Schedules?

Logan - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 months old and I have had him on a pretty strict schedule since he was about a week old. I've worked in childcare all my life and it just seems to work. This is our daily schedule.

-6am bottle of 6oz
-Nap at 8am till 10am
-10am he gets a veggie mixed w/ cereal
-About an hour later 11am is a 4oz bottle
-2pm I feed him his fruit and a veggie
-Nap at 2:30pm to 5pm
-5pm 4oz bottle
-7pm fruit mixed w/ cereal
-8:30pm is bathtime
-9pm is a 7oz bottle
-When finished bottle he is put to bed, (asleep or awake, if awake he puts himself to sleep)
-He will usually sleep till 6am and then our day starts again.

Does everyone have a schedule or is this just me? It just seems to work for us to have this. Plus I work at a daycare and he also attends the infant room during the weekdays. Me having a schedule helps them out tremendously. I am only 21 and a single mother. Everyone says it's not possible for a schedule like this for an infant, but it's working for me. Does it for anyone else?

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Emily - posted on 01/09/2010

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No, we don't do a schedule. My baby can't tell time yet. ;) I'm nursing on demand, so that's not always at the same time every day. I can see how a schedule could be useful for a care provider, but when at home with mom, I don't think it's really necessary. I'd rather take her cues and feed her, put her down for a nap, etc. when she needs it, not necessarily by what time it is. Plus schedules don't take into account things like growth spurts, when they eat more than usual, or developmental milestones, when they may sleep more than usual. But that's just my preference.

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Rebecca - posted on 01/15/2010

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my naps for my daughter arent schedualed. if the kid's not tired, i don't lay her down. but the better whipped into shape they are the better they are when it comes time to start school then get a job and whatnot. my meals are planned by the time she wakes up in the morning. she's pretty lazy, usually sleeps until 10:30. I would watch mixing the fruits and veggies unless you've gone through all of them. because if he does have an allergic reaction, you won't know which one it is. i think i may try a stricter schedual when it's time to wein her off the bottle... like..you know..actual real people food instead of the mushy stuff. i will say that as long as he's happy and you're keeping your sanity, thats all that matters. congrats on the schedual thing. its very important to single moms to have some alone time to fix their make up or take a shower..or shave their legs..omg, i miss shaving my legs all the time! anyways.. yeah.. good job. i think that's cool. he's gonna be sucessfull at being ontime all the time.

Hannah - posted on 01/15/2010

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hi logan my little boy has a routine i to work in chikd care and have found he is very responsive he knews dead on time when its food and milk time .
6.30-7.30 bottle
8.00am breakfast
8.30-9.30 sleep/ and school run
9.30- 10.30 plays
10.30 bottle 6 oz
11.30 dinner
12.00- 2.00 depends on how tired he is
2.30 bottle 6oz
3.30- 4.00 tea
6.30 bottle/ bath
7.00pm bed till morning
however i am felxible with it as feel it works better im a single mum of two so i need work around my 5 year girl.

Susan - posted on 01/12/2010

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my daughter is on a routine but seems much easier than Logan davis, she is on
7.30: 5oz bottle and fruity breakfast
10-10.30 ish sleeping
11.30: yoghurt and 5oz bottle
14.30: savoury jar, sweet jar and some juice or water
15.00 - 16.30: sleep
18.00 bath
18.30 fruity porridge and 50z bottle.
19.00 bed adn sleeps till morning.

Kirsty - posted on 01/11/2010

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i dont not have a schedule... i am a 20year old single mother and think it would be nice for a schedule but my baby well is mr independant lol... i have tried but he seems to do as he pleases and that is working for us.... he ha s some sort of order at night and feeds every 4-5 hours during the day and sleeps for 6 hours than 4 hours at nite.... wat ever works i think is the best idea

Kelly - posted on 01/11/2010

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I have early childhood experience and expected that I'd have a tighter schedule... Instead I'm finding a flexible schedule works: When bubby wakes (between 530-630) she has her first feed followed by play time, and about 2hours after she woke she goes to sleep for two hours until she wakes for this feed-play-sleep pattern to continue through the rest of the day (usually two hours later, which is feeds four hours apart)... this continues throughout the day (e.g. feed #2 10ish, feed #3 1.30-3.30pm & she is woken with a bath and her fourth feed four hours from feed#3 -usually between 6&8pm).
She obviously sleeps less when we're out. But we are finding this is working well for us.

Tiffany - posted on 01/11/2010

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Dear Logan, My son is also 5 months old and I, too, was an infant daycare teacher for 10 years before staying home with my son. I have basically the identical schedule set in place with my son. It works well with us too. I use the schedule loosely as I am still breast feeding and there are times when growth spurts happen and he wants to eat or sleep more. That's when I adapt. I like the idea of scheduling because it allows me to establish a routine my son can identify to and with. I have found that scheduling helps me to know "possible" needs that my son will have when planning events inside and outside the home. With every schedule I feel you need to find consistency and flexibility during the day with what works for your family. That is going to look different for everyone and possibly every day. If that schedule is working for you then stay with it! Just remember that it may need to change in the future and be open with flexibility -- as I'm sure you have been.

Amanda - posted on 01/11/2010

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We have had a bedtime routine since bubs was 6 weeks it works great and has meant since then me and hubby get some time together in the evenings. I am back to work soon so I am trying to get him in a routine during the day, not a very strict one but just so there is some plan for his grandmother who will be minding him.

Tanya - posted on 01/10/2010

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errr not really for me but good on you for having one. i think if i could get my son to start on one maybe it would help me stay a little more sane hahaha

Stephanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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I dont really have a schedule but he has always been good with his feeding schedule and I dont really like schedules reminds me of when I was in the army lol.

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