Lisa: Putting Baby on a Schedule
Prior to having my daughter, I heard a lot from other moms about the importance of putting your baby on a schedule. So I started on a reading frenzy trying to figure out different ways to put our daughter on a schedule after she was born.
Fast forward to after Molly is born and project “get baby on a schedule” begins. I remember writing my sister-in-law LONG emails about my struggles of trying to figure out Molly’s schedule. I would re-read the books and try each week to conquer one of the steps in getting her on a regular schedule.
Now, putting that all aside, if I was truly honest with myself, we probably weren’t successful with project “get baby on schedule” until she was about 12 months old!!! That is not a typo, that’s the honest to goodness truth!
In hindsight, here are a few things I learned about my frantic race to put Molly on a schedule:
Naps: I stressed a lot about how she would only nap when someone was holding her which led to getting nothing done! Eventually I was able to train her to take one nap a day in her swing and then slowly moved to all her naps in the swing to eventually around 5-6 months she took a nap in her own crib! When I went back to work she would only sleep in her swing and the school even helped us get her to sleep in her crib…everything worked out on it’s own and now I miss hold her while she sleeps, even thought it’s nice getting things done when she sleeps =)!
Bedtime: When she was first born her bedtime was 1am…how exhausting! We tried and tried to get her to move up her bedtime and after we finally let go and just embraced her late bedtime, she slowly started moving up her bedtime and now she goes to bed at 6:30pm!!!
Feedings: I would plan EVERYTHING around her feedings. Even though this is really important so she learned how to build trust in us, I could have also let go and embraced the freedom of breastfeeding! All you have to bring is the boob and the baby and you’re set to go! Now that’s she’s eating regular people food, I sometimes miss the ease of just hooking her up to the boob at any time- lol!
I share this with you to illustrate that even though helping your baby learn how to be on a schedule, it’s also equally important for us all to remember that a schedule will come with time and to embrace this time in our child’s life when things are so simple.
Here are a few books that helped me understand how to put her on a schedule that I still find helpful today:
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