Friday, August 20, 2010

What do you think?

I was reading an article on the other day about schedules for babes of all ages. This is something I've been working on with my own baby, especially with fall approaching. Although I'll be home with her, we will definitely have more of a set schedule with less flexibility. So I looked at the sample schedule that suggested for a breastfeeding 3-4 month old baby of a SAHM. The article itself explains that these are schedules that readers submitted (so they were not constructed by and then selected as "good examples."

Below I've pasted the schedule for 3-4 month-old babies of SAHMs, and I thought there was something glaring about this schedule as compared to what my day with my 3 month-old looks like. I am curious what my readers think (moms and non-moms alike).

Schedule 1: A breastfeeding stay-at-home mom of a 4-month-old

Editor's note: This schedule is a parent-led routine

5 a.m.: Wake up, change Chase's diaper, he nurses, and we fall back asleep.

7 a.m.: Wake up, he nurses and falls back asleep.

9 a.m.: He wakes up. I bathe him, change his diaper, and get him dressed.

11 a.m.: He nurses, then sits in his bouncer while I do laundry and dishes, then I change his diaper.

Noon: Tummy time, then we play with his toys.

1 p.m.: I change his diaper, then it's nap time.

2 p.m.: He wakes up and nurses.

2:30 p.m.: He plays in his entertainment center while I clean.

3 p.m.: He sits on my lap while I watch TV or go on the Internet. I change his diaper.

4 p.m.: Chase's dad comes home. I make dinner while Dad holds Chase and plays with him.

5 p.m.: Nurse, then nap time.

6 p.m.: I change his diaper, then he sits in his swing.

6:30 p.m.: Playtime.

7 p.m.: Nurse.

7:30 p.m.: Tummy time.

8 p.m.: Change diaper, get into pajamas.

8:30 p.m.: Sit in bouncer seat.

9 p.m.: Nurse.

10 p.m.: Change diaper, go to sleep.

I think I may do another 24-hour chronicle to compare to both this suggested schedule and the 24 hours I posted about previously when my baby girl was 2 months old.

Don't forget to leave your thoughts in a comment!

Happy Friday :]


  1. Well to tell you the truth I don't remember much of the specifics of Maddy's schedule as a 3 month old, but I definitely know that she did not sleep through the night by that age. If my memory serves me right she also slept a bit more in the afternoon, not to mention a really fussy time right around 5:00 p.m. What do your days look like now that she is 3 months? I personally think that trying to put young babies on a schedule is always worth it (because some days it really does work), but not something you can really put your money on. They pretty much do what they want at that age lol.

  2. Well it seems like the intervals between nursing are a little irregular. He goes 2 hours 5-7am, then 4 hours 7-11am, then 3 hours, 2 hours, 2 hours... and nursing is sometimes associated with sleep and sometimes not. All seems rather random. And definitely different from Carsen's routine, which we were just discussing yesterday (her persistent sleep-nurse association). Interesting.

  3. personally it's hard to set a schedule FOR a baby when they are nursing, they go through so many growth spurts and nursing babies tend to nurse more often, you'll notice a schedule set itself up, if you haven't already, at this age you are the one to plan your day around them, not the other way around (as i'm sure you've discovered) I really see schedules as a plus when they get a bit older, eating solids, sleeping through the night (or a large portion of) and can better self entertain themselves etc. It is very healthy for the child to have an expected agenda, you're such a good mommy Em, you amaze me and i'm so happy for you and your beautiful family! Keep up the great work love!


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