Saturday, December 4, 2010

Becoming Baby Wise

So I've been keeping track of Hunter's natural schedule for the past week, and determined that we don't do anything on a real schedule. We nurse at random times, though the time between feedings is always acceptable. Naps are always variable in length of time and when they happen though, which means that awake times are variable too. From my reading I think that this is because we haven't established a first feeding time. According to Baby Wise if I wake him at a certain time every morning for the first feeding I can expect the rest of the day to follow a more predictable schedule. I've chosen 6:00AM, with a second feeding at 9:00AM, or around then. So for the next week I'm going to attempt to feed him at 6 and see how his natural schedule flows from there. According the Baby Wise, we should reach a natural stability of Eat-Wake-Sleep once I start waking him up at the same time every morning. Now, I do hope to sleep for another couple of hours between 6 and 9, as opposed to having a wake time in between. I have a general schedule proposed for the whole day, but that is an extremely loose guideline, especially now. Once I have enough of a record to make sense of our natural schedule I can work to refine it. Until then we'll just see what he does. Luckily I don't have daily obligations that require any particular space of free time.

Updates to follow. My goal is to have somewhat of an established schedule by the time we leave for Cleveland on the 19th. That's exactly two weeks. Here we go!

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