Baby 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
Items mentioned in this podcast include:
- Science and Sensibility Cesarean Info Page
- 7 Steps to a Successful VBAC
- MamaBaby Birthing Classes
BabyWise[/raw] and [raw] The Baby Whisperer[/raw] (please note BabyWise mentions “cry it out,” which I do not recommend)
- BBL:007 with Malia Jacobson (alternatives to CIO if sleep is an issue)
- Waldorf Rhythm/Routine article I wrote for Christopherus Homeschool's Baby Section
- Managers of Their Homes (Christian homeschooling perspective, scheduled feedings explained but optional)
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.
Articles About Baby Routines and Gentle Scheduling
- Baby Schedule and Routine How-To
- Creating a Gentle Routine for a Breastfeeding Baby
- Should You Use a Baby Schedule?
- Back to the New Normal with Baby (Road Map to Baby's First Year: Part 2)
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