Baby Care Advice » Baby Sleep Routines http://birthpolicy.org Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:21:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 HOW OFTEN DOES A INFANT HAVE TO SLEEP? http://birthpolicy.org/531/how-often-does-a-infant-have-to-sleep/ http://birthpolicy.org/531/how-often-does-a-infant-have-to-sleep/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:56:32 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/531/how-often-does-a-infant-have-to-sleep/

Question by Khatera:
How often does a infant have to sleep?

PLEASE give me the exact details people! i wanna know how long they have to sleep and when to wake up..if ya wanna know the routine i give milk to it ..then its when ur suppost to..i do all that rite! i just want to no how much hours its suppost to sleep…give the details like it sleeps for 2 hours then wakes up then give it milk play with it then sleep again for 2 hours ..or is it 3 hours..or how much?


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Answer by em mae
It all depends on how the baby’s original routine is, the baby could nap anywhere from 30minutes to couple hours…

QUIT PANICkING!!!

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WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT HELPING MY INFANT SLEEP.? http://birthpolicy.org/466/what-can-i-do-about-helping-my-infant-sleep/ http://birthpolicy.org/466/what-can-i-do-about-helping-my-infant-sleep/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:51:31 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/466/what-can-i-do-about-helping-my-infant-sleep/ Question by Muffin:
What can I do about helping my infant sleep.?

My two year old is tossing and turning at night. It seems that he is in a great deal of discomfort. He seems to settle when I massage his belly but 15 – 20 minutes later he begins his tossing routine all over again. When he changes his positions it is mostly to go on his belly placing his belly on top of a pillow or anything that is elevated. I have not had a good night’s sleep in over a week. If any of you parents know anything about it then please help!


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Answer by Kimber
It looks like he has stomach cramps – Has he been eating anything different lately? Maybe you could change what he eats. Maybe timing of meals is an issue – let him have more time to digest before going to bed?

Your ideal bet is to see your physician if the problem persists.

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ANY GOOD SLEEP ROUTINES FOR A 10 WEEK OLD? http://birthpolicy.org/399/any-good-sleep-routines-for-a-10-week-old/ http://birthpolicy.org/399/any-good-sleep-routines-for-a-10-week-old/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:29 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/399/any-good-sleep-routines-for-a-10-week-old/ Question by Misty:
Any good sleep routines for a 10 week old?

Hi just wanting to find out some sleep routines that have helped parents and babies get a superior sleep at night, currently my son is waking about each 2-3 hours for a feed and will do this during the day too… he is breastfeed….So i know all babies are different, but i wana find out wat helped you and wat you did to get a superior nights sleep thanks.


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Answer by Pippin
Eating each 2-3 hours around the clock is really very normal and expected for a 2 month old. That is about 10 feeds a day — about what you’d expect.

If you’d like him to sleep a tiny longer at night, you might try nursing more often during the day — try a 2 hour maximum rather than letting him go 3 hours. This way he will still get the necessary 10 feeds or so, but will (with a tiny luck), go 1-2 longer stretches (4-6 hours) at night.

I never had any sort of routine. Baby began going that one ‘longer stretch’ (from about 11-3) on her own at around 6 weeks.

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HOW CAN I GET MY INFANT TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT? http://birthpolicy.org/336/how-can-i-get-my-infant-to-sleep-through-the-night/ http://birthpolicy.org/336/how-can-i-get-my-infant-to-sleep-through-the-night/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:47:47 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/336/how-can-i-get-my-infant-to-sleep-through-the-night/ Question by mhunt3:
How can i get my infant to sleep through the night?

My 5 month old daughter wakes up for a feeding each 2 -3 hours. She was exclusively breast fed until about 3 weeks ago when we started giving her rice cereal with her last feeding. She has been on a routine of going to bed around 7pm since she was a few weeks old and she usually wakes up on her own around 7am. However, like I mentioned, she only sleeps for 2-3 hour stretches at night (sometimes she wakes up each hour or so). Once we feed her, we change her and put her right back to bed and she usually goes to sleep quickly. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Answer by Heather Y
Babies often wake during sleep and will drift back off to sleep if left alone. By going in and getting her, you are actually waking her up. Let her soothe herself back to sleep.

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WHEN AND HOW IS A GOOD TIME TO START SETTING INFANT BEDTIME ROUTINES? http://birthpolicy.org/243/when-and-how-is-a-good-time-to-start-setting-infant-bedtime-routines/ http://birthpolicy.org/243/when-and-how-is-a-good-time-to-start-setting-infant-bedtime-routines/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:53:29 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/243/when-and-how-is-a-good-time-to-start-setting-infant-bedtime-routines/ Question by Brooke:
When and how is a good time to begin setting infant bedtime routines?

I have a 7 week old that sleeps fairly well during the night, but will not fall asleep til well after 11:00. I’d eventually like to put her down by 9:00. How do you set routines for an infant that young?


