On Becoming Babywise: 25 to 40 Weeks

I blogged about our Babywise experience with Caden and I am sharing how our experience with Babywise is going with our third baby. Here are the links to all the posts I have done in this series:

Schedule

Jesse dropped a feeding and is now nursing 4 times in 24 hours. The transition happened at 38 weeks. He began sleeping longer for his first nap and instead of waking up at 10am woke up a 11am. Which was perfect! Because the older two are back in preschool now and his feeding/nap schedule works great for drop off and pickup!

Week 25 – 37
  • 6:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 10am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 12pm Nap
  • 1pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 2:45pm: Nap
  • 4pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
Week 38 – 40
  • 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.

Nursing

Jesse is nursing every 3.5 to 4 hours during the day and is now going to bed around 7pm and sleeping 12 hours at night. The only bummer about nursing right now is that Jesse has 7 total teeth now, 4 on top and 3 on the bottom. He is also cutting more teeth! Which has left my nipples (sorry if that is tmi) super sore and cut up. I have been having to pump a few days worth of bottle here and there to allow them to heal up. He total thinks the biting and grinding is a game and I can sense when he is going to do it or tell by this smirking grin/look he gets. It is getting a little better over this last week but yikes! Teething and nursing can be rough.

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

Merge Five and Six

Jesse didn’t drop his afternoon/before bedtime nap (Merge 5) until he started sleeping longer stretches for the first nap of the day. Once that happened he dropped from a five feed-wake-sleep cycle to four (Merge 6). On pages 101-103 there is more information about these merges. There is such a huge span of weeks separating Merge Five and Six that you have to figure out what is going to work best for your individual baby. 

All three times we have done Babywise there has been huge variations with our babies during these weeks. For our family while the book proved helpful up to this point the first time around with Caden I felt like I was flying blind in sense because there can be such differences depending on your baby, family schedule, and routine.

Solids

I was a little reluctant to add foods because nursing is just so easy, well when your baby isn’t biting you that is, but then I started feeing him food and I remembered how much fun this phase is too. The faces when they try something new, the eagerness to put more in their mouth if they like it, and the chubby fingers learning to grab puffs.

So here is what we have fed Jesse so far. 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.

Jesse comes to the table now for all of our meals and has his own mini meal with us. He really enjoys table time and seeing what Caden and Maisie are doing.

Waketime

There is so much waketime and he loves to try and get into whatever Caden and Maisie are playing withbecause he can crawl now! He is into everything and putting everything in his mouth! We even had to take him to the emergency room because he swallowed something he shouldn’t have.

He LOVES bath time, and being cuddled, sitting up, drinking water out of sippy cups, eating at the table, and chewing on anything.

Naps & Night Sleep

He will generally wakeup in the morning around 6:15am or so and cry for a few minutes before falling back asleep for another 30 minutes.

His first nap in the morning is usually 2 hours now. Although I am sure I will post this and it will change again ;).

Jesse is now ten months old! When did this happen. He is the sweetest and best natured baby full or smiles and laughs.

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On Becoming Babywise: 17 to 24 Weeks

I blogged about our Babywise experience with Caden and I am sharing how our experience with Babywise is going with our third baby. Here are the links to all the posts I have done in this series:

On Becoming Babywise: Birth to 2 Weeks

On Becoming Babywise: 3 to 6 Weeks

On Becoming Babywise: 7 to 10 Weeks

On Becoming Babywise: 11 to 16 Weeks

This photo was taken while I was saying goodnight to Jesse and he gave me one more big smile before bed :). Baby smiles and snuggles are the best!

Schedule

Jesse dropped a feeding and is now nursing 5 times in 24 hours. The transition happened very naturally. He began sleeping longer for his first nap and instead of waking up at 9:30am woke up a 10am several days in row. His feedings were adjusted from there.

Week 17 – 21
  • 6:40am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7:30pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
Week 22 – 24
  • 6:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 10am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 12pm Nap
  • 1pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 2:45pm: Nap
  • 4pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib

Nursing

Jesse is nursing every 3 hours during the day and is now going to bed around 7:30pm and sleeping 11 hours at night!

Merge Four

Jesse dropped a feeding and is now nursing 5 times in 24 hours. Jesse has successfully completed Merge One (combining his two nighttime feedings into one), Merge Two (dropping his middle of the night feeding), and Merge Three (dropping his dream feed) , and now Merge Four where he is extending his morning wake times and reduced his feeding cycle from 6 to 5 . YAY!

