In Action: Adjusting Schedule as Needed

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As I mentioned earlier, Brayden had surgery last week. The nature of his bandaging on his hand is that he cannot get it wet at all. Because of this, I knew bathing the children together was out of the question.

We typically have sibling playtime, bathtime, then independent playtime. The reason I do the bath between the two items is that I don’t think they would very excitedly go to independent playtime after playing together. Right now is winter for us, so to these things happen in bedrooms (in nice weather I like to have sibling playtime outside). If they were outside for sibling playtime, I think they would do independent following sibling without problem.

So, I knew I had to rethink our order while Brayden has the bandage on his arm/hand. Here is a breakdown:

Old Schedule:

  • Breakfast
  • Do our letter/color/number etc. of the day activity
  • Singing time
  • Sibling playtime
  • Bathtime
  • Independent playtime

New Schedule:

  • Breakfast
  • Do our letter/color/number etc. of the day activity
  • Singing time
  • Independent playtime
  • Get ready for the day
  • Sibling playtime

Bathtime for Brayden is each night right before bed. Either my husband or I have him stand in the tub and hold his hand up while we bathe him. It is fast.

Bathtime for Kaitlyn has varied based on the day. Some days it has been in the evening. Others, it has been in the middle of the day after lunch before nap. She does this instead of TV time.

It has worked well. It has me thinking of different possible orders of activities for when the new baby comes. I am working through all options before I decide. I wanted to post this to show that you can adjust schedule as needed. You also need to adjust schedule as needed. Sometimes you get comfortable with what you are doing without realizing it isn’t the best option. I don’t know exactly how/if I will change the original schedule for when the new baby comes, but I will be sure to keep you updated!

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Denise and Brandon
    January 26, 2009 / 3:29 PM

    I am a new reader to your blog as I have just been told about it. I have one child, 2 years old and one on the way. Babywise worked great for her…Toddlerwise, not so much. I’m having the most trouble with “Independent playtime.” Do you have an example from a previous post at all of the schedule you used with just one child and how difficult/easy was it to get your child to follow the schedule?

  2. Lindsay
    January 26, 2009 / 3:40 PM

    I am sorry to hear about Brayden’s bobo 🙂 I hope he feels lots better soon. I have posted once before but I am not sure I am putting them in the right place. So let me try this again 🙂 I have 2 DS’s and my 5yr old was a perfect babywise baby… I thought i had it down for this next one. Ace is4 months old and has been on a schedule of feed wake sleep since two weeks of age. He is healthy and happy. My issue I am having is night time sleep. I am not sure what I am doing wrong….during the day he is perfect. eats every three hours plays about 1.5 hours then goes to sleep easily for naps until next feeding…sometimes he wakes early but will play until it is time to eat. Here is my issue….he wakes every night at around 3 or 330 I can get hom back to sleep pretty easily but he is restless for the next two hours. he then wakes at 5am to eat….when he was two months he had three weeks where he woke at 7 ot 730 am which is where I would like for him to wake up for the day. BUT he would also wake at 5am druing that time to but I could get him back to sleep. Either way he wakes quite a bit at night. Am I doing soemthing wrong….We have dropped the dreamfeed as of this week and it is the same with or without it. Here is a close schedule we follow: 5am eat(7oz)then back to sleep; usually wakes at 7 then plays until eats again at 8am. plays till 930 then sleeps. eats at 11am then same cycle. eats 2pm same cycle; eats 5 or 530 then plays until last feeding (no nap) around 830 then bed at about 9pm He can go 3.5 hours usually once or twice a day and I have started keeping a journal to see what time of the day but it seems to vary. We can do CIO at 5 but since he does take a full bottle I assume he is hungry….What should I try? At thiis rate he is sleeping roughly 8 hours but not without waking at 3…and I know the “internal clock” can get stuck but like I said if we get up and pat him for a few seconds he is back out but stirres (fusses) for two hours so we usually put him in bed with us b/c If I can pat his belly he is out but not for long…..I could try CIO but he is usually persestant and when he does stop crying (usually 5 min) he will sleep then do it again over and over…..thoughts??? Thank you.

  3. Casey
    January 26, 2009 / 6:39 PM

    Hi, your blog has been very helpful to me in the past, but this is the first time I've commented. My baby is 9.5 months old, and stopped sleeping through the night about 1 month ago, and we are going a little nuts! He has been waking up between 12:00am & 1:00am wanting to eat, then he wakes up at about 5:00am and talkes himself back to sleep. We haved followed babywise from birth and Drew has always been a good sleeper until now. I know that he is teething, but can't understand why he is wanting to eat when he wakes up. He has definitely decreased his formula intake since starting on solid foods, but I can't get him to drink more in a feeding. His schedule goes something like this: 7am wake and 5oz bottle, 7:30am 4Tbs of oatmeal with fruit, 9-9:30am he takes about a 2 hour nap, 11:00am 4oz bottle, 12:00pm stage 2 fruit and veggie, nap b/t 1:00 & 1:30 for about 2 hours, snack when he wakes up with a 3-4 oz bottle, dinner 4oz bottle and stage 2 meat and veggie at about 6:00pm, bedtime at 7:00. He used to eat 6oz with evey bottle, now he never does that. He dropped his third nap a couple of months ago, and is pretty whinny by the time bedtime gets here! Sometimes he throws the biggest fit at bedtime, which he used to never do, do you think he needs an earlier bedtime? I don't know what to do, I've been trying figure out what the culprit is, could he just be hungry, or is he napping too much during the day, is his bedtime too late….I definitely need some advise! Again, he's 9.5 months old and his weight was 21 lbs at his 9 month check up. Thanks so much for any advice that might help!

  4. susanne
    January 26, 2009 / 7:00 PM

    My son just got over a cold and a terrible ordeal with gas (which I did not realize he has until 4 days into the cold). His fever is gone, I am giving him gas drops and gripe water, which has helped ease a lot of the gas. He was waking many times throughout the night and now that he is all better he is no longer sleeping through the night. He was sleeping 10 hours. He is waking twice now at night. Do I just let him cry it out all night long until he is back to sleeping the 10 hours or something else. Help!

  5. Christie
    January 27, 2009 / 4:28 PM

    Denise and Brandon:I feel the same way! Babywise went flawlessly, but Toddlerwise has been a battle, esp. independent playtime. Let me know if you figure it out, and hopefully Valerie will have some good suggestions for us!

  6. susanne
    January 28, 2009 / 2:16 PM

    Update: After 2 nights of CIO my son slept 10 hours again. I am so glad we did babywise with my son because in situations like this (Getting of schedule due to illness) it was easy to get him back on track!Thanks Val!

  7. Plowmanators
    January 30, 2009 / 5:02 AM

    Lindsay, first, pick which time you want the morning to start and start at that time within 30 minutes. So if you want it to be 7 AM, you can do 7-7:30.Unless having him sleep with you in the night is something you are willing to do long-term, I would stop it. It sounds like he isn’t able to sleep after falling back asleep at 3, so he might be hungry and just can’t last past 5. I would try feeding him at 3 and see what happens. If he eats then sleeps well until morning waketime, then I would guess he is waking because he is hungry.See also this post:Early Morning Feedings Before Waketime:

  8. Plowmanators
    January 30, 2009 / 5:10 AM

    Susanne, I am glad to see things worked out 🙂

  9. Plowmanators
    January 30, 2009 / 5:12 AM

    Christie, see the independent playtime post I linked above and let me know if you have questions.

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