Parenting

Three Tips to Creating a New Baby Schedule

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

Parenting is full of choices. As parents, we spend a lot of time worrying about whether or not we’re making the “right choice,” but the truth is that there’s rarely one right choice. Instead, it’s all about what’s best for you and your baby.  I feel like this video really brings that idea home:

One choice most parents agree with is that having a schedule in place makes life with baby easier. Unfortunately, every time your baby enters a new phase, you wind up adjusting that schedule just a little bit. The same can be true when your schedule changes. Maybe you’re planning a summer vacation or are starting a new job and are worried about how to create a new schedule for your baby. It can be challenging, but here are three tips for creating a schedule for your baby.

Time it Right

For the first two months of your baby’s life, there’s not going to be a schedule. Just accept it. Likewise, as your baby goes through growth spurts or developmental changes, your carefully created schedule is going to change. Don’t try to create a schedule right in the middle of a big change, either for the baby or for you. If you know a change like a move, or a new work schedule is coming, try and get your baby set up on his or her new schedule a month or so before the change. If the change is internal, that is the baby is changing, you may need to wait a week or more to start a new schedule.

Three Tips to Creating a New Baby Schedule

Observe, Observe, Observe

One of the best ways to create a schedule for your baby is to see what schedule the baby is already on. Is he sleepy certain times of the day? Does she always want to eat right after playing? Following along with your baby’s plans makes life less stressful for you both.

Introduce a Bottle

One of the reasons I started this post off with the video is that whether you breastfeed or use formula, finding ways to let others get involved in the feeding process is a huge help for scheduling. After all, if mom is the only one that can feed the baby, then when mom’s schedule changes, so do the baby’s. But, if your baby will take a bottle of breastmilk or formula, then you have a lot more scheduling options.

Three Tips to Creating a New Baby Schedule

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Most parents agree that creating a schedule for your baby is the right choice. Now, you just have to find the right schedule for your baby!

This post was sponsored, but all ideas are my own.