Around the 7 and a half month mark, Calvin started fighting, and often refusing, his third nap of the day. Just when we thought we had finally cracked the code on figuring out his sleep, another curve-ball was thrown our way. So, some tweaking again needed to happen to his schedule. At now 8 and a half months old, it’s finally coming together… somewhat. Calvin is a tricky baby. He isn’t a great napper, often just taking thirty minute cat-naps, and he still wakes at least twice per night. We’re working on these issues, but we have come a long way. Something else that complicates things a little is that he takes medication for his acid reflux. It has to be given on an empty stomach (at least 2 hours with nothing to eat), twice a day. Once he takes it, he has to wait 30-60 minutes before eating. I couldn’t find any sample schedules out there that accounted for that, so I created my own. With the introduction of solids and restructuring of breastfeeding sessions to go along with that, I had a hard time figuring out when the best times were to give his medicine. After playing around a little, we finally settled on this schedule. Of course, it isn’t set in stone and is subject to change depending on what time he wakes up, what’s going on that day, the length of his naps, and his mood, but for the most part, we try to stick to this as much as possible. I didn’t include diaper changes in the schedule since we just do those as needed throughout the day, usually about every 3 hours.
- 6:30 am: Wakeup, medicine, change diaper, play
- 7:00 am: Breastfeed
- 8:00 am: Breakfast solids
- 9:00 am: Nap #1 (30 mins – 1 hour)
- 10:00 am: Wakeup, breastfeed, play
- 12:00 pm: Lunch solids
- 1:00 pm: Nap #2 (30 mins – 1 hour)
- 2:00 pm: Wakeup, breastfeed, play
- 4:30 pm: Medicine
- 5:00 pm: Supper solids
- 6:00 pm: Breastfeed, bedtime routine (bath, pjs, book, bed)
- 6:30-7: 00 pm: Asleep
- Usually two wake-ups throughout the night, with one being a feeding.
I hope this provided some guidance in helping you establish a routine for your baby. Of course, every baby and every person’s life is different so our schedule may look nothing like yours. I’m sure in another couple of months it’ll look completely different again! That’s the thing with babies, they never let you get too comfortable. Hopefully he’ll start napping longer… a girl can dream right?