My DS is coming up on 6 months. Since I have been BFing on demand, we had a very loose schedule where basically I knew he would need a nap after being awake for about 2 hours. I would usually feed him when he woke up from a nap, and then he would be awake for about 2 hours, then we would take another nap. I would attempt to at least do things in the same order every day even if it wasn't at the same time. So other than feedings, we would get up, play in the bedroom for a while, play on his activity mat, take a nap, get dressed, go for an outing, take a nap, have tummy time, sit at the table with DH and I for dinner, possibly take a quick evening nap, take a walk as a family, start bedtime routine. We would typically do this every day in the same order.
Now, he seems to need less sleep during the night and he's going for longer periods without wanting to nap. So at this age, I'm guessing he can handle more time awake?
My question is, do you follow any kind of schedule? I find it hard to follow the clock with BFing, and even though he doesn't really feed on demand anymore during the day, he still does at night which makes his first daytime feeding vary. Do you try to schedule naps to be at the same time every day? I was going by what time he woke up, for example, if he woke up at 8am he would have his first nap at 10am. He did really well with that, but now, he's just not tired after 2 hours. Do you think it's better to just follow his cues and put him down when he seems tired?
I'm worried that he doesn't have a "predictable" routine. I was really trying to do things in the same order every day, but now that naps are all out of whack I don't know what to do...he still varies wildly in how often he wants to nurse, so scheduling that is just useless, but should I schedule other things?
Mom to Kevin, : born naturally 4-7-10