Schedule

Nicki - posted on 11/16/2008 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I was wondering what kind of scheduled (if any) is their baby is on. What time they go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning and all that other fun stuff. Also is anyone doing "on demand" schedule, letting their baby guide the way? i am so confused. Jayden was born on Aug 27 and is pretty much a happy baby. thanks for the help

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Amanda - posted on 11/23/2008

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Taylor awakens everyday at 6:30am, for breakfast and eats about 7 ounces every four hours, her last bottle is at 7:30pm.. she goes in her crib at 9pm everyday and we dont hear from her until 6:30 am the next day... shes 3 months old now and has had the same sleep pattern since 1 month (still has 3 naps too), just eats more and plays more... her schedule works great for us..once in awhile she will throw us off for a day but then she goes right back to where we left off..

User - posted on 11/23/2008

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Lexie was born on August 14. I use the on demand schedule. She usually goes to bed around 8/10pm after her last bottle and doesn't wake up until between 9/10am. When she wakes up she will eat about 6 oz, then she will take another 5 oz about 3-5 hours after, and another 5 oz about 3-5 hours after that. She gets a bath around 7:30/8 pm every night, its her favorite time of the day. Then I give her her night bottle and she will drink 7-8 oz. But if she is hungry closer than the 3-5 hours, I feed her. She is a very good baby and will pretty much go with the flow.

Faatima - posted on 11/23/2008

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Hey there Nikki,



You should try reading the book 'save our sleep' By Tizzie Hall - It has been an absolute heavensent. My son Maliq is on a regular schedule & goes down at 6.30pm wakes for one feed around 3/4 then is up at around 7/8.

Kimberly - posted on 11/20/2008

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I'm extremely fortunate as Alex slept through the night at 2 weeks old. We do pretty much on demand, but my SO and I have that luxury. He works nights/ I work days, so Alex can eat and sleep when he wants. He goes to bed almost without fail, there are always exceptions to the rul, at 9 p.m. and sleeps until about 7 a.m. My SO lets him play, sleep and eat as Alex desires throughout the day. It works for us!

Hayley - posted on 11/20/2008

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my daughter, cloe was born on the 20th august and she has a bedtime routine and that is it the rest is when she wants to b fed etc. but bed times she has a bath at 8 then has a final feed then is put into her bed then she generally sleeps till 7am sometimes a bit earlier.

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Christy - posted on 11/19/2008

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If you're into reading, I highly recommend "The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer." It describes a flexible schedule in which you feed the baby when he's hungry without feeding on demand. It really made my life happier.

Amanda - posted on 11/19/2008

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My baby really isn't on any schedule. Well he kind of has a schedule of waking up every two hours to eat 24/7! And waking up around when I'm ready for bed. I know I should wake him up so he'll sleep when he's supposed to, but it's nice to get to do something around the house while he sleeps. I guess if you need the baby on a schedule you put them on one, if not, you don't. I just stay at home so I'm not too picky.

Loni - posted on 11/19/2008

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Brayden was born August 15th and has been a scheduled kid all on his own. Eats 6oz every 5 hours, has a little pablum in his 9pm bottle and is out til 4 or 5 in the morning for another feed. He'll go right back to sleep until 10am for the next bottle and be awake and active for the rest of the day save for a hour or two nap somewhere... He also happens to be a 15 pound 3 month old so that could explain a little!

Debi - posted on 11/19/2008

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Korinne is my third baby - and I let her lead the way. She naps when she wants (or when she can - because my 3 yr old and 2 yr old makes lots of noise). I let her sleep in the bed with me at night - and she sleeps pretty much from 11:30 PM until around 6 or 7 AM. She nurses on demand - and I supplement with formula once or twice a day as well.



Korinne does like to take a solid morning nap - anywhere from an hour to three hours - depending on what we are doing. She sleeps better in her carseat than anywhere else, so if we are out & about, chances are she will get a good nap.

Erin - posted on 11/19/2008

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I mostly do an on demand schedule and I'm finding my baby is falling in on a schedule on his own. The only thing we do is we put him to bed between 7:00 and 7:30 every night. And it's helped with his napping during the day, because now he wakes up at about the same time every day, so he goes down for a nap about the same time every day. But I let him tell me when he is tired, I do say "Nap time at 9am" or anything.
I do have a routine when it comes to sleeping though. We nurse in his darkened room, with a lullabye cd on and a heart beat (from a white noise machine) on. Once he's finished nursing I swaddle him and rock him in my arms, then lay him down and pat his tummy. I think because of the routine at sleep time, it helps him know it's time to sleep.

Heidi - posted on 11/19/2008

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Krystyna was born August 28th. She has always gone 4 hours between feedings. She wakes up between 5:30 and 7am (usually closer to 7am) and has her breakfast. We play a bit and she goes down for a nap (she is usually awake for 1.5-2 hours between feedings). This goes on every 4 hours until between 5:30 and 7pm when we start her bedtime routine. This includes dinner, a bath, a massage, pjs and the rest of her bottle from dinner. Then she is off to sleep in her crib for 10-12 hours (sleeping through the night started 2 weeks ago).

Amber - posted on 11/18/2008

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Kylie was born on August 4th, and we've had a pretty good schedule. She goes to bed at 9pm then wakes up about 3am for a bottle. sleeps till about 8 or 9 gets a bottle, then she takes a nap till about 11. sometimes she doesnt take naps throughout the day but most of the time she does.

