Where has the time gone?! My baby is 9 months old! That feels like such a big milestone for some reason. We love watching her discover the world as she becomes more mobile, more expressive, and if it’s possible–even more sweet.
We had such a fun 9 month photo shoot last weekend with my sister! “Part one” is this little sink bath shoot. Check out the part two photo shoot here. If you’re just here to see all the cute photos, I kept them all bunched at the beginning for you. 😉 Keep scrolling all the way down if you want to read up on some sleep tips/routines for baby.
Routines for Baby
I’ve had some questions about routines and sleep tips for baby. The biggest thing I can recommend is the book Baby Wise. It’s really made an impact on how we go about caring for an infant!
“Children come into this world with basic needs for nutrition, sleep, cognitive growth, love and security. As a baby grows these needs do not change but how these needs are met will change.”Baby Wise, Robert Bucknam, M.D & Gary Ezzo M.A
Baby Wise gives basic principles, sample schedules, problem solving and tips on a variety of topics to help navigate meeting these needs in a way that helps baby and parents thrive.
Baby’s can be pretty daunting, so having a framework and guide really helped us!
For the first several months I would wake Olivia from her nap’s to keep on a pretty regimented 3 hour feeding schedule (mom’s who believe in never waking a sleeping baby are horrified, I know) but my girl would sleep all day if i had let her, and I preferred her to sleep at night! You can see her schedule in her 3 month update.
We’ve been going through some transitions with Olivia’s schedule lately. About a month ago she went down to 2 naps/day (dropping her late afternoon nap)
We knew it was time for this when she started fussing and resisting bed time for several days in a row, as well as waking up too early in the morning (before 6am).
Here’s where we’re at now- 9 Month Schedule:
6:00-6:30 AM- Feeding, waketime
9:00 feeding, down for a nap
10:30 wake time/ baby food lunch
1:00 Feeding, down for a nap
5:00 baby food dinner
7:00 nurse, down for the night
10:00 dream feed (but working on dropping this)
The “Eat, Play, Sleep” routine was really important for us the first few months. Now that she has longer wake times and is eating solids I’m ok with nursing her her before a nap, but I still never nurse her to sleep or rock her to sleep. we set her in her crib drowsy but awake and she falls asleep by herself. She still nurses quite often, so this might not be a schedule that works for you, but this is where we’re at.
It’s hard to give a lot of tips without the whole of implementing a babywise routine, but here are a couple basic things to help with sleep:
- first off, always follow rules for safe sleep: put them down on their back in an empty crib (no blankets, stuffed animals, or crib bumper, etc.)
- establish a nighttime routine: (for example: bath, book, bed). Try to keep it at a consistent time each night if possible.
- get room darkening curtains (some mom’s like to have their baby’s nap in a light room during the day and use the blackout curtains at night. We use the blackout curtains for everything)
- use a noise machine
- Use a swaddle or a sleep sack (if they’re rolling over)
- gas drops: as a newborn, whenever Olivia was fussy at night when we put her down to bed, it was usually due to an upset/gassy tummy. We’d make sure she had burped, we would pump her legs, and if needed we gave her gas drops
when baby resists bed time:
Olivia usually goes down to bed really easily, but every once in a while she struggles. After she fusses for several minutes, we’ll go in and check on her and put her pacifier back in (but avoid picking her up). Sometimes it can help to lay your hand on baby’s chest or gently pat their bottom for a minute. Then we’ll leave and she usually fusses again. We’ll repeat the process while letting her fuss each time just a little longer, until she settles down. Occasionally, this process doesn’t work and I’ll rock her or nurse her. This is where you have to trust your parent instincts and discern what’s best for everyone!
Hope this helps! I’m no expert, but feel free to ask questions about baby routines and sleep and i’ll walk alongside you to find the answers! It looks like there is a new 2019 interactive edition of Baby Wise: