Routine

Yolande - posted on 11/23/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi all moms. My name is Yolande mommy of 2 months 1 week old Tanna White. Have no serious question yet just wanted to ask all mommys out there when did your baby get start getting sort of a routine? Tanna is breastfeeding and still waking every two hours. Sometimes she streches to three hours. Dont mid too much just would be interesting to hear.

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Gillian - posted on 12/03/2008

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Oh gosh, and one other thing, make sure you put your daughter to bed AWAKE. I made the mistake of breastfeeding my son to sleep, and now he doesn't know how to sleep by himself. He is 11 mo and nap/bedtime is a mess.

Good Luck

Gillian - posted on 12/03/2008

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I got my babe on a routine at 8 weeks. Up until then, he was waking up every 40 minutes. I had enough and decided to implement the routine one night. Oh and on top of that, he was going to bed at about 11pm. I was exhausted.

I started by giving him a bath at 7, then a massage, pjs, story, and then last feeding of the night and then into bed. It worked. By 8pm, he was sleeping. He also did his first five hour stretch that night.

We still do the same routine, except we don't read a story now. He is just too tired to read the book now so instead, we read in the afternoons.

Kira - posted on 12/02/2008

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HI there, mine is 11 weeks and does not have a fixed routine at nite, i think he does then he changes, this week he woke every 2 hours 2 feed an then last nite he did 4 hours again, other babies i know the same age are doing 7-8 hours at nite, during the day he sleep on his tummy and he sleeps for 4 hours without waking but im to afraid to let him sleep on his tummyat night. i thought i had routine but he keeps changing.

Anne - posted on 11/30/2008

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I tried to get into a "routine" right from the start. Feed, Play, Sleep. At that age, as with Heather, my baby was up for normally around 90 minutes before going back to sleep again. During the 90 minute awake time we fed, burped, changed nappy, cuddled, tummy time, play, read story etc. Then sleep for approx 90 minutes. Then started process over again. Obviously babies don't always stick to a "routine" so don't be too rigid - just use as a guide. My baby fed every 3 hours so this worked for me.

Rather than "watching the clock" really watch your baby for her tired signs (yawning, rubbing eyes, getting grizzly, arching back, jerky movements etc) and put her to bed at the first sign.

When you say waking every two hours, do you just mean during the day? She should be able to sleep much longer than that at night. May still require 2 feeds during the night but should have much longer sleep periods at night.
I found by sticking to the 3 hour feed cycle during the day, my baby would sleep for 5 hours from say 9:30pm - 2:30am then I would feed. Then would sleep from 3:00am - 6:00am.
Just remember, just when you think you have everything sorted something will change!!

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Every baby is different but my baby started getting a more set schedule after about 12 weeks, although she only started needing to eat once a night at 3 weeks old. She still wakes up once to eat every night, but it isn't too bad. Something that really helped me with naps is called the 90-minute sleep program. Basically, you note when your baby wakes up and time 90 minutes later- that is when she will be ready to take a nap. I just had to rock her to sleep for a few minutes and she would crash. Now I don't even have to rock her, I just put her in her crib after 90 minutes and she falls asleep on her own. Good luck to you! It will get easier!

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