I’ve always been a big fan of schedules. I can be more relaxed if I know how my day will [sort of] play out, which is better for everyone involved.
Since I “work from home” for a majority of the time (I say “work from home” because you know that’s almost impossible to do with a baby, lol), my schedule is even more important; I do my best to schedule calls and get work done during his naps. Doesn’t always happen…
If I could go back to when my son was a newborn, I would tell myself to CHILL TF OUT on trying to get him on a schedule. Eventually I did learn to just take it day-by-day, and started following his cues. Overtime we compromised and developed a schedule that would work for
us him. 😉
My son is 10-months old and we have been using this current schedule since about 8-months. This boy eats like a grown man and I’m trying to wean him off of one of his daily bottles at this moment, but it’s pretty difficult because sometimes I selfishly just want to TAKE A MOMENT TO RELAX and a bottle is a good way I can have that haha. My son has never been one to just sit on my lap; we have to be up or outside or crawling or sticking things in our mouth that we should not.
It’s safe to say I’m well-caffeinated during the day.
Anyways, this is the schedule that my son and I have come to an agreement on. Again, he eats A LOT. Maybe that’s normal? His pediatrician didn’t seem too alarmed. This is also my first child, so I have no reference on what’s normal. But is there even a normal??
Also note that he definitely does not sleep until 6:00 am. That’s just when he gets his first bottle. In theory it makes sense to get him used to eating at 6 so he would sleep until that time. Turns out babies don’t quite work like that.
Sometimes if he is feeling really nice to me, he will sleep up to 2.5 hours for his second nap. But I think he is just catching up from the days he only feels like taking 45-minute naps.
All babies are different. And I second-guess myself every time this hungry baby decides he wants to eat more, or sleep less, or eat less, or sleep more. I guess the moral of this post is to say every baby is different, and if you feel like you are screwing him up, you probably aren’t. 🙂 We are all just doing our best and winging it. Chances are, your baby will turn out juuuust fine!