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October 11th, 2011, 11:28 AM
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Sorry I'm posting so much today. I have things I need to ask and thought I would post here to help boost our post count.

I'm trying to get into a routine with Ammon and I cna't get it. Today he's 7 weeks old and his days/nights are all over the place. Last night was my first night of him going to bed at 7:30 and not fussing but in exchange for that he was awake from 1:30-7:30 but wanted to be held and was eating every 1.5 hrs. in the day the only way for him to sleep is on the swing of by me rocking him to sleep. Then at night it's feed him then hold him till we go to bed or he'll wake up.

How do I get him to learn to sleep on his own? I'm 50/50 when it come to CIO but I can't do it this young so that's not an option for me.

Also how often do they eat? He's anywhere from 1.5-4 hrs. I would really like it if he was more set if that's possible.
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October 11th, 2011, 12:29 PM
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Gosh it seems so hard to get a baby that little in a good routine. Can you try feeding him every 2.5 / 3 hours whether he "asks" for it or not? If he eats then great, if not at least you are trying and maybe he eventually will get in to that time schedule routine!

I hope the other ladies have some tips to help because I always just let Peyton do her own thing but I also didn't have 2 other little ones who needed my time! GL!
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October 11th, 2011, 12:38 PM
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Could you try putting him to bed later? I think going to bed at 7:30 for a baby is really early. Did he sleep the full time from 7:30 to 1:30? It it was me I would keep him up until I went to bed. That way we would be sleeping at the same time. If he was sleeping that full time that is 6 hours which according to everything I have been told that would be considered sleeping through the night. If he was sleeping for 6 hours I would keep him up until midnight, and then sleep until 6 am. I have always been a night owl though, so staying up until midnight is easy for me. For the feeding I always just let my kids eat when they were hungry except for Alex because he was born earl, so he had to eat even if he didn't really want to. I hope this helps.
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October 11th, 2011, 01:11 PM
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I would try a later bed time too. As for the amount of time between feedings, that sounds normal. I would wait a little longer before trying to get him on a nursing schedule. He still has several more growth spurts to get through. Nursing on demand will allow your milk supply to keep up with his growth
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October 11th, 2011, 03:06 PM
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I agree with the other ladies about trying to get him to bed later. Kolbie did a 7 p.m. bedtime for a long time starting from about 6 months on, but she's only STTN a handful of times and it's been random. As for nursing, that sounds completely normal. Also what you posted a few days ago about him cluster feeding all evening. Kolbie was definitely guilty of that until she was a few months old. It is frustrating but it's totally normal.
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October 11th, 2011, 04:46 PM
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I would try a later bed time too. As for the amount of time between feedings, that sounds normal. I would wait a little longer before trying to get him on a nursing schedule. He still has several more growth spurts to get through. Nursing on demand will allow your milk supply to keep up with his growth
especially about the nursing. Good luck!
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October 11th, 2011, 07:06 PM
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No advice here - sorry

Jed was on formula by that time and he has always been a scheduled baby naturally. I didn't "do" anything to put him on a schedule - he did it himself.

I hope it gets better for you soon!
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October 11th, 2011, 09:10 PM
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Cole is 5 weeks today and I've started doing a loose routine with him, just because I was starting to go crazy having things all over the place, I'm more of a control freak than I thought. I did the same routine with Rachel, although she was a little older and I know he's really little still. Basically I do the eASY approach (eat, activity, sleep) and it's worked for us. He does nurse every 2- 2 1/2 hours usually but after he eats I'll give him some floor or tummy time until he starts yawning and acting tired then I'll put him down for a nap. I still rock him a bit (the kid loves to be held) and once his eyes start rolling back I put him down and he's usually good to go...sometimes I'll give him a paci too. As for night time, I give him a bath after Rachel goes to bed and then nurse him and he will usually fall asleep around 8:30. He still makes up every 2-3 hours to nurse but he's been really easy to put back down, and last night he slept for almost 4.

Okay that was really long, but that's just what I've been doing. I would love to be able to just let the day go the way it goes, but with Rachel and everything I just can't...I was on th verge of a nervous breakdown. This way our day has some structure without being on a "schedule" and I have some one on one time with both kids.

I hope you figure something out that works for you, I do agree he's too little for CIO too though...I couldnt even imagine doing it with three...I'm having a really hard time with two! Good luck!
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October 12th, 2011, 07:27 AM
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Last night I think went the best. He took a little nap at 8:45pm then woke up at 10pm t eat and went back to sleep only waking up at 2:30am and 6:45am. That is something I can work with.

I tried the EASY the first few week but stooped. I think I'll try that again.
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