When should my baby go on schedule? Is it too soon to start? What will other parents think of me? Is it healthy for my baby? What do I do if my baby cries? These were all questions that crossed my mind as my baby went to turn two months. I can say that I was blessed with a very handsome and calm baby. He is simply great. But what mom doesn’t think this of their child?
It all began when one night, at 2:00 am, I had awaken to feed my baby. By the way I do not breastfeed. My baby had jaundice and when we took him home, things did not get better. I’m not sure if I wasn’t producing enough milk , but he didn’t have any wet diapers in 24 hours. This scared me to the point where we decided to give him formula. I did choose an organic formula that I highly recommend.
Furthermore I had awaken but was still have asleep. I was falling asleep threw the feedings, I didn’t know what I was doing and this scared me so much. I was not awake during the night feedings and I feared that my baby could drown with milk, or worse that I would just fall asleep. My husband does not help me with baby, we let him rest since he works and provides for our home. Waking up every two hours was exhausting. I began to research when was the appropriate time to place baby on schedule. Of course I found different points of views.
I talked to my mom about this and she had also told me it was too early. Honestly when it comes to our children every parent has their own personal opinion. So I went on and decided to put my baby on a schedule…
My personal way of thinking is My baby needs sleep, and my baby needs x amount of ounces per 24 hours. So I will only adjust this to make it to a point that I can get some sleep too.
Please make sure to consult your babies doctor before anything.
I began to research everything. How many ounces does my baby need? How many hours of sleep? How much time can he be awake?
So I talked to my husband and explained my reasons for why I wanted to put him on a feeding and sleeping schedule and that it would be hard but It would be worth it. He agreed and the journey began, I will tell you it was hard at first, my baby did cry and it broke my heart but I knew it would be for the best.
Babies are extremely intelligent and they adapt quick. In one week or so my baby was fully trained to the schedule that we both needed. He needs his mom to be healthy and I need him to be safe,
Alexander currently sleeps at 9:00 pm. He wakes up at 4:00am or 4:30am to feed. Falls back asleep and wakes again at 7:30am and falls asleep. He has a total of 7 to 8 feedings and has several naps during the day. We will still continue to work on this but for now I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and the best part is that he knows that as soon as he is laid it is time for bed. I have adapted to the schedule and we both are extremely happy. If you have any further questions feel free to send a message. Thank you.