(Closed) When did you introduce a night-time routine?

posted 4 years ago in Parenting
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I pretty much used Troublesome Tots as my baby sleep guide and she says between 0-3 months, bedtime is variable, usually between 8-11pm, and baby should be awake 1-2 hours before bed. (there’s a chart here). So from what you’re describing, it sounds like she needs another nap before bedtime. I found if she was overtired at all, it would be hard to get her to sleep and she would sleep much worse. At 6 weeks to 3 months, baby should be having 3-5 naps per day (chart here).

I also use white noise, but not really loud. I don’t know how much it helps her sleep, but it helps drown out noise from the rest of our little house!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  NewfieBullet.
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We started with a routine right away. 

We we do pajamas, story sometimes, then nurse to sleep in glider. We use a sound machine on ocean waves. 

 

Id try putting your baby to bed earlieR. sleep begets sleep. 

 

also so we only bathe once a week. DS’s skin is sensitive. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Pappy8:  at 3 months….. Nighttime routine started 1 hr before “bedtime” … Bathtime, massage (lotion) while singing songs, Feed/nurse, read books, then rock to sleep

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We have always had the routine where my husband has put my son to bed.  I didnt breastfeed – so when he was a newborn I would go to bed early and he would give him his last feeding of the day and then lay him in his rock n play next to our bed so I could at least get 4 hours in before the night time feedings.  By 6 weeks I transitioned him to his crib – more because I could not sleep with all his little noises everytime he moved or squeaked I would wake up after not sleeping the first night out of fear lol it got so much easier to sleep soundly and I have never had a problem hearing him on the monitor).  I would say by 8 weeks he was only waking up once a night.  At 12 weeks when I went back to work he was sleeping through the night and still does – we do the same thing almost everynight.  He gets solid foods around 6 pm now that he has started (just a few tablespoons). He gets a real bath every other night and a good wipedown the other nights – this usually happens around 630.  Then we have a little playtime interaction for about an hour and prepare him for sleep – diaper change and sleepsack.  We then turn down the lights and my husband gives him his last bottle of the night anytime between 730 and 830.  He usually goes down without a fuss then.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

NewfieBullet:  agree with the sleep begets sleep thing – I foolishly used to try keeping my son awake when he got home from daycare hoping that he would sleep later in the morning.  I find that if we let him nap for about an hour between when we pick him up and when he goes down he actually sleeps longer.  He usually falls asleep on the 5 minute drive home and i leave him in his car seat while I make dinner – actually works out well!

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