BBL:012 Should You Use a Baby Schedule?

birthbabylife200x200Baby scheduling is one controversial topic. I hesitated about tackling it, but since it's something I've been researching for my own family I decided to share some of what I've found and learned with you. Should you consider a baby schedule? This episode will give you a solid basis to evaluate scheduling babies for your own family.

This month is also Cesarean Awareness Month, so I talk a little about cesarean resources.

In this episode I cover:

  • Cesarean Awareness Month
  • Some of our own resources to help you with c-section issues
  • Why you should consider scheduling
  • How scheduling helps you get more sleep*
  • Why my 11 year scheduling journey can help you
  • An overview of different baby routine methods
  • How rhythm and routine nourish your baby
  • How you can make a baby routine work for your family

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It's been interesting to explore scheduling naps with Corwin, which has been the inspiration for the podcast. I find that scheduling naps and having baby get enough sleep is helpful for everyone in the family. My family doesn't personally schedule feedings, though I find my babies do tend to breast feed at regular times.

I think feedings can be responsibly scheduled if the parents pay close attention to how baby is doing and Mama's milk supply – setting up a 3 hour breast feeding schedule does not make you a bad parent and if that works for your family, do it! If breastfeeding on demand is what works for your family, then do that!

*Please note that I do not recommend “cry it out” or “CIO” methods. I have been able to help my babies have a regular nap time rhythm and a regular bedtime without “cry it out” techniques.

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Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website and helping families through her online childbirth class

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