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Why is getting a baby on a schedule both difficult and scary?
For me it was definitely a lack of knowledge.
After I had my first son, like most new moms, I had no idea what I was doing.
Now I am still no expert mom or anything but I do have a better knowledge on how and the importance of getting a baby on a schedule.
So here is my 6 month’s old schedule. Also part 3 in my baby series.
My sweet Sophie girl is now 7 months old!! Which is crazy and the time has gone by so quickly.
I am loving this age right now. She is little enough to tote around but getting more and more independent. It’s so fun watching them grow.
At this age I think it’s a little easier getting a baby on a schedule.
They may be taking solids, which in my baby’s case she is, so you may be starting to establish an eating schedule.
Establishing a routine and schedule is important but I am still not super strict with it. I allow room for changes from time to time.
I have tried very hard this time around to create healthy sleeping habits early on.
However, every single baby is different and some babies may not be sleeping through the night yet.
Some of the things I have learned about this age is that babies should not be napping later than 5PM. I also strive for 2-3 naps a day that last 1.5-2 hours long.
Sophie’s naps will vary from day to day but I do not let her nap past 5PM. Also if she wakes in her crib after less than 1 hour I will leave her in her crib until 1 hour is up, even if she is awake.
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Let’s dive in to my 6 month old’s schedule timeline wise.
5:00-6:00 AM– wake up, change diaper, bottle/nurse (Sophie is formula fed but for some this will be nursing).
Now sometimes this girl is ready to go back to bed and sometimes she wants to stay up. Like I said earlier I am not super strict with it. Learn your baby’s signs. Try and understand when they are sleepy, hungry or just fussy.
Most of the time we are up for the day though because Momma has to go to work and Big Brother has to go to school. Summertime may tell a different story though but we’ll see when we get there.
Okay back on track now.
7:00-7:30 AM– Breakfast (baby food of some sort and some sips of water.)
8:00 AM– 1st nap (will last 1.5-2 hours typically)
9:30-10:00 AM– wake up, change, bottle
Now her wake time changes from day to day. Most of the time its at least 2 hours. Some days she is sleepier than others. I can usually tell though when she is getting sleepy. She rubs her eyes and shakes her head. She also gets whiny and cuddly.
Watch your baby’s sleepy cues. Learn what they are so you can avoid letting your baby get over tired.
Babies have a harder time sleeping if they are too tired. Keeping them up will not make them sleep longer or better. I learned this the hard way with Big Brother Blake.
Depending on when Sophie seems sleepy sometimes we do lunch before nap and sometimes we do it right after she wakes up.
11:30-12:00 PM– Lunch (baby food of some sort and sips of water.)
12:00 PM– 2nd nap
1:30-2:00 PM– wake up, change, bottle
This time is tricky for us as well. Sometimes she will take a 3rd nap which I usually try to get her to nap around 3:00-3:30 because if I don’t she is ready for bed really early. We try to shoot for bedtime around 6:00 and we are pretty consistent about it.
3:00-3:30 PM– 3rd nap (most of the time this nap is shorter, she just seems to sleep for about an hour.)
Our evening starts early around our house.
4:00-4:30 PM– wake up, change
4:30-5:00 PM- Dinner
5:30 PM– begin bedtime routine (bath, lotion, PJs, change, bottle)
6:00 PM– in Zipadee Zip or Nested Bean and in bed. We don’t have to rock Sophie she is put in her bed wide awake and she puts herself to sleep. I need to start adding a story time but hey having two kids is hard.
Play around with it and see what works best for you.
It is so important to know your baby’s cues. This can help you so much throughout your day and reduce letting them get to sleepy.
Also having a bedtime routine is very important as well. This teaches baby that it’s time for bed.
I do not follow this to the very hour, minute or second. We also try to shoot for a 6:00PM bedtime but sometimes it’s a few minutes earlier and sometimes it’s later. Just adjust according to naps.
If the naps for the day have been bad have an earlier bedtime.
If they have done well then put them to bed when you usually do.
For me and for Sophie her whole day revolves around her sleep schedule.
Sleep is that important. Well it’s that important to her. The girl LOVES her sleep!!!
We’ve had our struggles don’t get me wrong. Please consider reading my Newborn Sleep Tips post to get started.
I am in no way shape or form a sleep expert (this is just a personal blog) but my failures have taught me a lot and I like sharing them with you.
I would love to hear about your struggles with your little ones. What have you learned from this crazy thing called motherhood? If you could do something differently what would it be? Comment below!
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