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    We fed on demand and had a consistent night-time routine like PP. My DD wasn't ready for a 'routine' /schedule based on the clock until she was 6 mths old, as she was a catnapper until then. (Any attempt to have her fit a schedule during the day before then was met with a lot of crying, by both of us!).

    Being responsive to bub is much more important for their development than a routine/schedule during the first 3-4 months (although most sleep books won't tell you this!).

    Edited to add: we did 'feed sleep play' as our routine and bub found her own approximate timings, but it wasn't consistent by the clock.
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    I followed my baby's lead and he settled into his own routine. I feed on demand but it follows pretty much the same pattern everyday and we have a nighttime routine (play with dad, bath, feed, sleep) which we started when ds was about 8 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooke082010 View Post
    It's been proven that it's better for them emotionally!
    I would also like to see this research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Em9 View Post
    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
    I followed my baby's lead in regards to feeding and sleeping- 3 out of my 4 kids have all settled into their own routines and all started sleeping through (6-8+ hours at a time) by 6 weeks.

    The only routine I really follow is the getting ready for bed routine which I start from birth- bath, awake time/quiet play time, feed, bed. Time wise it varies depending on when bub is getting tired, but its always the same order and it works for us because we can do it even if we arent home.

    Personally- and I am only speaking for myself here- I dont believe in feeding/sleeping routines where a baby has to be fed at a certain time or sleep at a certain time (medical reasons obviously are different)... as a midwife told me "a baby will sleep when they are tired and eat when they are hungry, they wont starve themselves".

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