Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Birth-Six Month Babywise Schedule

Majority of you will NOT find this post helpful, but I'm posting it for those of you that will :) I LOVE getting questions from you guys and one that comes up most often is regards to scheduling. I ALWAYS redirect people to the babywise mom site as Valerie has a lot more Babywise knowledge than I do and has a more Babywise directed blog...mine is more personal than anything else ;)
When referring back to posts in order to help people with their schedules, I have a hard time finding my kids schedules at different ages. So I thought I'd combine them all in one post to make it easier to reference. Robyn is starting to schedule her new baby (Cooper!) so I figured now was a good time to do this ;) If you go back and read old stuff (which I find it as such a big compliment that some of yall are doing that!) I HIGHLY recommend using Brittlynn's schedule over Kye's. As a first time Mom I was doing my best to follow Babywise, but I think I do WAY better now and have done better from the beginning. So her schedule is a better reflection of what I would recommend someone using. 


At two weeks old I started scheduling. I used Babywise to come up with Brittlynn's schedule. However, by the next week I had already made some adjustments. I recommend starting with what I did for Brittlynn at three weeks rather than the two week old one as it incorporates some of The Baby Whisper techniques and I liked it MUCH better!  But I'll post them both anyway! Happy scheduling ;)

2 Weeks Old

7:00: Wake up for the day, 1st feeding. We change her diaper after each feeding and have some awake time with her during the day.
8:00-10:00: Nap (put down for nap at first sign of sleepiness)
10:00: 2nd feeding
11:00-1:00: Nap
1:00: 3rd feeding
2:00-4:00: Nap
4:00: 4th feeding
5:00-6:30: Nap
6:30: 5th feeding (Here I went 2 1/2 hours instead of three because this is a babies toughest time of the day and the most fussy)
7:30-9:00: Nap
9:00: Massage/Bath bedtime routine (I reversed the bedtime routine to be before she ate her last "meal" so she could go straight to bed after and I would nurse her to sleep basically at that feeding. All other feedings I made sure to keep her awake and have awake time after the feeding! For the night feedings we change her diaper before she eats so she could go straight to sleep after eating)
9:30: 6th feeding then straight to bed
Whenever she woke up (typically around 3:30 or 4): 7th feeding, then straight to bed

3 Weeks Old
7:00: start of the day, eat
8:00-8:30: awake time then down for nap
10:00: eat
11:00-11:30: awake time then down for nap
1:00: eat
2:00-2:30: awake time then down for nap
4:00: eat
5:00-5:30: awake time then down for nap
6:00: eat (this is what Hogg calls a cluster feed, I would feed her close together in the evenings to help her load up on food and stay full for the night time. The evenings are also THE fussiest time of the day at this age so it makes sense to feed her and keep her happy!)
7:00-7:30: awake time then down for nap
8:00: do bedtime ritual (massage or bath) then eat. Put her straight to bed after this feeding
10:30: wake her up for her "dream feed" (this is one extra feeding before we go to bed to, again, help her stock up and hopefully sleep through the night).

Around 6 Weeks Old (anywhere from 5-8)
7:00: start of the day, change diaper, eat
8:00-8:30: change diaper, awake time
8:30-10:30: nap
10:30: eat
11:30-12:00: change diaper, awake time
12:00-2:00: nap
2:00: eat
3:00-3:30: change diaper, awake time, special alone time with Mommy while Kye sleeps
3:30-5:00: nap
5:00: eat (I did 3 hours here rather than 3 1/2 because we eat dinner as a family at 6. While this means I can't actually cook the dinner, we can at least eat it together once Zach cooks it haha)
6:00-6:30: change diaper, awake time, family dinner
6:30-8:00: nap
8:00: awake, bath, ready for bed
8:15-9:15: eat
9:15-10:30: put to sleep straight from eating
10:30-11:30: dream feed (wake her up to feed her then put her right back to bed)
she was waking up around 5:30 for a middle of the night snack then right back to sleep

9 Weeks Old
7:00: start the day, change diaper, eat
8:00-8:30: change diaper, get dressed, awake time
8:30-10:30: nap
10:30-11:30: eat
11:30-12:00: change diaper, awake time
12:00-2:00: nap
2:00-3:00: eat
3:00-3:30: change diaper, awake time, alone time with Mommy
3:30-5:00: nap
5:00-6:00: eat
6:00-6:30: change diaper, awake time, family dinner
6:30-8:20: nap
8:20: awake, bath, put pjs on
8:30-9:30: eat, last feeding of day
9:30: put directly to bed after eating

Between 3-6 Months Old (Four Hour Schedule)
This is VERY detailed and includes what I do with my 3 year old son too

