How can I get my 8 month old on to a routine??

@babykay (2133)
Ireland
February 25, 2007 6:31pm CST
Ok, he is still being breastfed. But I have been trying to give him solid food twice a day, at about 3pm and again at about 7pm. But since then he has gone back to feeding from me in the middle of the night!! Help. I need my sleep and I want to introduce some structure into his life. Any suggestions would be most gratefully received.
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@Darkwing (21588)
26 Feb 07
Use a baby milk mix in his solid foods, and introduce breakfast. Rusks are good, or there are several baby cereals to choose from, and save a little of the milk for a drink for him afterwards. Also give him a little baby milk after his other meals, because the meals aren't giving him the nourishment he needs just now. I don't know where you are, but in England, SMA is a pretty close substitute to the mother's milk, and I'm sure that this, after the solids, probably about 4-5 ounces, will satisfy him. If he doesn't want to take that much and he sleeps well, cut it down. He also could be teething? At that age, teething could be waking him at night. A little Bonjella on the gums works wonders! Brightest Blessings and good luck.
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
26 Feb 07
I'm in Ireland. SMA is the one I give him alright!
26 Feb 07
I think children need to work out their own routine. The only think I can suggest for the night feeds is for you to feed him just before you go to sleep. Perhaps when he wakes you should get your partner to deal with him then he won't smell the milk on you and demand a feed.
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@Mamaof4 (222)
• Philippines
26 Feb 07
You can start weaning him....give him milk from a bottle, make him get used to it. Try to cut the feeding at night: start by resisting feeding him once or twice a week. Once he's gotten used to not having his feeding from you, add another day in. Do this until he is completely weaned . Good luck!
@JackBravo (970)
• United States
26 Feb 07
You know, i'm wondering about that myself. We've got a baby on the way and i'm starting to read the parenting books to try to figure out how best to keep him/her on a schedule. I've actually heard from a friend that there's a really good book called "Healthy sleeping habits for toddlers" or something along that line that really helps with tips on how to get kids to have better sleeping habbits.