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7 week old evening routine

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spacepoodle Tue 01-Nov-16 14:54:52

Is it worth trying a sleep routine with a 7 week old?

We are trying to implement a loose routine in the evenings which is not going well at the moment. DS is formula fed and will feed every 4 hours like clockwork in the day (and will often go longer if I don't wake him). He will feed, we do an activity or two (gym, bouncer, tummy time) and he'll nap on and off, usually in the sling, until his next feed.

In the evenings he has 3oz at 6:30 or 7:00, a bath, then another 2-3oz afterwards. He is very awake in the evenings, usually until 9:00 or 9:30, and we always end up bringing him downstairs so we can eat dinner which kind of undoes the whole relaxing bath and feed in low light.

Is there any point persisting with the 7pm bathtime routine in the hope that he will eventually learn to start going down after his last feed? Or should I be moving bathtime to fit in with his natural schedule? Or am I being crazy in thinking there's any point to all of this?!

He will also quite often want to sleep through his 11pm feed - should we let him or continue with the dream feed? My concern is if we don't feed at 11 he'll wake up twice during the night and I'm rather enjoying having a baby that only wakes at 3am and 7am!

Timetogrowup2016 Tue 01-Nov-16 14:58:17

At this age dd was going to bed at 9-9:30 at 8 months this has shifted to 6-7 pm.
Ime it will gradually shift it self and I wouldn't force it if baby is happy

Leicfox1 Wed 02-Nov-16 00:59:03

Same as pp, started bath and bed time at around 9pm, then gradually moved it earlier by 15 minute intervals, sO it has been 7pm sInce 4 months i think. I never bothered with a dream feed so don't know how successful it is, i guess removing it will juSt shift the wake times a little earlier. At that age I think ds was waking up at 2am and 6am for feeds and then was up for the day at around 8am. If you want your baby to associate bath with bedtime then it probably doesn't make sense to gave it so early at this stage (imo)

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