Let’s Chat Schedules

Today I want to chat schedules. SO many moms ask me what a good schedule would look like. Today, I share a sample schedule for a 4 month old and 7 month old.

What does a 4 month old sleep/feed schedule look like? 

Here is a sample:
Morning 7:00am, feed
Nap 1, 8:30am, feed after nap
Nap 2, 12:30pm feed after nap
Nap 3, 4:30pm, feed after nap
Bedtime 7:00pm, feed at the beginning of bedtime routine
1 night feed may still be in the schedule

✅Wake time for a 4 month old is approx 1.5-2 hours
✅Naps should last 1-2 hours
✅ Breastfeeding and bottles should happen after nap time 

What does a 7 month old sleep/feed schedule look like? 

Here is a sample:
Morning 6:30am, feed
Nap 1- 9:30am, feed after nap
Nap 2-2:30pm feed after nap
Bedtime 7:00pm, feed at the beginning of bedtime routine 

Feed means bottle or nursing, many parents feed solids leading up to sleep time 

✅Wake time for a 7 month old is approx 3-3.5 hours
✅Naps should last 1-2 hours
✅Breastfeeding and bottles should happen after nap time 

Are Sleep Regressions Really A Thing?

 

 

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Check out my guest blog over at Fit Mommy Strong to read the whole article.

https://fitmommystrong.com/baby-sleep-regressions/

Reflux: Is it an excuse for poor sleep?

If your baby has been diagnosed with reflux, it does not mean they can not sleep well. Over the last 8 years, I have worked with many babies who had reflux and many babies whose parents thought they had reflux. And were just using it as an excuse for poor sleep. In this video I chat about the symptoms of reflux, what to do if you think your baby has reflux and how it all ties in with sleep. The good news is…Babies with reflux can learn to be great sleepers too!

https://www.facebook.com/JammyTimeSleepSolutions/videos/832836393846600/

Top 3 Reasons Why Mom Needs Sleep

We are always focusing on getting your baby the sleep he or she needs to be happy and healthy.   But what about you?  I know mom’s needs are often put on the back burner.  But they shouldn’t be!

In this video, I will teach you the top 3 reasons why you need to be sleeping well during the night.  I don’t mean to scare you but…..

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

If you want to learn more about sleep, I highly recommend this book called Why We Sleep?  

Fall Behind: What does this mean for your baby?

Most adults love the extra hour of sleep in the fall and despise losing the hour in the spring. With children that all seems to change. The extra hour in the fall now means that baby is waking at 5am instead of 6am. Rest assured, within a week, you can reset your child’s body clock to adjust to the new time. And here are some tips to make it easier!

Get up at your usual time and start the day. Once everyone has had breakfast now go and change your clock back one hour.

The best way to make the transition to the new time is to split the difference.

If for example your little one usually takes a morning nap round 9:30, you will adjust this to 9:00 am for the 3 days after the time change. It will be a bit of a push for your child because it will actually feel like 10am, but not so much that it will disrupt her overall schedule. Do the same for the others naps.

Let’s say your child usually goes to bed at 7 PM, I recommend putting that child to bed at 6:30 PM for the first 3 days following the time change. (This will FEEL like 7:30 to your child.) And it will take about a week for your child’s body to get used to this.

If you have children over the age of two, you can put a digital clock in the room and put a piece of tape over the minute numerals, so that they can see if it is 6 o’clock or 7 o’clock, but they cannot see the minutes, which often confuses toddlers. I would just set the clock forward half an hour so that at 6:30, it reads 7:00 and I would let them get up a little earlier than normal, knowing that by the end of the week, they would be back on track and sleep until their normal wakeup time.

If you are dealing with a baby, you cannot do that. Do not rush in as soon as you hear your baby waking up, because you do not want to send a message that getting up at 6 a.m. is okay now. So if she normally wakes at 7:00am, but is now up at 6:00, you will wait until ten after on the first day, and then twenty after the next, then 6:30 the next day and, by the end of the week your baby’s schedule should be adjusted to the new time and she should be waking up at her usual hour. On the fourth night, just get in line with the new time. So your baby is back to going to bed when the clock says 7:00 pm, and adjust naps to the correct time on day 4 as well.

Spring Forward: Turn Clocks Ahead 1 Hour This Weekend

Long, lazy summer evenings, the smell of BBQ in the air, the feeling of the sun warm on your skin can only mean one thing……….  We turn our clocks ahead one hour this weekend.

This time change is a pretty easy one on families.

Get up at your usual time Sunday morning, turn your clocks ahead one hour and start the day. The bonus…”Your perceive your little one is sleeping in an hour later.”  And that is a good feeling for everyone.

The best way to make the transition to the new time is to split the difference.

If for example your little one usually takes a morning nap round 9:30, you will adjust this to 10:00 am for the 3 days after the time change. This will mean that your baby is going to bed a little earlier or sooner than the normal wait between sleeps, but again it’s not so much so that it’s going to interfere with her schedule too much. It may take her a bit more time to fall asleep as she may not be as tired, but in a week’s time she will be back on track again. On day and night 4, move to the correct time on the clock again.

I know I am excited for more sunlight in the evening!

 

Are Mornings Starting Too Early?

Is your baby an early bird?  And now with the time change…  Ugh!

 

Some babies are natural early birds, but most are not and there are many things you can do to encourage a later morning.

