At Evy’s six month pediatrician appointment we were given the green light to start to introduce solids. It was going really well up to this point and she seems to really enjoy eating at the table with the family. But let me tell you, adding solids has thrown her schedule all out of whack. I knew we needed to make an adjustment because she has started waking up at around 10:30 pm, 2:30 am and 5:00 am. Yes, you read that correctly, 3 times a night(!) Even though she was maintaining a good disposition during the day, I definitely was struggling.
Since it has been four years since the last time I went through this transition I couldn’t 100% remember how we managed it with our first. So, I did what most mothers do and I went out on the web to find sample schedules. But I was having a really difficult time locating schedules for working moms who were still nursing. The few schedules I did find were difficult to follow and compare because of how they were laid out. To solve this, I went ahead and popped the schedules into a table along with Evy’s current schedule and used that to back into what an “ideal” schedule would look like. Because I am a super nerd, I included formulas to calculate things like nap duration, nap counts, night sleep duration, total sleep, nursing counts and solids counts. Behold, the wonder of the easy-to-compare schedule table:
You can see that we ended up dropping one nursing session, down to 5 from 6 and actually increased both nap duration and night sleep. She is exactly where she should be at this age. Okay, so you are probably thinking “Rachael, that is all well and good but did the schedule work?” To which I reply, “Heck ya it did!!” Evy has been on her new schedule for just about a week now and has been doing fantastic! She is back to sleeping through the night (Woo Hoo!!) and is taking her full 90 minute mid-day nap at daycare (!!) My brain actually feels fully functional at work again, it is AWESOME!
I hope that this table above might help some other poor, sleep-deprived struggling mom out there find the schedule that works best for her baby and finally gets some sleep like I did. If you have any thoughts on any of this, I’d love to hear from you. Just leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to respond.