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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 01:12 AM   11
charlie07
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Gabbi has a flexible routine. It all depends on how the day before went. E.g. if she didn't sleep well, I will let her have a lie in, but then all the feeds change through the day ( but I make sure it's not a huge change or we would have hell!). Also, Gabbi is changing, she doesn't nap as much in the day anymore, she's eating more, so the routine needs to be adapted slightly. I think a routine is good for a baby/child, but flexible, after all, we adapt our day to suit our needs, we have good days and bad, but yes, routine is good.



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 07:42 AM   12
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Yeah it does sound a bit mad!

And is the mum not absolutely cream crackered? Looking after my 9 month old until 7pm tires me out, 1am sounds awful to me!



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 13:30 PM   13
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Hi Ya. I definately believe in creating a routine early on. Toby was in a routine from when he was little. He always went to bed at the same time and gradually it has got earlier and earlier. He slept through from around 4-6 weeks. He is now in bed by half six and gets up around 7am. We do the same thing every night, low lights with his lullaby on and he has his bottle then bed. We bath him every other night as he has slight eczema on his tummy and back xx



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 13:36 PM   14
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yeh a child definetly needs some type of routine...!! courtney is a bit crap with her bed time but she eats at the same time each day and we try and settle her at the same time each evening... and its been that way since she was very little!



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 14:45 PM   15
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some people find having their kids in a routine works some find it doesn't, personally everyone laughed at us and said a routine was stupid but now they can see the results for themselves, Lilly goes to bed easily and without fuss, she sometimes plays up but thats what kids do.

I couldnt do it without a routine



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 16:20 PM   16
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I am finding a routine very hard with on demand breast feeding I must say, he is different day to day...



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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 16:30 PM   17
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I am finding a routine very hard with on demand breast feeding I must say, he is different day to day...
oh my i didnt have a routine until courtney was like 3 months or something... then when she weaned it was a lot easier!!



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 16:46 PM   18
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Becky has kind of got a routine give or take an hour each day!!! We bath her in the morning after breakfast as it is easier in our house in the day time!!!I think once babies get a bit older routine helps them feel more secure...They know how their day will go and when Dan was younger he was much easier to look after when we stuck to his routine, if we got out of routine he wouldn't settle and he would cry more.



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 16:47 PM   19
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I definately believe a schedule is very important. Children need structure in their lives and I believe that is the first tool. I'm a person of organization and having all my ducks in a row. If I wing it, I feel out of sorts. Being on a schedule with your LO is so much easier. When Peyton fusses, I usually know if he's just hungry, tired etc.... I will say that on the weekends we are a bit lax on the schedule but stick to it as much as possible. We tend to be out and about doing things and during the week we pretty much stay at home and take it easy.



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 16:48 PM   20
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Eugh, I need sleep at night, couldn't handle having a kid hanging off my ankles till god knows what time. Kids need a routine, they need to know night is for sleeping



 
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