Just wondering if you had success with getting LO on a schedule? I'm thinking about trying it, but wanted so more input on how it worked for other people.
loosely, yes. We do the eat, activity, sleep routine suggested both in Babywise and in Baby Whisperer, following DD's cues. Many babies thrive on this type of routine, and do it naturally, they just need a little guidance. Our pedi suggests it as well. A routine makes for a much happier baby and mommy in our family We started it from the very beginning and DD is doing great with it! I really wish we had stuck w/ it for DD1 because she had colic and never slept and would have benefited greatly from a routine!
Like pp said, we don't do CIO at this point. We did Ferber at 9 months w/ DD1 but that's a whole other thing... I try to put DD down drowsy but awake and if it doesn't work, then I do what does work. We'll worry about that later. I think the routine has really helped her w/ day/night confusion (or lack of in her case and with sleeping well at night. She gives us 4-7 hours straight, last night was 8!
I think the idea of a routine (eat, wake, play, sleep, or whatever) is great if it works for you. The idea of doing it on a set schedule (every 3 hours or whatever) is not a good idea at this point. You need to be feeding on demand. Putting newborns on a strict schedule has been linked to failure to thrive, just FYI. I also don't like the idea of CIO this young.
So, there are some good ideas in there, I just would never follow babywise to the letter.
We have done Baby Wise from the day we got home from the hospital and it is a wonderful resource. DD very rarely cries and sleeps 5-7 hrs at night.
Most people associate BW with a strict schedule but in actuality it is more of a routine where you not only look at the clock but also at the child's cues as to when to feed.