Sweet Emmy will be 5 months old in just one week! Ahhhh! How does the time just sneak by so fast? Every mama out there just wants to hit that pause button, right? She’s at such a fun age. She smiles and laughs, plays with toys and is just so content sitting with me and taking in her surroundings. She is a very calm and mellow little lady! It doesn’t hurt either that she’s an awesome sleeper.
I’ve had some people reach out and ask about her sleep schedule and if she sleeps through the night. I thought maybe more of you mamas out there might be interested, so keep reading for a little about her schedule and how I have gotten her to sleep on her own for 11-12 hours a night! I’ve also included a sample schedule of her day below!
With all of my kiddos I’ve always followed the main Babywise principle of feed/awake/sleep. I begin this routine at birth and my goal is a 3 hour schedule. So for example up at 7am and eat, awake for a bit, and then down for nap. Then up and feed again at 10am and it continues! With a newborn the ‘awake’ time is obviously very short! A diaper change might be it and they are off to sleep again. But gradually the awake time lengthens and this is when they learn to fall asleep without feeding or rocking. I don’t follow an exact schedule on the clock, I just watch for cues for sleepiness. Emmy might be perfectly happy looking around and then start to get fussy. Other cues are more obvious like rubbing her eyes or yawning. They key is to catch these cues before they get overtired.
Once I see one or two cues I do a mini nap routine. I take her into her nursery, dim the lights, turn on her sound machine and change her diaper. Then I’ll swaddle her in her Ollie swaddle (she now sleeps with one arm out) and sing her ‘You Are My Sunshine’. This has been my nap and bedtime song since Owen was born. I’ve been singing it for 8 years straight! Many times a day! And you know what, it WORKS. I swear my kiddos hear that song and they yawn, lol. Then it’s lights out and into her crib to sleep. She’s sleepy but awake and generally goes to sleep without a peep.
The night time routine is pretty much the same, but she gets a bath (every other night) and her last feeding is in her room with calm music playing. Then it’s the same….make sure she has a fresh diaper, swaddle her, sound machine, You Are My Sunshine, lights out and bed! Right now I don’t do stories with her at night, I incorporate those instead into her awake times during the day. As she gets a little older she’ll get stories at night too!
My disclaimer to this is I have 4 KIDS and things CHANGE DAILY! Ha! I use the clock as a guideline only and think watching for Emmy’s cues is so important. I try and get her down for two good naps a day in her crib. She’ll then cat nap while we’re out running errands or at the kids activities.
6/6:15am – Up and first feeding, she’s an early riser!!
8am – nap in her crib
10am – Second feeding
10:30am – this is usually when I try and get out of the house! Now that the kids are back in school we’ll run errands, meet up with friends, workout, etc. She’ll cat nap here and there.
1pm – Third feeding
2pm – Nap in her crib, sometimes it’s a little earlier or later then 2pm. Basically it depends on how much she cat naps while we’re out and when we get home. But I like her to get a solid afternoon nap in her crib.
4/4:30pm – Fourth feeding
Between 5 – 7pm she’s up and this is when she can get cranky! It’s also of course when I’m trying to get dinner on the table for everyone! Her siblings help to entertain her a lot, but I also use the Solly Wrap or my Lille baby carrier during this time. They help to free up my hands so I can cook dinner. We eat dinner as a family at 6pm and she’s usually in her carrier for that time too. This is the only way she’ll stay happy!
7pm – Bedtime routine! Bath, last feeding in her room with music playing, fresh diaper, jammies, swaddle, sound machine, You Are My Sunshine, lights out and bed! 🙂
Did that help at all? Let me know! Honestly I’m always happy to chat with you guys over email, please don’t ever hesitate to reach out! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I definitely don’t have all of the answers but after 4 kiddos I’ve figured out what works best for our family.
And if any of you mamas or mamas-to-be are looking for professional help with your baby’s sleep schedule I highly recommend the Sleep Shop OC. I did a quick call with Melissa as a little ‘refresher’ before Emmy was born. She’s a wealth of information! She has local workshops and offers different types of sleep consulting packages.
And with that it’s almost 10am and my little Miss is going to wake up soon! We’re off to meet a friend for coffee! Have a great day friends!