I can't get my child on a schedule...any suggestions?

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Christy - posted on 11/11/2008

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what's your food schedule(like what do you normally feed him and when and how much)? have you tried feeding him more right before bedtime?

Coby - posted on 11/10/2008

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try a suther its always worked for me, some babies just need to suck, and they will be happy just sucking on that thing, they will go longer from feeding to feeding sometimes, they might even sleep throught the night, when my girls wake up in the night i went in to the room put the suther in there mouth and they would fall asleep, but if they would wake up agen then in went the suther, but when they were not likeing the suther i would just feed them and put them back to sleep, but it helped me getting them on a schedule, both my girls have suther still they are 14months and now when they wake up crying they are only looking for there suthers and they are at the point where they find it them self and put it in there mouth and fall right back to sleep on there own, it just b/c they just need to suck, they only get there suthers at night now i take them away during the day and they are fine with it, but when they go to sleep they want them,

Beth - posted on 11/10/2008

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I have a 14-mo-old daughter. We were in a similar situation with her. She was on a schedule for the most part, but she wasn't going to bed until between 9:30 and 10:00. Then, she would wake up in the night. She finally just stopped this at around a year old. The only reason I can come up with for the change is that she started sleeping a little less during the day. She's now going to bed between 6:30 and 8:00 and is sleeping through the night! So, just hold on a few more months. Your son will probably just fall into a proper schedule as well. I know it's tough!

Natalia - posted on 11/10/2008

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The book by Gina Ford, The little contented baby book helped me a great deal....as a consequence my son was sleeping all night by 6 weeks and now is 4 and still a good sleeper and eater......and also read her toddler book.....and her potty training book and he was trained before 2.

Jenny - posted on 11/10/2008

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I know exactly how you feel. I have an 8 month old who sounds alot like your boy. The word schedule and routine are so foreign to her. I have tried everything. We have done all the routines I can think of and no matter what she just seems to run on her own time. I am up at least two to three times a night. She sometimes doesn't go to bed until 10 and is up by 6am every morning. I am at a loss to give you advice, I need it too.My daughter has never been great sleeper, she was cauliky(sp) forever too!

If anyone has advice I would greatly appreciate it!

Tara - posted on 11/09/2008

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First off, I believe in feeding on cue. You can try to encourage feeding at certain times, but when baby is hungry you should feed her! Just curious..are you nursing? They typically need to eat more frequently. She also may be doing it for comfort or maybe going through a growth spurt. My daughter is 8 months old, nurses every 2-3 hours or so, and doesn't sleep through the night either (she is breast fed). She wakes at least 3-4 times in a 12 hour period through the night! I just started implementing some stuff from the book "The baby whisperer." The book focuses on developing a predictable routine in teh household. You might find it helpful. I have been able to make some productive changes in a couple weeks and my daughter is sleeping much better and we have implemented routines rather than a schedule. It isn't perfect, but works for us. Good luck.

Crystal - posted on 11/09/2008

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He's 7 months. He has his own schedule that doesn't work well for me. He seems to want to eat every two hours or so and doesn't go to bed until 10pm. He's not sleeping through the night yet and wakes up for food between 2-4am. I try to set a schedule and give him food at certain times but I feel like if I don't feed him when he wants it, I'm starving him.

Nichole - posted on 11/06/2008

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I am a mother of 4 and started my children out on a schedule when they were babies (one still is). We always made sure to feed them when they were hungry and as time went on they started on solids and we gave them those at the same time everyday (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Also bedtime has always been 8 o'clock. The key is to try to 'listen' to your child. They will let you know when they are hungry or tired and if they are still young work them into a schedule that fits around both their needs and yours.

Coby - posted on 11/05/2008

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im a mother of twin girls and life as you know it is crasy but i feed them when they we hungery and i turned out to be there own schedule but very slowly like very slowly i spaced the feeding out to make it a schedule, it was first every 2.5 hours then 3 then 4 now they are 14 months old and they get feed 4 times a day (with some snacks) all the water they want but you will get there just dont push it they know when they are hungery, but it can be a pail in the but at times :) good luck

Christy - posted on 11/05/2008

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first you have to have a schedule in mind (for thea, it's wake, cerial, bottle, nap, wake veggie with meat, bottle, nap, wake cerial bottle, bedtime between 7-8pm) then you jusy try to keep with your schedule as best you can until he starts falling into it, and he will... it just takes lots of patience and you might have to just let him cry it out, but it's so worth it in the long run

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