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    That sounds like a pretty good routine! We've gotta dog so I guess I could work in an afternoon walk as part of it. I guess we just start with the basics first and then add to the bedtime routine over time to see what works...

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    Quote Originally Posted by netispaghetti View Post
    Good to know! I think sometimes reading about sleep etc and other threads you develop the impression that they need to be in bed by a certain time! But with DD every day is different ATM so we'll continue to go with the flow and see what she wants us to do!
    Just to give another perspective on this, with DS we always went with the flow and did whatever DS wanted to do. He is now 2.5yo and has a terrible sleep routine, stays up until 9.30pm most nights, sleeps in our bed every night. Both DH and I very much wish we had had a strict routine with him from the beginning, and with baby #2 on the way we are going to do things the complete opposite! Of course this is just our experience and all kids are different!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyTurtle View Post
    Just to give another perspective on this, with DS we always went with the flow and did whatever DS wanted to do. He is now 2.5yo and has a terrible sleep routine, stays up until 9.30pm most nights, sleeps in our bed every night. Both DH and I very much wish we had had a strict routine with him from the beginning, and with baby #2 on the way we are going to do things the complete opposite! Of course this is just our experience and all kids are different!
    I could've wrote this^^^ word for word! With our 2nd on the way, it's going to be waaaaay different!!! In hindsight, I can even pinpoint when we could've gently introduced a bedtime routine to her without much drama too but we were very "meh" about it at the time......we're not even too sure how to get her in her own bed now but want to do it before our second bubba arrives so she doesn't blame him. We're hoping her new 'big-girl' bed does the trick?! It's getting a little squished now that my belly is growing and I'm needing a few extra pillows....even with our king bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyTurtle View Post
    Just to give another perspective on this, with DS we always went with the flow and did whatever DS wanted to do. He is now 2.5yo and has a terrible sleep routine, stays up until 9.30pm most nights, sleeps in our bed every night. Both DH and I very much wish we had had a strict routine with him from the beginning, and with baby #2 on the way we are going to do things the complete opposite! Of course this is just our experience and all kids are different!
    I don't think a routine has to be strict with times at that age, but I have had a night time routine with all 3 kids and as newborns, that meant bath at some stage in the evenings and then feed and bed. I started a stricter bedtime around 3/4 months but usually my kids fell into this routine themselves.

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    DD has been sleeping in her cot in her own room from when we got home from the hospital...our dog sleeps in our bed so I didn't want DD too!! So we've learnt that lesson the hard way!

    I am hoping when she's a little older that we have a routine, not just for bedtime but daytime naps too. I just feel that at this age I can't force things on her because her body clock is still adjusting. So go with the flow until I can see some consistency ... She does feed at 7am everyday for the last week on her terms which is good and other feeds are moving to regular times which is nice but I gather this might change at 3 months or rather as soon as I think she's settled into her own rhythm it changes!

    So I can see the benefits of both routine and go with the flow...and I guess we'll try for a mixture to give her some ritual at night time to keep her as calm as possible during her arsenic hour!

    Thanks peeps...it's been a great help and the reassurance is very much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by netispaghetti View Post
    DD has been sleeping in her cot in her own room from when we got home from the hospital...our dog sleeps in our bed so I didn't want DD too!! So we've learnt that lesson the hard way!

    I am hoping when she's a little older that we have a routine, not just for bedtime but daytime naps too. I just feel that at this age I can't force things on her because her body clock is still adjusting. So go with the flow until I can see some consistency ... She does feed at 7am everyday for the last week on her terms which is good and other feeds are moving to regular times which is nice but I gather this might change at 3 months or rather as soon as I think she's settled into her own rhythm it changes!

    So I can see the benefits of both routine and go with the flow...and I guess we'll try for a mixture to give her some ritual at night time to keep her as calm as possible during her arsenic hour!

    Thanks peeps...it's been a great help and the reassurance is very much appreciated!
    I think the definition of routine is different for each person. To me, you can have a routine but not be strict with times.

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    That sounds like a good philosophy!

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    Ok so we're having some progress with the bedtime routine: play bath feed cuddle bed where DD is in bed by 720pm, then she sleeps for about 40mins and then is unsettled from 8-9pm...I aim to do a dream feed sometime between 10-11pm...

    Interested in anyone's thoughts...is she telling us that bedtime should be later or just keep with what we're doing?

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    Dream feeds only work with 60% of kids so don't stress if it doesn't work for you.

    At the 8-9pm mark..... Are you resettling by patting or shushing or are you feeding back to sleep.

    My girls needed feeds then.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    Dream feeds only work with 60% of kids so don't stress if it doesn't work for you.

    At the 8-9pm mark..... Are you resettling by patting or shushing or are you feeding back to sleep.

    My girls needed feeds then.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.
    Lol just managed to get a 5 hr sleep! So I ended up feeding her at 9pm and them she went down for a sleep and I got up to feed her at 230am...no dream feed at 10pm because I was asleep too!

    I think she was cluster feeding from around 5-9pm. It's not always like that but I hope I get better at recognising it for what it is!


 

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