Posts: 5 | Joined: 13th Aug 06
My baby is nearly 8 weeks old and I was concerned about not having a routine too, especially when one of my friends had a ten day old baby and she was already feeding him and putting him to sleep at set times!! She used the Contented Little Baby book by Gina Ford. I did have a look at this book but found it so restrictive and I thought my baby should decide when she's hungry not when the routine dictates!!
I now have a bedtime routine at 7.00 of giving her a bath, feeding her and then putting her down in her own room and playing her mobile. Sometimes it works and she will sleep til 10.00 before waking for her next feed, other times she just doesnt want to sleep and we have to get her out by 8.30. We try not to get too stressed if she doesnt want to go to sleep. I dont feed her at set times throughout the day, I let her tell me when she's hungry but I am beginning to find it is now similar times each day, normally every 3 hours. She normally wakes between 7 and 8 and I make sure we get up after that feed. I then try to let her have an hours nap in the morning and afternoon and a couple of hours at lunchtime but again if she doesnt want to sleep I dont make her and if she does want to go to sleep thats fine. Obviously if we are going out somewhere then we just work round it.
Hope this helps, I dont think its wrong not to have a strict routine. Just enjoy baby!! x