Wednesday, May 23, 2012

morning waketime and bedtime


The great thing about Babywise is that it can be molded and shaped to fit each individual baby and parent.  My daily schedule can look totally different from someone else doing Babywise.

I talked here about consistent waketime.  I definitely recommend waking your baby at the same time every morning to eat (give or take 15 minutes earlier or later).  But when you should wake your baby is up to you.  And, of course, when you wake your baby is dependent upon when you put your baby to bed.  All of this is really just personal preference.

Right now, we put Duke to bed at 10:00 and wake him up at 8:30.  Why this schedule?

1.  When I planned out my daily piano teaching schedule, starting his day at 8:30 meant I would still be able to breastfeed him for all of his feedings (rather than having Colt feed a pumped bottle).  This is important to me because I don't want to question my supply and I don't want to have to pump every single day.
2.  If we want to grab coffee or get snow cones after dinner ... this allows for that.  I know, I'm such a fat kid making sure we have time for those things ... but they're like mini-dates for Colt and me!
3.  I want Colt to have time with Duke.  If Duke went to bed at 7:00 p.m. like some babies do, that would hardly give Colt any time with him during the week.
4.  I don't want to wake up EARLY.  I understand 8:30 is nowhere near early, but I'm not going to start my day at 6:00, that's for sure.  

Now that summer is here, my piano students' lesson times have moved around which means I can change Duke's schedule.  I'd like him to sleep closer to the hours of 9:00 p.m. - 7:30 a.m so I plan on gradually moving the schedule in that direction.

Another thing to consider is how long you can go without feeding.  Babywise advises you to be careful with your milk supply.  If your baby sleeps 12 hours, that means you've gone more than 12 hours without feeding.  Some moms can do that without a problem.  Some moms' supplies would not be able to keep up with that.

I don't want to push towards going more than 12 hours without feeding.  In a couple of months, I might feel better extending the time between the bedtime feeding and the first morning feeding.  For now, Duke gets 10.5 hours of sleep at night.  This means I go 11.5 hours between the bedtime and morning feedings.  (Remember, we have to allow about 45 minutes after feeding for burping.)

So, let's take a little survey.  What time do you put your baby to bed and what time do you wake your baby in the morning?

6 comments:

  1. Lucas goes to bed around 7:30-7:45p and wakes up on his own (during the summer) around 7:30-8a. During school, we have to wake him up about 6:45a. He was never nursed (well, 4 days because I never made any milk!) and started sleeping through the night when he was 2 months old. He has sort of set his own schedule. I picked and chose what I liked about Babywise and then we did our own thing. It's strange, though, because if he goes to bed after 8p for some reason, he wakes up before 7a. When he goes to bed before 8p, he wakes up after 7a!!

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    1. That's great! Yeah, I have to wake Duke up every morning so I know he could sleep longer ... but I just don't trust my body yet. :) Can't wait until we can do 12 hours though!

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  2. Riggins goes down at between 7 and 8 and wakes up around 7 each day. We've been putting Rhett down around 8:30 or so, but I have been quite a bit more flexible with him so far...a lot of things are different with a second baby! So if he's asleep in the morning and that gives me a bit more time with Riggins or a shower or whatever, I let him sleep! Same thing with his afternoon nap...with Riggs I was much more into the 3 hour eat/wake/sleep cycle. Now, we still keep the same ordered routine, but if both boys are asleep at the same time in the afternoon, there is no way I'm messing with that! :)

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    1. I wouldn't mess with that either! :)

      I'm pretty anxious to get Duke sleeping 12 hours. I can see how having that time alone at night with Colt would be enjoyable. Did you have any supply issues when Riggins started sleeping 12 hours?

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  3. I just went back to this post after reading your newest one and saw that you had asked me a follow up question! Oops! No, I didn't have any supply issues with Riggs after he went 12 hours, although I can't remember exactly how old he was when he started sleeping that long. I know we were doing a 7 a.m. bedtime at 8 months at least. I'm sure he just started eating more during the day to make up for it! (More in amount, that is, not more feeding times!)

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