How is she already 3 months though??  I swear I JUST had her yesterday.  It’s going so much faster than it did with Oaks, probably because I’m busier.   She’s becoming so alert and making the cutest baby noises.  She’s literally the most chill baby on the planet, just like brother.   

With your first, you just go through so many changes of all the new.  You just became a mom and everything is so overwhelming.  I had no idea how to do the sleep schedule thing with Oaks, but luckily he was just a good sleeper to begin with.  I co slept with him when he would wake at night just like I do with Liv now.  I stopped doing that with Oaks when he was about 5 months, almost 6 months old.  I did put him in his crib at 4 months old.  

So I started the sleep sense training with him and he was fully sleeping 12 hour nights, 7am-7pm and took two naps, both 2 hours.  He’s been the best sleeper ever since and we’ve never ever ran into a problem, even through his growth spurts.  Read How I SLEEP TRAINED OAKS HERE.

So the reason I’m telling you this was it gave me a sense of routine with Oaks and how babies THRIVE off routine.  Get them off routine and they’re crazy nutty kids who are overly tired and won’t sleep, or take naps.  Obviously every child is different, BUT every child needs sleep.  They’re constantly growing.  

Every sense Liv was born I wanted to start her on a routine.  Not right away because they sleep 24/7.  It takes a good month to see some sort of routine.  At about 2 months old you can start seeing their schedule and doing a bedtime routine to get them familiar with bedtime.  I got the sense that she was awake for 2 hours exactly.  Then down for a nap from anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.  She will do this 3 times a day.  

Your goal with wake time is to get perfect timing so that baby goes to sleep quickly, easily and with minimal to no crying.  This doesn’t sound very complicated, but it’s pretty tricky to do. Keeping on a good schedule/routine and keeping a sleep journal will make getting the right wake time easier. Some signs of perfect timing are:

  • your baby goes to sleep easily for a nap with minimal or no crying and playing, 
  • your baby takes a long nap and then wakes up happy (is happy after being fed for a young baby)
  • your baby seems to be happy and alert during his awake time
If your baby doesn’t go to sleep perfectly, don’t fret. Your wake time may still be right, some babies just need a little more help learning to sleep than others. And some babies simply like to fight a little before falling asleep and will cry even with perfect timing. 
At this age, babies will usually be awake in 2 hour gaps, but it really depends on your child.   Wake, feed, play, then back down is what I like to follow.  Some times we like to nurse to sleep and some times we don’t.  Either way, it’s been successful.  I nurse to sleep mostly, but if I can get it just right and lay her down when I KNOW she’s tired then she’ll fall asleep with no fuss and nothing to help her fall asleep.
SIGNS OF TIREDNESS: sits quietly and glazed over eyes aka tired eyes, gets a little fussy, acts hungry even though they just ate.  
Those are signs of what Liv does, usually I would have fed her, but she was OUT in 2 seconds on the nipple, so those are the times I just rock her or just lay her down with a pacifier if she’ll take one.   IF your little won’t and you want them to, lay them by your boob to rock and then stick it in their mouth.  It’s a little trick that I do with her and it works every time.
-9am: Wake time
-9am-9:30am: feeding time
-9:30am-10:30am: tummy time, Oaks and I play with her, she listens as I read to Oaks, then cook breakfast.
-10:30am: start to settle down for a nap, I’ll swaddle her bottom half like she likes, put her dock a tot in her crib (where she naps and it makes it easier to transition if you do naps before fully transferring) and I’ll put on her DREAM EGG (white noise thats amazing!) and rock her with her paci, or I give her a boob.  Depends on the day, but I’m trying to time it just right so I won’t need to give her a boob.  
-10:45-11am: out for her nap and I’M STILL holding her usually, today she went out in 5 minutes when I laid her down.  Still trying to get my timing right, but work with what you can.  When I’m holding her, I make sure she’s out, then I’ll lay her down for gently so she doesn’t wake up.  She usually doesn’t wake up, but again, every child is different.  Play around with what works for you.  Some kids don’t transfer easily.  It’s totally best if you lay them down and let them self soothe.  Again, I’m still transitioning toward that. 
-12pm-1pm: wake time, feed, change, play with brother, tummy time.
-1:45pm or 2:45pm: start to settle down for a nap.  She’ll nap anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours, so it depends on the day, but I’m giving an example of most of my days and the importance of timing.  Wrap her up, make sure she’s changed, white noise on, pacifier or boob in and she’s out in 5-15 minutes.  Lay her in her dock a tot and I use the just a cheap audio baby monitor from walmart to listen for her.  I use the Owlet at night.  And , sometimes she naps in her car seat for this one because I’ve got Oaks and want to take him out most days to play.  I just try to get her down for at least 2 naps at home.
-3pm-4pm: wake time, play, change, feed, tummy time.
-5pm or 6pm: start to settle down for a nap, wrap her, white noise on, rock her and paci or boob in mouth, or just lay her in her crib in her dock a tot with white noise on when I see signs of sleepiness.   

