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    Hi

    My bubs will 6 weeks this thursday and I was just wondering when you started routines with your little ones?

    We currently feed every 3 hours but there is no other resl structure thsn that.

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    At 6 weeks I think I was still in shock! DS kind of formed his own routine. We fed every 3-4 hours, he slept on me during the day and at night he slept from 10pm - 7am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    At 6 weeks I think I was still in shock! DS kind of formed his own routine. We fed every 3-4 hours, he slept on me during the day and at night he slept from 10pm - 7am.
    This but not the night sleeps.

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    Pretty much what @GucciDahling said. At six weeks we were feeding every three hours, day and night.

    The only hints of "routine" we had in place was taking bub for a 45-minute walk every afternoon. He would sleep in the pram and I got a bit of exercise, fresh air, sunlight and peace. In addition, we set in place bath time, massage, feed, story time, bed by 7pm - even though he'd be up at 10/11pm for his next feed.

    Those little things - let's call them ritual rather than routine - have stayed in place. Even now at 11 months old the bath/bed/nighttime rituals are the same, except that he now sleeps through until 6/6:30am.

    I think it's good to start thinking about routines and establishing a few habits or cues for bub, but don't get too freaked out if they don't stick just yet. For us, everything really started coming together at 12 weeks. By that time he was sleeping through from 7pm until 4/4:30am.

    If you are interested in a more structured routine the sleep books offer some guidance (Save Our Sleep, Contented Little Baby, 12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks). My advice on those is take what you need from them but don't get yourself too tangled up in knots if bub doesn't do everything "by the book". You can absolutely have success - we have, taking bits and pieces of advice from here and there that I was comfortable with - using the varied techniques but remember they are their own little individuals and, try as you might, sometimes they will just do what they will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat74 View Post
    Pretty much what @GucciDahling said. At six weeks we were feeding every three hours, day and night.

    The only hints of "routine" we had in place was taking bub for a 45-minute walk every afternoon. He would sleep in the pram and I got a bit of exercise, fresh air, sunlight and peace. In addition, we set in place bath time, massage, feed, story time, bed by 7pm - even though he'd be up at 10/11pm for his next feed.

    Those little things - let's call them ritual rather than routine - have stayed in place. Even now at 11 months old the bath/bed/nighttime rituals are the same, except that he now sleeps through until 6/6:30am.

    I think it's good to start thinking about routines and establishing a few habits or cues for bub, but don't get too freaked out if they don't stick just yet. For us, everything really started coming together at 12 weeks. By that time he was sleeping through from 7pm until 4/4:30am.

    If you are interested in a more structured routine the sleep books offer some guidance (Save Our Sleep, Contented Little Baby, 12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks). My advice on those is take what you need from them but don't get yourself too tangled up in knots if bub doesn't do everything "by the book". You can absolutely have success - we have, taking bits and pieces of advice from here and there that I was comfortable with - using the varied techniques but remember they are their own little individuals and, try as you might, sometimes they will just do what they will do.
    This!!!

    In fact I think every hospital in the world should print this off and give it to every new parent. It sums up healthy sleep habits without resorting to too much crying or drama for both bub and the rest of the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat74 View Post
    Pretty much what @GucciDahling said. At six weeks we were feeding every three hours, day and night.

    The only hints of "routine" we had in place was taking bub for a 45-minute walk every afternoon. He would sleep in the pram and I got a bit of exercise, fresh air, sunlight and peace. In addition, we set in place bath time, massage, feed, story time, bed by 7pm - even though he'd be up at 10/11pm for his next feed.

    Those little things - let's call them ritual rather than routine - have stayed in place. Even now at 11 months old the bath/bed/nighttime rituals are the same, except that he now sleeps through until 6/6:30am.

    I think it's good to start thinking about routines and establishing a few habits or cues for bub, but don't get too freaked out if they don't stick just yet. For us, everything really started coming together at 12 weeks. By that time he was sleeping through from 7pm until 4/4:30am.

    If you are interested in a more structured routine the sleep books offer some guidance (Save Our Sleep, Contented Little Baby, 12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks). My advice on those is take what you need from them but don't get yourself too tangled up in knots if bub doesn't do everything "by the book". You can absolutely have success - we have, taking bits and pieces of advice from here and there that I was comfortable with - using the varied techniques but remember they are their own little individuals and, try as you might, sometimes they will just do what they will do.
    This, except minus the walk

    From about a week old we did a nighttime routine around the same time and same way each day, and it's still the same. Only other thing is although timing of day sleeps differed, with DS2 I tried to get home down for sleeps in his bassinet as I needed time with DS1 and when I did I would do the same thing every time. Cuddle, wrap, cuddle while humming a song, put down and turn on his giraffe that plays 10 min of lullaby, pat and shush until calm then see if he'd sleep, if not pat and shush more.

    I followed loosely the routines in baby bliss, but even in there she suggests going with the flow with no real routine until 6 weeks then start a very loose routine. I found the routines in there helpful to know what was age appropriate and when to think about changing things

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    My ds2 is 7 weeks and we don't really have any routine. Mainly because I've got a 20 month old toddler so baby just has to fit around him. With ds1 we tried to start a bedtime routine of bath, bed etc around this time but I havnt bothered with this one as he's very colicky so he's either awake and crying or asleep and his sleep patterns during the day are all over the place so I don't see the point in having a set time for bath when one day he might be sleeping then and there's no way I'm waking him as I've usually spent a long time getting him to sleep!!
    I don't think there is any harm in starting to try and establish routines but just bear in mind that things are still changing and an easy content baby at 6 weeks who sleeps on their own etc may not be the same in a months time so don't get stressed if things don't go to plan. Also I think it's important to get out and about and at this age it's easier to get baby to adapt to your plans so you can go to mothers groups, playgroups etc when you want. Once they get older you become more restricted trying to time things around naps etc.
    Take advantage of being able to go for a relaxing coffee while you can!

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    Thanks everyone for the responses. After the night we have just had I think I will have to wait a bit and go with the flow for now 😦. Arhh just so tired...

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    @torn13 I have an almost 6 week old and the only routine (I like what the pp said about rituals not routines at this stage btw!) is around feeds. She is feeding generally 3 hourly, rarely 4hourly and sometimes 1-2 hourly so there's no timed routine to that and no bedtime/wake up other than loosely at her feed around 8-10am we start the day and move out of the bedroom and her feed at 8-10pm we move back to the bedroom.
    At feed time I take her out of her swaddle, do one boob, change nappy, back in swaddle then other boob then cuddle at least 10 minutes longer if she's not very sleepy with some music on (lullabies or womb noise). Then into bassinet. At night I pre-warm the bassinet each feed with a wheat bag and keep the lamp on low and stay quiet. She sleeps by my bed at night. During the day she is in the living room in her bassinet so it's noisy and bright. Day feeds she'll get either bath, tummy time or play time in between boobs.

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    I didn't start trying to gently implement routine with my boys until they were both about 8 weeks. I wanted to wait until they had made it through the 6 week growth spurt and breastfeeding was fully established. At 6 weeks I fed whenever, settled however although tries to have the same night time routine (milk, bath, bed etc).

    At first I started with some basics but was still pretty flexible (room temp, bedding, rough sleep times, feeding whenever bub squarked still). By about 12 weeks bubs I was more organised and consistent with the routine. By 15 months when bubs are on one day nap the flexibility rules the house again


 

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