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Setting a Schedule for Baby

babysugar Diaries: Getting Baby on a Schedule

Like many first moms, I was certain I would get my baby on a schedule right away. As soon as she made her debut, plans changed. I spoiled her —letting her fall asleep in my arms whenever she pleased and allowing her to nap as she pleased. Again, I vowed that number two would be different and I would have him following the clock. To see how that plan is panning out,


Once more, my child greeted me with a face I couldn't resist and I have failed to stick to a strict timeline. Luckily for me, my first child easily fell into her own routine, but can also roll with the flow if we need her to eat earlier or nap later. As for my lil guy, he seems to be mapping out his own agenda quite nicely though we are trying to provide more structure with him. Over the last few weeks, I have tried to let him "tell" me how I can meet his needs. So far, my five-month-old boy still takes his early bird nap, a later morning snooze and a lengthy afternoon siesta. By 6 p.m., he's ready to hit the sheets and call it a night. The toughest part of the sleep battle I am currently fighting is getting him to "like" being put in his crib with eyes wide open.

Did you put your babe on a schedule?

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kty kty 8 years
i tried to but it didn't work,he just wouldn't follow a schedule but now at 2 he does follow a schedule that fits both of us
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
i was one of the "gung-ho" moms about my babe being on a schedule...and it worked she has been sleeping through the night since she was two months old. her naps and feeding times were set and still are. she is fine if we need to go with the flow...I am the one that freaks out!
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
I don't see why some people are so gung-ho about getting their babies on a schedule.  Like others have said, the baby knows what he or she needs and will make his or her own schedule.
gigi_s gigi_s 8 years
My son will be 6 months old later this week. Only in the last couple of weeks will he sleep in a 5 -6 hour stretch. But has always been a big baby (always in 90-95% for length and weight), so a big eater. He naps some during the day, but is famous for his 10 minute power naps-uggh! Typically he only stays awake about 2-3 hours between naps.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
I let my daughter make her own schedule. It took us a good 8 months to get her to sleep through the night, but once she finally did, it's been a no-brainer. At 22 months, she sleeps from 7 or 8 to about 6 or 7 with a pretty decent nap during the day. There are times when the schedule gets changed, but it doesn't seem to bother her too much and sometimes she is even the one doing the changing. I don't know what we'll do with the new one we have coming. I'm guessing it will be much of the same, but only time will tell!
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