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do you try and put your new born on a sched?

i know it may not work, but do you have a sched that you do certain things at? feed, put down for nap etc??

i mean of course if they are hungry othen than at their sched time oyu feed them, but do you try and keep a sched so that they are used to one in the future? or when did you start a sched for your child??

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:24 AM on Mar. 15, 2009 in General Parenting

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    Answer by ashleystoner86 at 12:34 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • No. It's difficult to try and force a newborn on a schedule. What to Expect the First Year, along with other help books and articles recommend waiting until a baby is a few months old before starting a schedule. I allowed my son to eat and sleep on demand until I discovered his natural rhythm of things that he prefered. After taking note of the times he usually liked to sleep and eat, I created a "schedule" of encouraging him to do those things at those same times of day until he fell into his own schedule. He started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. It's better to go with the flow with an infant than try to force something upon them. They they have a need, they have a need...fulfill it, don't wait until it's the "scheduled time."

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:37 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • im going to Attempt somewhat a schedule only becuase i have 2 other little ones that are on a schedule but i know it may not work.

    Answer by tnteaton at 1:14 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • mine was put on a schedule at 5months

    Answer by Mamaof2010 at 1:48 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • of course he did it on his own

    Answer by Mamaof2010 at 1:49 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • Newborns shouldn't be put on a schedule, but you'll see after not too long, that they are on their own schedule. My son at least by 2 months was usually going down for naps and nursing around the same times. When he's teething or trying to master a skill, his schedule gets off beat for a little bit, but other than that he's been pretty consistent. He's 9 months and I still don't force him to follow any schedule, I just go with the flow watching what he needs. I know for a lot of moms, that's difficult because they like things on a schedule, so if that's you, just wait a few months to impose the schedule on your little one.

    Answer by MicahsMom612 at 2:34 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • nope. feed on demand, sleep on demand. Putting a newborn on a schedule can be very detrimental and cause failure to thrive. Newborns can't be trained. they don't have memory.

    Answer by celticreverie at 5:20 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • Having an infant is an 'on demand' job..

    You may think they have settled into a schedule then BAM.. it changes again.. Good luck!

    Answer by StarMommy77 at 6:11 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • I do it allll on demand. DD is 16 months and I still judge her nap time by her signs of sleepiness. USually she's ready for a nap by noon, but sometimes she needs one at 10a. Ive never put her on a rigorous schedule. Sure, we do most things at the same time (eating, naptime, errands, etc) but I have always followed her cues to find that time, especially when she was a newborn.

    Answer by epoh at 7:05 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • i never put my newborn on a schedule but she made her own after a few months

    Answer by lmaines22 at 12:19 PM on Mar. 15, 2009

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