Baby Whisperer: Daycare Tips

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In The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, Hogg lists some tips for those moms who go back to work. These are found on page 32.

  • Establish Routine. Have your routine in place at least a month before you return to work. If you are already working and want to establish a routine, sh says you might need to take a week or two off to establish the routine.
  • Caretaker: Hogg points out the importance of having a caretaker who is willing to implement your strategies. She stresses the importance of consistency.
  • Consistency: As the parent, be careful that you keep her on her routine. You might feel guilty for working or might want to spend more time with her so you let her stay up later than you should. If you do this, be aware that you will likely disrupt her routine.
  • Enlist Spouse: Hogg says she finds the spouse who is home less is usually better at sticking with the plan for implementing routine.
  • Disruptions: Pay attention to all other disruptions that can affect baby. Job change, moving, new pets, sickness, etc. These things can all contribute to your baby being thrown off.

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  1. Erin Jensen
    May 8, 2009 / 2:51 PM

    Just a comment not about this post but the blog format…I find this blog format (dark background and dark text) very hard to read. Maybe it is my computer; I don’t know if anyone else has expressed this, but I thought I would just put it out there in case you had any thought of changing it (in all your free time! Wink wink!)

  2. Karen
    May 8, 2009 / 5:10 PM

    I agree with Erin about the blog format; it’s not so hard to read for me, but I find that my eyes hurt AFTER reading it.As for this post, I just want to second the fact that it is very crucial to keep bedtime consistent, even though I’m a working mom and don’t get to see my baby much during the week. I wish I could spend more time with her, but I just remember that I’m doing what’s best for her by putting her to bed right when we get home (about 7:00). She is a year old now and has been STTN since she was 11 weeks old.

  3. the Shipe's
    May 9, 2009 / 2:58 AM

    for me I see the blog with a brown backgroung & white/orange text. It works fine for me. Maybe it's your computer?

  4. Plowmanators
    May 27, 2009 / 7:39 PM

    lol Erin…my free time. What is free time? :)As the Shipe’s said, the blog format is brown with white text. You are the first one I have heard from about it. You said dark background and dark text, so it sounds like you are seeing something different from what is up.

  5. Plowmanators
    May 27, 2009 / 7:40 PM

    Karen, Thanks for your added thoughts about bedtime. It is good to remember that you are doing what your baby needs 🙂

  6. Sheena
    June 20, 2011 / 7:20 PM

    My baby is 8 weeks old and I have been doing BW since birth. I will be returning to work when she is 12 weeks old. Her wake time is 700-730am right now. She is sleeping from 9pm till that morning waketime. My questin is when I return to work mine and my husbands schedules start early. We have to leave the house at 630am to get her to daycare and get ourselves to work on time so her new waketime will be 5am. Should I start now pretending like we have to get up at 5am and start our day so that when it comes 12 weeks she will be use to it? And she is going to a church nursery will all my work on the eat, wake, sleep cycles be lost once her new care takers take over because i can't guarentee they will make sure she doesn't eat straight to sleep and that her waketimes are accurate. thanks!!

  7. Sheena
    June 20, 2011 / 7:23 PM

    So if she eats at 5am I am really just adding an extra feeding because i will have to wake her at that time in the mornings so I could just wait until I go back to work to start that since the rest of her day will be the same because the 730am feed would still be her next feeding if she ate at 5am? right??

  8. Plowmanators
    July 8, 2011 / 5:32 AM

    Sheena I would really consider a much later wake time. I would do 6 am. Whatever time you do will be her wake time every day of the week.I would not start quite yet because schedules change so quickly for newborns. One week before might be good.

  9. Hollie Truesdale
    May 15, 2015 / 1:39 AM

    I'll probably be using these tips later! I'm currently pregnant with my first and will probably have to go back to work after she's born to keep supporting our family while my husband is in school. Having a routine would be really important and that's a good idea to get your spouse on board with the routine as well!

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