do you wake your baby at the same time every morning?

Belinda - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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It was suggested to me that to help my baby create her own routine that i wake her at the same time every morning, does anyone else do this and whats your opinion on it?

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Nicole - posted on 03/18/2010

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my son gets up at 6 when me an my husband get up an ready for work, he naps at noon an 430 an he goes to bed at 7-8.. we have been doing this for a month an i love it cuz its like the time comes an he is OUT or 6 roles around an hes AWAKE.. weekends i got him sleepin till 9

Lauren - posted on 03/17/2010

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when i was in the hospital the nurses told me that i should wake my son up every 2 hours to feed him and play with him. But when i got homeand went to see my mom and sister (my sister works at early head startand is very fimilar with babies but doesnt have anyof her own yet) they told me not to wake him up to eat because he isa baby and babies need their rest and they will wake up when they are hunger or want ot be palyed with. it was abbout 1 1/2 months after i had my son that i went to see my mom and ever since then my son has slept all the way through the night. granted there were nights that he woke up once or twice but most of the time he fell asleep all through the night. so advice to other moms who have nurses that tell them they need to wake theirchild up every 2 or how many hours they tell you to...DONT DO IT!!!

Kimberly - posted on 03/17/2010

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If it matters to say this, in time it does all get better. For my oldest, the 4 month mark was a huge turning point in his capabilities and independence. As for the reflux, I had it and my mom says that after 6 months I became a lot less fussy, even though I still suffered with it. Sitting up on my own and starting solids she said made a big diff.

Belinda - posted on 03/17/2010

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Thanks guys, yeah i think i'll let her keep sleeping especially because in the last week she has started waking twice a night instead of just the once i think a growth spurt causing that maybe?? I'm just finding it all a bit tough because shes a reflux baby and has never been able to set her self anything because that just keeps upsetting it for her. I guess i'l just stick at trying to releive her reflux and be patient and hope in time it gets better.

Marina - posted on 03/17/2010

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my daughter has her routine that she made on her own but every once in a while she changes it. like today she is a lot more tired than normal.

Lauren - posted on 03/17/2010

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I've had the exact same experience as Kimberly. We are on a pretty decent schedule, but if either of my kiddos sleep longer or wake up earlier, I don't try to force anything on them. The bring themselves back to their schedule pretty much on their own. I don't think it's good for them to stick to an extremely strict routine anyways. There's always those days where your entire schedule is going to be messed up and you want your children to be able to adjust. And I definitely try to stick to the old saying "Never wake a sleeping child!"

Kimberly - posted on 03/17/2010

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Both my kids have been on pretty good schedules, but I let those develop on their own. I've never once as a parent awakened a sleeping baby if I could help it. :) I understand wanting to keep things regular, but my experience with my oldest and now the new one is that even on a weird day when they sleep an hour longer than usual, it doesn't screw everything else up. They sort of adjust or even keep their same routine. I've always thought if they're sleeping longer, it's because they need it.

That being said, I don't consider myself a non-schedule parent at all, though. We eat lunch at nearly the same time every day, go to sleep at night and for naps about the same time (within a half hour, usually, for everything...lunch can be between 12 and 12:30, for instance...) But I do let my kids' bodies tell me what the schedule should be, and if one day it gets all screwy because he needed more sleep that morning, I just let it be. I've found that he goes back to "normal" the very next day all on his own. Hope this helps! :)

Cherie - posted on 03/17/2010

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My little one goes down at 9:30pm every night and usually wakes some time between 2:30 and 4:00am for a feeding. She then goes back down and wakes by herself by around 8:30 or 9:00. We have her on a four hour schedule of 9am, 1pm, 5pm, 9pm feedings so if she isn't awake by 9am then I give her until 9:30 at least before waking her, but I've only had to do that once. I don't want her schedule for the day to be off by more than 1/2 hour. My situation may be different because she has CF and I have to make sure she gets her calories in for the day and her treatments. It really is up to you how important that schedule is. I like that now she is a little bit older and I can plan exactly when she will eat and work my day around it.

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