Baby nighttime sleep routine

Sunday, April 8, 2012

When Lulu lost so much weight, the midwives put us on a three hourly feeding schedule, including the night. More often than not we needed to wake Lulu for the midnight, one & four o'clock feeds. Looking back we probably would have woken her for the midnight feed and then feed her again at 5 or 6 am, that way her nighttime sleeping would have been firmly cemented. Now she’s much bigger she still wakes for two feeds at night. One around 3 and another around 5. We’re pretty lucky, she’s usually asleep by 8 or 9, 10 at the latest & she sleeps through until the 3 o’clock feed. We attempt a dreamtime feed at 11 or 12 (if Nick is still up – he’s a night owl, I’m better in the mornings – was not a good combo pre-baby, but excellent post baby!) but most of the time she refuses to take the bottle, she's too asleep.

This has been the nighttime routine since week 5 and to be honest it's all her doing, not ours. Before that she followed the hospital schedule of waking up around 1am, 3am and 5am for food! Agh - though I am told that this is still a good nighttime routine. What’s your baby’s nighttime routine like? 

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  1. Oh geez. At just over 2 weeks old, Alice is on the every-three-hour feedings at night. She usually eats at 9PM, then 12:30AM and then she might stretch to 4AM, if we're lucky. As soon as we hit the 4 week mark (not sure why this is the magic number with the lac consultants), we will definitely introduce the bottle with a dream-time feed as I have heard a lot of good things about this.

    Quick question... have you read any of the baby sleep books? I want to get one but I don't know which to chose. I've heard mixed reviews about the Baby Whisperer so I'm hesitant to buy it. When she's a bit older, I REALLY want to implement a good sleeping routine that WORKS! Good luck to us, I guess. ;-)

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  2. I haven't ready any sleep books, just the chapter in "Bringing up Bebe' and a few websites, most of which seem to contradict each other. This post from Essential baby is quite good http://bit.ly/HJDkY2 Apparently 'sleeping through the night' means sleeping for 5 hours straight from about midnight on. Read what you can & take from it what you think will work for you baby. Good luck :)

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    1. I think you're right Suzie, babies develop their own routines. Which is why it seemed wrong to wake her up for nighttime feeds when she was fast asleep. If she's hungry she'll wake on her own.

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    2. Absolutely! Totally agee with you :-) Baby Lulu is so gorgeous :-)

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    3. Absolutely! Totally agee with you :-) Baby Lulu is so gorgeous :-)

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  5. At just over for months Tatum still feeds at those times you have mentioned in your blog. She is breastfed and so I think she wakes more often than formula fed babies. To be honest, I love and have no problem waking to feed her. It's only for such a short period in their lives and I really don't understand people who want to 'make' babies sleep through the night or force any kind of strict routine on their little ones. I find this really unnatural and more for our convenience rather than what is best for them. My mum had bought me endless numbers of baby books which all preach routines at me and I have ignored every one because when I just follow my own maternal instinct, and the natural flow of things, Tatum just develops a natural routine which it's best for her.

    Shail and I think that the West have become so detached from nature that we need books and unnatural routines to help us do something that humanity has done for millions of years, raise our young. So to me, this has meant letting a natural rhythm to parenting emerge, I find I just know what to do anyway and if this means getting up to feed a few times at night for a couple of months then so be it. I get to nurse and cuddle Tatum at night and it's for just such a small amount of time. This all passes in the blink of an eye anyway and I don't want to miss a single moment.

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  6. Colin is almost 3 weeks old, and we get a 4ish hour stretch (usually from 8 to midnight), and then he's up every 2-3 hours from then on. I'm really, really thankful for that longer initial stretch of sleep because I need a break from being mommy for an hour or so to maintain my sanity! I keep telling myself that I should just go to bed when he does, but a little time alone or with my husband is just too tempting! :-) It sounds like you have night times well under control!

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    1. I'm with you, an hour to do something for yourself or hang out with the husband is so precious, it's hard to make yourself sleep & miss out on that small window of non-baby time :)

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