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AshnBill's picture
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sleep routines

What's your sleep routine like for your baby? For naps? How about bedtime?

I need to change ours up a bit so I want to hear what you do!

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During the day Luke sleeps when he wants until Allie wakes him up :/

At night Luke sleeps until he wakes me up ( every 2 hours or so) :/

Yea, that's about it and it's not giving either of us enough sleep. I am not sure how to fix it though. Sad

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Everyone down to bed at about 11pm. I get up to pump at maybe midnight. Everybody up for a nightly scream and feed at 3am. Boyfriend takes the bottle girl, I take the booby boy. I stay up to pump and get in bed by 4am, hopefully. Boyfriend gets up at 6am and out by 7am. I pump and then hide until the next round at about 7am, and it's great when they space out the screams a bit, they usually do at this point. I alternate feed, calm, diapers to 9am. Fun time sometime between 9-11 am in jumperoo or rolling, etc. 11am scream fest and feed until they knock out at around noon. Pump. Get half a load of laundry or a portion of dinner done. Another feed/scream round at like 2-3. Pump. Fun time. Everyone freaks out and sometime nap at like 5-6. Aim to finish laundry and/or dinner or pumping. Boyfriend comes home. Dinner, feed, diaper, pump, fun time. Everyone down at 11pm.

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Yikes, Sheila. Sounds fun at your house?!?!

What do you guys do to prepare babies for sleep? That's kind of what I meant in my original post. At naptime, do you feed? Rock? Read books? Start some music? How about at bedtime? Does the routine change so they know this is the big sleep?

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Nap time is whenever she starts seeming tired, no routine I'm afraid. She tends to take a late morning nap and an afternoon nap, and occasionally an evening catnap before bed but not often. She either nurses to sleep in my arms on the couch, more often we just go to bed, I nurse her to sleep, and then leave. If I stay in with her she naps for at least twice as long, which is frustrating unless I am able to nap too. I don't now why but she seems to know that in the evenings it is time for her big sleep. Now that I have said that, she will change that haha! But we wash her face (or a bath), give her a vitamin D, put her in a sleep sack, and use her white noise machine as she is nursing to sleep. We go to bed with her a few hours later, she usually wakes a couple times until then and needs to be snuggled back to sleep.

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We don't really have a big routine. We usually nurse to sleep, or put in the soother and his cuddle blanky up near his face. The routine for nighttime is no different really except we sometimes have a bath before and put him in his jammies and sleep sack. I often sing him a song before evening bedtime.

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I have been using a bedtime routine ever since I went back to work. Knowing I was going to have to wake up early every day for work was huge motivation to get Evelyn in bed early and all night! I typically start with a bath around 6:30-7:00, but daily baths were drying her skin so now if I don't give her a bath I take her to her room, change her, wipe her face and hands with a washcloth, put on some lotion, etc, and put on her PJs. Then we have a little bit of playtime on her tummy time mat in her room, read a book (her favorite is The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton), and then a bedtime bottle and/or nursing session. Sometimes I sing to her. It depends on her mood. She is usually asleep by 7:30-8:00.

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

During the day Luke sleeps when he wants until Allie wakes him up :/

At night Luke sleeps until he wakes me up ( every 2 hours or so) :/

Yea, that's about it and it's not giving either of us enough sleep. I am not sure how to fix it though. Sad

DITTO. Except the part about Allie Smile