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    I was just wondering what routines you follow with your bubs? I have a 4 week old and am trialing some routines with him to ensure he sleeps well at night. I understand routines are not for everyone and every baby but would love an insight to what other people do. Thank you

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    I found that it was impossible to get my son into any firm of a routine at that age. We're only now at almost 4 months getting into a routine. At 4 weeks I suggest following your baby's ques

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    The only routine I really did at that age was night time. Gave a bath. .. cuddles. ..story and feed. Popped into bed at the same time every night.

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    I'm finding that having a set bedtime and bedtime routine is working well for us. My son used to have a very alert awake time between 8 and 11pm and was hard to get to sleep. Now I think he's worked his day and night out and goes to bed at 7pm, only waking for feeds then back to sleep.

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    Routines are great! Both my children were put on routines from the day we got home from hospital. And both slept through from 4 weeks! It's not cruel like some ppl like to make out. It's been proven that it's better for them emotionally!
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    I found both my bub's formed their own routines, I just follow their lead. Trying to force a routine often adds stress to everything, and that makes problem behaviours worse. I also find that my girls often change their routines based on teething/milestones, being flexible allows them to get more sleep or food as needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooke082010 View Post
    Routines are great! Both my children were put on routines from the day we got home from hospital. And both slept through from 4 weeks! It's not cruel like some ppl like to make out. It's been proven that it's better for them emotionally!
    I'd love to see the study that has 'proved' this.

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    I personally don't believe in 'training' a new born to sleep. At that age the only routine we had was a bath one.

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    When DS was 4 weeks, all we had was a bedtime routine, so bath, pjs, story, bf then into bed. It helped get him settled for the night. But we found there was no point trying to get him onto a schedule during the day because he was constantly changing, and every day was different. I've always just gone off his signs, feed him when he's hungry, put him down when he's tired etc. He's fairly predictable but he doesn't have a strict routine where I put him down at the exact same time, feed him at the exact same time etc.

    That's what works for us but every baby us different.

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    At that age, the only routine I had was a night routine of bath, feed, bed. The time wasn't important.


 

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