At two-months old, remember that it’s less about schedule and more about routine. Soon enough, infant will be ready for a more structured schedule, but for now, it’s everything about developing rhythms that will shape your day and start to build routines for child, while still enabling an entire lotta versatility. For those of you who are very into schedules …
… scroll down for a sample schedule at the bottom of this post!
Just keep in mind that every family’s daily with a 2-month-old will look a little various– for example, are you also looking after an older child and out-and-about a lot? Are you formula feeding or breastfeeding?
In any case, particular patterns will quickly establish and you may be seeing looks of some of them currently, like longer stretches of sleep during the night (baby is finally beginning to establish day/night differentiation– woohoo!). With that, sleeping patterns throughout the day will soon take shape; you might be seeing 3 naps/day amazingly emerge. It’s lovely.
Some pointers for building your 2-month-old’s day-to-day routine:
Do not sweat the clock.
Babe is still too young to be kept to a time-driven schedule. Instead, shape infant’s day (and yours) by thinking of her awake time in increments. For instance, after waking in the early morning, 2-month-olds can generally stay awake just 1 to 1.5 hours prior to requiring their early morning nap. So if your kid wakes for the day at 7am, by 8am, you’ll wish to keep your eye out for her tired signs: yawning, looking away, fussiness. If her very first nap of the day goes until 10am, her next awake increment will be around 2 hours long, so by noon you’ll be watching for tired hints. Then, in between the third (or fourth) nap and bedtime, she’ll have her longest awake period of the day, around 2-2.5 hours. Month by month, these “awake increments” will lengthen and you’ll really have the ability to do more stuff with child throughout the day. For now, if you feel kinda like a sleep-n-feeding machine, well … yeah.
Develop excellent sleep routines.
Try to put child down sleepy however awake; this is an essential ability for her to master as she slowly builds capability for independent sleep. Drowsy but awake won’t work all the time (yet), however try it at a couple points during the day so she can practice. Very first nap of the day and bedtime are best bets since that’s when child has a strong requirement for sleep. You’ll likewise now want to be conscious of sleep environment. Tiny newborns can sleep anywhere at all (Train station? Theater? Keg celebration? No problem), but as children approach 3 months, they must snooze in the house in a peaceful, dark space, and, ideally, fixed in a bassinet or crib, rather than being toted around in a carrier or stroller.
Establish a structure for the day.
Believe: Eat, Play, Sleep. Consider that your loose travel plan. So, let’s state child’s just gotten up from a nap. You’ll use a boob or bottle (which, at this age, let’s face it, can take quite a while). Then you’ll invest a long time using the floor (tummy time et al) and doing whatever drifts your boat. Use child around the house, hang out in the bouncer seat, walk, sing, talk about the economy. Next up: nap. And so on. If it feels like baby is ALWAYS sleeping, it’s true– she sort of is. Quickly you’ll have more awake time for more enjoyable activities, we guarantee.
Your nap mantra: start strong
Focus your energy on infant’s first and second naps of the day, considering that those tend to be the most restorative. After that, all bets are off since at this phase, afternoon naps only often work. Often they’re very brief, often child won’t let you put her down at all and she’ll only sleep if you wear her. Fine.
Fill ‘er up.
Stack feedings throughout the day so baby finds out to eat during the day and sleep in the evening. 2- month-olds need to have 7-12 feeds per 24 hour day if they’re breastfed, and 6-8 feeds per 24 hour day if they’re formula fed. If you can hit that target as much as possible throughout the day, great; then if child doesn’t wake to feed at night, no problem. Assist infant along by exposing her to great deals of sunlight during the day.
Child’s supervised for a couple months. Now, finally, you’re co-pilot.
Here’s a sample schedule for a 2-month-old:
7:30 a– Wake and feed
8:00 a– Play!
9:00 a– Nap # 1.
10:30 a– Wake and feed.
11:00 a– Play!
12:30 p– Nap # 2.
2:00 p– Wake and feed.
2:30 p– Play! This is most likely to be infant’s longest awake increment of the day, so leave your home, get some fresh air, or run an errand.
4:00 p– Nap # 3.
5:30 p– Wake and feed.
6:00 p– Play! For lots of children this age, this is the infamous Witching Hour, that picky time of day where there’s not too much that seems to make infant delighted. Keep your hats! Don’t worry, this phase is temporary, and within the next a number of weeks, infant will outgrow it. In the meantime, here are some ideas for weathering this (ahem) challenging time of day.
7:30– Wind down! Now’s the time for your soothing night regimen: books (yes, you can and should!), bath, feeding/cluster feeding.
10:30 or 11:00– “dream feed,” if this is your preference.
Nighttime feedings– will vary.