Self-Imposed Routine

I am constantly amazed by how Evan puts himself on a routine.

A few months ago, he wasn’t going to bed for the night until 10 or 11pm. We were wondering how we were going to get him to fall asleep earlier, and then one day, seemingly out of no where, he just started falling asleep earlier and earlier. Now he falls asleep sometime between 7-8pm for the night. We didn’t have to do a thing!

At that point, he was sleeping 12 hours at night, but he was still easting 7 times a day. It seemed like he was eating all the time, so one day I just decided to up the amount of his early morning meals and see if he would compensate. I was wondering if he would still continue to eat 7 times a day, but within a couple of days he had switched to eating 6 times a day.

Around the same time he was being really really fussy during the day. He would get so overtired that he would cry and cry and it would take a long time to get him to settle down and fall asleep. After actively observing him for a day or two, I realized he would get tired about two hours after he woke up from his previous nap. So, instead of letting him get overtired, I would just have quiet cuddle time with him when he would be ready for a nap, and he would fall asleep so easily.

So, for the past few weeks, like clockwork, he would want to eat every 2.5 hours and want to sleep two hours after his previous nap. It was amazing and sure made my life easier knowing when to expect what!

He seems to be going through a schedule change now though. It looks like he’s starting to phase out a nap, though it’s unclear which one since he is changing it up each day. This time I’m just going to trust that he knows his own needs and will adapt with whatever he decides. It’s amazing how smart these little humans are 🙂


Comments on: "Self-Imposed Routine" (2)

  1. Big shocker that there is the same EXACT stuff going on at our house!! Except he's always been a “ready for a nap after an hour” sort of baby, but that time is slowly spreading out . . . and he's taking four naps but sometimes he'll only take three, so we're headed in that direction.

    And he honestly still eats like 8-12 times a day I swear. I haven't ever counted really–I might count today though because your post got me wondering!

    Anyway WOOHOO for getting a good schedule worked out! I agree babies will put themselves on a good schedule but I have definitely noticed overtiredness breeding a refusal to nap which is spiraling . . .


  2. I love how Monkey's sleep routine has worked itself out (for the most part, at least). We just keep an eye on him for his cues, which follow right along with what we've read. Monkey now has 2-3 naps during the day – a morning that is very reliable, and 1-2 afternoon naps (sometimes 2 hour-long naps, sometimes a 3 or 4-hour nap).

    His eating is just about as regular, with how much he eats at one time being the big variable – which I think has to do with growth spurts. I nurse once overnight, once in the morning, and once in the evening, and he gets 3 bottles during the day at daycare. So it sounds pretty similar to Evan.

    So cool how they schedule themselves!


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