For the in-depth schedule and a bit more about our routine, check out part 1.
Condensed Version/ Sample Schedule:
5:00 am 6 ounce bottle
7:00 am wake up + play + 6 ounce bottle
8:30 am nap
9:30 am wake-up + play + 5 ounce bottle
12:00 pm nap
1:30 pm wake + play + 5 ounce bottle
3:00 pm nap
4:00 pm wake-up and play
6:30 pm 4- 8 ounce bottle and bed
total night sleep: 12.5 hours
total naps: 3.5 hours
total formula: 26-30 ounces
A few notes:
- Adelaide still isn’t rolling over yet (she has a small handful of times but not regularly) and we’re about to order a crib but I love that we’ve gotten a full six months out of this bassinet. It is my favorite new baby product we tried this time around.
- I was worried she would get used to the vibration on the bassinet to sleep and the transition to a crib would be harder but we just spend 10 days in California where she slept on the floor of a closet and she did just fine (although I missed the bassinet dearly).
- Before the bassinet was in Adelaide’s room I had it right next to our bed for easy access those first few days at home. I love that the height is adjustable and it swivels so you can easily get a baby in and out of it without getting out of bed.
- Because we’ve been really consistent with the environment that Adelaide goes to sleep in (or for some other reason entirely), she naps fairly well at home these days. The downside is she will hardly ever nap when we’re out. Without her her sleep cues and the added stimulation of being out and about, she just stays up. It means she puts up a big fight before falling asleep at church or on an airplane and will fall asleep in her carseat only if its hours passed her nap time and we are driving.
- Halo Bassinest: It features a 360 degree swivel, adjustable height, and storage pockets. The controls include white noise (we use a louder white noise app), a light (which was great in those early nights), a nursing timer, and two different vibration levels. It was the vibration that sold me on the bassinest while I was pregnant because I can’t tell you how many minutes I would spend rocking Lincoln’s old bassinet because the motion soothed him. One of the walls is retractable for easy baby access from bed (specifically with late-night nursing sessions and c-section mamas in mind). For the cost, if you use it for 5 months it comes to about $2 per night and in those early weeks I would pay just about anything for a few more minutes of sleep. It is also extremely heavy so there’s no worry about it falling over (this also means you can’t move it from room to room) or Lincoln knocking it over.
- Halo SleepSack Swaddle: This comes is cotton and microfleece. With Lincoln we used the microfleece because he was born in January and just kept him in a long sleeved onesie underneath. With Adelaide we’ve used the cotton ones since the beginning because she was born in June. At birth she just slept in a onesie underneath it and now she’s moved onto the larger size swaddle and wears fleece pajamas underneath.
- Bumbo Seat: We didn’t have this ’till Lincoln was already sitting but Adelaide really seems to love being able to interact while sitting up. It is particularly useful during mealtime and while playing on the floor with Lincoln. I often suction this toy to the tray so she has entertainment she can’t knock off
- Baby Jumper: This is another favorite we’ve used with both kisd. Adeladie doesn’t jump in it yet but she does like to be upright and will happily sit in it for up to twenty or twenty-five minutes while Lincoln and I are playing. Sometimes I’ll put her in this next to a full length mirror and she’ll enjoy watching herself (usually while I get dressed or take a quick shower).
- Mamaroo: Adelaide spends less time in this now than Lincoln did at her age and seems to prefer the bumbo, closer to the action in the kitchen. But this was a lifesaver in the early months and is still one of my favorite products.
- Activity Mat
- White Noise Machine: We’ve used this sound sleeper app since Lincoln was born. For Adelaide we use an old iphone but I have the same app on my phone and I’ll turn it on if I’m desperately trying to get her to sleep in her carseat (or if we’re at a friends house and she needs a nap, I’ll swaddle her in a dark room, turn on the white noise, insert a pacifier, and let her put herself to sleep).
- Fleece footie pajamas: Between Adelaide and Lincoln we have at least 5 pairs of these in regular rotation right now. Behind Hanna Andersson striped pajamas, there are our most used pajamas (and until Adelaide is old enough to sleep with a blanket, they’re 95% of of what she wears at night).
- Delta Children Paris Glider: We’ve used gliders from Delta Children with both babies (we still read books daily in the one in Lincoln’s room) and I have loved them! We didn’t have one for the first few months with Lincoln and I thought a traditional wood rocking chair would be just fine but this second time around I knew I wanted a glider in Adelaide’s nursery from the beginning. It makes feeding babies much more comfortable and as they grow older it is a great place to sit and read books or snuggle before naps. Plus, the tufted back on this one is so pretty.