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Baby's sleeping schedule...

I've always been a firm believer that a night time routine helps a baby learn how to sleep at night....
Lately my son seems unsettled and even huge amounts of nursing doesn't really soothe him....being held etc...
He doesn't seem sick, just fussy. Since our "night time" routine includes a bath, do you think if I give him one in the middle of the day it will disrupt the routine of going to bed at night?
thanks in advance!
He's 6 weeks old.

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Asked by CABlonde at 12:43 PM on Aug. 29, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • according to doctors, babies can't actually be "programmed" until they are 6 months old. So according to them it would be fine and I think so too. If he's really fussy at night, try rubbing lavender scented lotion all over him and gently messaging it in. The lavender helps to promote can even put some in his room (only at sleeping time though)

    Answer by an-apple-a-day at 12:46 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • It's a growth spurt. Give a bath whenever you want to, he's going to go through many many more sleep changes before finding a solid routine. Go with what works right now, worry about schedules later.

    Answer by LeanneC at 12:48 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • Babies don't need baths every day. It's bad for their skin. They only need a bath once or twice a week.

    It doesn't matter how much you believe in something like routines & schedules, babies are babies and behave like babies. Think about how babies have always been cared for and how babies are still cared for in more primative culture. Mothers don't give babies baths and read to them ect and expect them to go to sleep at a certain time. Mothers have always breastfed and slept with their babies. Babies fit into the mother's life and they are worn on the mother's body.

    Some babies are just fussy and continue to be fussy for months.


    Answer by Gailll at 1:25 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • Have you tried to swaddle him? works wonders for our kids!!

    Answer by rileymommy at 5:45 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • Six weeks old? WAY to early for any kind of schedule or establishing any kind of routine, such as bath before bed. The unsettled that you describe was probably his 6 week growth spurt (did he suddenly want to nurse constantly?). Just hang in there and follow baby's lead. Nurse on demand and very frequently. If you want to start a bedtime "routine", wait until baby is closer to one year old. It won't mean much, if anything, to them before that.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:04 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

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