I once ate peanut butter every day for 2 years straight. Those were some glorious years let me tell you. I thrive on routine, predictability, and consistency. Oddly enough, I’ve experienced a large amount of change in the past 5 years and have enjoyed that, too. Maybe I’ll figure myself out one day.
What I read and hear from other moms is that babies also do well with predictability and routine. When this happens, then this happens. Going back to work has pushed me farther into implementing a routine for Baby Girl. Sure, she’s a baby and babies are not robots. I have noticed though that she’s been doing incredibly well with things like sleeping since we’ve upped the structure of her day.
I mentioned in a previous post that we use the Baby Connect App to track her eating, sleeping, diapers, etc… Using this has helped me see patterns and see what’s working. The last few weeks of maternity leave I was really struggling with trying to get her to sleep more that 12 hours per day. I’m thrilled to say that since we’ve been implementing more of a routine she’s upped her sleeping to over 13 hours a day now and even slept about 8 hours straight at night.
As a working mom, I have to rely on other people to help me take care of BG. In order to try to provide consistency and stability for her, I created a daily routine as a guide for our babysitters. (We still use the Baby Connect App when we are with her.) In addition to helping BG get into a rhythm, it also helps me keep track of her days. I feel a lot more comfortable knowing how many ounces of milk she’s had, what her napping looked like, and how many diapers were changed.
I’ve created a template HERE. Feel free to use it, edit it with your basic schedule, and let me know if it works for you, too! I followed the pattern from Baby Wise (eat, wake, sleep) and adapted it for a 12-15 week baby. If you haven’t read Baby Wise, I’d highly recommend it. I don’t follow it 100%, but the general principles have been helpful.
Have a fabulous day!