The post y’all have been waiting for… I finally got my act together and put it together. This post has been the most requested post, I just wanted to feel confident (as a mom) before I put myself out there with what we do and don’t do. Before I get into, here’s some bullet points I want to cover first to clear up any misconceptions or questions before we dive into the schedule/routine.
Setting the Scene…
- Every baby is different.
- We used a mix between Moms on Call and Taking Cara Babies. More Taking Cara Babies because we received the program as a gift (best gift by the way!) The reason I do a mix, is I like the flexibility that Taking Cara Babies has and the motives she stands for. The part of Mom’s on Call that I use is the app. It’s a good reference when your baby might switch their schedule.
- We started “sleep training” aka having Corbin in his own crib upstairs at 16 weeks. I was eager to have him in his crib, really for no apparent reason. I just felt confident in him. I had this overwhelming feeling that he was ready and I was ready too!
- If he ever cried when it was time to sleep, I gave him no more than 10 minutes. I’ll set my alarm and then go from there. If I had mom guilt before then I would go in. You know what your baby needs. If they need to have a binky or just a soft rub then do it. You are the mom and your baby needs you.
- Corbin is a good sleeper at night. Naps are a hit and miss for the timing. I don’t the rhyme or reason, could be the schedule we do, or the nightly routine. I really think it’s the consistency that we have with Corbin.
- We do not feed on demand. I follow a strict schedule for feeds. If he needs more than we give him more. You start to learn your baby on how much they need to be eating. I stopped tracking his ounces at 4 months. I quickly learned what the min and max he will take. As he gets older he does take more. That’s where the Moms on Call app comes in handy for each age. My doctor told me to not get hung up on the ounces. Some days he might take more than others, just like we might eat more one day over the other.
- Corbin is on formula. Read more about this on the blog post, Fed is Best.
- Naps should be no longer than 2 hours at this age.
What we do…
Structure, routine, sleeping baby…sounds like a dream right?! Here’s the hard truth though: this takes a lot of patience and consistency. Some babies are great sleepers and others not so much. Around 2-3 months he struggled with naps and he would still wake up in the middle of the night to feed. I felt like I was following Taking Cara Babies to a T for a week straight and he still wasn’t sleeping during the day. I’m following all the rules! Why isn’t my baby sleeping during the day?! For us (and EVERY baby is different), it took about 2-3 weeks of consistency during the day and at night before I started seeing significant improvement with Corbin’s sleep. Overall, he’s a great sleeper. Rewatched the Taking Cara Babies videos before 4 months helped.
So if you are like me, type A personality, just know that going into Taking Cara Babies. You might experience some stress/anxiety when you have to get baby out of her routine, but I promise, you can do it. Your baby will probably surprise you with how well he/she does. I am learning this more and more everyday. Now Corbin sleeps throughout the night and doesn’t wake up to feed. He might wake up here and there, but he is an independent sleeper and puts himself back to sleep during the night.
What has helped me is being flexible while still maintaining structure. It’s probably the teacher in me that is able to do this with a breeze. If you just stick with it and find flexibility where it’s needed then it’s a happy medium.
Like I said, if you are interested in this program I highly recommend following Taking Cara Babies IG and getting her programs. You will be happy that you did.
(Remember this is a give or take. Everyday can be different.)
- 7:30am Mom wakes up & does morning routines
- 7:45am get bottles ready/ reflex medicine
- 8:00am wake Corbin, change diaper, give meds
- 8:15am feed
- 8:15-9:00am play time/awake time (shorter awake time because sometimes he’s up before I get him up)
- 9:00am nap
- 11:00am feed
- 11:30-12:30pm playtime/awake time
- 12:30pm nap
- 2:00pm feed
- 2:30-3:15pm playtime/ awake time
- 3:15pm nap/quiet time – he struggles with this nap
- 5:00pm feed
- 5:30pm baby food*
- 5:45pm bath time
- 6:00-6:30pm post bath lotion/ read alouds/ quiet time
- 7:00pm nap (needs to start no later than 7pm)
- 8:30-9:00pm last feed before the long night stretch. I give him as much formula he can take to fill him up for the long stretch.
- * Corbin has started baby food once a day per doctor request.
If you need more of a visual of what I do, head over to Styled by Sequins IG to watch the latest IGTV.
I’ve been hesitant to share our schedule with y’all because seriously…every baby is SO different and I am by no means saying this will work for every baby! But, just wanted to share this for those who have asked, and to give you an idea of what a typical day could potentially look like! (But, not every single day follows this exactly!)
Love from Texas,