Do you ever just wish you could just ask someone a simple question and…
…get the exact answer you needed, sans the opinionated mumbo jumbo?
Starting right now…
…I’m launching a special “Ask Heather!” segment.
I will take one of my beloved subscriber’s questions and lift it up (kinda like Simba) and display it for the entire of
central Africa cyberspace to read.
The lucky reader this month is……..
*rolling the bingo ball cage*
Lida wanted see the daily rhythm for her baby’s age group (6-9 month olds).
Since I live to serve (and drink coffee), I boldly poured a massive cup of God’s Favorite Bean (sorry, cocoa) and dug up this answer.
This article is a sibling to three other scheduling posts I’ve written. One is for newborns, one is for 2-3 month olds, and one for babies 9-12 month old. (Why nothing for 4-5 month olds? Because that’s a major regression time. You lucky parents get this article on surviving sleep regressions instead!)
The Funny Thing About a Baby Schedule…
…is they are incredibly unreliable.
As in, United Airlines unreliable. The one thing you can count on is that your baby is going to be late for 50% , early for 25%, and skip the other 25% altogether.
So why in the #%!@$! should you follow this schedule in the first place?
Because, although your baby may not follow the exact time schedule, the rhythmic routine is essential.
Babies need predictability.
She will be happier, healthier, and more rested when you create a predictable routine.
This means, for the time being, your daily schedule of tasks and errands needs to be structured around your baby’s waking/sleeping patterns, and NOT the other way around. (This “baby’s schedule is first” theme isn’t forever, don’t worry.)
The more predictable your baby’s day, with a steady rhythm of sleeping and eating, the better everyone’s sleeping at night. (Oh, and btw, if your baby snacks all day, she’s going to snack all night too.)
The best thing I can do for you is not to TELL you what your baby’s 6 to 9 month schedule should be, but to teach you how to discover your child’s daily rhythm on your own, using your baby’s cues and a reliable clock.
So download your free worksheets for babies ages 6 to 9 months and start discovering your child’s natural daily rhythm!
If You Get Stuck…
You know what’s a beautiful word?
Options mean that there’s always something you can try, something you can do to get back on the right track. As a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, “options” are my bread and butter. I ALWAYS have options and suggestions. There are ALWAYS new things to try and tiny items to tweak.
So if you feel discouraged about your baby’s daily routine, whether that’s in napping, or those persistent nighttime wakeups, keep me nestled into your back pocket. Worst case scenario, I can analyze your sleep logs, talk with you on the phone, and help you create a strong sleep plan to move forward with.
We will get there. Success is guaranteed.
The calvary is coming!
Have You Read These Yet?
- Everything a New Mama Warrior Needs to Know About Baby Care
- 7 Reasons Why Babywearing Isn’t Just for Crunchy Moms
- Cloth Diapering 101: All You Need to Know to Make it Cheap and Easy
- 4 Ways to Overcome the Sleep Regression Ruining Your Life
Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at MightyMoms.club and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007. She’s a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, has been a featured parenting expert writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, Cafe Mom, and others. If it’s 2am and you’re desperate to read SOMETHING, check out her deepest darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn’t be allowed to blog.