Schedules

When you are setting up a schedule or routine for your baby, toddler, or child, you will find you have a lot of questions! I have a lot of answers. I have answers for your newborn, baby, toddler, preschooler, and all of your kids together!

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Tricks for Getting Baby on a Consistent Schedule

There are several things you need to do to set up a consistent schedule or routine each day. You really can get something in place that is predictable from day to day. Your baby will get up at the same time each day, take naps at the same times, and have bedtime at the same time. Remember your day will consist of three components: Eat, Wake (play), and Sleep.

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Eat
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Wake
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Sleep
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Sample Schedules

I have hundreds of sample schedules for you to reference for ideas for your baby, toddler, preschooler, child, tween, and teens. Find baby schedules by month here. See sample schedules for the entire first year in one post here. Find toddler schedules here, 3 year old schedules here, and 4 year old schedules here. See schedules for two kids here. See schedules for three kids here.

Babywise Schedules for the First Year

This is a compilation of sample schedules for baby's entire first year!

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Sample Schedules for Multiple Kids

You work really hard to get a routine down for one child, and then you add a second baby to the mix. Don’t worry! I have guidance for you on how to get those schedule to work with each other even with more than one child. Find out how to set up your schedule to work with more than one child.

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Schedules for 2 Kids
3 children: Preschooler, toddler, and baby
Schedules for 3 Kids
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Optimal Wake Time Lengths (Wake Windows)

Something you MUST understand for success in a schedule is wake windows. If you get that wake time length down correctly, you will have success! If not, you will struggle.

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When and How to Move Baby to 4 Hour Schedule

One of the most common questions I get is from people wondering when their baby can move to a 4 hour schedule. Once your baby is happily eating every three hours and you seem to always need to wake her up to eat, it may be time to move from a three hour schedule to the four hour schedule. Read on to see if your baby is ready.

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Utilizing a Dreamfeed In Your Schedule

The dreamfeed is a helpful tool to help your baby sleep through the night when you, the parent, are also sleeping through the night. A dreamfeed is simply a late feeding that starts typically between 10-11 PM. The baby is already in bed, but you go in and feed baby one last time before heading off to bed yourself. Read more about the basics of a dream feed here.

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Dream Feed FAQs
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When to Stop DF
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How to Drop DF
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Importance of an Eat/Wake/Sleep Cycle

An Eat/Wake/Sleep Cycle is super important to a baby’s success on a routine. Find the purpose behind the pattern and how it helps your baby sleep better here.

Newborn Summaries

Baby Summaries

PreToddler Summaries

Toddler Summaries

Preschooler Summaries

Child Summaries

Tween Summaries

Teen Summaries

Recent Schedule Posts

More Schedule Help

Benefits of a Schedule

How to Have Success

Sample Schedules

How to Handle Disruptions

Schedules with Siblings

Schedules with Older Kids

Chore Schedule

Nighttime Schedules

Mom’s Daily Schedule

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