Napping/Sleeping

Mary - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if everyone already has their baby on a napping and sleeping schedule. I've read quite a few books, but my daughter doesn't really have a routine yet. She usually takes 2 naps, but they aren't at the same time each day, nor do they last the same amount of time. Then, depending on when her last nap is, she goes to bed anywhere from 8 pm to 11 pm! She will sleep for 8 to 10 hours no matter what time she goes down, but shouldn't I have her on some sort of routine by now? I feel so uncertain about so many things still. She falls asleep all the time while breastfeeding as well. She appears to be healthy and growing just fine, but I'm feeling like she needs more of a schedule. Any suggestions?

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Renee - posted on 01/31/2009

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I struggled to get Charlotte into a routine, too. It wasn't until I fell ill and stayed at home all day, every day for about a week that she just fell into a lovely sleeping routine.



Sleep 8pm-7am



Feed, play, feed



Sleep 9am-12/1pm



Feed, play, feed



Sleep 3pm-5pm



Feed, play, bedtime routine and down at 8pm again.



It is brilliant now that she is in it - she's so much happier and I get so much more done! Going out during the day mucks her up a bit but she falls asleep very easily in her pram while we are out.



Good luck, it will happen!

Jas - posted on 01/31/2009

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My little one is ben in a routine for about 4 weeks, he loves sleeping in his cot and on his stomach hates sleeping on his back. The way i found the routine easier was as he is a hungry baby i started weaning him earlier. My little one has some baby rice with his milk feed at 7pm then he will have a top of milk a few ounces at 10-10.30pm and then he will sleep till 7am when he gets up he has a small amount of breakfast with milk and then he feeds every 4 hours on the dot. If at anytime now he was to wake in the night for a feed i would give him warm plain water and that usually puts him straight back to sleep as he doesnt find it exciting.

Nicole - posted on 01/30/2009

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Our little one has very irregular day time sleeps but I just follow the tired signs, when she starts yawning, rubbing her eyes and getting grizzly I put her straight into her cot. She usually has an hour mid morning, an hour around lunch and another 2 hours in the afternoon. We have her in a set routine at night though, bath around 6 then a feed, she goes to bed between 7.30-8.30 and wakes once (usually around 3am) then straight back to sleep until 6-7am. It does make it difficult if you have to go out during the day though, my daughter hates sleeping in the pram.

Nilla - posted on 01/29/2009

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I also find it difficult to keep a daytime routine. She's sleepy on different times every day and I would never leave her to cry just to get her to sleep! I'm trying to go out with the pram the same time every day but find that's hard too since I have different appointments almost every day...



We do have a fix bed time at 8 PM, we give massage with bed time lotion and feed in the same spot (the only time we feed in that room). There's a lamp in that room that gives a really cosy redish light, and I think she connects it to sleeping now, cus after that she goes to sleep without problems. The whole bed time routine (massage and some talking+feed) takes about 40 minutes. We talk and move really slow and soft during that time to get her to slow down as well. It works!



The problem here is that she wakes up quite a lot during the night, and different times every night, it drives me crazy, but ok, that's another story... I hope she'll grow out of it. 

Andrea - posted on 01/28/2009

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My son has a semi routine, He eats at about the same time everyday and goes to bed at between 9-10 and sleeps for9-10 hours before he wakes to eat, as for naps during the day he fight them only sleeping 30 mins at a time. I couldn't leave my son to cry at this age

Becky - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi Mary, we just started putting ours on a nighttime routine a few weeks ago as we were also putting him down anywhere from 7PM to 1AM - just depended on when we went to bed! We started putting him down around 10:30PM and now we put him down between 7-7:30PM. This is more a routine for us more than anything for when I go back to work (next week - YUUUUCK!!!). The books that I read said that routine routine routine is the best for babies. So we take him upstairs, turn off the lights (he sleeps in our room in bassi), turn up white noise machine and only whisper if we have to talk to each other, but we don't talk to or play with him. Then I change him into a disposable diaper (I use g-diapers during daytime), change into sleeping clothes, and give him extra-large feeding (anywhere from 6-8 ozs.) Then we burp him (obviously), and put him in the bassi. He sometimes wakes up once about 15 mins later, but other than sleeps for about 4-8 hours without waking up and then wakes up a few times and goes back to sleep with a paci until about 7AM. I am trying to establish a daytime routine for him for when I go back to work, but haven't found a good schedule yet. But he does get very cranky if he doesn't sleep, so I have to force him to sleep in the swing sometimes. :( bad mommy, i know.

Olivia - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have the same problem with my little guy, I'm trying to get him to go down at least by 11, but it seems to be he likes the 2 am thing.  I tried the whole give a bath, bottle and than down to sleep, but its way to cold and dry up here now so that went out the window.  He usually falls asleep breast feeding also, but wakes up about 5 mins later.  I would just love to know how some of these moms get their little one to go down at 8 and that they stay asleep for the nite!  but just remember that their there own person and we just have to go with the flow.  BUT I'll still that any ideas!  =)

Stefanie - posted on 01/17/2009

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I don't have a routine either, I have heard that babies really start to solidify their own around 4 months, so I'm just hoping for that. Just trust yourself, don't feel uncertain, YOU are the one that carried her in your belly for 9 months, YOU know her best! If you think she needs more of a schedule, you can try one, but don't do it b/c other people think you should.

Jessica - posted on 01/17/2009

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my lil guy kinda goes on his own during the daytime in regards for naps, he has a bottle and then about an hour and half later he is ready to sleep and will sleep sometimes for 30 min to an hr. then is up again for a bit then back to sleep till his next bottle. usually has a bottle every 4 hrs. he is always in bed by at least 7:30 at night and sleeps till 6 the next morning. i am not concerned that the daytime naps aren't in place yet that will come it was the nighttime i was wanting to get into the routine. i take the cues from my lil guy as he has a weak cry when he is getting tired and is starting to rub at his eyes.  some babies just don't like strict routines, try following the cues from baby to make it more tolerable even if it means staying home all day for a few days just to see how it goes.

Odetta - posted on 01/17/2009

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hiya, my name is Odetta..my daughter was born on the 21 of october..like you i havent put her in a routine yet..i'm trying to, but my darling daughter is not playing ball..i know everyone says stick with it, leave her to cry a bit, but it really breaks my heart to hear her crying and not being able to do anything..as a result, i feel guilty that i havent got her routine down yet..but when is the right time for the routine? Eliana( my daughter) sleeps for abt 15-20 mins..every 2 hrs..she hates her cot, it really takes all my willpower to get her to sleep in there..i would welcome any ideas and advice..thanks.

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