Wednesday, October 7, 2009

So... how do you get a baby on a schedule?

Magical equations and details, please.

10 comments:

JuliaKoponick said...

I have to admit I have no magic answers. The only kids who were ever on any kind of consistent schedule were the twins, and that was because they were in the NICU and got used to the schedule there. They stayed on it pretty well until they were about 3 months old.

Maddy has put herself on her own nap schedule, which works pretty well when we are home for the day, but is harder when we need to be out for a doctor's appt or something. She then just takes cat naps all day instead of her longer morning nap around 8-10 am and her afternoon nap around 2-4.

Stephanie and Todd said...

You should call Holly! Arora has always been on a schedule, which she still follows!

Kathy Haynie said...

I agree, Holly's a pro. I think Hillary and Ashley both have babies on a schedule, more or less, too.

Don't ask me. I never did figure it out. My babies all catnapped, very unpredictable. Sorry.

Patricia said...

I do remember that we had to "help" some of our babies switch from sleeping all evening and then being awake all night. It was hard, because it's so nice to have a nice quiet evening, but then it seemed after they had had one good, long stretch of sleep, they didn't want to sleep very long at night.
So we did keep them awake in the evening with wet washcloths, and bare tummies, to kind of make them uncomfortable. It worked, though, and they were all good sleepers, until about 9 months old, when they seemed to need to eat again in the night.
Other than that, it seems some babies are awake more and some sleep more. Good luck!

Marae Lindsey said...

I don't know. But I am so sad that I coudn't see you in that ridiculous busy time, and I miss you! London is magical, and wishes you were here. Give baby a kiss for me please!

Allen and Cameo said...

oh let me tell you... I know all about putting babies to sleep and getting them on a schedule... Oh wait... I don't. Sorry

CK Morgan said...

What worked for us was making sure that I fed Jonathan every three hours. That was the schedule we started him on right when he was a newborn and lasted until probably 10.5 months. For nap time I picked a time when he was normally tired (2 o'clock for us) and every day he went down then and I gave him a week or so to get used to it and then didn't get him up for two hours after that even if he woke up early so he understood that it was naptime (we probably started that around 2-3 months or so...mean huh? but it worked out nicely). Now it is only 1.5 hours until he gets to get up. Morning naps are just whenever he acts tired. That is a hard one for us because that is when I can go run errands so sometimes he just gets to sleep in the car. Nap times are hard at first Katie, I just had to let him cry, more because I needed time to rest too. I've heard good things about "becoming baby wise" the book but i don't know if i follow it exactly. this is long. sorry. good luck!

Richard and Emily said...

Bribe her. I hear chocolate works. Oh wait...that's for five year olds. :)

Josh and Alice said...

I have to say the book "Babywise" is working very well for me. Josiah is on a pretty good schedule. If you don't want to read the book, you could look at that summary I sent you (at least I think I did). The second page of the "Nursing and Napping" one. Let me know if you have any questions about it. Josiah actually went 9 hours between feedings one night (I eventually woke him up since I was about to explode)...but hasn't done it since, darn. But he does relatively good at night I think.

Rachel and Todd said...

Oh, that was the big question for like the first 10 months. My biggest "schedule" problems were with sleeping, but I've come to the conclusion that Henry was just a really light sleeper.

But I have a few words of wisdom.

1. Choose a schedule that is good for YOU. Ex: I tried getting Henry on the "put to bed at 7 pm and hope he sleeps til 7 am" schedule and that just turned into 2 hour bedtime struggles and it also trapped us to our apartment in the evenings. It was also exhausting. I wanted to sleep in! If 9-9 works for you, go for it. I wouldn't try to really force your baby to do what the books say. Do what you feel is best for you and Bryan and what the baby would jive best with.

2. Learn and read the baby's cues. When she shows she's tired in the evening, do your little bed time ritual and put her to bed. I think reading her cues and anticipating her needs will keep her happiest and will make her feel comfortable so that she can gel into a schedule.

3. Be consistent.