I just wanted to share my daily schedule with my little guy. I think that at this age children dictate their schedule and adults make sure that we following it. Children need a consistent routine, it helps them feel safe and gives them a sense of time. This will help them know when they should go to sleep at night and when they should be awake. I have more information on Establishing day and night time routines for babies, and 5 Tips on establishing a sleep routine for baby.
This is our daily schedule that we follow everyday. The unexpected happens, so sometimes nap time maybe later or earlier, and that’s okay. Children do need to follow a consistent routine everyday, but when life happens and there are changes in the schedule it is okay. If nap time is later, or sometimes skipped I proceed with the schedule. Children need the order of the routine, the what happens next, to have a sense of time. If nap time is skipped and happens later in the day then that is okay, we just pick up where we left off and continue with our day.
Our day begins around 6:30/ 7:00. I hear him either grunting or sometimes he is crying. I am already up at this time, so I go and change his diaper, and clothes and then place him in his highchair for breakfast.
7/7:30 While I am preparing breakfast for myself and my school age child, Baby Jack is in his high chair eating puffs. He is doing a great job using his fine motor skills to pick up the puffs with his pincer grasp. He usually gets more on the floor then in his mouth, and that is okay. I want him to strengthen those muscles! I also place a bottle of water on his table. Breakfast is usually fruit, oatmeal and a bottle of milk (we are now using formula I am unable to produce enough milk to still give breastmilk. My production DRAMATICALLY reduced after I stopped breastfeeding because he has 2 teeth now).
8:30/9:Time to go to school. We load up the truck and take the big guy to school and then we usually return home. Sometimes I may go to the store, or a Thrift Store. Usually we come home because I want him to play before nap time.
9:00-10:00 Playtime.We are working on rawling. He will scoot but he does not crawl. He likes to sit up and play with his toys and does not like tummy time. When I place him on his tummy he rolls over to his back. Or he likes to pull up on me so that he can stand up.
10:00-12:30 Bottle and then Naptime. During this time I clean the house, wash clothes, cook dinner and blog. Or sometimes I sit and watch a movie and lay on the couch (mommy time).
12:30- 1:00 Lunch time. I usually eat with him. Because he has two teeth, we no longer blend food for him to eat.He doesn’t like it, and will not eat it. Lunch is usually chicken, or turkey cut into small pieces, steamed or roasted vegetables and some fruit. While I am preparing his food I give him puffs to snack on. I also have a small bottle of water for him to drink while he is eating.
1:30 Lunch takes awhile to eat. We are singing and he is dropping more food than actually eating. I want him to be able to begin to feed himself so he can determine how much he eats and what he eats, so I do not mind the slow pace. I also enjoy just sitting with him and watching him try new food.
2:00-3:00 Playtime. We are back on the floor playing and having tummy time. Sometimes we will sit on the couch together and read books and snuggle. I always read to him everyday. Children are learning new words and concepts through their play, and the conversations you have with them. If you are not much of a talker, read to your child or play music.
3:30 Bottle and sometimes he takes a short nap, like 30 minutes. Usually at this time he drinks a bottle and becomes fussy. When I lay him down he whines for a while then may sleep for a few minutes. At this time if dinner is not finished/started then I will complete/cook dinner. I have started to use my crockpot a lot now because I do not have enough time to cook in the afternoon. I do not like to cook dinner early in the afternoon because it will be cold by the time we eat dinner and I do not want to have to reheat the meal. I will probably start cooking earlier soon because I am running out of crock pot meals.
4:00-4:30 Wake up from nap and diaper change. I pick up my son from daycare at this time. When we return home and sometimes my son helps me finish dinner (like mixing the ingredients for broccoli slaw,or rolling creamy chicken tacos).
5:00 Dinner is served. Sometimes Baby Jack is ready to eat, so we sit down and eat dinner together. If he is not ready to eat we play for awhile until he is ready.
5:30-6:30 During this time Baby Jack plays with his brother and dad while mommy cleans to kitchen. I do not have a lot to clean. Growing up my mom taught us to wash dishes and clean while you cook so that when dinner is ready you do not have as much to clean.
6:30: At this time Baby Jack is getting tired so we give him a bath and prepare his night time bottle (which right now is breastmilk). We feed him in his room with a low light on, and his beach sounds music nightlight playing. We do the same thing at bedtime every night. Even when we traveled I played beach sounds on my phone and we dimmed the lights in our hotel room to give the room some similarities to what we have at home. I also placed his blankets on the hotel beds so that it would protect his skin from the sheets and so he would have the familiar smells of his room.
7:00 Goodnight. While feeding he often time falls asleep. He is burped and then laid down with is pacifier. He will sleep through the night.
And that is out schedule everyday. I believe that following a schedule everyday helps him sleep so well, and for an extended period of time during the night. He started sleeping through the night and only waking up for one feed at a month and a half. He has been sleeping through the night and not waking up at all since about 6 months.