Friday, August 22, 2014
1 month old schedule
With Nova, I found myself frantically looking back on old posts and information about Duke. How long was Duke sleeping by now? How often was he eating? Is her waketime longer than his was? While it was a huge help to have a guide to look back on, the truth remains that every child is different. So just in case we have another baby someday, I want to be able to look back on how both of my children operated. I love knowing it could help another mom as well.
With Duke's monthly schedules, I provided one schedule. This is so Duke to just have ONE schedule. While he did experience the occasional changes in schedule due to growth spurts, teething, etc., landing on a working schedule in the beginning seemed to happen much faster with him. Also, I was able to just focus on him and his needs. I could plan my life around him. Nova has been forced to be more flexible.
So in these first few months with Nova, I plan on recording a few of the schedules that happened or that we tried since some days were very different than others. Below are the most average schedules for each week. (The times indicate feedings.)
A word of advice? Don't even try to keep track of any kind of "schedule" during the first week. For us, we focused on full feedings every 2.5-3 hours, the EWS pattern, and the sleep hierarchy.
WEEK 4 (started consistent morning waketime)
Eating: 7-9 feedings in 24 hours; every 2.5-3 hours
Number of Naps: There was a bit of waketime and sleep after each feeding, so the "nap count" is kind of unnecessary at this point.
Duration of Naps: Anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. If she woke early, I'd try to use the paci or rock her back to sleep so she would be well rested.
Length of Waketime: Optimal waketime was probably 50 minutes; actual waketime was closer to an hour or a little more. This was because she was having so many issues nursing and would sometimes take a full 45 minutes to nurse.
Hours of Sleep at Night: I didn't let her go past 5 hours at night. Many times, I'd wake up to my alarm telling me to feed her at the 5 hour mark.