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I know there have been a few threads on what our babies schedules are, if we have one, but I'm confused! I know babies like schedules, so I've been trying to get KC on one, but it's not really working out very well. I kept track for a few days of when he naturally was hungry/tired, etc, but it wasn't consistent at all from day to day. So I've made a bit of a schedule..he eats solids in the morning at 9:30, and has a bedtime routine. He gets his soids at night at 8, bath at 9, play for awhile, and then I read him a few books right before I put him to bed at 10. But, during the day there's no schedule. He nurses about every 3 hours, but nursing and naps are not at the same times every day. Sometimes he'll sleep from 10 to 6 or 7 straight through the night, and then sometimes he'll wake up at 3:30, 6:30 to nurse, and then sleep again until 9. I was thinking of making an educated guess and setting a schedule for him and seeing how it goes for a couple of days. But, if he's tired, I don't want to keep him up for a half an hour or an hour until the set naptime..it just seems like then he'll get cranky and not go to sleep at all. Maybe he's just not ready for a set daytime schedule? What do ya think? (sorry, this was kind of a rant, hopefully it makes sense!)
He sounds like Mason. We have a schedule as far as eating solids goes.. but other than that it's random. Some nights he wont eat at all and some nights he will eat 3 times. But this is our schedule:
wake up at 8, nap from 9-10:30. Nurse, then eat 4 tblsp of cereal or jar of baby food.
Then it's pretty much random as far as naps and nursing go.. but when he wakes up from his nap around 7:30 (sometimes give or take 30 min) he gets either cereal or baby food (which ever he didn't have for breakfast)
That's pretty much all that is set. Otherwise some days he only naps once, some days it seems like he sleeps all day. Some days he's hungry every 2 hours, some days every 4.
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I would say we have a schedule but it is more like a "pattern" because things don't always happen at the exact time every day but in general, he does the same things in the same order... he usually gets up around 7 (today he slept until 8:30... go figure) but then no matter what time he wakes, he take a nap 2 hours later for around 1 hour. We follow this same pattern thoughout the day but his afternoon nap is usually more like 2.5 hours and then he has another nap around dinner time (6ish) which is 1 hour. He plays in between. As for solids... I am too lazy in the morning so he gets solids with dinner (usually veggies) and then cereal mixed with fruit before his last bottle of the day. He sleeps from 8:30pm until 7am.... I think it is just an overall patter because each day can be different depending on his mood, my mood , if we go out or not etc. What I do know from my older son is that a definite nap schedule doesn't usually happen until closer to 1 year+... then my son would nap at 10 and 2 religiously.
We have a schedule during the day night times are differnet. He wakes up about 6ish has a bottle sleeps for another hour or so gets up at 7. He gets soilds around 9 which is fruit and cereal then takes a nap about 9:30. He will take about an hour to two hour nap. Then he gets soilds, cereal and a bottle around 12:30. He wont take another nap unitil 4ish and that only an hour long. The rest of the night is usally how he wants it to go. I usally feed him dinner before I eat, then he gets a bottle when he starts rubbing his eyes.
we dont have a schedule either really, but we have a routine. I dont really pay attention to what time everything is at, except at bedtime, I try to always have him in bed around 8:30pm. During the day, he usually eats about every 4 hours, a bottle followed by solids. He usually gets fussy about 2 hours after waking and thats when we nap, either 20 minutes-2 hours. then he may have one more small nap later on in the day, but not most days. he really doesnt sleep much during the day, no matter how hard i have tried to make him nap more. but thenhe is a mad fussy fool by about 6:30, but stays up till 8:30. Just before bed he has a bath and a bottle then its bedtime.
Her mornings always follw the same pattern, though it's not always at the same time every day, depending on what time she woke up, but usually:
She wakes at 7, has a bottle, then at 9 takes a nap- usually for about 45 minutes if I don't wake her up trying to put her in her crib. then when she wakes she gets oatmeal and a jar of fruit and then 2 hours later she's down for another nap, this one shorter. She will take a short 10- 15 minute nap every 2 hours throughout the day. The only other thing that I always do the same every day is dinner- which is at 5 o'clock- a jar of veggies and oatmeal. But I am thinking of pushing dinner back to about 7 because she has been SO fussy at dinner time lately because for some reason around 5 she's always tired and fussy. But that's it for routines, the rest of the day we play it by ear.
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We have regular eating times, (we have since the beginning)but the rest is pretty random. My other babies I had in a routine long before this, but with Julia I feel like I am figuring things out day by day (go figure, she's my 5th).
If you and your baby are happy then I would not worry about what kind of routine you're "supposed" to be in. Every baby and person is different, and some fall into a routine faster than others.