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Jessica L - Check out the book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. It has lots of good advice on how to help your baby sleep better. We really like it and have found it very helpful. As for feeding...Evangelyn was born on August 21. At about 6 weeks, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with the on demand feeding, so I started to feed every four hours. It was tough at first because she was used to eating whenever, but I'd try to distract her until the four hours had passed. After about 4 days, she was used to the new eating schedule. At night, she would wake once, but I never set an alarm to wake her. Eventually, those 3am feedings disappeared. Now, she sleeps from 10/10:30 until 8:30-9:30 in the morning. She has four feedings during the day, still every 4 hours, and as soon as I see the signs that she's sleepy, I put her down for a nap.

Stephanie - posted on 11/17/2008

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Isabella's bed time is...

11pm
wakes up at 3:30am for a feeding
then wakes up at 7:30am for a feeding
then again at 8am and 10:30 am and then sleeps till noon and then stays up till 11pm the next night :)

Jessica - posted on 11/17/2008

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Yes, please help with this!!! I have been following an "on-demand" schedule, but it seems like my son wants to eat ALL the time and he does NOT want to sleep in his own bed. He only wants to sleep when he is close to my husband and I. I'm not sure how to transition him to more of a regular schedule. I work in the evenings three days a week, so it's even more challenging for my husband! Bobby will be 3 months old this Friday. Thanks for any help or suggestions!

Jennifer - posted on 11/17/2008

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Lilah was born on August 10 and I am doing an on demand schedule. I did not want to be stuck at home due to a strict nap schedule. In the first six weeks - she slept when she needed to. In the last six weeks, she has fallen into a schedule. She wakes around 7 am. Take a bottle and then is back down for her morning nap btwn 7:30 and 9:30 (sometimes less/sometimes a little more (not normally). Then she typically takes a nap btwn 1:30 and 2:30 for about 2 to 3 hours. She sometimes falls asleep around 6 or 7 for a small nap. We feed her and put her to sleep around 9 or 10 pm. She is still eating 4 oz every three (maybe four) hours - except at night. She is a very happy baby and does not cry much - unless she is cranky and needs her nap!

Keely - posted on 11/16/2008

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I am also doing teh on demand schedule. Connor is a pretty happy baby and does not fuss as long as his needs are met. He eats whenever he wants and it works well for me because there is no fighting involved. He is always willing. His sleeping schedule is a little more regular and he get put in bet no later than 10:30 but is usually conked out before then.

Amy - posted on 11/16/2008

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Julian was born on August 13th and he pretty much runs the show. From the start, he would sleep until about 4 - 5 am, then he would want to eat and then sleep again. Now, he generally falls asleep anywhere between 11 and 1 am and sleeps until 10 or 11 am. I let him stay with us until we go to bed, then I lay him in his crib. The way I figure it is that it'll be soon enough that he'll be in school and whatnot and have to have a 'bedtime', so for now, he can stay up with us. He sleeps when he's tired and is an extremely happy baby.

During the day, Julian eats 6 oz of formula about every 4 hours. His last meal is generally around 10 pm.

My advice? Follow your heart. If you feel you need the rest and will get more if you put Jayden on a schedule, then do it. If you're fine and Jayden's fine, then just follow his lead. My doctor says that at this point, schedules are more for us than them.

Kristen - posted on 11/16/2008

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Our schedule is parent directed. Its not a hard schedule, it's flexible. Its not demand and its more flexible than ridgid schedule. generally she sleeps in bed from 8:30 or 9:30 til 7 7 am. Basically like Kerri but she gets 5 feedings. Eat times are around 7am, 10:30/11, 2:30/3, 5:30/6, and 8:30/9. If she's off from us sleeping in or an event strings out her feedings it changes bit. I was exclusinvely pumping so she got 5 oz of breastmil 5 times a day. The Dr said a min of 24 oz is needed and she is a happy baby. She wakes up happy, doesn't stir through the night...unless she poops but then goes right back to sleep. I finally got to go back to nursing so she nurses twice a day and takes my milk the other times. Basically we followed Baby Wise and she has been sleeping thru the night since 4 weeks (BTW Doctors consider sleeping thru the night is 5+ hours so that's when we counted it from)

Anna - posted on 11/16/2008

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Bain was born on Aug. 7th. We are currently doing the "on demand" schedule with feedings but they are starting to spread to 3 to 4 hours in between. His nap times are off, but he usually goes down for 5 to 6 hours at 9:30 p.m., wakes for half hour to nurse, then sleeps till 7 am. I have previously done on "demand" with my other two children, but always tried to keep bedtime the same. Hope this helps.

Kerri - posted on 11/16/2008

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Miah wakes at 7:30am-8am, next feeding is at 11:30pm ish, supper time at 3:30pm ish and her last bottle she has around 7:30pm ish. She will go down at 8pm if not sooner and will sleep right through until her morning bottle. It's great. I can't complain that's for sure. She has recently started eating beginners cereal. She LOVES it.

Heather - posted on 11/16/2008

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Amber was born in August too! We had been doing an "on demand" schedule and pretty much still are. But our doctor advised us to pick a regular bedtime for her and put her in her crib at the same time, even if she is awake...that way she teaches herself to fall asleep and it will make everyone's lives eaiser later....so what we started doing it putting her in her crib around 9pm every night....sometimes it's 8:30, sometimes it's 9:30,,,,always after she's had one more good evening feeding...

We have a music box so we play the same music every time, put her in her sleep sack, and she really has learned to fall asleep in there...it doesn' work every night, but most nights it does....and now she'll sleep until 4:30 or 5am...have a little more to eat, and sleep until 8am...its Great!

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