You might be surprised to hear it all starts with bedtime. Here is a list of must dos…

  • Ensure the bedtime feed is before bath or at the beginning of the routine and your little one is wide awake for the feed
  • Ensure baby is going down wide awake all on her own with no one in the room.  This includes not falling asleep with a soother!
  • Ensure baby is not at all overtired. Try bedtime 10-15 minutes earlier.
  • If baby wakes between 5am-6am it is best to stay out of the room if at all possible.  Seeing mom or dad is just too stimulating and now they know you are awake too, so there is usually no going back to sleep. They think it is party time!
  • Wait until a minimum of 6am to take baby out of the crib.
  • After taking your baby out of the crib, turn on the lights, open the blinds, do a diaper change and then offer a feed. Make sure baby is wide awake.
  • Ensure the room is pitch dark and you are using white noise to drown out all of those early morning noises like Dad getting ready for work.
  • Make sure nap one is not too close to taking baby out of the crib in the morning. I suggest counting the amount of wake time from 6am, not from the time your baby woke early.  If I knew I could get back into bed an hour or two after I woke, I wouldn’t mind starting my day before 6am either.
  • It can take 4-6 weeks of being super consistent before your baby’s body clock is reset and he starts sleeping in later.

Helping your Baby Adjust to the Time Change

Most adults love the extra hour of sleep in the fall and despise losing the hour in the spring. With children that all seems to change. The extra hour in the fall now means that baby is waking at 5am instead of 6am.  Rest assured, within a week, you can reset your child’s body clock to adjust to the new time.  And here are some tips to make it easier!

Get up at your usual time and start the day. Once everyone has had breakfast now go and change your clock back one hour.

The best way to make the transition to the new time is to split the difference.

If for example your little one usually takes a morning nap round 9:30, you will adjust this to 9:00 am for the 3 days after the time change. It will be a bit of a push for your child because it will actually feel like 10am, but not so much that it will disrupt her overall schedule. Do the same for the others naps.

Let’s say your child usually goes to bed at 7 PM, I recommend putting that child to bed at 6:30 PM for the first 3 days following the time change. (This will FEEL like 7:30 to your child.) And it will take about a week for your child’s body to get used to this.

If you have children over the age of two, you can put a digital clock in the room and put a piece of tape over the minute numerals, so that they can see if it is 6 o’clock or 7 o’clock, but they cannot see the minutes, which often confuses toddlers. I would just set the clock forward half an hour so that at 6:30, it reads 7:00 and I would let them get up a little earlier than normal, knowing that by the end of the week, they would be back on track and sleep until their normal wakeup time.

If you are dealing with a baby, you cannot do that. Do not rush in as soon as you hear your baby waking up, because you do not want to send a message that getting up at 6 a.m. is okay now. So if she normally wakes at 7:00am, but is now up at 6:00, you will wait until ten after on the first day, and then twenty after the next, then 6:30 the next day and, by the end of the week your baby’s schedule should be adjusted to the new time and she should be waking up at her usual hour.  On the fourth night, just get in line with the new time. So your baby is back to going to bed when the clock says 7:00 pm, and adjust naps to the correct time on day 4 as well.

Are You Addicted To Your Baby Monitor?

Are you addicted to your baby monitor?

I have worked with families that report their baby rolled over at 2 am, at 3:37 am he was awake but did not make a sound and they think he may have sneezed at 5:07am. How do they know this? Because they watch their video monitor throughout the night.

Monitors have a time and a place. If you are in the basement exercising while your baby is napping, it can be a great tool. If you are teaching your child to sleep well, it is great to keep an eye on her. Does she have an arm stuck in the bar? Is there any need for me to intervene or be concerned? But for some people that are so tuned into the monitor, it is disrupting your sleep.

You don’t need to hear every little squeak and squawk that your baby makes through the night. Some babies are very, very noisy sleepers. Every time they squeak and squawk, you are going to wake up and it is going to wreak havoc on your sleep.

If you’ve got a baby who is now successfully sleeping well through the night, I would encourage you to turn it down and start getting the good quality sleep that you deserve as well. Your baby will let you know if they need you!

And if you do not have a baby that is sleeping well, then you know who you can call!

Are You Ready To Stop Seeing Your Clock Before 6:00am?

Some babies are natural early birds, but most are not and there are many things you can do to encourage a later morning.

You might be surprised to hear it all starts with bedtime. Here is a list of must dos…

  • Ensure the bedtime feed is before bath or at the beginning of the routine and your little one is wide awake for the feed.
  • Ensure baby is going down wide awake all on her own with no one in the room.  This includes not falling asleep with a soother!
  • Ensure baby is not at all overtired. Try bedtime 10-15 minutes earlier.
  • If baby wakes between 5am-6am it is best to stay out of the room if at all possible.  Seeing mom or dad is just too stimulating and now they know you are awake too, so there is usually no going back to sleep. They think it is party time!
  • Wait until a minimum of 6am to take baby out of the crib.
  • After taking your baby out of the crib, turn on the lights, open the blinds, do a diaper change and then offer a feed. Make sure baby is wide awake.
  • Ensure the room is pitch dark and you are using white noise to drown out all of those early morning noises like Dad getting ready for work.
  • Make sure nap one is not too close to taking baby out of the crib in the morning. I suggest counting the amount of wake time from 6am, not from the time your baby woke early.  If I knew I could get back into bed an hour or two after I woke, I wouldn’t mind starting my day before 6am either.
  • It can take 4-6 weeks of being super consistent before your baby’s body clock is reset and he starts sleeping in later.