7:00 (usually it's more like 7:15...if they let us have those extra 15 min we take 'em!): awake for the day, change diaper, eat. Kye gets up the same time she does (usually one of us gets him and the other gets her) and Zach will fix his breakfast while I'm nursing
After breakfast: I always either do her tummy time (at least 10 min per awake time so three times a day) first thing during her awake times or her independent playtime (more on that in another post but she does 15 min of it per awake time so 3 times a day!). If Kye doesn't have school he'll often play with her a lot during this awake time, especially in the pack and play right after her independent playtime. I get her dressed during this time and change her diaper. If Kye has school and I have to take him then there's a lot of rushing around for that. If he doesn't have school and we don't go anywhere that day then we go on a walk (more on that in a second). If we have somewhere to be that day then usually I'm spending this time trying to get us all ready to get out the door!
9:00: down for nap (Kye and I will sing to her, swaddle her, turn on her fan and put her down. She will typically "talk" for up to 15 min before falling asleep). Often it's closer to 8:45 as she gets sleepy early this awake time. While she's napping, if Kye is home, we will eat my breakfast together and he'll usually do some type of coloring activity. Then he'll go upstairs for his roomtime (45 minutes) and get to watch a movie while I nurse her at her next feeding. 
11:00: Get Britt up (Kye LOVES to help both with putting her to sleep and waking her up). Change her diaper, nurse her. If Kye's home he typically watches a movie during this time. IF we are going somewhere...we go during this awake time. I will pump at 10:00, get her up early (like 10:40) then hop in the car and go. I'll feed her a bottle wherever we are and we are able to do plenty of stuff until we have to be home for both of their naps! 
After feeding: If we're home we do the same routine of independent playtime and tummy time. What's great is while she's in independent playtime I can get mine and Kye's lunch ready then she can get out and "eat" with us in her bouncer. Again I change her diaper sometime during the awake time. 
12:00: Kye and I eat lunch. This is the hardest hour of the day for me. Especially on days Kye has school because he won't get home until close to 12:30 and naps at 1:00. It's even tougher when Britt and I have to pick him up because we're rushing in the door trying to get everything going for lunch! I try to pack a lunch for Kye if I can on the days I pick him up so he can start eating in the car, it tends to speed everything up! I pretty much am a crazy person from 12-1 so if you call or text during this time, I WILL ignore you ;) Once Kye gets fed I rush him to get a book  and put on his pjs (he will not sleep in clothes!) and we'll all three read it together, assuming he finished lunch in time. If he takes too long to eat I'll have to put Brittlynn down while he's eating.  If she's still up for the story then we'll all three say prayers together (or if we read the story and it's time for her to go down we'll put her down first. Every day is kinda different on this routine). Then Kye will help me put Britt to sleep, he'll go potty, and he'll go to bed
1:00: Both kids down for nap! This is my big chunk of alone time! I typically will lay out for 30-45 min at least twice a week if possible so I can keep a little color. Then I blog pretty much the rest of the time. 
3:00: Britt's up to nurse. Usually Kye sleeps until 3:30 but if he's awake at 3 I just let him get up. I'd rather him be up while I'm nursing then start crying and stuff while I'm feeding her and have to stop the feeding to go get him.
After feeding: We go in and wake Kye up at 4:00 if he's not already up (he was struggling with naps for awhile...like wouldn't sleep AT ALL and Babywise says to wake him up from his nap so I do that now). We usually cuddle and play in his bed just the three of us, which I love. He changes back into clothes and Britt has her tummy time and independent playtime.
5:00: Zach typically gets home. Britt goes down for nap. I cook dinner (something that I was NOT able to do with the old schedule because she was eating at 5! Thank the LORD for ALL the frozen dinners I pre-made while pregnant, Zach just heated stuff up so we could all eat at 6!). Usually Zach and Kye play outside during this time. 
6:00: The three of us eat. Usually Britt wakes up crying around 6. It's the only nap of the day that she wakes up. Sometimes she'll wake up at 45 min during the other naps but always falls back to sleep pretty quickly (yes, we do Cry It Out but she rarely cries). This nap though she'll often wake up at 6 and never go back to sleep. It makes dinner time frustrating because she's fussying while we're trying to enjoy dinner. This is typical of babies though as the 6:00 hour is often called the "witching hour." They are just fussy with no real reason why. If she doesn't fall back to sleep we will get her up at 6:20. 
6:40: Zach and Kye get Britt up for her bath. I typically finish cleaning up dinner (Zach is great about helping but I WANT him to get that quality bath time with her so I'd rather do the cleaning up!). After her bath I go in and massage her (Zach hates using the oil on his hands!) 
7:00: I nurse Brittlynn, Zach gives Kye his bath. Kye used to go to bed at 7:15. When he started having the nap issues, Kelly suggested moving his bedtime later. He now goes to bed at 7:45 and it's really helped things. It took Zach and I awhile to adjust to the new bedtime because we weren't sure what to do with him haha. He takes longer baths now, which he enjoys. After his bath Zach will read his story on the couch while I'm feeding Brittlynn. We all say prayers there together as well then Zach takes him to bed at 7:45 since Brittlynn is still eating then. I very much miss getting to tuck him in at night and hope Britt will start eating faster so I can be part of that special time with Kye again. She usually finishes somewhere around 8:00, sometimes later. When we think she's close to done, we'll swaddle her then I put her straight to bed. She used to ALWAYS be asleep when she finished nursing, but now she's often still awake so I'll sing to her before laying her down and say a prayer with her too.
Rest of night: It's ours! Usually I will shower, I hope to get better about exercising prior to that shower! We'll typically watch a show together while we have a snack. I have to pump around 10:30 if I don't want to be uncomfortable in the night. But even with the pumping I STILL wake up super full. I don't think my milk supply will ever balance out! I try to be in the bed no later than 11:00 for the night!
5 Months Old
6:45-7:15: Wake up, change diaper, nurse (no solids yet...still just nursing her!)
After nursing: Independent Playtime
8:35ish: Bible Story time
8:45-9:00: Down for nap (Kye has room time during her nap)
10:45-11:15: Up from nap, change diaper, nurse (Kye usually watches movie while I nurse her for this feeding)
After nursing: Independent Playtime
12:30ish: Start getting ready for nap, read story and say prayers with Kye 
12:45-12:55: Down for nap
2:45-3:15: Up from nap, diaper change, nurse
After nursing: Independent Playtime
4:00: wake up Kye with Mommy
4:45: Down for nap
6:40 Up from nap, bath, massage, ready for bed
7:00: Nurse
7:20: Family story time, family prayers
7:35: Brittlynn down for night
7:45: Kye down for night

