Am I Doing Something Wrong

10 Replies
bbelmore - June 16

A lot of you seem to have schedules for your babies, I'm a first time mommy and I kind of just let him do whatever he wants. If he gets sleepy, he naps for as long as he wants, hungry, eats as much as he wants. I rarely wake him unless he's obviously had a BM or we have somewhere to go. He wakes up at around 7:30, goes down at nine, and naps/ is awake about on hour up 1/2 hour down all day until the early evening ( 6-ish) then he's up till nine, another 1/2 hour nap, bath, eat and sleep at 11:30, always sleeps at least 5 straight hours before a feed at night, always falls asleep while eating at night. Does this sound OK? I had NO experience with babies before him... is there something else I should be doing?

 

olivia - June 16

I never had a schedule for my dd either. She eventually made her own and now we go by that. I think what you are doing is a fine way of parenting. Many people have to schedule for different reasons or work hours. So if you don't have to its fine. How old is he? I found it was about 6 months until my dd got a real routine. She is 10 months now and sleeps 7pm to 7am and takes one afternoon nap (sometimes a morning nap too). If he's doing good and thriving than don't worry!

 

bbelmore - June 16

He's only 10 weeks, so I a__sumed we were doing pretty good, we always get enough sleep, he's rarely cranky. I would love a 7 pm - 7 am schedule, then I could have my 9pm bedtime back!

 

Rabbits07 - June 16

That sounds fine if that is what works for you. There's no right or wrong when it comes to having a schedule or not. It is all a matter of preference. I've never set a schedule for mine, but they always kind of fell into their own schedule as it sounds like your son has. If you and baby are happy and content with the way things are then I would say don't change a thing!

 

olivia - June 16

It wasn't always like this! She's a champ sleeper now though. You'll get your bedtime back someday :)

 

Nerdy Girl - June 16

10 weeks? Is there even such a thing as a schedule at 10 weeks? I think you are doing fine.

 

SonyaM - June 16

I think that sounds pretty good for 10 weeks. Here is my son's schedule. He is 8 months old. This is based on him waking up at 7:00a.m., if he wakes earlier or later we adjust it accordingly. Wakes at 7:00a.m., bottle at 7:30a.m. and breakfast at 8:00a.m. Plays until 9:00a.m. then he naps until 9:30a.m. Has another bottle at 10:30, plays and then another nap at 11:30. Usually wakes at 1:00 and has a bottle at 1:30 followed by lunch at 2:00. Another nap at 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m. Bottle around 5:00, dinner around 6:00 and plays until bathtime/bedtime at 7:30p.m. sharp!!! If he is not in bed by 7:30 he doesn't sleep well at night and is up really early in the morning. Basically what we try to do is give a bottle 30 mintues after he wakes, then a meal 30 minutes after the bottle. Once he has been up for 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes he is down for a nap. We just continue this scheudle until bedtime. I learned this from the baby whisperer book. Sorry this is so long and repet_tive, just wanted to be clear.

 

bbelmore - June 16

that sounds good, sonya, do you know if something like this would work with b___stfeeding? at what age did you start a strict schedule?

 

SonyaM - June 16

I would say we started this by at least six weeks. Really I just learned to watch for his ques for being tired. What the book teaches is a method called EASY. Eat, Activity, Sleep, Yourself (meaning time for mommy). I did the EXACT opposite with my first child and it was a nightmare. Mason rarely goes to sleep eating, usually only at night, but he doesn't need to eat (suck) to go to sleep. I think this should work the same for b___stfeeding. I highly recommend the book, The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, by Tracy Hogg. It is very informative and talks about what to for bottle feeding and b___st feeding.

 

AmandaManns - June 16

Here is my son's schedule and he is 6 months old and basically started his own schedule around 6 weeks old. He usually get up around 6:30 has a bottle right away and then around 8:30 he is ready for a nap and he will sleep for 20-30 min and drinks another bottle at 9:30. He will take another 20-30 min nap at 11:30.At 12:30 he will eat his lunch and another bottle at 1. Around 1:30-2 he takes another short nap and gets a bottle at 4. At 5 he will take another short nap and at 7 he will get cereal and a jar of baby food then we give him a bath and read him a book, after his book he drinks a bottle and is in bed no later than 8:30. So basically he eats every 3 hours and naps every 2-3 hours and he only takes very short naps, very rarely does he take a nap longer than 30 minutes then he will sleep 10 hours at night.

 

jas - June 16

Not that this is a schedule - but it has been working for the past two days (FINGERS CROSSED!!!) my ds is 12 weeks... He gets up about 8:30am, has a bottle about 9, plays and cat naps for 10 minutes (usually on my shoulder) at about 11. 12 we have lunch and by 12:30 he is out for about three hours or so... 3:30-4... He'll get up, have a bottle, play, cat nap at 6 (but is always up when we have dinner, it's like he knows we are eating....) have a bath at 7, final bottle at 8 and he will go to bed about 9-9:30. He usually gets up about 2-3 am but like I said, the past few nights he put himself back to sleep. It used to be he would get up 2am, have a bottle, go back to sleep, but then be up again at 4:30... I was trying to get rid of the 4:30 wake up because he isn't hungry, just awake. Anyway - last night he was up but put himself back to sleep :) I don't schedule him, he makes his own. And sleeping for 5 hours is great!

 

ADD A COMMENT:


You must log in to reply.

Are you New to the forum? Sign Up Here! Already a member? Please login below.

Forgot your password?
Need Help?
New to the forum?

Sign Up Here!


Already a member?
Please login below.





Forgot your password?
Need Help?