Wake, Eat, Play, Sleep OR Wake, Play, Eat, Sleep….. everyone’s baby routine looks different. Including this one Ashton uses for her baby…. like putting her cell phone, diaper bag & food in the bed with her. I guess that’s what works for her!
Really though, every mom & baby combo needs something a little different. I’ve found what works best for me & most of my babies.
It’s changed & I’ve learned a lot since my firstborn. I typically feed on demand & I’m not much for a super structured baby routine. However, it seems like we get in a groove & this is how it pans out. Seems that it’s the natural progression of what my baby needs.
It’s WEPS. Almost immediately after the baby wakes, I’ll feed them & change their diaper. Then, they remain awake for another hour or so, depending on age. After that, I’ll get a cue from a first whimper & know they’re beginning to get tired. Then I go put them down before they get over tired.
If I wait too long, it’s more of a chore to get them asleep. They may require another short feeding, and additional rocking until completely out!
If I catch them at that sweet spot where they’re in the beginnings of drowsiness, it’s a breeze. They may require a short rocking, then off to sleep. Smooth!
That being said…. I do my best to work things out this way. However, you know, there’s just those days that things are a little off… like last night!