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socalmama's picture
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Are your Lucky Duck's on any kind of schedule yet, sleep or eating?

Emilie eats roughly every 2 hours and sometimes will go 3 hours in between if she's sleeping. There is no definite sleep schedule though. The girl had me up so much last night!

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I'm just now beginning to see some consistencies with her sleeping and eating. The last few days she has wanted a large feeding around 8-9pm and then sleeps for about 7 hours, wakes up to feed again around 4-5am and goes right back to sleep. Daytime scheduling is still very unpredictable. She usually will go 3-4 hours between feelings, but sometimes it's only 2 hours. And she doesn't stay awake very long still...her max is about an hour or so before she gets fussy and needs to be put to sleep again. She's a VERY easy baby for the most part. The only thing that's been rough is taking her in the car because she HATES her carseat and screams everywhere we go. But, just in the last few days that seems to be getting better too. I read somewhere that fussiness peaks at 6 weeks and then starts to get better and that seems very true for her.

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Wow Erin, that 7 hour stretch sounds awesome! Sounds like she is getting on a pretty good schedule. I guess Mason is on the younger end of the Lucky Ducks so no surprise that we're not on a regular schedule. He'll eat every 2-3 hours during the night, but he'll go right back down to sleep in between so I feel pretty lucky about that. During the day is hit and miss. He's not a very sleepy baby so he's awake for most of the day. As far as eating goes, sometimes I don't think I'll be able to keep up. On Tuesday, he literally wanted to eat every single hour and I was worn out. We went to the dr today and he gained 11 ounces in just one week! So that helps explain the every hour feedings I guess. Smile

So I'm a first-timer and want to hear everyone's opinions on schedules and when things usually start getting regular? So far I have just taken his lead on what his "schedule" will be, when might it be appropriate to start shaping that schedule to make it more livable for all of us?

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Hallie is getting more of a sleep schedule at night. She will eat then go to sleep around 9:00 p.m. and the wake to eat around 2-3 a.m. then back to sleep for 3 hours and up again.

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Clara is still nursing every 2 hrs during the day. I wish I could stretch it to 3hrs because I feel like I am constantly feeding her. Part of the problem is that she sometimes gets tummy troubles during the feeding (fussiness, arching her back, and spitting up) so then she doesn't eat on the other side or doesn't really get a full feeding and is hungry a little while later. I am trying to just go with the flow and feed her whenever she wants it, but I am the kind of mom who is so much happier with a predictable routine, so I'm hoping we can get a schedule established in the next few weeks.

She did start sleeping more at night this week, so that is really great! The last few nights she has slept from 11:30pm til 4 or 4:30am, nursed and then went back to sleep til 7 or 7:30.

Jess, to answer your question, I think my DS1 didn't settle into a routine until 10 or 11 weeks old. At that point, he was taking 4 naps a day at around the same times each day (8am, 11am, 2pm, and 5pm), going to bed around 8pm and waking up just once or twice during the night to nurse.

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Trying to establish a routine at least at night. Baby is eating 3-4 ounces every 2-3 hours. We went to the doctors yesterday and he already weighs 12 pounds! As for sleep he is starting to let me sleep in 3 hour stretches at night which is nice.

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Wow, Amy! 12 pounds! I had Emilie weighed on Easter and she was 8.6. She's eating roughly 2 1/2 ounces at a time but sometimes a touch more and sometimes a touch less. She has an appointment on Monday so I'm curious to see how much she's gained in 1 week. Smile

Emilie is a VERY good baby. She not fussing when she's awake at night. Just bright eyed and ready to party, LOL.

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No real schedule yet. I feel like Oliver is a piggie though-- if I make the feeding last a long time, he can take in 6 ounces. If he does that around 9 or 10 he will wake usually around 2:30-3:30, but I've been having trouble w gassiness, remember, he's on formula, not breastmilk. I have some Enfamil Gentlease I will use once I finish the Enfamil Newborn.

He does sleep a lot when he's not fussing. And I have yet to see any cooing or anything yet.

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We keep a strict schedule in this house, particularly at night time.

At 9:00 pm, we make sure they are awake. We put them on their play mat and have play time\tummy time. THen at 10:30 we have bath time. We do a 4-5 oz feed right after bath, hold them for 15 min till they fall asleep and put them to bed.

Since we've done that, T sleeps from 11:30 - 5:30. Avril has been tougher to get on a sleep schedule, but she'll usually sleep 11:30 - 2:30, then 3:00 till 6:00 or so. We recently started Avi on rice cereal which helps as well.

Without a schedule, I don't know if we would ever get sleep. Smile But so far so good - lets hope it doesn't change!

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That's great, Meg! I remember adding a touch of rice cereal to their bottles at night, but I can't remember how old they were. I usually start feeding it to them at 4 months so maybe it was around that time. Smile

Wow, Oliver drinks a lot! Maybe the boys are just drinking more. Smile However, my kids tend to be very petite (they can thank DH's side of the family for that. I wish it was me!) Emilie just started cooing and smiling more as a result of our interaction, not gas, LOL. And she'll turn to the sound when recognizing voices. Her neck has been really strong since birth, too. I was really surprised. So far, everything is right on schedule developmentally. Smile

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Meg it's great you have a schedule-- to be honest I've never heard of giving rice cereal that early but sounds like it's working.

I think Oliver may be on his original birth schedule developmentally: he was born March 4th but I think he "acts" more like he was born March 20th, his original due date. Other than the large feedings. I just don't get much interaction or reaction from him, but I guess give it more time...

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Clara loves to study our faces, but no attempts to smile at us or cooing yet. I've only seen her react to someone talking or turn toward their voice twice, and both times it was in response to DS1...she seems totally mesmerized by him! I remember being so worried when DS1 was a baby because he didn't smile until he was 9 weeks old, and he was late with babbling, too, but now he talks and smiles all the time and is very social! Definitely don't stress about those milestones too much...they all do them on their own timetable.

And, Meg, your post reminded me that I have totally been neglecting "tummy time!" Haven't been doing that at all yet. Poor second child doesn't get the same attention the first one did...she spends most of her time in the car driving DS1 to preschool/activities, in the Moby wrap, or in her swing. Smile

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"critterskunky" wrote:

Meg it's great you have a schedule-- to be honest I've never heard of giving rice cereal that early but sounds like it's working.

Peds idea - she said to give her 1 oz of water with gripe water at night (b\c she grunts all night due to being sensitive to the "feeling of needing to poop" ..but not really having to) followed by 1 tsp of rice cereal. I"m on Day 4 and our night feedings are stretching and the grunting has stopped!!

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Finn is nursing every couple of hours during the day time. Usually around midnight, I will nurse him and then we go to bed and he will sleep until 4 or 5. Honestly, I'm not sure how often he nurses at night because he is in bed with us and I don't really fully wake up when he nurses. I'm pretty happy with his "schedule" right now Smile

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Everytime I think we have a schedule, Hope switches it up! The only consistency is that she pretty much conks out at midnight every night. Sometimes she sleeps all day and will feed 4 ozs every 3 hours, and sometimes she will be awake all day and feeds every 2 hours. Sometimes she surprises me and goes 4 hours between feedings, and then other times she is hungry after just an hour. I just hope that by the time I go back to work at the end of May, she will be in a better routine for daycare.