futile to try: he'll end up miserable and you'll end up frustrated and exhausted.

I see that someone upthread recommended Babywise. If you're planning to look into that, you should also look at http://www.ezzo.info for a balancing view.

Karissa - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hmm I don't think I'm one to give advise since my 11 month old is still waking up thru the night, but I got her in a schedule very early - since the day I brought her home. Bathtime was at the same time every night, then I nursed her, then it was bed. Now the times have changed since she got older, but it seemed to work for her. She gets her bath now at 7 p.m. gets dressed in pjs at 7:30, I make her bottles (she has stopped nursing), we play for a little, and by 8-8:30 my baby is sound asleep until anywhere between 11-4 and then comes into bed with us. You'll have the instinct to know what your kid needs...

Hillary - posted on 11/11/2009

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i think the most important thing is consistency and routine. however you decide to begin a schedule...stick to the times and actions as closely as you can. my son is just over 16 weeks and sleeping 11 hours thru the night right now...and trust me he DID NOT start this way. first thing we did was establish a routine...a little bit of play time on after his evening nap, reading, bath, bottle then bed. every single night w/in an hours time span...

Marie - posted on 11/11/2009

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I started my child out pretty much at 3 weeks. I would always lay him in his bed when he fell asleep around 10:30 am in the morning for a nap he usually slept about an hour never let him slept longer then that then fed him played with him just kept him awake and then laid him back down around 2 or 3 let him sleep same amount of time back in his bed. Kept him up longer in the evening so he would sleep longer during the night. If he woke up during the night I would leave him a bit until he really fussed that how I knew he was really ready to eat not just to play or make sure he wasn't dreaming. after feeding I put him right back in his bed. . . . It seemed to work for me, I told all my friends to have them sleep in their bed when napping and sleeping and to just start keeping track of when they get tired the most and start them on their schedual. Hope I helped, good luck to you

Corrina - posted on 11/11/2009

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hi... my kids were all on whatever schedule their body clock liked.. it usually worked out to what ours was.. after about a month or two.. so dont be discouraged. I tried to keep them awake at night by playing and touching and noise and movement etc... so they would be more tired.. also i liked to feed a bit more at nighttime and when older introduced pablum to fill the hole and let them sleep longer. i was not one to let them cry or anything.. so good luck and it will happen... you will get more sleep eventually.. this only lasts a while... when you look back you will laugh. :)

Shannon - posted on 11/11/2009

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Every baby is different. My daughter wasn't on a 'schedule' until after I had to go back to work at 6 weeks. She's almost 3 months now and it's still all over the place.

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