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    Default Newborn sleep routines, when to start?

    Hi Everyone, I am after some advice on how to get my 2 week old baby into some sort of routine for sleeping at night. I know its early days but is it too early to start a routine? There is so much information out there I am getting confused on what to do! I am breast feeding on demand at the moment, some nights he sleeps for 2-4 hours and other nights (like last night) he wakes every hour to hour and a half for a feed! He likes to fall asleep feeding then I put him in his cot, sometimes he sleeps and sometimes he wakes up and I have to get him up and feed him again. Any advice on what advice to follow would be greatly appreciated!

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    I'm subscribing to this, I'm in the same boat

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    Personally, I think it's too early for a routine.At that age (up till 6 months) I very much followed dd's lead and gave her whatever she wanted/needed. After a couple of months I did kind of work out rough times she wanted things. Like now that she's one I know she likes her morning nap exactly 3.5 hours after waking, so I always wind up our activities around that time in anticipation she will get tired and cranky soon! Putting them on to a routine can also affect your milk supply while Brest feeding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaliyahsmummy View Post
    Personally, I think it's too early for a routine.At that age (up till 6 months) I very much followed dd's lead and gave her whatever she wanted/needed. After a couple of months I did kind of work out rough times she wanted things. Like now that she's one I know she likes her morning nap exactly 3.5 hours after waking, so I always wind up our activities around that time in anticipation she will get tired and cranky soon! Putting them on to a routine can also affect your milk supply while Brest feeding.
    I agree, I didnt Breast feed but he was ff on demand so we just went with his lead he was constantly changing his routines...we're talking like 4 times a week lol Hes almost 6 months and has a bed time routine and usually wants certain things around the same time each day.

    Every baby is different and some thrive on routines and some dont, I think 2 weeks is a little bit too early to tell since his feeds are different all the time. It looks like youre doing an awesome job already

    ETA Sorry I didnt realise this was in people with 0 to 2 month old bubbas...sorry for crashing
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    My third baby is now 3 months old and has settled into a "routine" of sorts all by himself. He generally feeds every 3-4hrs and has started to skip a feed at night so can go 5-8 hrs between feeds.
    In my experience, trying to get a newborn into a routine is futile. The early days are so important for establishing your supply if you are breastfeeding and babies will eventually find their own rhythm. Just take each day as it comes and enjoy having a little person who completely relies on you!

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    Tiny babies have tiny tummies, and they physically need to feed very often to optimise growth, so your bub sounds very normal in that department, it is so intensive to begin with, but frequent feeding is the best thing for your bub to grow to full potential. Babies know what they need, we just have to listen to them.

    You will find with time feeds begin to space naturally as bub grows a bigger tummy and gets physically stronger, and more efficient at draining the breast.

    Take care, you are doing a great job

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    our dds natural routine was pretty easy to follow, so we just went with the flow.

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    Thanks everyone, I think the most thing I was most worried about was trying to get him to self settle. I guess I need to learn to go with the flow and not be so worried about routines yet, I didn't realise I was such a routine orientated person!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie111 View Post
    Thanks everyone, I think the most thing I was most worried about was trying to get him to self settle. I guess I need to learn to go with the flow and not be so worried about routines yet, I didn't realise I was such a routine orientated person!!
    DS never self settled and needed to be held 24/7 he now self settles and sleeps in his own cot all night and naps in his swing all day...obviously this isnt every baby but just thought I would share my story. Bubs is still so young so he will want to always feel you close by and its a lovely feeling to have somebody who relies on you at all times and just loves you and your hugs

    Oh and Its really hard to let go of routines and go with the flow Im exactly the same, after a few days I realised I wasnt doing myself any favours by stressing about routine and what he "should" be doing according to all the books

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    Tiny babies have tiny tummies, and they physically need to feed very often to optimise growth, so your bub sounds very normal in that department, it is so intensive to begin with, but frequent feeding is the best thing for your bub to grow to full potential. Babies know what they need, we just have to listen to them.

    You will find with time feeds begin to space naturally as bub grows a bigger tummy and gets physically stronger, and more efficient at draining the breast.

    Take care, you are doing a great job
    Very well put AM


    I shouldn't be in this section either as my youngest is 4 months, but he has sort of put himself into a routine now He has by far been my hardest baby out of 5! It does get easier


 

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