So, I have been posting on a parenting forum based in Australia, and someone posted the Baby Whisperer’s schedule, so I printed it out. What a God send! We’ve been doing it since last Saturday, and I think he’s starting to get the hang of it. I think newborns should be fed and napped on demand, but Nicklas is 3 1/2 months now and was showing no sign of developing his own routine, so we are trying this one.
He gets feeds at 7 am, 11 am, 3 pm, 6:30 pm, and a dream feed at 10:30 pm (if you can stay awake that long). This SHOULD last them until 6 or 7 the next morning, but it usually only lasts Nicklas until 4:30, at which point I feed him.
Then he is supposed to nap at 9, 1 and 4:30, but he usually alters this. As long as he naps between his feeds, I’m not too worried about when those naps are or how long they’re for. This morning he slept after his 7 am feed and didn’t wake up until 9:20! He just went to sleep 45 minutes ago, so we’ll see how that goes. he generally doesn’t last much more than 45 minutes to an hour.
It is so nice to know when he is going to eat. All those times he fussed and I fed him, I’m not sure he was really hungry. This makes it easy. He’s also developing little signs of being tired. He sucks on his thumb and gets a little fussy…at that point its pretty easy to get him to go to sleep.
This weekend we are taking our first trip away since we moved to Australia. I can’t wait! We’re going to the Sunshine Coast Friday morning and staying up there until Sunday. Not entirely sure what we’re going to do other than go to the arts and crafts market up there. It will be nice to just get away for a couple of days.