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05/06/2014 at 23:56
When's the right age to start implementing a routine?
J is 5 weeks today and not going more than 2 hours through the night
she will do 3 hours after a dream feed at 10-11pm after that it's every 2 hours until morning.
according to wonder weeks she's going through a leap at the moment, and her behaviour has changed this week so I agree,
I know it's hard to implement if she's going through a growth spurt, but I'm keen to get it sorted when she's done with this leap
do you have any advice, hints , tips or tricks please?
06/06/2014 at 07:06
We started when F was around 6/7 weeks. It helped to get us into a routine too. We used to bath, sleepsuit, feed then quieten down things downstairs, low lighting, tv turned down etc. he didnt sleep straight away at that point but for us it helped him get into a pattern and not long after he started to go to sleep afterwards. By 9/10 weeks he started to sleep longer so after his bedtime routine he'd go into his moses and then we'd carry him upstairs asleep with us at bedtime. As he got a bit older we put the monitor on upstairs so that after his bath etc he wouldnt come back downstairs. Now at 5 months he sleeps pretty much 6.45/7- 4/5 and then has a feed before going back off until 7. As young as he was, I really do believe that starting his routine early was key. Once hes upstairs in bed he never cones back downstairs until its morning.
06/06/2014 at 07:09
We never bothered with any sort of routine until 6 months
06/06/2014 at 07:26
I started at about 6 months with J, but with this one I think I'll start a bit earlier. I don't think you can force a baby into a routine (certainly not a 5 week old) but you can try to make the environment as conducive to sleep as possible, so as Gemini said some sort of consistent pattern and low lights and sounds, and hope for the best!
06/06/2014 at 07:58
We never bothered with any sort of routine until 6 months
My second child fell into his own routine and was sleeping through at 9 weeks. My third just kept waking every 2 hours. They do eventually settle into a routine but every child is different.
06/06/2014 at 08:19
06/06/2014 at 09:00
We know Agnes' rough 'timings' but we don't do any sort of routine. Last week we were out on the town with her until gone 10pm two evenings, and another evening all tucked up in the bedroom by 8.30pm with a film on. I'm not convinced that any routine encourages them to sleep more or better so I am not bothering as it would only stress me if I counted on being able to do things at key times and then found I couldn't :)
06/06/2014 at 21:16
I depends what you mean by routine? Do you mean a specific time for feeding and bed or just a little set of things you do each night before bed? We actually did a little night time pattern from when S was only a few weeks old. Bath/massage, boob/bottle and bed. We kept lights and noise to a minimum but we didn't have it at a set time, just whenever it felt right as he was a cluster feeder early on.
I have no idea if it worked as from day 1 he slept ok at night and at 13 weeks he started sleeping through. It wasn't until he was 4 months or so that he went straight down after his feed though, there could be hours of rocking in between!
I don't think there's anything wrong with having a set pattern at night as long as you're doing it at a time that's right for your baby and not keeping them awake until 'bed time' because she's a bit young for that still IMO.
06/06/2014 at 21:20
We didn't start a routine until 6 months. We did certain things in a certain order but as she was still downstairs with us going down in her moses basket when she was tired (anytime from 9pm - 1am) then going to bed in her crib in our room when we went to bed. We then started the routine so that she had a month to start going to bed a little earlier in preparation for me going back to work at 7 months.
07/06/2014 at 07:43
07/06/2014 at 19:04
We had a bedtime pattern from very early on - same things happening each night before we all settled for nighttime sleep, as opposed to having a nap - as we were away overnight a lot over Christmas and we wanted to keep a level of familiarity in case he felt unsettled about being in a different place. We did low light, nappy change, massage with sleepy baby lotion, pjs, feed, into Moses in bedroom rather than living room. But timings weren't fixed and we went by his patterns rather than ours, fitting in with whenever he wanted feeding. When we started he'd be going to bed between 10 and midnight, now at 7 months we still follow the same pattern but he's asleep by 6.30-7. They gradually bring things forward of their own accord.
I'm not sure that having a bedtime routine necessarily makes a difference to nighttime wakings as A has always been pretty consistent on that front.
07/06/2014 at 20:36
I ought to preface this by saying that I think a lot of this is down to luck, and that T likes his sleep, but from very early days we did a pattern of bath, massage, feed and sleep, regardless of what time he went down - we let him decide that and he's gradually brought it forward to about 7-ish. I think at 4 months he is now starting to click that after his bath he gets fed - because he starts wanting his feed as soon as we're getting him dried off and changed!
I think the familiarity of what happens at bedtime helps with getting him down but isn't the reason for his sleeping/waking pattern IYSWIM.
08/06/2014 at 10:48
We do nappy off, naked time, pjs then cuddles and feed while quiet. We had to ditch the story as she was too interested in our voices (we do this in a morning instead) and bath time also got moved to morning as she was wired after a bath!
09/06/2014 at 13:59
We started a basic bedtime routine straight away, mainly to fit in around C's routine. We were lucky with J, and he slept through from 5 weeks old (going 7 - 7 most nights)
We still do the same now, at 3 years old.
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