I did not start Brittlynn on solids until 6 months old so she was exclusively breastfed up until that point. Hopefully this is helpful to some of you as a reference when scheduling your babies!!! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have (you can email me but you'll get the quickest response using the Facebook Page!)

22 comments:

Sabrina said...

So helpful! Thanks! Emma will be three weeks old on Friday, so I am starting the 3 week schedule today with the cluster feeding. So far, so good - here's hoping for a good night!

Ashley Troutman said...

Okay, my question is not BW related...but...how in the world do you keep your house so clean?  I clean ALL day every day it seems and it never looks like your...and yours is way bigger!  I'd love to relax while Preston naps, but I am always stuck doing something that is chore related :/

Kirby & Anna said...

Thank you!  Thank you!  We just had our first child 3 weeks ago today and I've been thinking about and struggling with schedules.  I remember reading your blog about Baby Wise and scheduling and thinking about how I'd love to be able to do that when our son arrived.  So anyway- thanks again for writing this post.  I really needed it right now!

P. and R. Aaron said...

I started using babywise late, even though my daughter is 4.5 months, I can still see the benefits of it. So far we have our night routine down, but naps are something else. She does sleep 10-12 hours a night, but I haven't mastered a daytime routine schedule. Would you recommend me waking her up at the same time each morning? So far I let her wake up on her on.

Ashley Troutman said...

I tried Babywise, and pretty much just incorporated the EASY routine, but if you want a consistent daytime, then waking her probably be necessary to establish it.  We woke my son up at the same time each morning, and then he got consistent at waking around the same time each morning.  We had a great nighttime sleeper, like your daughter, but our days SUCKED!  I eventually stopped stressing about it, and accepted that he was that kid who cat-napped.  I learned to expect for him to wake at around 45 minutes, and if it lasted longer, then that was a bonus.  By 6 months, he worked into a consistent schedule on his own and his naps miraculously lengthened!  

Robyn Mullican said...

I love you for this!!!

Rachael_Copponex said...

BOOOOOORING.  Kidding.  Not.

Erin said...

I've tried to follow this schedule with my son who is 11 weeks old and he just can't seem to sleep longer than about an hour by himself during the day. Unless I hold him he is horrible at taking naps, does anyone else have this problem? So it's hard to keep to the feeding schedule because when he gets up he usually wants to eat. He does fine at night, sleeps in about three hour stretches. That my other question, when will he drop the 2-3am feeding?
Thanks

Lauren said...

Hello...I just purchased this book for my Kindle yesterday. I have a soon to be 5 week old and I started routine within the first few days of bringing her home. I'm just curious what you do if they sleep past the time? Do you wake them up or let them sleep. I was waking mine up every 2 hours the first few weeks home from the hospital to try to keep an every 3 hr schedule and to not confuse her days and nights. Any tips?

Rebekah said...

Thankyou sooooo much...I am about to become a first time mum and was about to write up a schedule from scratch but needed some guidance- your post has helped a lot to give me a starting point. Bless you!

Veronica said...

