Friday, February 12, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the New Routine

I've got some pretty bad habits. I'm not afraid to admit it. I bite my nails, and pick my nose when I'm driving. (Don't lie, you do it too...the car for some reason is just a magnet for nose picking.) But my worse habit is I love to sleep. Before Sarah, I would sleep until noon if you let me. Sometimes even later than that. And so I have in turn created some bad habits and routines in my poor defenseless Sarah. We've been nursing to sleep. We've been falling asleep while nursing. And worst of all, when Chris went to work after we were done with that nursing, we slept in the bed together until around 10ish if she'd let me. Then we were trying to have her stay awake for longer stretches that she could handle in the evening so she'd sleep longer at night and in turn everyone in the house was frustrated.

So I knew I had to put her on a routine. I just didn't know how. So after consulting some very wise parents and doing a fair share of googling. We have a new routine that we're starting today. It may need some tinkering but it's worth a shot. Now, I'm going to list times here, but they are just guidelines. I know Sarah is too young to put on a time clock schedule.

Our goal is 25-35 min eat, then 30-45 min of activity, followed by a 1 1/2 hour sleep. Time wise, I'd like for her to eat around 7, 10, 1, 4, 7. I'm working on a bed time. I use try to have her last eat by 10:30 and in her own bed by 11, but that was when we were nursing to sleep. So I think I'm going to start her bed time routine around 8 and hope to have her down by 9...maybe. We'll see.

I'm also working on her bed time routine. I want it to include a bath but I'm worried about drying out her skin by bathing her every night. But if it's not done every night, then it's not a routine. So I'm wondering if it's the water or soap that would dry out her skin. Because she could easily take a water bath every night and only use soap every other night. Just a thought.

So here's our sample bed time routine (I'm just spit ballin' here.)
8-8:30 (ish) nurse
8:30-8:45 (ish) bath/dress for bed
8:45-9:00 rock with mom or dad and sing songs
9ish start tying to put her in her cradle.

We ran the routine last night and it look about 45 min to get her down for the night. And Chris hummed her to sleep so she didn't put herself down. We're still practicing how to put ourself to sleep during the day. But she slept until 3:30. Nursed for 20 min, went right back into her cradle on her own and then slept again until 6:40. So that wasn't too bad. I'm sure it was just plain luck and had nothing to do with her bed time routine.

Alright, moms send me some feed back on our routines. Thanks!

And since you really only come here to see pictures...

Sarah's almost smile. It's about as close as she's gotten for her mom.


  1. All I have to say is relax! You're gonna give yourself an ulcer! Just go with the flow a little more! She's a breastfed baby so feed her when she's hungry! And nursing her to sleep is ok, too! I did it with all of mine! Have Fun with her while you can, it doesn't last very long! I'm just sayin'! :)

  2. I gave Megan a CD when Tessa was born, Baby's Lullaby. She is 4 and a half and still has to listen to it before she goes to sleep. It is a beautiful CD. It has lots of favorites on it like Beautiful Savior and I am Like a Star. It is very soft and soothing. That would be my choice to add to your routine. I also agree with Annie. Relax a bit.

  3. I'd let her make her own routine and schedule. She's trying to figure out this mortality stuff and wants to eat when she's hungry and wants to sleep when she's tired. Right now, it's all about trust vs. mistrust and so she wants her needs met on her time. i think a great advantage to nursing is that they fall asleep every time!! there's no easier way to get them asleep :) you're a great mom and you're doing a fabulous job!