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    Posted: 05 Apr 2013 at 7:58pm
Hi all,

So my 6 week old has been going well on the routines however I have just changed from the last routine now to the '6-8 week' routine.
The problem I am having is waking him before 5:15 (he always wants to sleep, not nap) and then trying to get through to 6pm for the next feed without using a dummy,
I am not a fan of the dummy however even with the bath (only takes 10mins) I can not keep him calm or even get him to interact with us as his is constantly rooting. I am forced to give him the bath early to try & settle him and even then I have to feed before 5:45!

My question is does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get him from wake up to next feed???

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I would give half a feed before the bath and half after, that way he may have a longer bath and take up some of that hard time!
I have always done the bath straight after the nap as it was the only way I could keep DD awake, followed by a feed most times before 6 untill she got older! If you are finding that he still settles at 7pm and can last until the dream feed I would do it. Tizzie also says its ok to use a dummy only to extend the baby until the next feed (I think thats in her book!).
Are you offering a top-up feed within the hour after every feed?
 
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Renae,

Thank you for a quick reply, I will try that this afternoon.
This is the only feed I seem to have any issue with so I don't offer a top up within the hour on other feeds.
He usually wakes about 5 - 10 before he is scheduled to feed but I am able to put him off with a nappy change.

With his 7pm down I am not able to put him down awake but he does make it until the dreamfeed without problem, do you suggest that I keep putting him down asleep?
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I think you should try the top-up feeds as he may sleep that extra 5-10 minutes which could really help at the end of the day!

Day time sleep cycles only start around 6 weeks so you may see his day sleep habits change a bit soon! - can be very challenging!

I guess that if its not effecting him by going to bed asleep that's ok but for the long term he we have to get used to being awake for that 7pm sleep - depends what you are comfortable with!

Oh and the other option is that a 10 minute catnap (not in bed) is perfectly ok - sometimes they are a life saver!!

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