Hi all. I'm a first time mummy to a beautiful little girl who is almost 4 weeks old.
My question is when is a good time to introduce a bedtime routine? Is 8 weeks to soon or too late? I was prob going to start around then.... She is currently fed on demand so there is no sort of structure to our day/night and some times she can be awake for 2 hours between sleeps which sometimes worries me, shouldn't newborns not be awake for that long? I'm just so new to this and get very confused about what "they" say "should" happen and any real mummy advice would be appreciated.
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14-01-2012 17:03 #1
When did u introduce a bedtime routine?
14-01-2012 17:16 #2
We Introduced a bedtime routine at around 6 weeks. Nothing too structured, just a bath at the same time each night, breastfeed and some time cuddling in her room with the lights dim (later a story as well). Sometimes she would sleep, sometimes she wouldn't, but as she got older it just helped her associate certain things with bedtime and bedtime wasn't as tough.
Don't expect too much from it and be flexible, but it wont hurt to start the association
ETA - ignore what 'they' say bub should and shouldn't be doing. Every baby is different and only you will know what it best. Do whatever keeps you both happy
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14-01-2012 18:31 #3
I started doing a bedtime routine around 8 weeks. It was roughly the same time every night. Just a shower, short massage, boob and bed. When he woke up after I would just feed him and put him back to bed without any playtime. I added a story around 5-6 months.
Also DS used to stay awake for a couple of hours too at that age but I worked out I was missing his tired signs.
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15-01-2012 07:14 #4
I spent so much time with DS1 worrying about what he "should" or "shouldn't" be doing I didn't enjoy the first 6 months of his life as much as I wished I did.
Do whatever works best for you & your baby & throw the "rule book" out the window.
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15-01-2012 07:30 #5
OMG I wish I had a bed time routine for my 10 week old!
She kinda has a plan but honestly she drives us mad with her bed time shenanigans... If you asked I would say she goes to bed at 10pm, wakes for a feed at 5am, wakes for another feed at 9am, then has an hour nap every 2 hours, until 10pm again..... ofcourse that would be a big fat lie and what i would tell you is that she whinges every hour, wriggling so much she wakes herself up, and wont go to sleep unless I cuddle her close and stroke her hair. Pointing out, I don't think I've put Leila to bed the same way twice.
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15-01-2012 11:31 #6
My DD is almost 6 months and we've just started a bedtime routine based on when she wanted to sleep. From about 5 months she started getting tired at 6 and was asleep by 7.
So now every evening around 6pm, we have a bath, then a massage, then lie in bed and boob to sleep. Once she's asleep I put her in her cot. She still wakes twice during the night for feeds.
I think because we never gave her a routine and just let her find her own she became a good sleeper. No matter where we are or what we are doing, around 7pm, she wants b00by and bed. We just spend a week camping at a festival and every night, she'd fall asleep in her pram while we watched whatever bands we wanted.
So if you are flexible and you think it'll work your personality/lifestyle don't do a set routine. Instead let your bub find their own.
15-01-2012 11:45 #7
From about 6 weeks we have been doing this routine: 6pm bath, 6.20pm bottle, and in bed by 7pm. Always up for the day at 7am.
I think DD learned pretty quickly that bath time and bottle means sleep time and she started sleeping through from 9 weeks.
We read an awesome American book called "12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks Old", I highly recommend it! It's super simple and quick to read. You can get it on Amazon.
15-01-2012 18:46 #8
Zoe has just turned 6 weeks and we started the routine this week, So far so good no crying, noises anything when she goes down at 7pm awake she is generally asleep by herself by 7:20. The whole routine takes about 5:30 including a playtime, bath or shower and then a bottle and 30 mins of burping.
15-01-2012 19:27 #9Senior Member
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We've a simple routine that seems to work (dd is 9.5 weeks). Bath between 6.30-7.00 and then feed to sleep usually asleep by 8.15. Any earlier and there is too much noise in the house and she doesn't settle. it has been in place since she was about 2-3 weeks old and became our routine by accident.
15-01-2012 19:52 #10Member
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Haha I can't believe people have routines so early on!! My girl is 14 months and we've just started a routine and bed time (ish)!! Up until then we just went with the flow but did the bath after dinner and then bed when she looked tired! I am not a structured person at all and was very hesitant to start one but she has taken to it great and she knows after bath is book then she's already waving goodnight to everyone before I even say it.
In saying that though with her personality she would not have taken to it any earlier an she was starting to test me so it came to the point were she wanted it.
Do what you like but I wouldn't expect much from such a young baby. I still don't!! Haha
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