how do i put my 9 mth old baby on a set sleeping routine schedule??

Rana - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my baby goes to sleep everyday at a different time later past 10pm and wakes up soo much during the night and moves like crazyy!!

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Amy - posted on 10/17/2009

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You just have to set a time and think right this is the time your off to bed and then if you need to wake them to get the routine going then thats what you need to do. be consistant. It will suck for a couple of days but it will come right!

Cynthia - posted on 10/15/2009

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Only a suggestion, my son has been like clock work as an early infant, I used to bathe him if he was really cranky, that always did the trick but mainly he wakes at 7am has a bottle I have him watch his routine of Baby Einstien, about 9ish he's ready for a bottle and some fruit, soon he settles on his own for a nap he sometimes naps for an hour or two, then he wakes I give him another bottle around 12ish then he gets some veggies and at about 2 when he's ready for another afternoon bottle he goes down and this is my daily routine, I follow him really I give him his last bottle at 6ish and he's about done for the night.

Kimberly - posted on 10/15/2009

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I'm like Laura. We "sleep-trained" our son at about 4 or 5 months and though it was hard for about 3 nights, after that it was a piece of cake. (Our ped. said it could take up to a week, though...) For us the key is routine, routine, routine. We have a nighttime routine which we NEVER change and which we do at the same time every night. Dinner, playtime, bath, stories, breastfeeding (or bottle), then bed. (My husband and I keep the lights low and our voices soft from the stories part onward and then my husband puts our son in his crib (in his own room) when he is sleepy but awake. It's amazing that he never fusses anymore, just lays there for a minute and then falls right to sleep! I think our video monitor keeps me sane, because I can check on him visually rather than just hearing if he makes a noise and not knowing if he's awake or making noise in his sleep...) He knows exactly what is coming next and so isn't surprised when it's time for bed. He's down by 8:30 and sleeps until about 7:30 or 8 each morning. For naps, I just noticed when he was napping at "about" the same time each day and then I started putting him down at, say, EXACTLY 10am. I would let him sleep until he woke up naturally, but he almost always took a 2 hour nap. Then we'd have lunch and play and he'd take another nap from 2:30 to about 4pm.

Lori - posted on 10/15/2009

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Stick to a routine as best you can. Bath, board book, low lights and rocking will eventually get the message across that it's sleep time. I'm not a fan of letting them cry it out at that age - I think it's cruel and beyond what nature intended.

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yeah i agree.. my boys go down bt 7 730 and sleep till 7 730 am..great sleepers and nap bt 2 and 330 sometimes the 1 yr old will take nap 1030 to 12.. i sleep trained them at a young age 3 to 4 mos, let them cry b/c i m a horrible mother lol.. pays off in the end

Heather - posted on 10/13/2009

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They learn from your example, so it is really important that you create a routine that they can learn to depend on - this will allow them to feel more secure in their environment and subsequently allow them to learn how to soothe themselves to sleep. Babies wake up frequently through their sleep cycles, as adults do. The difference is that they have to learn to fall back to sleep .. do not jump in at the first stir or whimper .. give enough time for them to try it on their own (not too long) .. also the earlier a child goes to bed .. actually the longer they will sleep .. I don't know the medical reason .. but at 9 months he/she should be in bed by 7:00 - 7:30. If they don't get adequate rest, they don't sleep. Check out the book Baby Whisperer. Hope that helps.

Nicole - posted on 10/11/2009

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If I can remember, I had to start out slowly. I'm pretty sure he was still on two naps a day, and he would go to bed at around 9pm. I think I went about it by giving him his morning nap whenever he got fussy, and made sure I gave him his afternoon nap an hour after lunch. It took a while, but he got used to it after only a couple weeks. Also, I started putting him down for bed at night by eight (its now 7pm every night). He was a pretty easy baby, but I swear, once you continue everyday at the same time, thier clock will work with you, and your life will be soooo much easier!!! Good luck!!!

Tara - posted on 10/11/2009

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Routine is the key! The average baby will natuarlly be tired after about 3 - 4 hours awake. As soon as you see your little one rub his or her eyes start the nap time process. I have also found it helpful to play quiet music for my child and I give her 15 minutes of fuss-time before I will go in and get her if she is still not asleep. 95% of the time she goes down after a few minutes. Your child should sleep about 2-3 hours during the day so I prefer to have her take a 2 hour nap and then a 1 hour nap later in the day. You have to have a set schedule for your little one. They appreciate structure and will soon fall into the routine you have set for them.

Emma - posted on 10/10/2009

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Think super Nanny. If you disipline your self enough youll make it.Hard when their dinky and you want to cuddle them but you must take time for yourself. Trust me it's better to start routine now than latter.

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Oh wow it's been a while since I've had to think of that process, But I had my girls back to back and i ran a day care and it takes like two weeks of being consistant. If they go down later than you want still wake them up at the time they would wake up if they went down on time. Sorry to say but the baby will be crabby but once you get them on a schedule your life will be sooooo much easier. good luck

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