hey moms, i need to put my baby into a sleeping habit !!

Ghada - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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help!i need to get back to work soon!my 4 months baby doesn't have a pattern for breastfeeding or sleeping, i breastfeed him every 3-4 hours but the problem is that they are not specific times ,sometimes he sleeps at 9 other at 12 pm ..and sometimes it takes him 5 hours to wake up or more, or even less..i don't have enough sleep of course but i need to get back to work and i don't know how to organize all of this!!

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Ghada - posted on 02/18/2009

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thank you moms,i began setting a schedule today,i hope it will work out with me,i wake him up at 7 so as to breastfeed him, he needs breastfeeding every 3 hours,so i will try to put him on a schedule, i will have to notice what suits him best i guess, thank you all!

Susan - posted on 02/18/2009

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My girls aren't babies anymore, but I agree with everyone that says you set the schedule and stick to it. Even if my girls had a bad night I woke them at the same time every morning as if I had to go to work. Also at about 2 weeks when I got them up I got them dresses as if we were going out, this included little cloth running shoes. PJ's were only for bed time (unless they were sick) and I found this helped identify day from night.



Good Luck

Syreeta - posted on 02/18/2009

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I wake him up at 6:30 am every morning, even the weekends, just so that he stays on the same routine. He gets changed and fed. We made the mistake of going off schedule for a week when we were away and it took awhile to get him back on the routine. You should stick to your schedule, but remember that he is still very young and you may have to make adjustments. He should be able to sleep for longer periods of time at night before needing a feeding. Eventually he will sleep all night without waking up for food.

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I used the baby wise system. we had great success! i agree with what the othr lady had to say. when helping a baby get used to a system you sometimes have to be willing to let them cry a little. when you go through the bed-time routine and put him to bed and leave the room with them still awake you are telling them that they are safe and it is time to sleep. falling asleep on their own and sleeping through the night are learned skills and it is our responsibility as parents to teach them these skills .yes, they will cry for a while the first couple of days but if you stay strong they will learn more quickly than you might think.



my advice? set the schedule and stick to it. (times are approximate of course) for example we nurse at 7AM before i leave for work then she is awake from 7-9AM. Nap from 9-11AM. Bottle at 11AM. Awake from 11-1PM, nap 1-3PM. Bottle at 3PM. Awake from 3-5PM, and nap from 5-7PM. Last feeding is at 7PM. Bedtime is anywhere between 8:30 and 9PM.



If you set the schedule and stick to it, he will follow suit. i know it is hard going back. i cried all the way to work my 1st week back but then it got easier. and now i feel like it is good for both of us that i am back at work. hope this helps!

Kristy - posted on 02/18/2009

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u need to make the routine, when he sleeps, eats, wake him if hes slept for 2/3hrs wake him. u make the decision so he can get used to it now. syreeta moore has some good advice take note. good luck.

Ghada - posted on 02/17/2009

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thanks a lot Syreeta, i will try to do what you did, but if your kid stayed asleep in the morning do you wake him up to feed him or what? because now when i get back to work i have to wake up at a certain time and so i have to wake him up as well,, but actually i am feeling guilty about this....!!

Syreeta - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had a difficult time getting my son on a schedule when I returned to work after 3 months. I was advised by my doctor to first get his "body clock" set to day time and night time. To do so, she advised me to expose him to sunshine by opening the curtains during the day, taking walks outside. Then at night to turn down the lights and reduce activity around the house, so that he could tell that when its dark it's time to slow down. Also, instead of feeding on demand as I had been doing I slowly started to feed him according to a schedule, and I put him down for a nap at the same time each day. After a few days he fell asleep on his own without fussing. Also, I found that giving him a warm bath and massaging him with lotion worked well. After the bath I took him in the room, turned on the night light, fed him his bottle and held him for a while before putting him down for sleep. I took the hard approach though, I would turn on soft music and put him down even if he wasn't sleep yet. For the first 3 days he would cry for about 20 minutes before falling asleep. I would go in and touch him and tell him everything was fine every few minutes, but I never picked him up. After the three days he would lay in his crib awake, but quiet for awhile, then he would fall asleep. He still would wake at night for a change and food, but I did that without turning on any additional light except for the night light and was very quiet. He always fell back asleep with no problem. Sorry for the long post but I hope it helps.

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