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19/11/2013 at 15:43
O is 10 weeks old tomorrow, I thought we were doing well and then someone has made me doubt myself. Does your 10 week old have a routine? O feeds 4 hourly in the day, goes to bed at 10pm and sleeps until 3 has a feed then up for the day at 7, he has no routine naps in the day, is that correct, if not how can I get a nap routine for him? ALso he has just started rolling over the HV has told me I need to make sure he is stimulated more, how can I do thay when he is too young to 'play'?
Sorry for the millions of questions
19/11/2013 at 15:51
O sounds like W when he was younger. I needed routine in my life, so i did try and put a form of routine in place for us, but it was only a rough guideline, and it was rarely stuck to as W always had other plans.
I found trying to put W down about 2 hours after he woke worked for a little while during the day (this is now more like 3 hours). bed time was 9pm to begin with, but he moved it to 7pm as time went on too.
Everyone is different, so do what you feel is right for you and stuff anyone else!
19/11/2013 at 15:53
As for play, do you have a play mat for him to lie on? W had a jungle mat that he used to stare at for hours on end (and slept on)
19/11/2013 at 15:55
Thanks for the reply RKB, im thinking of bringing bedtime forward to 7 this week, did W take to it ok?
Thats our exact playmat too!
19/11/2013 at 16:00
It is a fantastic playmat. couldn't have managed without it.
We moved it gradually and changed it by 15 minutes every night over the course of a week or so. he didn't seem to notice. It gave H and I our evenings back which we were grateful for. The only thing is that when you moved bed time, you also end up moving the time they get up by to. W has always been a good sleeper though and now sleeps right through the night 7 to 6ish
19/11/2013 at 16:15
Did you give him another feed once you moved the bedtime? Im thinking if I put him down at 7 and give him another feed about 10.30- maybe a dream feed (im not 100% on that must read up on it). He loves the mat and I have ordered him a cot for our room as he is getting a bit big for his moses basket so im hoping to change his bed time at the end of the week
19/11/2013 at 16:52
I don't believe in dream feeds personally. If baby is hungry, they'll let you know. W would feed just before bedtime and would be awake again around 2 or 3 for a bottle and then back down again until around 6 or 7, but that was when he was a lot younger. from about 5 or 6 weeks he slept through from 9 to 5 and took a bottle then, and would sleep through until 8 or 9. since his bed time moved, it took a bit of time, but he did settle into a routine of going to bed at 7 and would wake at 5 for a feed and sleep through until 7ish again.
19/11/2013 at 17:11
Having just read into it im not convinced, wow W was good sleeping 9-5 at 6 weeks. Will be prepared for a tough few nights I think
19/11/2013 at 17:54
To be honest, O will probably not really notice and will continue to sleep for the same length of time that he always had. It'll probably hit you harder because of the change to the of night.
We have been very lucky with W. His sleeping is what dreams are made of!
19/11/2013 at 18:34
A is 10 weeks and we have absolutely no routine. Due to her reflux she cries a lot so it can be hard to read her cues. I try to put her down for a nap roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hours after he last woke but she doesn't sleep and won't be put down so this makes it very difficult. I find this very hard as routines make me feel more secure in what I'm doing but I figure that a routine will just come later once the reflux is sorted/grown out of! And BTW, she is having that playmat for Christmas! I'm hoping she may like it that much she'll actually be put down for 10 minutes!
19/11/2013 at 19:51
I didn't even think about routines until 6 months, a d even then it was just to fit meals in. I think when left to it most babies settle into their own patterns anyway.
19/11/2013 at 20:10
N is 14 weeks and the only routine we have is mornings and evenings and that's only because we need to fit in with school runs and my older twos bedtime. If you want to introduce a routine then bedtime is probably the best place to start but I'd only do it if you want to, not because anyone else says so.
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