What is your baby's schedule like?

Bella - posted on 05/30/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello Moms,

First time mom... He is 3 months old and i was just wondering what your baby's schedule is like?
-What is it like before his bedtime?
-Do you have ritual? Singing to him? Reading to him?
-How much do you feed him as his last feed before bedtime? (bottle fed babies)
-Do you give him a bath before bedtime and if so what is the time usually? What time is too late for a bath? Do you bathe him everyday?
-If you do have a schedule; how many hours does he sleep... from what time from putting him to bed to waking up.

Thanks in advance for any replies :)

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Liezl - posted on 06/03/2013

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Babies at this age don't really need a bath every day, but it helps having a ritual from a young age so that he learns what to expect. We've been doing the following since the beginning, and even now, at 15 months, he loves the predictability of the evening:
1. Have a bath. We have songs especially for bath time.
2. Dim the lights and conduct the rest of the evening in softer, calm voices.
3. Baby massage and get dressed in pajamas.
4. Read a story. We did this from a very young age and it is now a fixed part of the ritual; he will not go to sleep without it. It's nice repeating the same stories with the same voices and intonation; they learn to recognize it.
5. Nurse/have a bottle. I give a full feeding before bedtime. He often fell asleep during the feeding, which was fine for me. If you don't like this, you can feed/give the bottle a bit earlier. Don't let him sleep with the bottle, though, it promotes tooth decay, even if there are no teeth.
6. Sing a lullaby and settle in for bed time.

Katie - posted on 06/05/2013

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Hi Bella - My little one is 8 weeks old and this is our routine...

Around 7pm is her last feeding (breastfed) for the evening. After she eats we head to the bathtub and she gets a bath every night. I don't use soap every time, just warm water. Then I take her back to her room with dimmed lights and white noise on the sound machine and lotion her up. Swaddle her tight and sit in the glider with her. Sometimes it takes 10 minutes, sometimes 45 minutes for her to doze off. Once she's down I tiptoe to the crib and put her down. Around 10-11pm I sneak back in and do a dreamfeed and change her diaper. She goes right back down after she's done eating.

Then she typically wakes up around 3am for another feed and change (I think a growth spurt is approaching since it's recently been 1am and 5am) and then she sleeps until 730ish. I've taken some tips from The Baby Whisperer book and it's been helpful.

What's your routine like?

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Bella - posted on 06/05/2013

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Thanks for your reply Katie :)

My schedual is like this...

He doesnt sleep through the night, although every night it's the same time and length he sleeps is the same... routine.

So at 730 or 800 i give him a bath(i use baby soap every other day) with dimmed lights and his lullaby(baby einstein) music playing, then i lotion him up and feed him his bottle (he is at 120ml or i can do up to 150ml), then he goes to bed for 4 hours(at every nap and bedtime sleep; we use white noise) and wakes up for his next feeding (which daddy does) around 12 or 1 am(dimmed lights and not talking, although we do cahnge him at every wake up point, i guess we should try not changing him unless he really needs it)then he goes to bed for another 4 hours and then wakes up between 4 or 5/6am for his next feed, and then at this time he is usually up but after the bottle he gets his nap which lasts aorund 1 1/2 to 3 hours depending if he worke up a 4am or 5 or 6 am :) And then the whole day its up, eat play sleep. Usually he gets bored after playing and cries, rubs his eyes so thats when i know he wants a nap.

I dont swaddle him, he doesnt like it, only when he was just born and when the nurses swaddled did he like it. He also doesnt take his pacifier/dummy, which has its pros and cons.


Latley as i tried to put him in his crib or cot it takes me at least 5 times or more until he goes down for a nap, every time i put him down he wakes up and then as i pick him up he falls asleep in my arms, i put him down wakes up.

Bella - posted on 06/03/2013

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What do you mean or what does it mean to sleep with a bottle?

Thanks for your post, very helpful :)

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