If a baby is still crying after you think all their needs have been met, then you don't know what the need is. Check on them every hour? What you let them scream for an hour? That's sick. You're not strong - you're lazy. My nine month old is on a schedule, and I didn't have to strong arm her into it.
OP - to get a TODDLER on a schedule is different. First, write down for a few days what you are already doing. Chances are, you're going to see a pattern. It is helpful to base your schedule off that. So, let's say he eats lunch at 11, and you need lunch at 12. Offer a snack at 10, and do something out of the ordinary at 11. Pull out a favorite activity, go for a walk, keep him excited. Then, at 12 (or 11"30 for a few days) have lunch. Gradually shift your schedule to what you need it to be. You can't just introduce a new schedule drastically different. Good luck! And as soon as you've got it down, it'll change!
at 8:34 PM on Jul. 5, 2009