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#16 flowerrose

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:30 PM

Didn't we have an ABA consultant on here? Couldn't we raise her on FB?

Just to echo what others have said. Whoever told you that is talking rubbish. I breastfed both of mine. Sophie was a snacker and fed frequently, Ethan would have his fill and go 2-4 hours at that age depending on a whole host of variables in any given time on any given day. Do what feels right for you and bub. (Both mine were good sleepers so it doesn't follow that only routine, regular feed patterns equates to good sleep).

Does he have reflux in a floppy valve, vomit but no obvious discomfort way or in the nasty, unhappy way?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:16 AM

I'm with the other girls - E was between 3 and 4 hours until he was about 7 or 8 months. Especially when he started sleeping through (4-5 months I think) our MCHN actually recommended us to up the frequency of the feeds as he wasn't on solids yet, and she said you still really needed 5 feeds a day, which put us back to nearly every 3 hours.

We had a HUGE unsettled period that started to get calmer at 8 weeks. During this he wouldn't settle for day sleeps and would get so upset and overtired that I'd feed him earlier (normally trying to stretch it to 2.5 or 2.75 hours if I could) just in the hope of getting him down for a good sleep again!

The sling was a godsend - if you popped him in after his first sleep cycle he might go back to sleep for the rest of his nap time.

You'll find it easier once he starts being happier awake - I know Eddie sometimes would only be up for a feed and 1 story before he would start showing tired signs again to go back down for a nap, and then wouldn't sleep when I popped him down wacko.gif

Weeks later, I saw a great video about reading babies' body language, and a few of the things that I'd been seeing as tired signs can actually also be signs that they're ready for a new activity, or need to refocus after what they've been doing (yawning was one of these). Suddenly I realised probably half the time he *wasn't* ready to go back to sleep necessarily, and that may have helped us with our day-sleep issues.

Good luck with it all! Hopefully as he grows up a bit and settles, and his reflux gets under control, he'll fall into his own very obvious routine smile.gif
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:56 AM

I swear trying to follow a routine contributed towards my PND as it stressed me out when he didn't fit the mould.

I agree with the PP in that you should go with the flow at that age. Routines are not the work of the devil, and Declan has thrived as older baby and toddler under a good regular routine, but only after lots of work figuring out what works for him as an individual!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:00 AM

QUOTE(Leapstar @ Aug 9 2012, 07:56 AM) View Post

I agree with the PP in that you should go with the flow at that age. Routines are not the work of the devil, and Declan has thrived as older baby and toddler under a good regular routine, but only after lots of work figuring out what works for him as an individual!


Beautifully said! Both our girls are "routine" children and I think that it really helps us and them, but I wish I had spent less time worrying about the fact they didn't fit the routine for the first few months and just relaxed a bit!

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