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Answer by I’d rather be at the beach
When my son was that small, I would try to make sure he did not nap past 7 pm. And when it was time for bed, we would give him a bath, then he would rock with my husband (if the baby was willing), nurse and then go to bed. I always put his lullaby CD on while he was rocking and nursing — so once it started playing he knew it was time for bed. We started this routine around 6 weeks I think — he is 14 months now

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ANYONE HAVE SUCCESS WITH ANY BABY SLEEP ROUTINE BOOKS? http://birthpolicy.org/198/anyone-have-success-with-any-baby-sleep-routine-books/ http://birthpolicy.org/198/anyone-have-success-with-any-baby-sleep-routine-books/#comments Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:59:01 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/198/anyone-have-success-with-any-baby-sleep-routine-books/ Question by Molly81:
Anyone have success with any baby sleep routine books?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has used any guides to help get their kids into a sleep routine? If so what have you read? and did it work?


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Answer by Kayleigh’s had her baby!
Secrets of a baby whisperer. My baby’s routine varies daily, even though at 3 months is beginning to settle to similar times each day.

The guide is simple, the method is called E.A.S.Y – Eat, Activity, Sleep & You. Using this my daughter went on to a 3 hour routine. The daily times varied dependant on when she woke, but in the last week she has consistently woken up at between 6 to 6:30 am so our routine looks like this:

6am – 6oz bottle
Back to bed, she is awake in bed for around 45 mins then back to sleep
6:45-8/8:30 Sleep
9am – 6oz bottle
9:15-10:30 Activity (dressed, play time, watch mummy do chores
10:30-12pm Nap time
12pm 6oz bottle
12:15-1:15 Activity (play time, door bouncer, watch mummy do those chores)
1:15 – 2:30 Nap time
2:30 – 3pm Awake (Activity)
3pm 6oz bottle
3:15-4:30 Activity
4:30-5:30 Nap time
5:30-6pm Awake (Activity)
6pm 6 oz bottle
6:15- 7pm bedtime routine – bath/wash, pajamas on, cuddle with daddy, bed and story.
10:30 (when I go to bed) – dream feed 6oz bottle

I always put her down awake & sometimes she cries, but I just sit with her (its a exhausted cry not an upset cry) if she gets upset I pick her up and settle her. This routine is built from the book which grants flexibility, I mean naps could take place in the automobile or shopping cart etc, but it really works for me and my daughter.

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INFANT SLEEPING ROUTINES THAT WORK? http://birthpolicy.org/132/infant-sleeping-routines-that-work/ http://birthpolicy.org/132/infant-sleeping-routines-that-work/#comments Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:51:30 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/132/infant-sleeping-routines-that-work/ Question by ♥ 2 boys, 1 girl:):
Infant sleeping routines that WORK?

The only thing that works for my son (4 months) is cosleeping and I cannot do it anymore-it’s too uncomfortable and I want him to sleep on his own before he gets older and REALLY hates sleeping by himself.
I give him a bath with lavender soap, lotion him with lavender lotion, put on a clean diaper, clean clothes…I nurse him, rock him to sleep. When I lay him down he wakes up screaming. His hands go everywhere when he moves AT ALL and that wakes him up. He doesn’t like to be swaddled either. I have tried back/side/belly and NONE of them work. I really need some help MOMS! Is my only choice “cry it out”


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Answer by lillilou
geez, dont you watch Notes From the Underbelly, tonight one of the mothers took tiny Perry on the tour of the stars homes -but seriously to some parents, that automobile thing is the only thing that works.

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I’M TRYING TO GET MY 7 WEEK OLD BABY ON A SLEEP SCHEDULE, BUT IT MEANS LESS BONDING TIME FOR BABY AND DADDY? http://birthpolicy.org/17/im-trying-to-get-my-7-week-old-baby-on-a-sleep-schedule-but-it-means-less-bonding-time-for-baby-and-daddy/ http://birthpolicy.org/17/im-trying-to-get-my-7-week-old-baby-on-a-sleep-schedule-but-it-means-less-bonding-time-for-baby-and-daddy/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:50:38 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/17/im-trying-to-get-my-7-week-old-baby-on-a-sleep-schedule-but-it-means-less-bonding-time-for-baby-and-daddy/ Question by Traci M:
I’m trying to get my 7 week old baby on a sleep schedule, but it means less bonding time for baby and daddy?

It’s important to me that our new baby boy become used to a regular sleeping routine. It involves getting the baby bathed and fed and in his crib each night around 7:30pm. Unfortunately, my husband is in the restaurant industry and works 9am-7pm most days of the week. As important as a baby sleep routine is to me, I know time for my husband and baby is just as important. How can I make this work? Thanks for any and all suggestions!


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Answer by K
“As important as a baby sleep routine is to me, I know time for my husband and baby is just as important”

No. The latter is _much_ more important.

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