Charlotte is 3 months old which is a little hard to believe! When she was about 10 weeks old we decided that we were in desperate need of getting Charlotte on a routine. She was really fussy, refusing to nap, and it was also difficult for me to do things like shower and eat each day. Not to mention, my husband and I weren’t spending time alone which was challenging. I heard about The Baby Whisperer and her E.A.S.Y routine for babies (Eat, Activity, Sleep, You time). After some research I thought this routine sounded like it was just what we needed, and we are loving it so far (you can find the book here that discusses the routine, and she also solves other problems through toddlerhood in this book)! I did make couple of changes to the routine that The Baby Whisperer sets in the book, and I’ve mentioned those changes below.
Here’s Charlotte’s current routine:
7:00 AM-Wake up for the day and feed
7:45 AM-Limited activity time (I usually spend this time just talking with her and singing upstairs)
8:20 AM-You time!
10:45 AM- Activity time
1:45 PM-Activity time
2:20 PM-You time!
4:45 PM-Activity time
5:15 PM-Cat nap
5:20 PM-You time!
6:00 PM-Cluster feed
7:00 PM-Bedtime routine including a second cluster feed (I switch things up a little bit here from The Baby Whisperer and I feed her again to top her off).
7:40 PM-You time! This is when we start making dinner.
10:00-11:00 PM-Dream feed
3:30 AM-Feed (Her doctor still wants us to feed every 4-6 hours during the night so we have 1 feeding in the middle of the night)
A few things to note:
-The Baby Whisperer says not to change diapers in the middle of the night unless it’s a dirty diaper. I always change her diaper though because it’s the only way I can make her awake enough to eat.
-If Charlotte cries when we put her down for a nap or for the night, we use the shush and pat method and also the pick up put down method that The Baby Whisperer discusses in the book. She also loves for us to sing to her if she’s fussy when we put her down, and if all else fails I’ll put a pacifier in her mouth.
-All sleeping takes place upstairs in her bassinet (we will be transitioning into her crib soon) and she is always swaddled (these are our favorite swaddles).
-If she’s still asleep when it’s time for her to eat, I wake her up.
-If she wakes up earlier than she’s supposed to, I try to get her to go back to sleep using the methods I mentioned above. If she isn’t able to fall back to sleep though I’ll just shorten her next activity time.