Routines

Crystal - posted on 04/25/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my son is almost 7 months, and i was just wondering what kind of routines(bedtime ect) you do?

at this point should he be having the same time naps?

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Amanda - posted on 05/04/2011

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My daughter will be 7 months next week and she sleeps from 8pm - 7am and then will wake for a few hours have a nap for anywhere between 2 and 3 hours and then play for a few more hours and then another nap in the afternoon usually for 3 hours and then we try to keep her awake until bedtime. She seems to be very tired all the time at the moment but I think that is just because we have just returned from a holiday. I am pretty sure they still need at least one nap during the day but they can vary from times and lengths all depending on when they had their last feed and how active they have been.

Ashlee - posted on 05/04/2011

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My son is well set in his routine. He wakes up about 6:45am, eats, then goes back to sleep about 8am until about 9:30. He takes another nap at about12:30 until 2. Then another about 4:30. This one is just about a 30 minute nap. Then he goes to bed about 8pm and sleeps until the next morning at 6:45! Every baby is different. Do what works best for you and your baby. =)

Paige - posted on 04/26/2011

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My, child, just like my husband and I, responds poorly to being put on any kind of schedule. That being said, he does have rhythms during the day that I follow (wake up, solids, play, nap, read/diaper free time, bottle, play, nap, lunch, play, walk/errands, bottle, walk/errands, dinner, play, bath, bottle, bed). He mostly falls asleep while playing. If I try to put him in his crib for a nap without him being mostly asleep he screams his head off and won't sleep at all.

Normally the bath/lotion/bottle routine gets him ready for bed at night, lately he's been waking up after I put him down. Not being a fan of letting him cry I put him down with his toys and he plays himself to sleep just like when he naps.

No real set times for things, which is kind of how my husband and I roll as well. As someone else said, you have to do what's right for you and your family, and gels with the personality of the child.

Shante - posted on 04/26/2011

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my son just turned 6 months and we have a pretty good schedule...he is my 3rd child, and I am a very structured person anyway, so I feel that a schedule helps tremendously. He goes to bed around 7:30-8, he drinks a bottle and then we read books and cuddle/sing/play for about a half hour after he finishes his bottle and then we put him down awake in his bed. He gets up around 6am and eats a bottle right away.
Then he eats solid food around 8 and is back in bed around 8:30 or so and sleeps until around 10 or 11, he takes his 'big' nap in the AM (sometimes he needs his nap earlier, so he naps first then gets his morning solid food. Then its time for another bottle, nap again around 12 or 1 depending on when he got up from AM nap (he usually sleeps an hour here). Then bottle around 3 or 4, nap again around 5 (for about a half hour to an hour at the most), solid food for dinner and then back to the same bed time routine.
Before I put him to bed every time (nap or bed time) I give him his pacifier, cuddle him in my arms and sing him the same song....he knows that means its bed time.
Sometimes he will lay in his bed a play a little bit, sometimes he goes right to sleep, but we try to not get him back out of bed once we put him down until after he sleeps.
If you are having problems getting him to sleep on his own, I have some thoughts and advice about that, I went to a seminar put on by one of the leading experts in children's sleep in the US and she was very helpful...she does NOT condone the 'cry it out method' as she says that its not fair to the child to change thier level of expectation with no warning and it confuses them and creates insecurity. But that is just her opinion, as someone else stated, you will get thousands of different schools of thought on that subject. If you need more info on what she had to say, let me know, but from your post Im not sure if you are having problems with that, or just curiousity about routines?
Good luck with whatever you need and hope I was able to help at least a little!
The key though is that routine or not is dependant on what you as a family need, not what everyone else is doing. My husband and I are very scheduled people, so we NEED the routine for our kids.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 04/25/2011

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My baby is almost 6 months and naps regularly now. It started about a month ago. I am a new mother, and didn't quite know what to look for. My mom kept telling me our baby needs a routine. That I don't need to feed him to put him to sleep. That he has to be rocked to sleep. Everyone has a million suggestions however. The thing that stuck with me is how much my son actually slept when we stayed with her for a week. Before that, he was up allll day. She even got him to start sleeping for more than 2 hours at night, between feedings! So with a little help from her, then me researching Self Soothing methods.. long story short, he wakes up at about 6 am, sleeps for a few at 8 am. Wakes up anywhere from 8:30 am to 9 and then is up for a while until about noon, then goes down for about another hour. He also naps again at 4 or 6 pm and then goes to bed at 9 or 10. It is a little varied, but when his face gets red and he starts to get a little grumpy, I know he needs night night time :)

I'm not sure what he should be having, but just know that you can train your baby. The self soothing method / cry it out method would be where I would start first. Getting them to fall asleep on their own at night is imperative and helps their overall take on naps much better. My son used to cry for AN HOUR, making this aweful 'eeeeh eh eh' noise before we'd rock him and put him to sleep. It only took us 2 days of the cry it out / self soothing method to get him to quit making these noises, to nap on his own and to not be upset when he is sleepy. It's been awesome

Ashley - posted on 04/25/2011

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We have bedtime, wake up, and feedings down...naps however are still as he needs. Sometimes he needs a lot of naps, sometimes he doesn't need that many. I will probably make a nap routine once he is a year old though.

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