I guess I was an “on demand” parent the first time around. I knew newborns don’t sleep long stretches. I knew I’d spend a lot of time feeding and changing diapers between small bouts of sleep. I knew eventually my child would sleep for longer stretches…. right? I didn’t think much about HOW it would happen to be honest. Doesn’t their food just stick with them longer or something? The only video I ever watched was Happiest Baby on the Block. Which was interesting and we learned some things, but not about scheduling. Really, I never applied myself to figuring it out.
Eventually my daughter did put herself on a daytime schedule. Night-time was a different story. She was up 3 times a night until about 6 months old and once a night until a year. I’m a cranky tired lady. But we did okay. I did buy a couple books about sleeping better Like Good Night Sleep Tight from the Sleep Lady. I didn’t read much of it.
Now I am gearing up for child #2 arrival. Having a preschooler that doesn’t nap and a newborn that sleeps badly doesn’t sound like much fun to me. In my newest organization book there is a schedule for a baby. It is basically a two hours on – two hours off thing. Up for two hours, asleep for two hours, feeding each time, starting at 6am. And I’m thinking – maybe this is worth a shot. Not too long after that I’m seeing recommendations for books like Babywise and The Baby Whisperer from friends on Facebook. So do I go with my one page recommendation? Do I delve into The Baby Whisperer?
Did you try and put your baby on a schedule in the first two months? How did it go? What are your best tips?
*And yes, I may have purchased Babywise today. I’ll try to at least skim it – unless you can convince me otherwise.by