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Sample Schedules

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 On this page you can find

  
- Sample Schedules
- Important Terms
- Additional Scheduling Resources

Baby's LOVE routine. And quite frankly...I LOVE routine! I know when I can get out of the house, and for how long. I know when our daughter will be hungry and when she will be tired. It's hardly ever a guessing game. These schedules have worked so well for us, that if she is crying...I know it's due to something other than hunger or tiredness... and Caroline builds her own schedules. I provide the basic starting point, and she always gives me cues as to how and when I needed to adjust it. So she tweaked and made them perfect!

In my next few posts I am going to outline the schedules that we set up for Caroline. The schedules worked so well, that I want to remember them when it comes time for baby number two, and I want to share our success with other mamas!

Newborn through toddler eat wake sleep schedules
I read many blogs and books and general concepts before Caroline arrived. Everything from Babywise to the baby whisperer, etc. My general rule of thumb is that you need schedules and organization, but you also have to be flexible and learn from your baby. A baby is human...not a robot! So all of the schedules I built were flexible....I allowed for 30 minutes of flex time either direction and adjusted the schedule as need be throughout the day. If a baby is sick or teething or whatever else might be going on...the schedule is NO longer priority.

The basis of each schedule (or 1 cycle) is for the baby to eat, then have some play time or awake time, then nap and repeat. Babies do very well on consistent schedules. It also allows you to plan your day and anticipate what a specific cry might be. I always follow a basic pattern throughout the day:  Eat, Wake/Play, Sleep

This pattern will help your baby to learn to fall asleep without being nursed or bottle fed to sleep. They will start to learn the pattern of events and will expect them! This will help tremendously when you are trying to get your baby to learn to fall asleep on his/her own.

If you are interested in specific ways to help your baby nap and how to do sleep training, check out these pages as well:

Important terms

Wake time: This includes feeding time, and all awake time and playtime up until the nap.

Cycle length: From the start of feeding time, including wake time and the nap. Example: If it takes baby 20 min to nurse, and then she is up for another 1 hr and 10 min, and then sleeps for 1.5 hours. The total time of 3 hours is the cycle time.

MOTN: Middle of the night


Sample Schedules

Below you will find a detailed breakdown of each age and what to expect. Sample schedules are included along with information about wake time, naps, and nighttime sleeping. I have also included personal experiences and special tips for each age!

NEWBORN SCHEDULE (1-2weeks)

NEWBORN SCHEDULE (3-4weeks)

MONTH 2 SCHEDULE

MONTH 3 SCHEDULE

MONTH 4 SCHEDULE


Printable schedules for months 1-6
can be downloaded here

MONTH 5 SCHEDULE

MONTH 6 SCHEDULE

MONTH 7 SCHEDULE

MONTH 8 SCHEDULE

MONTH 9 SCHEDULE

MONTH 10 SCHEDULE

MONTH 11 SCHEDULE

MONTH 12 SCHEDULE

MONTH 15 INFO

MONTH 18 INFO

MONTH 20 INFO

MONTH 21 INFO

2 Year Old Schedule and Update

A Day in our House (26 months old)

MONTH 26 Schedule and Milestones


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ADDITIONAL SCHEDULING RESOURCES

Handling the 3-6-9 Growth Spurts (When they happen and what to expect)

8 Benefits of Keeping Baby on a Schedule

Time to Adjust Baby's Wake Time?

How to Handle Middle of the Night Wakings

Correcting Night Wakings Using the Wake to Sleep Method

The Difference Between Schedules and Routines

Baby Tracking Journal
6 Reasons Why I Wake My Sleeping Baby


Knowing When to Drop a Bottle/Nursing Session

When to Make a Change to Your Baby's Schedule

How to Make a Change To Your Baby's Schedule

Frequently Asked  Babywise Q&A

Babywise Isn't Imposing a Schedule, It's Learning the Ideal Schedule for YOUR Child

Benefits and Types of Routines - And How You Can Use Routines Without Using Schedules

Feed Me, Change Me, Love Me Baby Tracking Journal

Holidays

Christmas Strategies with a Toddler

Please Deviate From the Schedule and Enjoy The Moments



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