My DD lost a lot of weight initially, so she was on an every 2-3 hour feeding schedule for the first 2w. At her 2w appointment, I asked the pedi how long we had to keep going like that & he said that once there's an established weight gain (which there is...she gained it all back + 5oz. at the time!) you can start spacing out the feedings more.
Now we've backed down to ~every 4 hours (sooner, though, if she decides she's hungry...which she has very much been lately...I think we're having a growth spurt!). The pedi said he didn't want her going too long without eating...& he used every 7-8 hours as his example of "too long". (Truth be told, though, there have been a few nights when I've pushed it to 5+ hours...I felt guilty afterwards, but really needed the sleep!)
So our bedtime just depends on how long it's been since the last time she ate/slept. It's *usually* around 10pm, but I haven't even attempted to institute any sort of routine at this point.
Here are my questions:
1. When did you start really trying to stick to a specific bedtime?
2. How long before it's okay to let them try to STTN? (Or for as long as they'll sleep without waking them up on a schedule?)
I'm sure these questions have been asked a lot, & I'm sorry if I'm being repetitive. I just get so stressed out about this feeding schedule thing & could use a little outside perspective. (I *have* gotten to the point where I tell myself that if she goes 5 or even 6 hours between feedings once in a blue moon, it's not going to kill her. Tiny steps of progress.)
Sorry I've been such a PW lately, & TIA you for any input. Have a wonderful day, ladies!
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