how soon did you establish a nighttime routine?

I ladies.  How soon did you begin establishing a night time routine with your LO and HOW did you go about it??


 


My DD is 5 weeks old now and have yet to establish one. I want to get an idea of what you ladies did to get your LO's into a routine.

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 8:36 am
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Canooknic
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I may have been slightly harsh, but at 3 weeks I put my boys down at 7pm. They still have the same bedtime now, and 99.9% of the time they go to sleep beautifully.

They have never known any different so don't have any issues with bedtime, obviously there are days when they are over-tired etc when they play up, but they are almost 4yrs old now and I'm pleased that I was so strict in the beginning because it's made things much easier now. FI and I get to have quality time together every night, and I can't tell you how important that has been for our relationship!
Posted on June 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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We started a routine pretty quick, like 3 weeks I think? We do bath, bottle and then bed - we started off with that and after a couple days we figured out the best time. 8 was too early and 10 was too late so 9 seemed to be the magic number. We usually start the bath at around 8:30 in the beginning if he was fussy we would just do the bath earlier. I know they say not to bathe a baby everyday but this is what works for us, he has never had any skin issues plus he loves his bath time!
I really think having a routine helps! He can literally take a nap at 7 wake up, get his bedtime routine and is back asleep till 7 the next morning. Don't get my wrong there were and and still are cranky nights but he knows as soon as those pjs came on next step is bottle and he usually will calm down. G is 4 1/2 months and has slept through the night (9 to 7) since around 2 1/2 months I think?
There have also been times that we have been out a little later and that hasn't messed anything up. I know we are super lucky, my lil guy just seems to like sleep!

I would watch her for a couple days and see when she starts getting fussy at night and then maybe start the routine say 30 mins before that?
Posted on June 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm
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Once my son was able to be put in a regular bath and not the sponge baths we started doing a little routine. We'd bathe him, read a sroty, I'd nurse him, and then put him down to sleep. We tried to do all of this around the same time every night. We'd start around 7:00 and be done by 8ish. That being said, it took many months for my son to actually be willing to go to sleep at 8pm. He usually hung out in the pack n play (where he slept for the first 6 months of his life) in our room or in bed with me while I watched TV and nursed a million times. He'd usually go down to sleep for a few hours around 10 or 11pm. Even now if he's teething or something he will not go to sleep early and he's 1. 


Our routine now is dinner around 6:30, play with daddy from 7:00ish-7:30, brush teeth, bath, put PJs on, nurse, then I put him down in his crib around 8:00. He will usually fall asleep pretty fast after that, but like I said above, if he's teething or sick or something he might only sleep an hour or refuse to go down at all.


All of our routines just kind of happened as I got to know my son better and what he needed and when. I didn't force a set schedule on him, but he did create his own in time. I think I really saw patterns emerge when he was around 6 months old. I'd definitely try to put something in place, but be very flexible because what you might want to do may not work for your baby. 

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm
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I agree with being flexible! I don't really force any kind of schedule he pretty much developed his own routine :-)
Posted on June 7, 2012 at 5:29 am
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I wanna say he was maybe 10 weeks or so, give or take a few weeks? All I know is that the bedtime routine was life changing. Prior to that it was common for him to be up til midnight one night, 6 the next night, etc etc. Now he's in bed between 7-8 without fail. Usually closer to 7. It's awesome.


 

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 7:25 am
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No set schedule yet here. I am still waking up one or two times a night. We usually feed him around 930, some days a bath before, then put him in the bassinet around 10. Then he is up at 530 or 6am. I am waiting for the nights where he will one day sleep longer than 3-4 hours straight. He is 7 weeks. Please say it will get better soon.

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 9:05 am
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Clightner it does get better!!!! It's hard knowing what is the right thing to do, for us it was definitely important to get into a routine ASAP, there's no way I could have survived when FI went back to work if my boys weren't having regular bedtimes & naps
Posted on June 7, 2012 at 10:43 am
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Thanks for your input ladies.


@cannoknic & Prinncessjen...Kudos to you ladies for getting started early.


@Clightnger...sounds your LO sleeps through most of the night! My DD wakes up 2-3x's through the night. Can't wait til she sleeps more than 3 hours at a time.


I'm going to try the bath, and feeding routine. The only problem is that she just about cries her lungs out everytime we give her a bath! Hopefully she'll learn to love baths sooner rather than later.

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 11:49 am
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G did that too in the beginning, she will get used to it!

Candice I swear it does get better! I didn't believe anyone when they told me that lol! But it does :-)
Posted on June 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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When my son was 7 weeks old he was up every 2 hours...

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm
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My boys HATED (capital letters needed to emphasise my point! Lol) having a bath, I moved them to my kitchen sink, which they still weren't keen on but were much happier than their baby bath.

We are happy with the decision we made to get into a routine early, but I was sometimes very jealous of my friend that didn't go down the routine route and had her little boy just fit in with her life. She was still going out for meals in the evening etc and just taking him along in his car seat, whereas we had to try and get a babysitter or miss out.

It all depends what works for your lifestyle - I just didn't want 2 babies in different time routines!!
Posted on June 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm
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I would say that routines for a forumla fed baby and a breastfed baby are going to be different.  We have a routine in such that we give DS a bath, lotion him up, nurse and put him to bed around the same time every night.  However, his sleeping schedule changes constantly.  He is EBF so there are some nights he'll go 6 hours without waking or like recently, he'll wake up every 2 hours.


What helped us with bath time (DS loves bath time) is we used the Puj Tub when he was an infant and bathed him in our bathroom sink.  We just kept the water running the entire time (which he loves because it's just like white noise). Once he outgrew that we migrated to a larger bath tub that sits on our counter. The water also had to be pretty warm.


I'm not sure if you're breastfeeding or not but if so, don't get too stuck on a routine. As soon as you think you have one down, they will change it up :)

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 2:58 am
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Great Question Michelle I was thinking the same thing.....


LO is 10wks and we are EBF and he can sometimes go 4hrs w/o waking up to feed or like Pink.July.Br..said he can wake up every two hrs to eat.  We have started giving him a bath or putting him in his cosleeper at 9pm every night but I think we may need to change the time up to 7 since i've returned to work this week and the late time is not working for us.

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:50 am
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Good point Pink!  G is formula feed so that does make a difference since breastmilk burns faster so babies need to eat more often when EBF.   


We bathe G is our kitchen sink - it's a huge sink (just one big section) and we have a facuet that sprays water which he likes :)

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 5:32 am
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We started our bedtime routine at around 8 weeks and also do Bath, Bottle then Bed. We've changed the time around alot to figure out what works best for our little guy. When he was younger he was having his last feed at around 9pm so we started bath time around 8.30. As he got older he was struggling to stay up that long so we brought the time earlier. Now at 4 months old it has settled into a lovely routine where we bath around 7pm, give him his bottle and he's in bed between 7.30 - 8 every night.


I also agree on being flexible. If he's cranky we just bath him a little earlier. If we're out later we just let him have an extra nap in the evening and bath him and put him to bed later when we get home.


I think it's luck of the draw on the STTN thing. Our little guy is still up for one feed a night at around 2am. Then sleeps (restlessly and sometimes waking alot to be resettled!) until 6-7am.

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

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