help... scheduling issues

Lois - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




how in the world do you get a newborn on a sleeping schedule... i have tried to put her on one for going on 2 months, and this is not working... she went from sleeping from 2 am to 6 sometimes 7, now she is sleeping from 6 am to noon... oye, i am at my wits end... just want some sleep here

i tried the cereal route, giving her a warm bath before bedtime... any other suggestions??


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Janice - posted on 01/14/2010




About six weeks after my daughter was born I was having the same issue. At first I searched for answer and then I really thought about it. How sad is our society that we try to schudule these tiny babies so ealy in their lives. That being said I'm sure you need some sleep and may need to return to work. My daughter is nursed so I do demand feed. However I never let her sleep more than 3 hours during the day. I always follow my daughter's needs and now 5 weeks later she has worked into a scedule on her own. So basically give your baby some time and just keep her up as much as possible during the day. Goodluck!

Amber - posted on 01/14/2010




my daughter has been on a schedual since she was born. shes only 12 days old. what i did was wake her up every 2-3 hours during the day feed her then change her diaper and after her diaper change she would always perk back up for a little bit longer. then at midnight she has her last feeding where i do that routine... i give her half her formula then do a diaper change then feed her the rest. shes usually up from a half hour to an hour after her feeding. during the day try belly time and different things like that. i def dont try to get her to sleep during the day. i let her be awake when she wants and when she gets sleepy then she just falls asleep on her own. i keep her feedings on time no matter what time she falls asleep. thats really important!!

a really good book for getting babies on a schedual that actually has amazing advise and works is Babywise. its def worth looking into :)

hope my advise helps:)

oh and another good thing to rememebr is not to let them snack between feedings and dont start with demand feedings either. try other things like a binky or bouncing them while holding or things like that to try to get them to wait until its time to eat. and also giving them a little bit of water might help with the fussiness before feedings- plus it will make thier pooping alot easier for them. sometimes if shes just too fussy ill go half hour before her usual time but thats about as early as i would do.

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2010




I have also read everywhere that its pointless to try to "schedule" them until later, like between 4-6 months is when they start being ready for that. Before then they are still developing and everything is just random. That was definitely true for my baby. The best thing to do honestly is just follow their lead- let them sleep when they are tired and feed them when they are hungry, which may be overnight still.

For us I think around 5 months is when I started noticing he was wanting to sleep around the same times every day, so that's when I started putting him down for a nap. He's 7 months now and we've finally worked out a routine. I based it off his needs though.

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2010




What I did with my kids is that when they started doing that 1 long sleep to make sure that would come in the middle of the night. I would wake her every 3 hrs to eat during the day.

Anne - posted on 01/14/2010




How often are you feeding? If say you are feeding every 3 hours, then feed at 6:00am, wake her at 9:00am for a feed/play then back for a nap at 10:30, then wake her at midday for another feed/play; back down at 1:30; feed again at 3:00pm etc etc. Until last feed at 9:00pm and then bedtime routine (bath; story etc). Hopefully she'll then sleep for a long period, wake for a feed sometime during the night then go back to sleep until 6:00am again.
Who really knows!! All babies are different. You could try being more structured with her awake time during the day and see if it helps.

Eleisha - posted on 01/14/2010




I may be wrong, but I didn't try putting my daughter on a schedule until around 4 months, I just don't think they are ready for it at 2 months. That's what I found anyway?

Cereba - posted on 01/14/2010




u can't, u have to work with her schedule at least until the babay is a little older

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