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is anyone got a good routine for 8 months old baby?

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sasa15 Thu 31-Mar-05 14:03:11

I'm doing ok with ....tea and bedtime....

but I'm still messing around breakfast nap...afternoon nap.....etc..?

What's your schedule for the same age baby?

RudyDudy Thu 31-Mar-05 14:12:09

hi sasa - ds is older but from what I can remember I think at 8mo he had a 45min nap about 9am and then about 2 - 2.5hours after lunch - probably around 12-12.30pm and then another 30min nap around 4pmish. Though I recall that others had dropped the afternoon nap by this age but DS really needed it and didn't drop it until he was about 10mo old. I think his sleep pattern was basically that he could be awake and happy for about 2 hours since his last nap - don't know if this is extreme as he has always needed a lot of sleep.


charellie Thu 31-Mar-05 14:21:57

My routine was the same as RudyDudy except I think I had dropped the afternoon nap as it was only 1/2 hour and found it more hassle to fit into my day and I wanted to make sure they would sleep at 7pm

sasa15 Thu 31-Mar-05 14:22:58

sometimes he's not hungry for lunch....and he's not tired for nap....

that's why I wonder if I'm doing anything wrong...

but will see...

just posted his schedule in post-natal topic.


sasa15 Thu 31-Mar-05 14:25:29

I really want to get him in afternoon nap 2 hours....

sometimes he does ok...other time is not tired,,,
or he just doesn't want...

after half an hour often wake up..moans,has a poo and follow asleep again....

don't know.........

RudyDudy Thu 31-Mar-05 14:30:06

If he's not sleeping well at lunchtime and you think he'd go better with longer then perhaps you should either reduce or even cut out his morning nap. We used to wake DS after 45min (and later 30min) cus otherwise he would have slept for 1.5hr then and not long enough at lunchtime to get him through the afternoon.

Not sure what to suggest about the eating apart from that if he's hungry presumably he'll eat and if he's not he won't! Does he have any snacks in between? If so, perhaps making sure there is a good size gap between eating will make sure he has a good appetite at mealtimes.

sasa15 Thu 31-Mar-05 14:33:49

oh I do give savoury biscuits or rice cake between....maybe I need to cut those....

also play laugh a lot in his highcair.,...

RudyDudy Thu 31-Mar-05 14:36:20

You could try that and see if he's happier but I find that even now sometimes DS will want to kind of graze all through the day rather than eat lots at more conventional mealtimes - I know it can be frustrating for you but as long as you are happy that he is getting a good variety of food throughout the day I wouldn't be too hung up on set mealtimes - after all, he's not

throckenholt Thu 31-Mar-05 14:37:20

ours were something like

up around 6.30, nap 8.30-10.30, lunch 12ish, afternoon nap 1.30-3.30, tea around 5, bed aroung 6.30-7.

sasa15 Thu 31-Mar-05 14:41:08

wao!!!! nap 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon....!!!!!

very good...

Gobbledigook Thu 31-Mar-05 14:57:46

ds3 is 7m will that do?

7am - up, bottle about half an hour later followed by small breakfast

9am - nap for 30 mins-ish

10.30-11am - bottle followed by lunch

11.30-2ish - sleep

3.30-4pm - bottle

5.30-6pm - dinner

6.45ish - bath

7.15ish - bottle and bed

7.30pm-7/8amish - sleep!

TracyK Thu 31-Mar-05 18:39:03

have a look at - they have sample routines for you to follow.
my ds at that age - I think - was awake in morning for 2.5hrs then nap - then awake for 2.5-3hrs and nap again.
But there was a spell of getting it all wrong. Too tired to eat lunch, then not full enough to sleep for long after lunch.

jud2905 Thu 31-Mar-05 21:39:06

have a look at Gina fords 'the new contented baby book' (available at mothercare or used via ebay). Found ds1 hard to get into routine but used this with ds2 from beginning and was great has tips for starting with older babies too- have a scan read in mothercare!

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