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Dealing with Disruptions in Your Routine. How to deal with disruptions in your baby’s routine. How to handle disruptions and adjust the schedule for baby.
In light of the holidays and the craziness it brings, I thought this would be a good post to get up ASAP. Disruptions come in all shapes and sizes. Teething, sickness, travel, visitors, errands…here are some tips in dealing with the disruptions when they come (and they will).
One is just to realize that the baby is going to get off schedule. Some things are unavoidable. An example for us is church. We have church for 3 hours. I know that Monday will be harder all around since there was a nap missed. This is not negotiable for us–church is important. So we deal with it and it, accept it, and all is well.
Do try to limit disruptions until baby is more in the swing of things. If you dedicate the time to getting your baby solid in a schedule before you start throwing disruptions at him, he will bounce back much faster after the disruptions. Usually 8 weeks is sufficient. Older babies may need less time.
When you do have to be out and about (whether for church, errands, or for your sanity), just try to stick to the routine as much as possible. Try to get those errands in during waketime. Or some babies will nap on the go. Try to stick to the routine.
As far as sickness and teething go, if you do train your child to sleep on their own, these should be pretty much non-issues. My two year old sleeps just as well and on schedule even when he is sick or teething or in a strange place. Kaitlyn is the same way. She even started sleeping later in the morning during a bad cold. Some naps will be disrupted. Oh well. There is a reason for it and the reason won’t last forever. Move on with the day.
For vacations, some babies will wake in the night if they are in a strange place. If you are somewhere people can hear you, feed your baby rather than letting them cry and wake the household up. You can get back on schedule when you get home. It might take a few days, but the baby will bounce back.
Follow guidelines in BW for visitors, adding your own judgment. If the person is there for one day and only a few hours, let them disrupt (if you want to). If they are there for several days, they can get their fix during wake times.
See the Let Your Schedule Serve You post.
- bethers21 said…
Val,I can’t remember where on your blog you talk about your Sunday morning routine. I know Kaitlyn misses her morning nap, but I can’t remember how you compensated for it. My son eats at 7/10/1 and probably shifting to 3 1/2 hour schedule soon. His 1st nap gets cut 30 min short (1 hour if we do 3.5 schedule) so we can get to church at 10am. Today I was able to get him to fall asleep in his car seat for 45 min around 12:15pm. I fed him and put him down at his next regular nap time after that. Do you have any tips for how to compensate for his missed naps? He’s 4 months. My biggest concern is that he is in daycare so I try really hard dto be consistent on the weekends. I hate for him to miss any naps or not stay on schedule on the weekend but need to figure out how to fit his schedule around church. Thanks!!
April 27, 2008 1:01 PM
I can’t remember either…it is probably just mentioned in several posts :)The way I compensated has evolved as she has gotten older. Once she was at an age where a nap was dropped, I would just give her an extra nap. So she would have an evening nap when she usually didn’t. I also put her down early for the next coming nap. Since your son’s nap isn’t totally gone, you could either add a short nap, extend the afternoon nap, or put him to bed early.Right now, she misses her morning nap completely. We get out at 12. She eats lunch then goes straight down, which is usually somewhere around 12:45. Her nap usually starts around 1:45 these days. She then naps until her normal wake up time. We then put her down a little early for bed, perhaps 30 minutes.
April 28, 2008 10:06 AM
In your opinion, do you think skipping/shortening his first two naps on Sunday will be a problem/mess up his week since I can only guarantee good naps on weekends since he’s in daycare?
April 28, 2008 10:44 AM
It honestly is a possibility. I know Monday is a catch up day for Kaitlyn, despite the extra sleeping on Sunday. It really is a difficult situation. For me, I would still go to church. You will have to decide your value system and decide what you want to do. It will be shortlived; as he gets older, he will be more flexible and can miss sleep easier. You will have to see how he reacts. Good luck in figuring it out.
April 28, 2008 11:11 AM
- hunter’smom said…
My son is five months and has his bottom teething coming through. This has really disrupted his naps. Not his night time sleep though. Any suggestions on how to get him to sleep through the naps while in pain like he does at night? I have tried letting him cio and shortened wake times. He is sleeping one hour in the morning, 1 1/2 hours in the afternoon, and 1 hour for the evening nap. Is that enough?
April 27, 2008 7:03 PM
Your answer is going to come more in the form of alleviating the pain since that is what is causing the waking. If you are okay with Tylenol, giving that to him 20 minutes before his nap should help. The good news is that once those teeth are through, he should go back to normal. I wouldn’t CIO for teething pain, though. If he won’t sleep more with medication, you can always put him to bed a bit early if he needs to. Be sure to check out the teething post: Tips and Tricks: Teething
April 28, 2008 10:10 AM
- colleenmari said…
I have a 12 week old and have been doing BW since day one. It has been great, she started sleeping from 10:30 to about 7:30ish…until now. Our typical feeding schedule is 8:00, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm. We went on vacation last week and now she is waking up at all hours of the night! Last night she was up at 2:30, I let her CIO for 45 minutes until she went back to sleep, but was up again at 4:00. I finally fed her just to get some sleep myself. What do I do? Also, when do I know to drop a nap? She takes a shorter nap after her 5:00pm feeding (typically from 6ish to 7ish) and often won’t sleep after her 8:00 feeding until her 10:00. Thanks!
September 1, 2008 10:25 AM
So, remember that a vacation can really mess things up for a while. Also, 3 months is a growth spurt age. In this case, feed more in the day to hopefully remove need for nighttime waking. I would have fed her, especially since she woke up again so soon.See this post for dropping naps: Everything You Need to Know About Dropping Naps
I might try dropping that nap after 5 to get her to bed before 10.
September 5, 2008 10:34 AM