How difficult is it to develop a sleeping routine/schedule for a 10 week old?

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Hello. I am a new mom of a wonderful lil boy 10 weeks old today. I am returning to work in a few weeks and need to get a routine in place so we have better sleep. I also do not have a feeding schedule, I have been feeding on demand which ranges from every 2 hours to 4 plus hour gaps. My husband will be feeding him with a bottle while I am at work. I was hoping someone could share their thoughts and suggestions with me regarding sleep and feeding routines. By the way my boy finally goes to sleep at 1:00 am but I know gets tired around 10 pm. Your comments and replies are appreciated.


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Sara - posted on 05/13/2012




He sleeps anywhere from 5-6 hours during the day. As far as "bedtime", which he finally fell asleep at midnight (first time ever), he woke 3 times 3, 5:30, 7 to feed. We got up at 8 this morning. Overall he slept about 6-6.5 hours. 6.5 hours is about average night time sleep. I really need to move his bedtime to 9 or 10 so I can start my bedtime accordingly to include night feedings and waking up to go to work as well as nursing before I leave. II am also wondering if my boy, Cruz, is sleep deprived. From I have read 3 monthers should sleep 12 hours at bedtime or unless I misunderstood.
Thanks for your replies.

Medic - posted on 05/12/2012




We had sort of a schedule....what I did was for 5 days I wrote down what time they did EVERYTHING. I did it all on their demand. I noticed that we did everything around the same time every day so I made a schedule that was about 15 min ahead of when they were initiating it. So it was really their schedule but I fed them before they cried, had kind of an idea of what times they would nap and everything. Of course it slowly changed over the months but it was the only way I could function and plan what I needed to get done without disrupting the kids lives so much. IE: try not to be in the car when they would get hungry, try to schedule drs appointments around nap times things like that.

Amy - posted on 05/12/2012




How much is he sleeping during the day? My son didn't go to bed till 10 most nights but when my daughter was a newborn she was in bed by 8:30. I always fed on demand even when I returned to work, if I was really tired my husband did one middle of the night feeding. I always did a dream feed before going to bed and before leaving in the morning, partially with hope that I would get a full night sleep, but also so I didn't have to pump.

At night we did bath, pj's, feed, sleep. I still continued feeding whenever they woke up, I never tried to stretch feedings because I would just be there listening to them cry when if I just fed them I'd be back to sleep in 10 minutes.

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