Baby Ralph’s NEW Schedule

Amy Havins shares baby Ralphs NEW scheudle.At the end of October I posted Baby Ralph’s schedule that we had been using since day 1 (you can read it here). While this schedule was literally INCREDIBLE when we hit mid December (a little over 5 months), Ralph was just not having ‘bed time’ anymore. He would still keep to his schedule during the day but once that clock struck 7 pm and it was time for his last bottle he was not interested in eating but all of the sudden became quite the social butterfly. At first I thought it could be just a phase but the more I thought about it, I realized that baby Ralph really just did fine staying up a little later.

Wade and I have always stayed up later (Wade stays up REALLY late) and we ‘rise’ later. Selfishly, I thought that if my baby went to bed later, he would be able to ‘sleep in’ a little later, thus allowing me to get a little extra shut eye. We kept to the schedule we had been using from the beginning but I gave myself a ‘cut off’ time of January 1st (I hate change), to bite the bullet and make some adjustments (Ralph was almost 6 months old). If I have learned anything it is be flexible to a certain extent but also you have to do what is best for your baby. Our baby is able to stay up a little later without having a meltdown from being over tired, so we decided to adjust accordingly. This may sound funny but Ralph started HATING going to bed by 8pm. Like full on fit because he just was not tired.

Honestly, I was not sure how he would adapt as dropping nap and a bottle would be a big change for him but he was not even phased. I’ve said this from the beginning but this kid is so breezy (I know it will change but for now we are enjoying it). We are now a few weeks into his new schedule and it has proven to really work not only for baby Ralph (the most important) but also for us. See below for us updated schedule!

Baby Ralph’s NEW Schedule

  • 7:55 am: Wake up baby Ralph
  • 8:00 – 8:40 am: Feed (he is offered 8 ounces and usually takes between 6-8)
  • 8:40 – 9:30 am: play time!
  • 9:30 – 11:30 am: nap
  • 11:30 – 12:00 pm: play time!!
  • 12:00 – 12:20: Feed (he is offered 8 ounces and takes it all FAST)
  • 12:20 – 12:55 pm: play
  • 1:00 – 1:20 pm: practice eating food (currently we do baby food, I will post what we have been using later on)
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm: nap
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: play
  • 4:00 – 4:40 pm: feed (he is offered 8 ounces and drinks this bottle slow)
  • 4:40 – 5:30 pm: play
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: nap (this nap is the MOST important of the day)
  • 6:30 – 7:00 pm: play
  • 7:00 – 7:20 pm: practice eating food
  • 7:30 pm: bath time (not every day but every couple of days)
  • 8 (ish) pm: last feed of the day (offered 8 ounces but depending on the day he takes a minimum of 8 but up to 10. a perfect day is him drinking 4 eight ounce bottles).
  • 9 (ish) pm: last snuggles of the night and the lights out for baby Ralph

Now, please remember that this is what works for us but I will say it is sooooo nice to make our days so predictable. Plus, I LOVEEEE setting my alarm for 7:45 instead of 6:45,haha.

I have gotten a lot of questions of how we take the baby to dinner, so in short, once he wakes up from his LAST cat nap of the day, we put him in the car seat and usually make a 6:45 reservation. Some nights our dinners last long, so I just give him his 8 pm bottle at the table and when they are short dinners, we are already home by 8 pm to give his last bottle and do bedtime!

Do not hesitate to ask any questions, I am always happy to answer (if I can). Happy scheduling! xx

Click here to read the schedule we used for baby Ralph from 0 – (almost) 6 months

11 Responses to Baby Ralph’s NEW Schedule

  1. Amanda says:

    I LOVE these scheduling posts!! I find them to be so helpful as a new mama myself. I’m working on getting my 4 month old into a schedule for the first time in his short life (you’ve inspired me!) and am wondering if you have any tips on how to help “teach” a baby a new schedule? I cannot for the life of me get my son to nap for longer than 30 minutes, but would love to get him accustomed to sleeping longer, consistent naps like you have Ralph doing.

    • Yay! This makes me so happy! Honestly, I don’t know how to teach a baby a new schedule as Ralph has just been super helpful in adapting so quickly. What is your baby sleeping in? We have found that the Merlin really works for Ralph.

  2. Courtney says:

    My baby was born on July 8th so literally days before Ralph, and he is on a very similar schedule and we have loved it so far. I had no clue what I was doing when I switched his schedule up, so this made me feel very confident haha. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Carly says:

    You had previously mentioned that you hired someone to help create a schedule for Ralph. Would you mind sharing her info? I’m having twins in March and would love to get in touch with her. Thanks,
    Carly

  4. Abby says:

    I am due in 2.5 weeks – eek! And I admire your schedule SO much. I have been reading Babywise and everything looks so similar to what you have been doing. I have a lot of friends with babies right now and they are a mess because they just let the baby run their lives and never know how much they are eating, sleeping etc. The baby is up every 2 hours still at 6 months, literally my worst nightmare. When I tell them I am doing a strict schedule when our girl arrives they think I am a mean mom as I know you have received comments like that too… My question is, how do you respond to friends that think you are nuts for sticking to your schedule?

    Looking forward to these schedule updates as Ralph grows! They are so informative and helpful!
    xx,
    #teamschedule

    • yay!!! you’re almost done!!

      Our 6 month old baby waking up every 2 hours is my worst nightmare. I’ve heard AMAZING things about baby wise. If I have learned anything it is that consistency is key with the schedule! If anyone says anything, I just tell them that it’s what works for us but I’m glad they are able to be so flexible! (I mean…I love knowing when I am able to get ready for the day/get other things done bc I know when my baby is going to be sleeping!!)

      xx

  5. Cassy says:

    Thank you so much for posting about baby scheduling, I’ve been trying to get my little one accustomed to a schedule but I’m having a rough time. Did Ralph just nap when you put him down or did you do something to help him along? Do you have any techniques that have worked for you? My little one is 6 weeks old and still not cooperating with any kind of schedule. Did you have a local profession help you with this or did you use an online vendor?

    🙂

  6. Liz says:

    I love these posts so much! I just looked back at your October post, and saw my questions before she was born. Well now she’s 10 weeks and I have used your exact schedule and my friends assume I read a book…but nope, just a blog 😉 so thank you!!! She has slept through the night since 6 1/2 weeks also and her last feed is usually 10pm (is that bad?!) simply bc I want to sleep more. Anyway my question is around help – do you have a nanny? I just hired one and was wondering any tips on working with them, structuring their days, outlining what you need help with etc. Also do you like those dream suits? I have used a sleep sack/halo but am considering the magic dream suit. Thanks again!

  7. Val says:

    I think schedules are so important! Whenever I’d mentioned my baby was on a schedule, I’d get major ::eye rolling:: jokes on them. My 5 month old has been sleeping through the night since she was 7 weeks. My mom would literally go into shock every time I woke my napping baby to give her her scheduled bottle, but her schedule has allowed me to go back to being/feeling pre-baby “Me Again.”
    Do you have to have a schedule? No, to each mom their own, so long as their baby is healthy and growing it doesn’t matter. Thanks for sharing, I know it takes a lot to make your mom skills so public on a decidedly “judgy” forum from all those quaterback moms.

  8. Haven says:

    You mentioned having trouble getting Ralph to eat. My son has gotten difficult to feed and will only eat when he’s sleepy – swaddled and in his dark room with the white noise on. Any other time he arches his back and fights it. I started trying to use Babywise and feed him when he first got up but it’s slowly gotten where he won’t eat until he goes to sleep. From what i read I’m creating a sleep prop but I honestly don’t know what else to do. Did you have any issues?

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