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Old 05-05-2008, 12:41 PM   #9
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Re: Constant nursing thru night and no schedule is killing me

Originally Posted by JessG View Post
I personally don't think the child setting the routine it best at all, not unless you have the kind of baby that is regular all on their own. We started very early with ours as far as routines go (not a schedule, that's a bit rigid). I get them up at the same time every day and lay them down awake for their naps at pretty much the same times. If they need to eat and they are still sleeping, I wake them. The co-sleeping is really gonna hurt the all night thing. Put her in her own room, or at least her own bed. Once their eating gets regular and their metabolism settles into a routine, they start sleeping better. Feed her if she's hungry, but only allow full feedings and not snacking every hour or 2. It will likely take a bit to get things to click, but I think you can do it. If you have any questions, please pm me. Oh, my first was sleeping 10 hours by 10 weeks and my second was sleeping 10 hours by 9 weeks (both EBF). Sounds nice, doesn't it?
OMG that sounds like a freaking dream! And maybe I'd have a dream or two if I could get some sleep!

In all seriousness, I was able to get her to sleep at the same time as her big brother goes to sleep (9 pm) and she woke up a lot during the night and earlier than usual this morning. I'm thinking it's because I put her to bed earlier than what she's used to last night. I"m going to keep it up...she's had a couple of naps today (one she's trying to wake from right now). I'm going to make sure she gets another nap later today, then to bed by 9 pm again. And I fed her solids for dinner last night and oatmeal for breakfast this morning. She's nursed a couple of times since breakfast, once being after breakfast, and she fell asleep for her first nap, which lasted not quite an hour. It's going to be rough, but I'm pretty sure I can have something in place by next weekend if I keep it up during the week. At one point, a few months ago, I was able to get her to sleep in her crib, but only after she cried and cried and killed me. I much prefer her falling asleep at the breast. If I can work that into a schedule, which I think I can (because I'd like for her meals to be on sort of a schedule, too, after all), we'll be doing much better. Thanks!
Shannon ~ Christian wife to Joe , mama to DS (3/97) and DD (9/07).
Recently weaned my last and final LO after 28 months
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