On Becoming Babywise: 41 to 52 Weeks

I blogged about our Babywise experience with Caden and I am sharing how the experience with Babywise is going the third time. This is the last post I will be sharing in this series. Here are the links to the previous posts:

Schedule

Jesse dropped several nursing sessions during these weeks, going from four to three, three to two, and now down to one. The last session happened at night and became shorter and shorter. He transitioned to eating more solids and drinking a few ounces of formula each day as we weaned off the breastmilk. I am thankful to have been able to breastfeed all my babies for a year.

Week 40 – 46
  • 6:50am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 7:30am: Breakfast*
  • 9am: Nap
  • 11am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 12pm: Lunch*
  • 1pm: Nap
  • 3pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 5pm: Dinner*
  • 6:30pm: Eat/Diaper/Bedtime

*Jesse joins us for family mealtime at the table for his cereal, fruits, and veggies.

Week 47 – 50
  • 6:50am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 7:30am: Breakfast*
  • 9am: Nap
  • 11am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 12pm: Lunch*
  • 1pm: Nap
  • 3pm:Waketime, Diapering
  • 5pm: Dinner*
  • 6:30pm: Eat/Diaper/Bedtime

*Jesse joins us for family mealtime at the table for his cereal, fruits, and veggies.

Week 51
  • 6:50am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 7am: Breakfast*
  • 9:15am: Nap
  • 11am: Waketime, Diapering
  • 12pm: Lunch*
  • 1pm: Nap
  • 3pm: Waketime, Diapering
  • 5pm: Dinner*
  • 6:30pm: Eat/Diaper/Bedtime

*Jesse joins us for family mealtime at the table for his cereal, fruits, and veggies.

Week 52
  • 6:50am: Waketime, Diapering
  • 7am: Breakfast*
  • 9:30m: Nap
  • 11am: Waketime, Diapering
  • 12pm: Lunch*
  • 1:15pm: Nap
  • 3pm: Waketime, Diapering
  • 5pm: Dinner*
  • 6:30pm: Eat/Diaper/Bedtime

*Jesse joins us for family mealtime at the table for his cereal, fruits, and veggies.

Nursing

Jesse is went from four nursing sessions down to one. I only nursed at night before bed for about two weeks after he turned one. I dropped the afternoon feeding first and kept the three times a day feeding schedule for a few weeks and then dropped the lunch time feeding. For each of these feedings I dropped I added more solids and also offered formula to supplement. Once I dropped the two nursing sessions during the day and was only breastfeeding in the morning and night my supply began to taper off, which was the same with the other two babies also.

Additional Reading: Pumping, Dumping, and Freezing Breastmilk & Bottle Feeding

Merge Seven

All three times we have done Babywise the final feeding of the day has always been my last nursing session to drop. I slowly allowed my supply to finish tapering off and continued to offer Jesse a bottle of formula if he wanted one.

Solids

Jesse is trying many new foods and while half of what he eats ends up on the floor he is enjoying eating more solids. We started out with baby oatmeal/breastmilk, pureed fruits/veggies (sweet potatoes, apples, pears, carrots, bananas), and have moved on to puffs, little pieces of banana and avocados as well as thicker purees. Now he is bite size pieces of grilled cheese sandwiches, turkey, chicken, bacon, ham, he loved stuffing at thanksgiving, bread, waffles, yogurt, cheese, pomegranate seeds, watermelon, mango, and peas.

Waketime, Naps, & Night Sleep

He loves helping me in the morning get Caden and Maisie from their room. Jesse is usually up by 6:45am and has been drinking 4-6oz of formula after I pick him out of his crib. Then Caden and Maisie’s alien light turns green and we go eat and get them at 7am. He claps his hands and is so excited to see his brother and sister. They are both so sweet with him. Maisie likes to baby him, even after he bites her, which unfortunately has happened several times. And Caden likes to crawl around on the floor and play cars with him or pretend wrestle him.

His naps in the morning and afternoon last about an hour and a half each. He sleeps soundly and for the most part only fusses for several minutes before he is sleeping. He lays down at night around 6:30pm after a bottle and sleeps until the morning. Yay!

I am still in shock that he is a year old now. How? I don’t understand, but I am so thankful that I got to experience this baby stage again and don’t take a second of it for granted. Each morning I wake up and I am grateful for another day with my family surrounded by so much love.

Overall I am still a huge fan of the Babywise method and after three kids can only say great things about the book and having a solid routine/schedule for your baby and family!

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  1. This grandma is a huge fan of what you’ve done with the Babywise method. It makes watching the grandbabies so much easier because of the set nap and bedtimes.

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