Sunday, September 26, 2010
I can't believe that by next Saturday, Miss Jenna will be 3 months old! Now that she's a little older, I've been debating trying to put her on a "schedule".
Since birth, I've been taking the "baby led schedule" approach. I was lucky in that she's always slept so good at night, so we've never had any problems with that. She still wakes up once or twice to nurse, but that's it.
I tried to do the Eat-Awake-Sleep-Your Time schedule during the day. It lasted about 2 days. She was so young and going through growth spurts that I ended up getting frustrated because some days she didn't sleep hardly at all, and most days she just nursed non-stop. My frustration led me to give up on that until she got a bit older. And the fact that I quit my job made it easy to say that we didn't "need" a schedule because we were at home.
Now she's three months old she has been spending more and more time awake and less time nursing. I've been thinking about trying to put her down for a morning nap and an afternoon nap at specific times.
There's lots of moms out there that swear by "schedules" and believe that structure is good for babies. I'm on the fence... In a way I'd love a schedule because perhaps it would make it easier for me to schedule outings, appointments, etc. However, the other part of me is worried that I will become obsessed with following the "schedule" to the point where it becomes burdensome and causes me stress.
Personally, my parenting style has been more of a "go with the flow", spontaneous, and flexible approach. As a new mom, I've just been learning as I go and trying to adjust things as needed.
Any moms out there have personal experiences with this? Did you follow a schedule for your little one? Or were you more of a "go with the flow" kind of mom? What worked for you? I'd love to hear your comments!