Baby “Scheduling”: How we did it

Okay, okay, okay. Another post talking about baby scheduling. You’re wondering why you clicked the “link in bio.”

But this is different.

I’m going to actually tell you what our son’s schedule was and why it was.

When our son was a newborn to two months old, we had a general schedule that was loosely drawn. Meaning, we had benchmarks throughout the day and within an hour margin or so we did certain baby things.

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If we had people coming over during naptime, we would try to adjust our son’s schedule rather than defer visitors to arrive at a different hour. This is because we wanted our son to learn to adapt in order to make our lives a little easier once we started taking him outside the house more.

So far, that has seemed to pay off as we approach four months.

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But what do I mean by benchmarks? Certain rules and guidelines that were our daily goals. We aspired to complete tasks according to the rules and guidelines by particular times each day. Again, this was for newborn to two months. It has taken on a wholly different look since.

  1. Baby must eat every two to three hours.
  2. Baby needed certain ounces each day, according to what our pediatrician recommended based on our son’s age and weight.
  3. If our son was in danger of not eating that specified amount, we would add a feeding as needed, even if that meant less tummy time, or less reading time, or potentially less nap time.
  4. Baby would nap a requisite seventeen to eighteen hours per day. We would allow naps to endure as long as he desired to sleep comfortably. When our son was 2 months, we started limited naps to a maximum of two hours per Dr. Harvey Karp’s recommendations.
  5. Thirty to forty-five minutes of tummy time each day, or as much as possible given the day’s agenda.
  6. Reading two books, if not more.
  7. Bath time would start with the bath itself, followed by lotion, nail trim if needed, white noise engaged, bottle, reading time, final diaper change, then bed.
  8. Bath time would start by seven thirty each night.
  9. A “dream feed” would occur somewhere between 10:00 pm and 12:00 am.
  10. We would follow these guidelines until approximately two months of ago, or until baby slept through the night.

As long as we were able to accomplish the above, we felt that we didn’t fail the day.

 

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A typical day would look something like this, times approximate and we did not follow them strictly:

7:15 am: Wake Up – Diaper Change

7:30 am: Feed

8:00 – 10:00 am: Nap

10:15 am: Feed

11:00 am: Play and Tummy Time

11:30 – 12:30 pm: Nap

12:45 pm: Feed

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Nap

4:00 – 4:30 pm: Play and Tummy Time

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Nap

5:45 pm: Feed

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Play and Tummy Time

7:15 pm: Bath

7:30 pm: Feed and Storytime

8:30 – 10:30 pm: Nighttime Sleep

10:45 pm: Dream Feed

11:15 – 3:30 am: Nighttime Sleep

3:45 am: Feed

4:30 am – 7:15 am: Nighttime Sleep

*Of course, these times might have varied slightly each day, but this is a very close outline to our first six weeks with our son. Mercifully, he started sleeping through the night at around six weeks old and has been since.

I know I have said that we didn’t do a schedule. We REALLY don’t do a schedule now. When you have a newborn, your day is a revolving set of three tasks (eat sleep play) and I found that just making sure these occurred within the guidelines I listed made me feel like I was providing our son all of the care he needed. It ends up becoming a routine naturally, but know that some naps were in the stroller, or our travel crib, but in most cases, they were always in the SNOO.

Feedings were sporadic some weeks, depending on variations in his hunger and growth spurts. I just went with the flow and didn’t get upset if I missed something.

Hope you find this helpful. Thanks for reading!

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