My DD is 9 weeks old. At what age do I start getting her into a routine? Im not really sure how or where to start..
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26-11-2013 06:36 #1
26-11-2013 09:04 #2Senior Member
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Hi I bought the book "contented little baby" and tried to get my 6 week old to follow it. Didn't work. She found her own routine around that time and it is pretty much the same today (she is now 10 months). She still has 3 naps! And slept through from around 8 weeks.
You could try get a book and follow a routine but don't stress if your baby doesn't follow it. I'm sure they will find their own.
I always made her eat at the same Time though (4 hourly).
26-11-2013 09:10 #3
Bub and you will find you will just slip into one that suits you best. There is no set age. Just remember to keep in mind bubs developmental age. She is to young to understand why your doing something just yet.
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26-11-2013 09:21 #4
I agree with PP. My LO is now 3 months (today actually) and she kind of stepped into her own routine. She goes 1 -1.5 hours awake followed by sleep. A bottle every 3 hours seems to work. She (so far, so I don't want to jinx it!) goes down fairly easily. She feeds, plays then sleeps. But she came up with this on her own, I didn't force it. My mum is always harping on about a routine, saying we were in one by 6 weeks. Honestly I think she is full of crap as I don't really see that as possible.
Your baby will fall into one naturally, and forcing one may do may make things more difficult than it should be.
26-11-2013 10:39 #5
Babies only start forming habits from 12 weeks, so a routine won't really work till after then. For my DS we tried a routine, but he wasn't too keen on it, so we let him guide us and he's now sorted out his own routine...feed, play, sleep. Bottle every 3 hours during the day, one dream feed at 10pm, then sleeps through till almost 6pm. He's been doing this for about 6 weeks now and is 4.5 months old. I watched some videos on you tube on how to recognise bubs hungry and tired signals and that helped heaps! The best thing I learned is that bubs under 6 months shouldn't be awake for more than 2 hours at a time or they get overtired and are hard to settle. Since we worked that out, he's been a dream! Good luck!
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