May 8, 2017
I didn’t plan on putting Greyson on a schedule until he was around 8 weeks, however he naturally fell into a schedule around 5 weeks with PDF (parent directed feedings) and started sleeping through the night at 5-6 weeks. So many of you asked for a detailed schedule after this post, so today I will share what I did from week 3 until now (Greyson is 9 weeks).
I used the Babywise schedule for Sutton knew I wanted to do the same with Greyson. I don’t remember having her on a schedule as early as I did Greyson. That was probably due to being a new mom and just trying to survive and get the hang of things the first couple months. I like the predictability of a schedule, knowing when his next feeding will need to be, how long he naps, and I believe this sets them up for good sleep habits from the start.
*I want to note that Greyson is exclusively breastfeeding.
With Greyson, right from the start, I would wake him every 3 hours to feed and at night I would wake every 4 hours. This was for the first two weeks. I also try to start the day (his first feeding) around the same time every day.
So that 3 hour window consists of me waking him (or him waking) and feeding right after he wakes. Then a short wake/play time, then down for nap. So typically it was around 45 mins of feeding-with burping, feeding both sides and changing diaper. Then about 15 mins of wake time, then down for a nap for around 2 hours. Times may vary depending on time of day.
After his first doctor appointment, the doctor told us since he was heathy and gaining more than enough weight we could extend the night sleep longer if he was able to.
During the day, wake to feed every 3 hours. If he would wake sooner, like at the 2.5 hour mark and seemed hungry, I would feed him. Some naps I may go a bit longer than 3, especially if he woke early one nap. For example, if he woke early like after 2 or 2.5 hours, then the next nap I will let him go 3.5 hours. I have learned not be to so rigid on the schedule as I was with Sutton. If he wakes early bc he is hungry then I feed him, and then try to stretch it longer on a another nap. At Nighttime I woke him after 6 hours to eat, and sometimes he would wake himself, then back to bed till hist first morning feeding.
Around week 4 I started to “cluster feed” in the evening. This is when Greyson is most fussy and I just feed him a ton before bed to get him really full for the night time. This can range from feedings every 1-2 hours from 6-10pm.
Same schedule during the day for every 3 hour feedings. His sleeping through the night started to stretch longer to around 6-7 hours.
Cluster feedings from 7-10pm every 1 -2 hours
Still doing the 3 hour feeding schedule during the day and at night he sleeps 8-9 hours depending on when I get him down.
Here is an example of my day (by no means does this fall on the dot every minute) it varies day to day by 30 minutes or so.
7:30 -wake Greyson for first feeding
8:00 change diaper /wake time
10:30 Feed (2nd feeding)
11:00 Change diaper/wake/play time
11:30 Down for nap
1:30 (3rd feeding)
2:00 change diaper/wake time
2:30 Down for nap
4:30 (4th feeding)
5:00 change diaper/wake time
5:30 Nap (shorter nap, seems to be more fussy in the evening)
7:00 (5th feeding)
7:30 Down for short nap
8:00 pm (6th feeding)
8:30 down for short nap (sometimes won’t nap)
9:oo (7th feeding)
10pm (8th feeding) no wake or play time after this feeding and down for the night.
*I will pump at 11pm and again in the morning after his first feeding to keep my supply up.
*Make sure to get full feedings every time time your baby eats. Do everything you can to keep your baby awake. I will change Grey’s diaper in between feedings on each side to wake him. I will tickle his feet and talk to him also.
*I think it is important to put your baby down SLEEPY, but not asleep, so they learn how to fall asleep on their own and soothe themselves to sleep. Soothing themselves is especially important for when they wake up before a nap or sleeptime is over. Greyson tends to do this and will fall back asleep after a short cry. As they get older you will appreciate this more and more.
*Every baby is different, don’t be too hard on yourself about schedules. Greyson seemed to fall naturally into the 3 hour feedings during the day. Sutton did not do that right away. Every baby is different!
*Greyson sleeps in a swaddle for almost every nap and at night, unless we are not at home. I have the room dark and a sound machine on.
*As far as night sleeping, alway consult with your pediatrician before extending to longer periods.
A few baby books I read were Happiest Baby on the Block and Babywise.
Any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!
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