So, this post goes out to all the experienced Mommies out there who, like me, like structure, process, predictability and, well…a schedule. I’m trying to determine when to put little Parker on a schedule. Right now he’s 7 weeks old and we’ve begun to develop a good rhythm, but I certainly don’t have anything written down that I go by on a day to day basis. Some have said that they swaddle put their baby down for a nap three times a day, and some have said that at seven weeks, it’s just too early and they’re too unpredictable to go on a day schedule. I find a day schedule challenging because since Dan travels a lot, I find myself having to go to the store, or attend appointments, or maybe even going for walks throughout the day. I certainly want to get to the point where I have a general nap schedule during the day for Parker, but I don’t know when I should start this. Suggestions!
I’ve been swaddling and putting him down for a nap about once a day for the past few weeks, (when I’m home) but even with that said, it hasn’t been at the same time every day. Today when I put him down for his nap, he screamed bloody murder. I had to pick him up, let him fall asleep on my chest, then I put him in his crib for his nap. Is this wrong at this stage? Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly plan to let him “cry it out” when he gets to be a little older (I’m thinking around 12 weeks), but how do I ease into a healthy sleep pattern so that Parker feels safe and secure, but also knows his boundaries and develops good sleep habits? This parenting thing isn’t as easy as I thought! I SO hate to hear him cry. Especially since I have a video monitor and I can see him squirming and crying… it just breaks my heart. I know this is going to be the death of me! This is my makeshift schedule that I would like to have as a goal by two and a half months. I’m not sure if this is a good time frame, or how to ease into this, but I am open to suggestions since this is still so new to me!
7:15am-10am Awake/play time
10:15am-11:30am Early Nap
11:30am-1pm Awake/play time
1:15pm-2:30pm Afternoon Nap
2:30pm-4:pm- Awake/play time
4:15pm-5:30pm- Evening Nap
7:15pm- 9pm- Awake/play/bathtime
9pm-9:15 Storytime & Final Feeding
9:30pm Evening Bedtime
I don’t plan on being one of those Moms that abide by a strict schedule to where my entire life revolves around a nap time, feeding and play time, but I DO like the idea of having time frames that keep us on track so Parker can thrive and I can be the best Mommy I can be to him.