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    Default Sleep, feed, play, sleep routine

    I'm trying really hard to stick to the Sleep, feed, play, sleep routine but DS only ever does 45min naps and feeds every 3 hours (10 weeks old). How do I do this when he wakes so early from his nap & still has an hour until his next feed. If I keep him awake then by the time his next feed occurs he is tired & needs to sleep straightaway. The timings r really hard to do to keep this routine :-(

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    Default Sleep, feed, play, sleep routine

    Just to throw you something completely different-I didn't stick to a routine. Pretty much because of what you have written in your post. It was too hard and stressful to stick to a routine in a book when my baby wasn't doing what he was 'supposed' to do.

    I fed him when ever he was hungry. I was breast feeding though so this does make things a bit easier to feed on demand. If he went straight back to sleep after a feed, then that was ok. If he was still alert then we would have some play time. Sometimes he would happily be awake for longer than lots of books recommended and other times he wouldn't. Which is why I found it so much easier (and I wasn't stressing half as much as a first time mum) to create our own routine that worked for me and bub.

    I'm not sure if this is the kind of info or advice you are looking for, but I hope it helps. Try not to stress if you can't do it like the books say. xx

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    Default Re: Sleep, feed, play, sleep routine

    If it's not working for you adapt it

    Not every baby is the same and therefore one routine will not work for every baby.

    E.g. when DS was a baby I had to do feed, play, feed, sleep. Lol.

    Go with your instincts and you won't have to stress that your routine is wrong or not working.

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    Default Re: Sleep, feed, play, sleep routine

    I agree with summastarlet, not all babies follow the same routine. And Whenever I thought we had one established, DD liked to change it up a little! I found it far less stressful to play it by ear and follow her lead.

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    I did feed/play/sleep but thought of it as a pattern to the day rather than a strict timetable. I do think that babies need to have some structure and it benefits them to know what is going to happen next, but it doesn't have to be set by the clock. Your baby will tell you when he is hungry or tired and if you go by that and respond when he needs it you will probably find that he has a routine of sorts anyway. I used to keep a daily diary of wake and feed times on the front of the fridge and after a few days of noting the times a pattern was usually evident.

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    Default Sleep, feed, play, sleep routine

    We did play, feed, play, sleep since DS does not really sleep in the day so there is more playtime involved!

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    i only used "feed play sleep" as a guide. I breastfed on demand so most of the time this routine went out the window. It was usually feed, play, feed, sleep, feed, feed...!
    Go with your baby's cues, feed him when he makes those signs, put him to bed before you notice overtired signs. A little comfort feed to settle off to sleep when he was early, (if that's what works) is by no means going to harm him this young! infact it might make life easier on you. Enjoy this time and dont stress over routines! Get rid of clocks!! lol
    Growth spurts throw everything out of whack aslo.
    What works for one day might not the next for unknown reasons, just go with it and your instincts.
    When i was completely exhautsed and bub's was only sleeping 40min cycles, i resorted to plonking myself on the couch with dd. We would both lazily nap and feed for a good couple hrs. It really was bliss Might be harder to do this if you have other chidren tho.
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    Default Sleep, feed, play, sleep routine

    We always fed, slept then played.

    Do whatever works best for you and bub.

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    Default Re: Sleep, feed, play, sleep routine

    Sleep, feed, play... Now there's a term I havnt heard in 5 years! Lol.

    It's a term that books and professionals like to use to make new Mothers go insane. Do what works and nothing else.

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    Babies like to sleep with a full tummy so eat, play, sleep sort of goes against natural instinct for them. I'm sure it would work for more easy-going babes who sort of go with the flow but many others won't have a bar of it.
    I agree with others - adapt what works, throw the rest out the window!


 

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