how do i get my 2 month old on a sleeping and feeding schedule?

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Laura - posted on 06/07/2009

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Its really hard at first, especially when you are starting at the two month mark...but it CAN be done!! I had twins my first time,and a single the last time. I was able to get both the twins AND the singleton on a feeding/sleep schedule.

I will just give you sorta what I do with my youngest (who is only 1 year) and you can take it or leave it. :)

I would wake her up around 6am or so (whenever the 5-6 hour over-night mark would hit) Keep her awake the entire time she's feeding,let her go back to sleep for about an hour. When its time for the next feeding,make sure the baby stays AWAKE the entire time and doesn't pass out on a half empty stomach. Then let the baby sleep for no more than 3.5 hours.Feed again (always remembering to keep the baby awake!) Give your baby to someone to hold/play with 'til about 9pm or so,trying to keep baby awake the entire time.Then feed a full feeding,put to bed.

I was able to have all my babies on the 3's.(6am/9am/12pm,etc) I found this to be VERY easy to keep track of when they would be hungry. I also would wake her up at about 12 am just to top her up for the night....all three would USUALLY sleep 'til at LEAST 6am if not later!

I totally realize that this will take some time,and not all babies are the same.But if you stick to it....it WILL WORK!!

I sincerely hope that this helps you,feel free to message me if you have more questions!

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Diana - posted on 02/13/2014

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My daughter is 8 weeks old and I've tried getting her on a routine.. tried keeping her up in the day time and having her nap 2 times at least but she manages to stay up through out the day and most of the night. She`'ll pas out for good around 1am till 6:30am or so. she tends to fall asleep while feeding and wake up as I set her down 15-20 mins later every time. it's hard to keep her awake while feeding cause she's so tired but she manages to stay awake. any advice of what I can do or maybe doing wrong. ?

Ajia - posted on 06/08/2009

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I've just started trying to get my daughter to sleep longer at night. She's two months. During the day I try to keep her awake as much as possible with two naps no longer than 3 hours. Then in the evening it's bath-bottle-bed. After her bath, I feed her the bottle in her room in the dark, then put her down whether she's asleep or not, and she knows it's bedtime and gets herself to sleep. Then whenever she wakes in the night, I change her (in her room, in the dark, no talking, and I don't use wipes - they are cold and wake the baby up more, urine is sterile and is ok to not be cleaned off for a diaper or two at night), feed her, and put her right back down after burping. In just a week she's gone from being up every 2-3 hours to sleeping 5-6 hours. I've also increased her formula intake 10mL.

Courtney - posted on 06/08/2009

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I found the feed/play/sleep routine really helpful for both myself and my bub because neither of us at first had a routine it was kind of whenever whatever sort of thing! This routine can be either every 3-4 hours-so you feed for an hour, play for an hour and then settle/sleep for between 1 and 2 hours and then it begins again. I used this and my son's night time sleeps went for longer and longer and by 10 weeks he was sleeping through the night which i must say was FANTASTIC! The night 'play' can be replaced with a nappy change though and I definately agree with the night light night time thing too it really helped to turn around my sons sleep patterns as he was mixed up at first. It was good because I could also have an idea of when I'd be sleeping too which really helped with the way I was dealing with lack of sleep because I found it really hard at first lol! I really hope this helps! Good luck :) Let us know how you go!

Niki - posted on 06/08/2009

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i started getting my little boy in to a night time rountine bout this age aswell. here is what i did and it worked really well for us and he sleeps through the night still all i have had to do is just put his bathtime a little later on now it is summer...
i bathed james everynight at 6 oclock and then once he was dry and in his pjs we would look at a few books then the lights would go off and he would have a bottle and then be put in his cot, i used to leave a little night light on for him so he was not in complete darkness... sumtimes james would not go stright to sleep but he would play in his cot happily and if he started to cry thrn i would just return to him and give him his dummy bk and just settle him and leave the room again... i continued this for a week and he relised that it was night time and started to sleep right through... he used to wake for a bottle about 4 oclock whic his normal for babies at this age and i used to feed him in his bedroom in a rocking chair with just the light from the night light and he used to go straight bk to sleep afater his bottle and when i started him on solid he evenually stopped waking for this feed and slepted right through.....
i never took james out of his room or made any chatte with him untill it was time to get up and after a few nights of this he relised the difference between night and day...
i only ever changed his nappy in the night if he had pooed or his nappy was really wet and i still did this by the light from the night light to keep the night time sence.... hope this was helpful...
james cried for a while for the first few nights which was very difficult but because i went bk to check on him every few mintues it was fine and i knew he was safe....

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i agree with Amber H. they eat when they are hungry and sleep when they are tired. with my son, i kept with a schedule for my sake since day 1. meals were roughly around the same time everyday, even when i went back to work, i would come home to breastfeed him during my lunch hour. (i had the luxery of living only 3 miles from work) bathtime was the same time every night, one last feeding and off to bed. but keep in mind that babies are suppose to wake up every 4 hours or so for a feeding. that is THEIR schedule, whether it interferes with yours or not makes no difference.

Amber - posted on 06/07/2009

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oh wow. My son had his days and nights mixed up at first too. I just tried to keep him up as much as I could during the day. It took a while for him to sleep most of the night. at first I got him down to just waking up a couple of times during the night. Hopefully as he gets older he will sleep longer during the night. I hope you figure it out and get some sleep soon!

Amber - posted on 06/07/2009

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Is this for you to go to work? The schedule might get thrown off when your baby is going through a growing spurt. Sorry, I'm not much help. My son sleeps when hes sleepy and eats when hes hungry.

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