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sweetsriracha's picture
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Routine?

I was curious how many of you Mamas have any sort of routine or schedule with your LO's. Are you working on getting your babies to bed at a consistent time? Spending awake/alert time in a consistent manner? What do these routines look like and how did you implement them?

We don't have any sort of schedule. I'm beginning to wish we did. I think I messed Laszlo's internal clock up - I was a HUGE night owl when I was pregnant and setting my own work hours. As a result, his preferred "night" time is like 2am-11 am. With me working now, that makes for a very tired Mama!

ashamom27's picture
Joined: 07/06/06
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not really, but i should be more consistent... he likes to nap in the morning and afternoon, so i try to stick to that. bedtime can be all over the place. sometimes he is so fussy in the evening that i just hold and or nurse him till we both fall asleep. sorry i am naking

Jenni Beth's picture
Joined: 03/03/11
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YES we have a routine. It has made life so much easier. It isn't super rigid as far time goes because I think keeping the sequence of events is more important. Every night we do a bath. I wash him then he kicks around for a few minutes. Next comes a quick baby massage with some baby lotion. Then we do tummy time, listen to music, and read a story. Then comes a bottle and he starts drifting off. Sleeps for 6 hours, gets up and eats 5 ounces, back down for 3 more hours. Then up for the day. He eats when he wants, naps when he wants, we play, visit friends, etc. The night portion is, in my opinion, the most important.

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We have no routine yet, he is such a night owl and sleeps really good durning the day,its hard to switch it up because I have two toddlers to care for during the day so it makes it easier for him to sleep during the day while i take care of the other boys. When DH is home he is the one that stays up with him during the night, but now that he is at work, I'm having a difficult time with no sleep. I'm hoping once he gets a little older we can set a schedule.

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Rory is a bit younger than others but I *think* we're getting in to a night time routine. During the day it's whatever works - I don't think Evan had a daytime routine before 6 months so I'm not overly worried about the day. He eats, sleeps, poops, cries.....ready repeat Wink There are certain times I tend to put him in the swing or chair b/c I'm doing things with Evan that is consistent but whether he sleeps, hangs out or cries the entire time is still up for grabs. Most of his napping takes place in my arms. But at night we seem to be falling in to some sort of routine. Getting him down at night was a battle for WEEKS and just this week (when I was really feeling very depressed about the 2 hour battle) we seemed to find a groove. 8pm Evan goes down. DH and I tend to do bed time together and we still do. So I help put Evan down (fairly fast he's 2 and goes right to bed). Then I run a bath for Rory (b/c he seems to really like them and they calm him down), we do lotion and get swaddled. Then I put on an a book I've been listening to on my iPod -- it's fairly soothing and keeps me occupied which Rory nurses for 30-60 minutes (I think I was working too hard to try and force him to sleep b/c I was anxious to not just be sitting there, now I zone out relax to the book and let him be). He nurses and relaxes. And for the last 3 days he's gone right down. He still gets up a TON at night. Usually he does one 4 hour stretch then every 2 hours after that almost on the dot. BUT it was taking me 30-60 minutes to get him back down at night until the last week or so and now even though he's going down around 9 getting up at 1, 3, and 5 at least it's 15-20 minutes, eats and goes back down and at 5 I just put him in bed until Evan is up around 7;30.

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I am working on getting Logan into a routine. During the day I keep him on a strict 3hr feeding schedule, since I am nursing. When he wakes up in the morning, he will eat, and then change his bum, and play for a bit. He will either play on the floor with his siblings, or sit in the bouncy chair, or wherever. After about 1-1.5hrs, I will put him down for a nap. During the day lately he has been napping in his swing, or his bed. Then he'll wake up, or if it has been 3hrs since his last feed, I will wake him up, and start the whole routine again. In the evenings, usually is his most awake time, where he'll be awake for about 2hrs or so, and then he has a bath, massage with nighttime lotion, and then pj's, nurse, and bed. This is usually between 8-8:30pm. I put him to bed awake, and try to get him to fall asleep on his own in his bed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Then I just let him sleep until whenever (anywhere from 3.5-5hrs). He then wakes up, nurses, and goes back to sleep, and does that once more before the next day.
Because I have two other LO's (2 & 4), I really needed the schedule thing, for my own sanity. This way when Logan is napping during the day, I can play with the other kids, do dishes, laundry, clean, and if I'm lucky, get a shower in Smile

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no not really. i pretty much just keep to my other son's schedule and wherever matthew can get his naps in, he does. he's still so small that most of the time he's just eating, sleeping, or pooping.

at night we do thomas's bedtime routine and put thomas to bed. then matthew gets some snuggle time with us until about 9 when i feed him once more and lay him down. we then play the stick-the-pacifier-back-in-his-mouth-every-five-seconds-til-he-falls-asleep game for the next hour or so. he'll usually get up anywhere between 1:30 and 2:30 to eat and then back to sleep. i then get DH up (he sleeps in the guest room) and he'll come into our room and sleep with the baby and i'll get some rest in the guest room til about 6 when DH needs to get up for work and i'll feed the baby again.

sweetsriracha's picture
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Geez, looks like I'm alione in the fact that Laszlo still has between 3 and 4 nighttime feedings (counting his early AM clusterfeed as 2 feeds). Sigh.

