Can you get a newborn baby on a schedule?
I think I have read both sides of this topic countless times, and I can’t seem to find clear cut answer on either side. Over my first 5 ½ of being a mom, I have thought that we have gotten Mr. C into a schedule, and then just like that, he changes things up on us! It seems as though he gets into a groove just long enough to fool me into thinking we might have a “schedule” and then like nothing, he switches it on me.
Of course in the beginning, it was just eat, poop, sleep, repeat…but then we got into a schedule where there was still a lot of sleeping, but the naps were later in the day…he was waking up around 5:00 p.m. from his afternoon nap – sometimes even later. Just when I thought we had that down and it worked to put him down around 3:00 or so, he decided it was time to not eat lunch at noon, but rather, melt down if he isn’t put in his crib for his nap almost exactly at that time! So now, I’ve learned he can have breakfast, but then we have to nap almost exactly at noon, or he’s sure to lose it…and then after his nap we can have a small snack-like lunch before some play time and then a little later dinner.
Now, while we’ve gotten used to this over the last few weeks, we’re not getting too, too comfortable in this routine because it can change again in an instant. I am going to try to stick to this schedule the best I can though, because I think it works the best for our family of all the different schedules we have been on over the last 5 months…I try to do the same play schedule and relax schedule in the morning so that he is tired and ready for a nap around that same time every day and I am hoping that will continue!
I think the most important part of trying to get him on a schedule is to continue the consistency as long as you can, but also be flexible and follow baby’s clues. If he/she is giving off tired “vibes,” the best idea is to go with it and chances are you’ll end up with a much happier baby in the long run – and therefore a much happier Mommy!