Waketime

After his feedings he is awake around 90 minutes before he goes back to his crib for a nap.

During his waketime he loves his playmat, rolling from his back to tummy and to his back again, chewing on his fingers or toys (he has two bottom teeth now), babbling so much, and smiling at his siblings as they play.

Naps & Night Sleep

He is napping and sleeping at night really well! He will generally wakeup in the morning around 5am or so and cry for a few minutes before falling back asleep for another 60-90 minutes.

He gradually extended his naps by himself and he transitioned fairly easily from 6 nursing sessions to 5. His first nap in the morning is usually his longest. We have also transitioned out of sleep sacks and he is rocking only his jammies.

Our little guy turned six months old this week and I can’t believe it. Time moves so quickly! Stay little please. I am going to blink and he is going to be 1!

We love you Jesse! You have added so much joy to our lives!

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On Becoming Babywise: 11 to 16 Weeks

Josh and I decided early on before our first baby was born that we would be following the schedule outlined in On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep.

I blogged about our Babywise experience with Caden and several weeks ago shared how our experience was going the third time using the Babywise with Jesse. While I am no expert on sleeping babies, we have used Babywise twice before and had great success. If you are curious about Babywise or are using Babywise in your own home I hope you find this post and those that follow equally as helpful.

Recommended Reading: On Becoming Babywise: Birth to 2 WeeksOn Becoming Babywise: 3 to 6 Weeks, and On Becoming Babywise: 7 to 10 Weeks

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Schedule

These last few weeks Jesse was successfully able to drop his dream feed and transition to sleeping 10+ hours at night.

Week 11
  • 7am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7:00pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 10:30pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib (Dream Feed)
Week 12
  • 7am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7:00pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 10:15pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib (Dream Feed)
Week 13
  • 7am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7:00pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 10:00pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib (Dream Feed)
Week 14
  • 7am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7:00pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 9:30pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib (Dream Feed)
Week 15
  • 7am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7:00pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 9:00pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib (Dream Feed)
Week 16
  • 6:40am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:00pm: Nap
  • 7:30pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib

Nursing

Jesse is nursing every 2 1/2 to 3 hours during the day and is now going to bed around 8pm and sleeping 10 1/2 hour stretches at night!

Merge Three

During week sixteen Jesse dropped his dreamfeed and is now nursing 6 times in 24 hours. Jesse has successfully completed Merge One (combining his two nighttime feedings into one) and Merge Two (dropping his middle of the night feeding) and now Merge Three by dropping his dream feed . YAY!

If you look back at Jesse’s schedule you can see that his dream feed started at 10:30pm and over the course of the last several weeks was moved in 15 minute increments to get closer to 9pm. I have found that by dropping the dream feed this way I am able to better allow my body to adjust so I don’t wake up totally uncomfortable in the morning.

The dream feed is the last feeding for the day and is typically offered between 10pm – 11pm. The baby will already be in bed before this feeding. Any feeding that happens after 11:30 PM is not a dream feed and is considered a night feeding.

Waketime

Jesse’s waketime is his feeding time and 30-45 minutes after he nurses. He is awake anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes before he goes back to his crib for a nap.

During his waketime when he isn’t eating or getting a diaper change he is on his playmat smiling at the overhead toys or the ceiling fan, doing tummy time, or sitting in his bouncer.

Naps & Night Sleep

Jesse is still napping fairly well. We have been getting out of the house a little more as a family which has been nice and even managed to take a hike together last week. It was amazing. The only downside to doing these types of activities is that they coincide with his naps which is why we do so sparingly.

He just turned 4 months old so I was finally able to take out my Ergo Baby Carrier and used that for the hike. Up until this point I had been using my Solly Baby Wrap. He slept the entire time and I am hoping to be able to get some more family hiking days in during the next few weeks while the temperature allows.

I was a little apprehensive to drop the dream feed just because he was already sleeping so well but I knew he was ready to drop it for several reasons. He had been sleeping through the night consistently for over 4 weeks, I was having to wake him up for his dream feeds, and he was at an age where he would still be at an appropriate number of feedings during a 24 hour period without it.

To drop this feeding I just moved the time for the dream feed back by 15 minutes over the course of the last few weeks. See the schedule above for more details if you have questions.

He is doing really great at night sleeping since dropping his dream feed. Now I just need to retrain my body to not wake up several times at night so I can sleep just as well as he does ;).

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