I'm initiating a sequence of events tonight! I'm thinking we'll do book, naked tummy time, bath, a good feed followed by some nursing in bed.

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"lily0624" wrote:

at night we do thomas's bedtime routine and put thomas to bed. then matthew gets some snuggle time with us until about 9 when i feed him once more and lay him down. we then play the stick-the-pacifier-back-in-his-mouth-every-five-seconds-til-he-falls-asleep game for the next hour or so. he'll usually get up anywhere between 1:30 and 2:30 to eat and then back to sleep. i then get DH up (he sleeps in the guest room) and he'll come into our room and sleep with the baby and i'll get some rest in the guest room til about 6 when DH needs to get up for work and i'll feed the baby again.

This is exactly what Matt and I had to do for several weeks.

"sweetsriracha" wrote:

I'm initiating a sequence of events tonight! I'm thinking we'll do book, naked tummy time, bath, a good feed followed by some nursing in bed.

Sounds like a great plan! Keep at it even if it appears not to work at first. That tummy time always makes Carter sleepy. It is good exercise! I was also a night owl while pregnant and he was too for a while.....until I decided to get him on a routine. We usually start between 9 and 10 pm but that isn't set in stone. Sometimes earlier, sometimes later depending on what we've got going on. Good luck. I hope to see a successful update tomorrow.

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Rory is up multiple times a night Jasmine Smile I usually get one 4 hour stretch (sometimes it's only 3) and then he's up every 2 hours to the point you could almost set a clock to it. At this point I think Rory just really needs to eat as he rarely goes more than 2 hours during the day with out eating. He's such a big baby and I'm thinking his tummy just hasn't gotten big enough to hold a lot yet. Tonight he went down around 10:15 so I'll likely be up between 1 and 2, then 3-4, then 6 I'll just stick him in bed with me and let him nurse until Evan wakes around 7:30. I'm just thankful he hasn't been fighting me in the middle of the night. I can handle getting up multiple times but I'm too tired to fight him back to sleep for an hour at 3am!

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Trystan is up between 7 and 8am every morning, and he stays up for about four or five hours. Im either feeding him , holding him, or he's in his chair during that time. Then he sleeps and eats for the remainder of the day, maybe being awake an journal here or there. He's down for bed around 10pm. He's up only once or twice in the night. Its on ok schedule but not one that I implemented!

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Landon has a pretty good nightime routine. Usually he starts to cry at about 7. It is constant crying for about an hour no matter what we do. About 8 he will calm down a little bit. Usually about 830 daddy will give him a hot bath ( and I do mean hot this kid LOVES hot water) and then we lotion and dress him for bed. At 915 everynight he gets a nice hot bottle and then gets swaddled and fed. He dozes off until he is laid down then he wakes up and just looks around the room for about an hour. He then gets re wrapped and then he gets cuddled for sleep again. he is up at 2 then at 6 every morning. He wakes for the day at about 8 and is usually awake for an hour or 2 then back to sleep. He usually sleeps most of the later morning and early afternoon. Up at about 3 for an hour then sleeps again most of the time between 3 and 7. When he is awake we alternate between tummy time and playing under the gym.

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Wow you guys make me feel like we have no routine at all.:o

Before Christmas when #1 was in school, we'd wake up ~7. #1, #3 and I would walk to the bus stop at 7:30. He'd sleep the whole time. Then whenever he cried, I'd feed him. Around noon, we'd go to pick up #1 at the busstop. He'd sleep in the stroller. Afternoon same things, when he cried, I'd feed him, all the way til evening. He is out for the night between 7-10PM. Around 3 his nose gets stuffed up, I have to readjust his positioning, he goes back to sleep. Around 5, same thing again, stuffy nose, switch positions, back to sleep. He usually will not eat in the night.

Now that #1 is not in school, we wake up whenever, usually between 7-9 AM and the rest of the day, we just play by ear With the other kids, I just let them sort of set the schedule around our day. They just sort of learned when to sleep.

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