Sunday, August 14, 2011

Baby Wise - 8 weeks schedule

I just wanted to rant and rave about Baby Wise for a minute... I know I've talked about it before, but after 8 weeks of actually practicing I am SOO pleased with it!! So ladies, if you are pregnant, already have a baby, or plan on having a baby ONE DAY, I highly recommend this book!!!! One of our good friend's mom actually gave me this book when I found out that I was pregnant and I read it pretty fast. 

The basic principal of the book is getting your baby on a schedule so that they will be able to sleep through the night pretty early.  Most babies on the babywise routine usually start sleeping through the night between 10 and 12 weeks. 

We started out using baby wise the first night we brought Baby C home from the hospital. We immediately put him on a 3 hr feeding schedule which looked something like this:

Nursing at 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, dreamfeed 10:00 pm, 1:00 am, 4:00 am, then the day starts over...

Eventually Caycen started to sleep a little longer during the night when we decided to start cluster feeding in the evenings.  so his schedule was the same in the morning, but after the 4:00 pm feeding we would feed him again at 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm, then DREAMFEED him at 10:00 pm (this is where you don't wake him up you just feed him while he is sleeping - YES a baby will eat while asleep)... we would do the dreamfeed at 10:00 pm, then he would sleep until about 4:00 am, then start the day again at 7:00 am, so we were only feeding once during the night.

Well let me tell you why I LOVE this book... Caycen turned 8 weeks old this past Wednesday and we decided to drop that middle of the night feeding, since I go back to work on Tuesday and we want to be able to sleep through the night because now mommy and daddy will be working.  So now he goes from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am!!!!! Yes, he still wakes up a few times during the night whining, but we just go back in and pop that passy back in his mouth and he goes back to sleep.  Schedules REALLY do work!!! This is his new schedule:

6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm, dreamfeed at 10:00 pm and he sleeps until his morning feeding at 6:00 am.

He is still taking about 4 oz. each feeding, but we are thinking about starting to give him 5 oz. a couple of times during the day.  They say to take their weight and multiply it by 2 1/2 and that's how many oz. a day that your baby should be getting.  So Caycen is now almost 13 lbs and needs a little more.

Man, this little boy is GREAT!!!! :) 

LOVE ~ Aimes

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