If you’ve been following my blog for long, you know I’m all about organization, schedules, and routines. It’s just the way I’m wired and my Mom tells me I’ve been that way since I was a toddler, organizing all my toys and books from an early age. I haven’t purposefully tried to put our newborn, Jordan, on a schedule but since she’s been born, I’ve tracked her feedings and sleep times on this tracker, and after a couple months, recognized her pattern. I’m glad I did because having some expectation of when she’ll be napping and eating helps me know when I can eat or get some things done during the day!
I think whenever you have a young baby, you’re always wanting to know when they are going to nap and how to get them to sleep at night. Lack of sleep (for parents) is no joke! I’m lucky Jordan is a good sleeper, but she still wakes to eat in the night, so of course that means I’m up too.
Jordan is actually 4 months old now and the routine has changed slightly from this 3-month post, but I wanted to start closer to the beginning, so this is what her routine looked like at 3 months. From what I’ve researched, this seems to be a pretty typical 3-month baby schedule.
We basically follow the EASY routine: Eat, Awake, Sleep, You. That means, she eats when she wakes up, except for when she goes to bed for the night. While baby is sleeping is supposed to be the ‘you’ time. I’m still exclusively breastfeeding.
5:00 a.m. – eat and back to bed
7:00 a.m. – wake up, eat (she usually eats only a little here, then I pump)
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – play, tummy time, sit/stand “exercise”
8:30 – 9:30 or 10 a.m. – nap. I swaddle her and put her in her Mamaroo with a pacifier. For the rest of the naps, I either do the same, OR me or my Mom are holding her while she sleeps. That might be called a bad habit, but we do it anyway.
Figuring this one out has been huge. That time from 3 – 6 p.m. has been known as the “witching hour” or hours, when you are so tired from taking care of baby all day and you really feel like you need a break. Now I realize that Jordan needs one more 45 minute to 1 hour nap and I can put a quick meal together at this time. When she wakes up, we can spend that last 1 1/2 -2 hours playing and enjoying her with the whole family around. That’s the perfect time for stepping outside and getting some fresh air after dinner. A change of scenery is always good, especially if you’ve been cooped up inside all day.
I always watch for the first signs of sleepiness; a yawn, she starts becoming (even more) uncoordinated, she becomes fussy, she starts looking away when we try to engage her. Even if it’s only 6:00 p.m. at that time, I’ll start the bedtime routine and she will go to sleep early.
6:30 – 6:45 p.m. – bath time & pajamas. I know that by this time, she’s done for the day, so we start the bedtime routine, which means I take her into her nursery, undress her and get her ready for her bath (which she loves). I keep the lights low and talk quietly to her to signal that it’s time to wind down.
7:00 p.m. – Bedtime
After bathtime, I put her in her pajamas, and lately that’s a long sleeve onesie because she’s been pulling her arms out of her swaddle and I don’t want her to get cold. Then I take her into my room, swaddle her loosely so she can pull her arms out. I’ve found that she likes to suck on her hands or put them near her mouth and I’m all for that self-soothing. We walk over to close blinds together, getting the room all nice and dark, and I say, “night night sunshine, nigh night daytime, etc.” every time we close another set of blinds. I’ve heard these kind of repetitive things help baby learn to expect what comes next.
She is still sleeping in my room, and I plan to transition her to her crib soon. Once she starts sleeping at night in her crib, I’m hoping put her down for naps in there too.
7:00 p.m. – I was breastfeeding her to sleep, but I wasn’t feeling like she was getting enough milk, so now I feed her a 3 or 4 oz bottle (then go pump). Her eyes are usually droopy and falling asleep by the time she finishes the bottle. I usually lay with her for a few minutes and pray over her while she initially drifts off to sleep.
9:30 or 10 p.m. – Pump
2:00 a.m.ish– Feed
Jordan still wakes up around 2am to eat, but I’m going to try giving her a ‘dream feed’ where you feed your baby in their sleep around 10 or 11 pm and see if that’ll help keep her satisfied so she’ll sleep through the night.
We actually have her 4 month old check up today, so I’m curious to see how much our little chunk weighs now!