Need help with bedtime routine

Joni - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I need help establishing a bedtime feeding routine. I am breastfeeding and Jace is 8 weeks old. I stick to the eat, play, nap cycle. And his bedtime routine is bath, feed, bed. So now that you are de-briefed on my situation... heres the questions!!!

So lets say he eats at 6:30, we play till about 7:30 then its time for a nap. So do I skip his nap because his bedtime routine starts at 8? I just dont know if its good to skip any naps....

So if I didnt skip the nap and I woke him to do his bedtime routine I would have to feed him because when he wakes its feeding time and theres no way I could give him a bath before his feeding. So would I wake him, feed him, bathe him, re-feed and then bed? Is it ok to feed twice so close together?



I hope you all can understand this and help me figure something out!!! I would appreciate any advice!

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Stephanie - posted on 02/07/2010

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I have read and been told by my doctor to feed on demand- my little guy has his own agenda and sometimes will eat every hour, but most often will eat at least every 2 hours. I think it's okay to stray a little from your routine- I've heard that routines will really start to work out in the 3rd/4th month...good luck

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I know every mom and family has to do what is right for them but from experience (i have 3 boys) it's sometimes best to do what baby wants so follow your sons lead. if he's sleeping, leave hime sleep, if he wants to eat, feed him because soon enough he will get too distracted by everything and wont eat when you want to feed him regardless of what you try and your whole routine will soon change (don't kill the messenger pls). But really, if he's tired let him sleep and if he's hungry feed him and stop feeding when he stops eating. routines aren't as important at this age as they are later on because growth spurts will cause your baby to eat more and more often and that will cause changes.
Good luck, follow baby's cues and you'll do fine :)

Kristen - posted on 02/06/2010

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when breastfeeding you can never feed too much... i feed on demand and every 3 to 4 hours.... meaning that i make sure to feed every 3 or 4 hours but if i feed her and an hour later she is hungry again i feed her again and if its been 3 or 4 hours since she ate and she's sleeping i will check her diaper and change her to wake her up then feed her again.. if he is fine without nap i see it okay without it but if he is ready to sleep then let him and just rearrange routine for that night to fit how his day goes

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