Ew, that word literally makes me cringe…"schedule". If you're anything like me, you're free-spirited, go with the flow type personality just doesn’t fit into the rigidness of a tight schedule. And so why should you conform your baby to one? I get it, it does help a lot of people, but I’m just talking from a personal standpoint as to why I can’t get behind the whole aspect of putting your baby on schedule.
First of off, I don’t think I’ve ever even had a personal schedule for myself. It’s not that I’m scatterbrained or can’t follow one, I just do better if I’m able to adjust during the day. So maybe a better word for me is a... routine? Let’s use that instead, it doesn’t make my toes curl. So me and my babe do better in a highly flexible routine. Here’s an example of a day for us:
-Wake up between 7am-8:30am (she loves to sleep in like her momma)
Note: she usually doesn’t wake up too hungry because she’s little nighttime nursling… I swear she gets most of her calories between 4am and 7am *eye roll*
-We usually lay in bed and play and talk for awhile, then go out to the living room and she plays on her mat with her toys and watches the dogs. I usually check e-mails and surf the internet, and straighten up the house if it needs to be done.
-I let her decide when nap time is, and she usually goes down around noon for about an hour. She wakes up and goes on a run with me around the neighborhood. Obviously I'm the one doing most of the running.
-She naps again around 5pm or 6pm, and is down for the night between 8:30pm-9:30pm
Some things to note: she is 3 months old, sleeps in the bed next to me, and I feed on demand. I’m not a scheduled feeding mom either, when baby is hungry, baby eats.
And this just works for us, you know? I know some people think it’s crazy, but in my opinion as long as she's getting good naps during the day, is eating well, and is overall a happy baby… why not? I get things done around the house, and even personal things for me (like a pedicure and face mask) I’m a relaxed and easy going mom, and I think that it reflects on my good natured babe.
There are defintely good days and bad days of course, but I don't think it has anything to do with schedules...rough patches usually revolve around growth spurts and Wonder Weeks.
What do you think? Does your baby work better in a schedule or something more flexible like this? Share with me!