Schedules. I have talked and talked and talked about them until I was blue in the face. I have lamented over the lack of schedules, I have driven myself crazy with trying to implement the 2-3-4 schedule, and I even shared our experiences on the How Do You Do It? blog.
I can tell you, however, that I have finally won the schedule lottery. It took patience, flexibility, and patience, but at 7 months old, we have a really good daily schedule. I can now plan my day around it (within reason due to nap issues or traveling).
7 AM Wake up and quiet time in crib
7:45 Change clothes, diapers, go to playroom for playtime (jumper and exersaucer/floor time)
9:00 Naps in MamaRoos in their nursery (to give them the best and longest nap possible)
10:30 Wakeup and feed solid food
12:30 PM Nap in MamaRoo
4:30 Possible short cat nap
5:30 Feed solid food with Daddy (mix food with rice cereal)
5:50 Playtime with Daddy
7:00 Nurse, read a book, lights out
Then we usually have the overnight feedings and diaper changes. Sometimes we wake them up to feed between 10-11 PM:
10-11PM Feed formula (lately 8 oz)
2 AM nursing
5-6 AM nursing
Lately, we haven’t woken them up, and they sleep until 1 or 2 AM, when we feed them. After that, they usually sleep another 4-5 hours.
The best thing about this schedule is that I can predict when we can do activities. In the morning, we stay at home because of their tight schedule with their wakeup and nap. If we are going to do any traveling that day (like the hour trip to Charlottesville), we wait and leave when they start their 9 AM nap (to sleep in the car). In the afternoons, if I have someone that wants to come and visit, they can come at 2 PM, when the babies will be awake and happy, and they won’t need to eat until 3:30. In the late afternoons around 4:30 or 5, I can be flexible and give the babies another short nap if it is needed. Often, we will run out after the 3:30 feeding, and they will sleep in the car for 10-15 minutes. That usually helps them last until bedtime.
This post was shared on the How Do You Do It? Parenting Link Up #32