Nic Nac

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Beth B - June 16

Hi...I am Beth from the other forum....just saw your name on here and realized I hadn't seen you on the other forum lately. I decided to get Baby Whisperer anyways and now I am even more confused! How is your scheduling going?

 

nic nac - June 16

Hi Beth B, how are you doing? I have been on here chatting and acting silly. I will be back on the other forum. I didn't see too many updates on there so I came back here. My scheduling is going great. I had to adjust it a little now that she is eating solids. Every morning I write down (in a spreadsheet I created) her scheduled times for eat and sleep and next to it the actual times so I can keep track of how much and when she eats and sleeps. She doesn't always follow the times first thing in the morning but by the mid day she does. The one thing I found helpful was to not try and stick to the times if she didn't want to cuz by the end of the day she ate and drank everything scheduled. She won't take naps longer than 45 min. so I just deal with that. So as long as she has between 2 and 3 hours of total nap time no matter how its broken down is fine ( i asked the dr. about it). From that book I was able to take away the scheduling. What are you confused about maybe I can help you?

 

nic nac - June 16

are you there Beth B?

 

Beth B - June 19

Hi sorry it took me so long...had a busy weekend and my dh hogs the computer! Anyhoo I used to be addicted to this forum. We had a Feb. mom thread that O followed since 2nd trimester but everyone that I used to talk to dissappeared. So I lurk here and watch for thier names. Anyhoo...your lo is on solids? I can't wait for that. I don't have much to complain about as far as our schedule goes. We are on a three hour though and I've never done the dream feed. My lo always goes to bed around 9pm and sleeps until 7am. Then he eats every three hours and I follow the EASY.....but sometimes we get off the routine because he won't go to sleep (or won't sleep long enough) so that by the time it is time for him to eat again he falls asleep. I don't know...he constantly changes so I can't really even explain what I am confused about. Also the book says he should be on a four routine but I can't do that because I don't do the dream feed and he wouldn't get enough to eat. I just am not going to worry about it I guess. I mean he sleeps through the night and he is happy so why worry...right?

 

nic nac - June 19

you are right Beth B. If it ain't broke don't fix it. I am glad your lo is sleeping through the night, that was the reason I bought the book. Now my lo is sleeping through the night but i used a little CIO and the pick up/put down method. Yeah she is on solids and it helps her sleep better too. Having her on a 4 hour schedule helps in integrating her solid feeding during the day. At about 8 or 9 months is when they start having 3 solid meals and 3 formula meals together with snacks and juice in between. So teaching them to go longer in between meals (without starving them. If they are hungry then feed them) helps. The dream feed is only recommended until they are 7 months so by that time they should be eating more solids and drinking more formula and the dream feed isn't necessary. Every book is different you know. It seems things are going well for you. Why did you get the book? Just curious. I wouldn't worry about trying to stay on a strict schedule cuz we go off schedule when we go visit family (she just won't eat, too much stimulation). You can switch to a 4 hour routine and get enough to eat. How many oz does he eat in a 24 hour period? I can tell you how I did it if you are interested. Glad to hear from you.

 

Ca__sieSong - June 19

Sorry to be lurking here on this thread, but nic nac, you brought up feeding... formula/solids. Just wondering what your book says about when formula feedig stop? My 6 month old dd is on solids and formula and just wondering when the formula will not be necessary anymore. 1 year maybe?

 

nic nac - June 19

Hi Ca__sieSong. 12 months is when they switch from formula to cows milk. There are stage two formulas for babies after 12 months but the dr. said they aren't necessary.

 

Beth B - June 19

Oh yeah I forgot to answer your question....I EBF so I have no idea how much he is eating. It seems he wants to go four hours in between but I don't want to do a dream feed and obviously I want to make sure he gets enough to eat. Isn't it reasonable to a__sume though that he knows if hes hungry or not?

 

nic nac - June 20

With bf babies they do need more food but at 5 months (according to the ped) they should be able to go 9 or 10 hours without a feed. Check with your ped. I used to a__sume Aaliyah was hungry when she woke in the night but she kept waking at the same time and it dawned on me that maybe she was waking out of habit. That's when i started the dream feed. It's easy to a__sume they are hungry if you feed them immediately but it may not be the case. You can up the day feedings solid and bm and not do a dream feed and see how that goes. Good thing you got the book from the library so you don't have to waste money.

 

nic nac - June 20

As far as the scheduling goes, when she didn't follow the EASY plan, i just make sure she followed at least the eating part. Her sleep and activity were backwards at first but i let it go. I figured if she ate on time then everything else would fall into place and it did. so don't go crazy trying to follow it all.

 

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