Infant Bedtimes


LarochelleV
on Mar 09, 2016 @ 08:20 pm

Around what time do you typically put your infants to bed at? We are trying to get into a routine still with our son who is two and a half months. We have been aiming for around 9/9:30 but some night he seems not tired yet and then others he seems to be overtired and fussy and wont sleep until 1am. If he gets sleepy at 7:30/8 Im not sure if I should squeeze another cat nap in for him before bed or just go straight for it then... Ahhh parenting. 
 

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Katguevara
. on Mar 09, 2016 @ 09:11 pm

We definitely put my son on a routine. It takes a little while till he gets adjusted to it but it well worth the effort I think. Try doing something like either reading or bath time consistently so he knows it's almost bed time.
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Katguevara
. on Mar 09, 2016 @ 09:12 pm

And whatever you do don't squeez in the extra nap! Lol
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wonderwhatif
. on Mar 09, 2016 @ 09:12 pm

Looking forward to all the advice on this for when I have my own. Get in here, mommies!
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KrissiC
Bedtime on Mar 09, 2016 @ 10:32 pm

If there's one thing I've learned with my kids, it's that a bedtime routine is SO important! With my first, I'd put her to bed somewhere between 9:00-10:00. I just figured I'd put her to bed when I went to bed, but this made her sleep schedule not what I'd hoped for as it didn't give her enough sleeptime at night and it was tricky to get her to bed earlier when she got to be around 6 months, since she was used to staying up late! ☹️

With my second, bedtime has been 7:00-7:30. Bath at 6:30-6:45, a short show and snack, story, a song and bed. I cannot tell you how much better this has made my life and hers! The routine calms and comforts a baby and small child since it lets them know what's coming and what to expect. It cues the brain to know that it's getting to be sleep time and helps baby fall asleep. Whatever routine you decide, just be consistent. Baby will learn it.
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LarochelleV
Bedtime Blues on Mar 10, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

Thanks! We are trying to get a schedule and do bedtime a little earlier too. I find routines so much easier with big guys but baby is so hard. Depending on how the day went he may be tired or not. I try bath before bed but then once in a while he will poop and need a bath during the day and things get thrown off. We are just going to keep trying though!
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Katguevara
. on Mar 10, 2016 @ 01:44 pm

My son was like that too. Sometimes he would have a blow out during the days and then our schedule was thrown off. But keep at it. It will eventually come together for you!
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Anonymous
bedtimes on Mar 10, 2016 @ 01:49 pm

I never actually had a routine for my kids, just fed them, changed them etc, put them to bed whenever, no set time. In fact, I had to always wake them up to feed them.A schedule is good though, was not saying it isn't, just that I had none and it worked well for me. It still is with the one I have now.
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MarsAttacks
on Mar 10, 2016 @ 02:05 pm

Bedtime here is usually between 930-11. It was more around 11 when she was around your child's age because she napped much more during the day. She typically is ready for bed around between 9-10 now. We just let a schedule naturally happen here. I tried to enforce one for about a week when she was about a month old and it just didn't work for us. We just kind of 'fell' into a routine here. It's still kind of loose and flexible and it works for us.
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e_jones3
two month old on Mar 10, 2016 @ 03:40 pm

i have a two month old and i didn't think it would be possible to put them on a routine at such a young age. of course nothing wrong with trying and judging by the comments it works for some mothers.
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cpenney69
Rountine on Mar 10, 2016 @ 04:20 pm

It took sometime to get my daughter on a sleep routine.I found that as a baby (2 months -6 months) there was no setting a routine as she had her own agenda when she wanted to sleep...lol.But as she got older she did.Her bedtime was 7:30-8pm...at around 7pm the routine would start."QUIET TIME"....bath followed by snuggles and stories.Also I got into the habit of having most lights in my place off or dimmed and tv off ot turned down low.This routine followed her right until she was almost in her teens...of course bedtime changed and became later and later and she got older...lol.Have to say she was the easiest child to get to bed at the end of the time.To this day she appreciated the way I scheduled things for her and got her into being a routine kind of gal with her step-kids
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