I cannot believe my baby is 7 months old. I am really not certain where the time has gone- I guess just in every day life.
In trying to be present for all the moments, I have been journaling more of our days than I have been blogging them. But I am trying to put some of that on the screen.
Our schedule for now is a typical 2-3-4 schedule. We will stay here until she drops to one nap. To transition to one nap, she will naturally begin shorten one of her naps between 11-14 months old. To make sure it is the morning nap, I will start capping that nap when she shows signs that she is ready to shorten a nap, then eventually we will drop the morning nap and move the afternoon nap to 12:00 noon.
We moved to the 2-3-4 around 6 months, but it was still messy and uncertain. The day after she turned 7 months I decided we were sticking to the 2-3-4 schedule and not looking back. It has been a *dream* since.
I know scheduling babies is not for everyone. But I can tell you that while hard at first, sticking to it pays off. It gives me a life outside of babies, it gives my marriage freedom outside of babies, it gives my babies independence to sleep, be happy, and healthy on their own. I can give my baby and their schedule to anyone in the case of an emergency, and any of them would probably do pretty well as long as their caretaker kept to the schedule- it is all in the consistency.
Routine creates confidence, confidence creates happy babies.
Today, Coralie’s schedule looks like this:
- 7am wake, bottle, snuggles, mommy baby time, then get the older 3 up
- 7:30/8 solids
- read books, activities with everyone on the floor
- 9:00 Baby down for first nap
- 11:00 Baby up from nap, bottle, snuggles
- make lunch for all, feed solids
- 12:15 2 year old’s nap
- 12:50 4 year old’s nap
- 1:30 Baby 2nd nap
- 3:00 everyone up from naps, baby bottle
- play outside, errands, activities, mama prep dinner
- 5:30 solids for baby, dinner for all
- bath time
- 6:40 baby botttle
- 6:50 baby bed, right to sleep
- drinking kombucha from a sippy cup
- bouncing in her bouncer
- snuggles, just being held
- warm days outside
- sitting up high so she can see everything
- being tickled
- being talked to
- chewing on anything
- her swaddle blanket- she has one arm out, but does NOT want the other arm out. She likes to suck on the cloth
- sleeping on her side
- sleep- she loves her naps and bedtime sleep. If i get sidetracked she is super quick to let me know it is time to get ready for bed!
- being in the car- maybe she doesn’t love this, but she doesn’t mind it, which makes me life easier
- holding her firefly and her skwish
- chewing on things with her 2 bottom teeth
She really doesn’t enjoy:
- cold days outside, or cool and windy days
- the dog in her face (can’t say I blamer her…)
- being alone
- having a wet diaper
- people invading her space
- the exersaucer outside- it is the same exersaucer all my other babies have used. She hates it. She prefers her bouncer or rocker
- loud noises
- bright lights
- being woken up (did I mention she likes her sleep?)
She has been such a joy for us. Everyone needs “baby time” in the house, and we all delight in her new developments. She is a sweet girl; we are pretty sure she is teething her top teeth now, so there is lots of drool, lots of fussiness, and a little clinginess. But this too will pass, and probably all too quickly!
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