Monday, February 1, 2016

Schedule Overview: The Newborn Weeks

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Sometimes you just need a big picture overview of how things will progress. I have written a comprehensive first year overview that includes what to expect in eating, sleeping, and playing. This post today is a schedule overview. You can see samples from each week. These are real schedules we really used. 

Week One
You don't want to stress about the clock during week one, but you don't want to ignore it, either. Some newborns are super sleepy and will not wake up unless you wake them up to eat. If you are waking baby, aim for eating every 2.5-3 hours. Start your morning, go every 2.5-3 hours, and then end with your evening feeding around 10-11 PM. Then night starts. During night hours, don't go any more than 5 hours. Make sure your baby is eating 8-10 times a day. 

Have a target time to wake up each day and wake baby up to eat at that time each day. Choose your ideal start of day time, but recognize baby will have a natural disposition that will come out in later weeks. I like to aim for about 7:30, but that is just my personal preference (and I have only had one of my four babies who agreed with 7:30). 

If baby is waking to eat, go with baby's lead for feeding. Don't stress out if baby wants to eat more often than 2.5-3 hours. One thing you do want to be sure of is that baby is eating a full feeding each time. 

Week Two
The same rules of week one apply to week two. 

Week Three
You will now start to focus more on getting that routine in. Continue to focus on a morning wakeup time. Work to eat every 2.5-3 hours. There might be times when your baby needs to eat every 2 hours. 

You might have a growth spurt this week. If so, your baby will wan to eat every 2 hours all day, maybe sooner. This is okay! This is not a problem! No need to stress. Just feed baby more often. 

Here is a sample schedule:
7:30--nurse
10:30--nurse
1:00--nurse
4:00--nurse
6:30--nurse
9:00--nurse

I went to bed after the 9:00 nursing. She then woke twice in the night to nurse.

Week Four
If a growth spurt didn't happen in week three, it will in week four or five. 

Here are a few sample schedules from our week four:

Sample 1:
7:30--feed
8:20--nap
10:30--feed
11:20--nap
1:30--feed
2:20--nap
4:30--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:00--dreamfeed

Sample 2:
7:30--nurse
8:30--nap
10:00--nurse
11:00--nap
1:00--nurse
2:00--nap
4:00--nurse
5:00--nap
6:30--nurse
7:30--nap
8:30--nurse then bed

Sample 3:
7:45--nurse
10:30--nurse
1:30--nurse
4:30--nurse
7:00--nurse
10:00--nurse

I still woke her twice in the night.

Week Five
Watch for the growth spurt if it hasn't happened yet. Really be focusing on keeping baby awake for some playtime throughout the day if you haven't started yet. 

Here is a sample schedule from our week five:

Sample 1:
7:30--feed
8:20--nap
10:30--feed
11:20--nap
1:30--feed
2:20--nap
4:30--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:00--dreamfeed

Week Six
This is the week you can officially stop waking baby up to eat at night every 5 hours if you feel like baby is ready for it. 

Sample 1:
7:30--feed
8:20--nap
10:30--feed
11:20--nap
1:30--feed
2:20--nap
4:30--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:00--dreamfeed
then night feed(s). Typically, this happens between 2:30-3:30 AM.

Sample 2:
7:15-7:45--nurse. I changed our 30 minute window to this.
10:30--nurse
1:30--nurse
4:30--nurse
7:00--nurse
10:00--nurse
She woke twice in the night for the first half of 6 weeks old, then went down to once a night.

Week Seven
This is a week you start really hoping sleeping through the night will be coming soon. For some babies, you might be just hoping to go down to one feeding a night instead of two (I was there for a couple of babies!). 

This is our daily schedule that we shoot for. Our first feeding varies the most. It typically ranges between 6:30 and 7:30 AM. She is now old enough to do 2.5 to 3.5 hour intervals between feedings, so if she is sleeping when the time comes up, I let her go up to 30 minutes longer. She will eat better if she wakes on her own, and if not, those extra thirty minutes can often be enough to get her interested in eating.

Sample 1:
7:30--feed
8:20--nap
10:30--feed
11:20--nap
1:30--feed
2:20--nap
4:30--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:00--dreamfeed
then night feed(s). Typically, this happens between 2:30-3:30 AM.

Week Eight
Again, this is a time we are hoping for sleeping through the night! I added in cluster feeding with one baby at this age, which helped with longer stretches at night. Your baby might be able to do only six feedings in a 24 hour period at this age. 

Sample 1:
7:30--feed
8:20--nap
10:30-11:00--feed
11:20--nap
1:30-2:00--feed
2:20--nap
4:30-5:00--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:00--dreamfeed
then night feed(s). Typically, this happens between 2:30-3:30 AM.