So...between 3-6 months baby B didn't wake up for feeds in the night off breast milk alone? My son is still taking 4 ounces at 1 and 4 a.m. Should I let him cry through it? :( I'm breast feeding exclusively as well. Hope someone answers by today bc I am wanting to start a new routine tonight! I'm desperate!!
-Veronica

Lucia said...

I have a 4 week old and I am having a hard time sticking to the schedule. What happens when you feed him (he feeds longer than most babies for some reason) and his awake time is fussy time? I still don'tknow wxactly why he fusses when he's awake. Sometimes he wants to be held and others he has gas, etc.But sometimes he goes over the 3 hour mark with crying and by the time I put him down it's 30mins from the next feeding. Do I still wake him up 30 mins later or do I let him sleep?

Faye Millan Adams said...

Hi, I am soon to be a mom in the next few weeks, and I was looking at your feeding schedule because I would really like to follow the Baby-Wise plan. May I ask, since I didn't notice any midnight feedings for the baby at three week schedule...did you feed the baby at anytime during the night after 10:30 pm or did your baby sleep through because of the earlier back to back feedings? I'm trying to plan my schedule like you did, but want to be sure I'm not missing any steps...first time mom. ;)
-Faye Adams

Karen said...

Great schedule! Love having a real example to reference - thank you!

Lara said...

Hi...I'm a mother of a 8 month old. I'm having difficulty knowing what I should do about schedule, naps and feeding. I nurse each feeding but only do solids maybe once a day. Also he sleeps through the night but goes to bed at 9/9:30 after last nursing. I would like for him to go to bed earlier but unsure how to do it. Help please :) thank you

Blessed USMC Wife said...

How old was Britt when you switched to the four hour schedule? I have an 11 week old that I think is ready.

samantha said...

My girl is 7 weeks old and i try to do the baby wise schedule, her first feed of the day is always different because she is not sleeping more than 3-4 hour spurts at night, but it is usually closer to 3 hours... After she gets up in the am she always takes a 2 hr nap then wakes to eat, is usually up for 1.5 hours at most then takes another 2 hour nap, sometimes a half hour more or less.. she eats then this gets us to about 3 or 3:30 in the afternoon, she usually likes to sleep after this feeding til between 5-6. She gets fussy at 6 and tends to want to eat 2 hours instead of 3 and then gets tired again, my question is do i let her go back to sleep for an hour or so or do i keep her up. Ive noticed that if i let her sleep she tends to not sleep well at night, and im not ready for bed at 7 or 7:30 but if let her sleep from 7 or 7:30 til 9 shes still only sleeping 3-4 hour spurts and im exhausted. Once we get closer to 4 or 5 am shes up almost every 1.5 hours or 2. How was your daughter sleeping 6+hours at 2 weeks old?

Madcohmom said...

I have an 9 week old on the 4 hour schedule he put himself on it too.

Bethany Spinell said...

I have an 11 week old and just heard about Babywise from friends at church, I love it and have been trying to implement even though I know we are starting late. I am starting him out on a 3 hr schedule. He is not sleeping through the day yet, and with this 3 hr schedule I am feeling like I am not getting to see him at all awake. He takes 30 minutes to eat and then he is only awake for 30 or so. Is this a problem for you? Also he only takes 15 minutes or so to cry out for naps, but he sometimes wakes up after 45 minutes or so. should I leave him to cry it out and go back to sleep or should I get him up? Any advice for naps or sleeping through the night would be appreciated.

Tanya B said...

Hi there- so at 5 months old how many ounces per day does Britlynn eat? Right now my baby girl is still the 3 hr schedule and averages 26-28oz/day of breastmilk. Hard to measure breastmilk but I think this is pretty close

Lucy said...

My LO is currently 7 wk. I have been doing babywise for the last month or so. I am in the routine of eat, wake, sleep. He naps for 1.5 to 2.5 hrs. I tried the dreamfeed once and he wouldnt wake up enough to eat.. then was fussy so i didnt try again. So the last 3 wks or so he goes to bed at 9.. then gets up around 2:30, i feed then put him back down, then feed at 5am, then start of day is at 7. I am wondering how to get rid of the 3am feed, and when? Should i let him CIO? and when?

Jacqueline Gray said...

I have a 6 week old whose schedule has started at 8. Im working on moving it to 7:30 by moving 5 each day. But she usually wakes on own between 6:30 and 6:50. I feed her just a few ounces then (so still eat first feed) and change if needed and then put her back in bed. She will fall asleep again sometimes but then I wake her up just 45-hour later to start the day. Should I just shift the schedule to 6:30 or 7 right away or should I keep doing what I'm doing? (She usually wakes at 1:30 and 3:45ish also-sometimes has skipped the 1:30) I cluster feed at night and do a dream feed between 10-11 but she only takes 2 oz usually

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