My heart is racing, my breasts are swelling up with milk. I hear the excruciating cries echoing from the back of the hallway. My little girl is so upset.
Tonight marks the second night I’ve put her in her pack n play to sleep alone.
Before this, we co-slept. What a blessing co-sleeping can be if you are a breastfeeding mama like me! You don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to answer you little one’s hunger cries. You just roll over and feed her right there in bed with you.
It has been a painful, emotional, beautiful, and rewarding journey breastfeeding and co-sleeping with Eliza.
Eliza turned 3 months old this week and we decided it was time to put our “Eliza bean” on a good schedule.
Knowing me, you know that I googled and read every and anything I could find on putting your baby on a schedule and chose the EASY method.
The EASY method is a flexible schedule that goes as follows:
**WAKE UP!!!** (usually around 8:00am)
E – eat
A – activity
S – sleep
Y – you time
(and repeat until bedtime)
The best part of this is putting your baby down for a nap is it gives you time to actually do stuff! Like laundry, fold the clothes you washed last week, shower for the first time in 4 days, floss, throw the leftovers from last weekend into the microwave (it’s probably still good right?). ETC. You’re catching my drift here.
For those of you reading this that don’t have kids… YES… we really do get excited about washing our hair. It’s quite the novelty.
At night I put my little one down around 9:30pm and she sleeps until about 2:00am and she fusses until I pick her up and put her in bed with us for the rest of the night. This allows me to feed her and sleep at the same time. #Multitasking #MamaNeedsHerSleepToo
So here’s the other thing about creating and putting you baby on a schedule…. You have to make a BIG GIANT DEAL about it being “bed time” or nap time. Like really forreal…turn the lights off…shut the blinds…maybe get those fancy black out curtains…whatever tickles your fancy. You need the room they’re going to nap or sleep in to be dark and cozy.
GET THAT BABY IN THE MOOD.
Turn on some music. Get the lighting right. Rock around. Rub that belly or pat that bottom.
I found these AMAZE-balls lullabies from Rockabye Baby which are FREE if you have Amazon Prime.
The first couple days you’re going to have to use the “cry it out” method. Which sucks soo sooooo sooo much. I just want to pick her up and hold her!!!
**UPDATE two weeks later**
Since putting Eliza on a schedule she is not fighting nap time…which means she is getting much more sleep and is a much HAPPIER BABY :)
Since I’m not holding her 24/7 she is showing a rapid growth in major development milestones (rolling over, shaking rattles, etc.).
Also, I’m happy to announce that I have showered every single day since Eliza has been on a schedule. Cue the victory dance!
This has been the best decision I’ve made as a parent thus far.
So this is how I have managed co-sleeping and putting my baby on a schedule.
Mamas…do you have any other tips for putting your babies on a schedule? How do you feel about co-sleeping? Let me know in the comments below!!