Week Nine
Wonder Week 8 can creep up this week. Baby can be more clingy, cry more, lose appetite, and sleep poorly. Some babies will be able to drop the dreamfeed at this age. It isn't unusual to be much older, though. Baby also might be able to go 9-10 hours of sleep at night, but there are still plenty not sleeping the solid 7-8 hours yet. 

Sample 1:
7:30--feed
8:20--nap
11:00--feed
11:50--nap
2:00--feed
2:50--nap
4:30-5:00--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:00--dreamfeed
then night feed. Typically, this happened between 6-6:15. Toward the end of the week she slept until 7 AM.

Week Ten 
Here are a few samples:

Sample 1:
6:00 AM--eat
7:00 AM--nap
9:30 AM--eat
10:20 AM--nap
12:30 AM--eat
1:20 AM--nap
3:30 or 4:00 PM--eat (sometimes she wakes at 3:30, sometimes she continues sleeping and I get her by 4:00).
4:20 or 4:50 PM--nap
5:30 or 6:00 PM--eat (I always get her by 6)
WITCHING HOUR TIME PERIOD--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed

Sample 2:
7:30 AM--eat
8:30 AM--nap
10 or 10:30--eat (I always get her by 10:30)
10:50 or 11:20--nap
1 or 1:30--eat (I always get her by 1:30)
1:50 or 2:20--nap
3:30 or 4:00--eat (I always get her by 4:00)
4:20 or 4:50 PM--nap
5:30 or 6:00 PM--eat (I always get her by 6)
WITCHING HOUR TIME PERIOD--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed


Sample 3:

7:30--feed
8:20--nap
11:00--feed
11:50--nap
2:00--feed
2:50--nap
4:30-5:00--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:00--dreamfeed

Week Eleven
Here are two samples:

Sample 1:
7:30--feed
8:20--nap
11:00--feed
11:50--nap
2:00--feed
2:50--nap
5:00--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:15--dreamfeed

Sample 2:
7:30 AM--eat
8:30 AM--nap
10 or 10:30 AM--eat (I always get her by 10:30)
10:50 or 11:20 AM--nap
1 or 1:30 PM--eat (I always get her by 1:30)
1:50 or 2:20 PM--nap
4:00 PM--eat
4:50 PM--nap
6:00 PM--eat
6:45 PM--put in swing (due to witching hour)--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat (essentially a dreamfeed--no waketime)
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed


Week Twelve
Here are two samples:

Sample 1:
7:30 AM--eat
8:30 AM--nap
10 or 10:30 AM--eat (I always get her by 10:30)
10:50 or 11:20 AM--nap
1 or 1:30 PM--eat (I always get her by 1:30)
1:50 or 2:20 PM--nap
4:00 PM--eat
4:50 PM--nap6:00 PM--eat
6:45 PM--put in swing (due to witching hour)--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat (essentially a dreamfeed--no waketime)
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed


Sample 2:

8:10--feed
9:10--nap
11:30--feed
12:20--nap
3:00--feed
3:50--nap
6:00--feed
7:00--nap
8:00--feed, then bedtime
10:15--dreamfeed

Week Thirteen
Watch for Wonder Week 12 this week. Here are two samples:

Sample 1:
8:00 AM--eat
8:50 AM--nap
10:30 AM--eat
11:30 AM--nap
1:30 PM--eat
2:30 PM--nap
4:30 PM--eat
5:30 PM--nap
6:30-7:00 PM--eat
7:30-8:00 PM--sleep in swing due to witching hour
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed
5:30-6:00 AM--early morning feeding (she wakes for this, I don't wake her)

Sample 2:
8:10--feed
9:10--nap
11:30--feed
12:20--nap
3:00--feed
3:50--nap
6:00--feed
7:00--nap
8:00--feed, then bedtime
10:15--dreamfeed

Week Thirteen
Here are a few samples:

Sample 1:
8:00--eat
8:50--nap
11:00--eat
12:00--nap
2:00--eat
3:00--nap
4:30--eat
5:30--nap
6:30 or 7:00--eat then down to bed
10:00--dreamfeed
Every other night, she ate between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM. Those days, we started at 8 AM. The other days, she at between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM. She still slept until about 11:00 AM.

Sample 2:
8:10--feed
9:10--nap
11:30--feed
12:20--nap
3:00--feed
3:50--nap
6:00--feed
7:00--nap
8:00--feed, then bedtime
10:15--dreamfeed

Sample 3:
7:30--nurse
8:30--nap
10:30--nurse
11:30--nap
1:00--nurse
2:00--nap
4:00--nurse
5:00--nap
6:30--nurse
7:30--bed
10:00--nurse then bed (dreamfeed)

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