Eating / Nap Routines?

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Our 7mth3wk old is just about 20 lbs and having sleep issues. I'm trying to figure out how to increase his food intake (because he was falling off pace with his growth rate and he wakes up to eat). I'm trying to figure out a routine and need some samples of your daily routines. I breast feed so milk is just that. Typically when he has a poor morning nap it evens itself out in the afternoon. He naps for about 3.5 - 4 hours during the day. We will be working on extending him out to eliminate the cat nap.


7am - Wake up and Milk
830am - 1-2 tbl fruit + 2 tbl cereal
9am - Nap 45min - 2 hrs
11am - Milk
1230pm - 2 tbl fruit + 2 tbl veg
1pm - Nap 45min - 2 hrs
3pm - Milk
430pm - 2tbl veg + 2 tbl cereal
5pm - cat nap 45 min
730pm - Bath - Milk - Sleep

Thanks for your help mommies!

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Sarah - posted on 08/06/2010

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My son is 7 1/2 months and our routine has been pretty much the same since he was about 3 months - and it's one HE set, and came by organically all on his own. He's usually up by 7:00 every morning (some times earlier but very rarely any later) and he pretty much naps every 2 hours for the rest of the day, til he's in bed by 6:30-7:00 at night. I've tried keeping him up longer between naps but his little body desperately asks for a nap so I put him down (otherwise we reach the "no nap zone" and all hell breaks loose).

He gets breakfast some time before noon (depending on his nap/feed schedule for the day which is all based on when he actually gets up) which consists of 1 scoop of formula mixed with 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of cereal, mixed with 2 tablespoons of fruit and enough apple juice to get it to the right consistency. Dinner is usually promptly at 5:30 and he gets 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of cereal mixed with 1 scoop of formula and enough apple juice to get it to the right consistency PLUS 2 tablespoons of fruit PLUS 2 tablespoons of veggies. I've been increasing those amounts as his body seems to demand it. Recently I've begun to add in snacks through out the day and I think he's just about ready for me to start giving him lunch (which will probably be the same as breakfast, but with veggies instead of fruit).

I have weaned him from the breast and he's purely on formula now. I'm a little sad about this - I miss the one on one time of just him and meeting, together to nurse, but I'm pleased with our results. Ben was a snacker which wreaked havoc with my life. He ate every hour like clockwork. The problem with him was he'd eat only long enough to no longer feel hungry but not full, so he'd get hungry faster. He would wake up at least 2 times a night to eat as well. Since I switched him to formula he now eats every 3 hours and sleeps the entire night without waking.

As for routines, I was having a devil of a time getting him to nap on his own, so I sought the help of the Sleep Easy Solution and I'm on my hands and knees praising it. It works perfectly for Ben and our lifestyle and I have to say the last few weeks we've been using it, our lives are so much happier and efficient. Ben now has a more defined nap and sleep routine (the sleep routine didn't change that much) so he knows what events are about to happen.

Hope you find something that works for your family! Good luck!!

Angela - posted on 07/29/2010

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I may have mentioned it before but I use "The new contented little baby book" by Gina Ford

She covers the whole lot - eating, sleeping, stages etc

Works for us but there are a few good ones around so find one that feels right for you :)

All the best xx

Belinda - posted on 07/29/2010

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Man you are all so lucky to have even a rough routine. Everytime I think were settled in one she goes and changes again nothing lasts longer than a couple of days it drives me nuts. I can never tell when shes actually hungry or just being a tired grumpy bum. We waste soooo many bottles. Any ideas for helping me set a routine

User - posted on 07/29/2010

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My son will be 8 months on the 9th. He is about 19 lbs.

6:45 wakes up
7:00 - 7oz bottle
7:30- 2 tbls cereal & jar of fruit (step 2)
9:00-nap, will wake him at 11 if he hasn't woken up
11:00 -7 oz bottle
12:00 - 2 tlbs of cereal & a jar of vegs.
1:00- Nap- will wake at 4 if not awake
4:00- 6oz bottle
5:00/6:00ish (depending on work) jar of baby food with meats
8:00- 7 oz bottle and bedtime!!

After each meal, I also give him some puffs or a mum-mum while I eat, or finish with my other son. He likes his food!! :)!

Angela - posted on 07/28/2010

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Hi there :)

My little ones growth has slowed as well and from what I have read it is totally normal -(he is 9.5kg) gives him a chance to wear his clothes that little bit longer ha ha.

Waking up hungry is another issue tho. I breast feed too and this is our schedule - it is very similar to yours but we have a few extras based on wether Cohen is still hungry :P

7am - wake up and milk both sides
7.30ish - 2tbl cereal and 2tbl fruit (if he is still hungry - ie hold the spoon up and his mouth opens then I give him another tbl fruit or some toast fingers)
8.30 -bath
9am - NAP 45mins-1hour
10ish - playtime and water
11am - milk both sides
12.30 - 110gm meat and veges mixed baby food (or about 1/2 cup of homemade (same thing here I hold up spoon and if he is still hungry I give him a tbls of fruit)
1pm - Nap 2hours
3pm - playtime and water
4.ish - milk 1 side and 70gm baby yoghurt or some finger food
6 pm - Milk both sides
6.30 - 1/2 cup veges and meat mix
7.30 - milk - bed

Yep I agree that was hard to write out ha ha !!

I think just reading your baby at meal times and adding a little bit extra if he needs it might be the best place to start.
Or adding an extra snack after his evening catnap - some mashed banana is always good for low gi sustenance.

Also this might be a bit personal but check on your milk supply - I found mine going down so I started expressing a bit from 1 side before his first morning feed to increase my supply.

I worried that I was over feeding him but my Plunket nurse reassured me that healthy babies will not overeat - they will pull away and be fussy if they are not hungry.

The other thing I do when Cohen is having a growth spurt and night waking is dream feed him before I go to bed at about 10.30pm (breastfeed him while he is asleep) I have found this works to keep his tummy full and push him through to 7am.

I hope these ideas help you out
All the best xx

Stephanie - posted on 07/28/2010

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My 7 Month 2.5 wk old is about 17 lbs...and I feel like she eats a lil less than babies her age but this is our schedule...
Wake up in between 8-9 am Nurse and play time.
Hour after she wakes up 1/2-3/4 a jar of fruit (no cereal she doesn't like it)
Usually around 11 Nurse and Nap time about an hour
12-12:30 Play time with a snack (gerber graduates or chunk of fruit in baby popcicle)
1:30 ish 3/4-1 full jar of mixed meat or veggie
2:30 Nurse Play time
4:30-5 Nurse Nap Time 2 hours (have to nurse back to sleep half way inbetween)
6-6:30 Snack
7 -.75 ounce meat mixed with 1/2 jar of veggie/fruit
8-Bath light play nurse bed for at least 6 hours....
Wow that was harder to write out then i thought...good luck!

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