-6pm or 8pm: wake time, change, feed, play, tummy time.

-8pm or 9pm: start settling down for bed.  I put the dock a tot in her halo bassinet next to my bed, and draw her and Oaks bath.  I get her bathed and Oaks is taking a bath next to us.  TJ usually get Oaks washed up and bathed, but if he’s not home I’ll get her washed first and dressed and then him.  

8:30 or 9:30: settle down for bed and I’ll rock and nurse her to sleep with the Dream Egg next to me in her room.  Then once she’s asleep, I lay her in her halo bassinet with the OWLET SOCK on her foot.  If you aren’t familiar with that its a monitor that watches their heart rate and oxygen levels.  Best thing thats ever been invented. 

9pm or 10pm: asleep until 4am or 6am

4am or 6am: nurse and co sleep until 9am


This is the schedule we follow and it’s going to change as she grows.  She’s napping 3 times a day right now, but that will change here in a couple months.   They start to need less naps.  Once they hit 4-6 months, its 2 naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  When they turn one is just one nap a day.  Oaks stopped napping at 2-1/2.  Every child is different though!  BUT THEY ALL NEED SLEEP.  

Be patient with it and try not to get frustrated.  Listen for cues.  Write down your schedule and stick with it!  IT’S ALL ABOUT TIMING HERE!

I’ve noticed if her schedule is off she doesn’t sleep good at night.  The more they sleep,  the better they go down for naps and bedtime.  Like I said before, babies THRIVE OFF ROUTINE. 

I’m not a sleep therapist here haha, just giving advice on what has worked for us and from what I have researched.  I’ll sleep train her using the sleep sense method at 6 months old, just like I did with Oaks.


HOT TIP:  if you hear your baby wake from their nap 15-30 minutes in, wait a little before going in.  Obviously if they’re making unusual sounds, go check on them, but don’t let them see you.  Liv will usually always go back to sleep.  So just don’t jump to go get them, but again, CHECK ON THEM FOR SURE.  Always check on them.  If it makes you feel better, keep the owlet monitor on them for naps.  Or watch through a webcam.  I need to set my owlet cam up, but that is the one we’re using.

Let me know if you guys have any questions at all! 




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It has been a while since I updated you on how things were going at this point in time, with my little guy. 

Well, he is now 19 months which is unreal.  Really can’t believe he is growing so fast.  I am sure you moms can relate to that.  I just want to hit pause everyday.   Every time I pick him up in the morning he is heavier, and bigger.  Growing into a little boy, but I want him to stay my baby forever.  

It is important to remember as we go throughout these days which all seem the same, day in & day out,  that really in a blink of an eye they will be so independent & won’t need us anymore… & just like that babyhood is over.  So really enjoy it all, even the hard days.  I ALWAYS remind myself this when I feel like I am about to lose it. 

Anyways back on track.  So back to Oaks.  Most of you wanted me to go over his schedule & what not.  As most of you know I sleep trained Oaks when he was 6 months old.  Breast fed him & co-slept up until then, which was so important to me & it was such a precious time for me.  We have never been so close.   So if you want to read about SLEEP TRAINING in the post I did, then go ahead & read that before this.  This schedule is how that all came about & how it really resonates what he is doing now.

Oaks is on such a good schedule 98% of the time.  That 2% is on sick days, teething days, or just I don’t know what the fu*k is going on days.  So his schedule isn’t perfect by any means, but I will say that I have been able to have time for myself & time with my husband because of this awesome schedule I put him on.

So 6am-7am  Oaks wakes.  Dad usually goes & gets him during the week, changes & feeds him, watches The Good Dinosaur or Moana, while I go work out for 1 hour.   

 8am-11am or 12pm- read, play with blocks, play outside, go to the park.  This time is important to me & I really try & stay focused on Oaks only.  Trying to teach him how to talk at the moment, pointing to things explaining what they’re, reading a lot, & playing the animal sounds game.  I also try to be fully present which means the phone needs to go for a little.

11am/12pm-2/3pm- Oaks takes his naps for 3 hours.  He goes right down with a bottle.  He might wake up a couple times, but I always wait 10 minutes & if he isn’t back to sleep I will go get him.

3pm-8pm- play outside, go to the park, read more, eat some late lunch.  

8pm-9pm- bedtime.  Ever since I started sleep training, they tell you to repeat the same bedtime routine every night.  I have been doing it since he was 6 months old. 

He used to go to bed at 7pm when until about 3 months ago.  Things change as they get older I have learned, & you just have to adapt to what they need.

So bedtime- It goes like this… bath time, usually 20 minutes because he loves baths.  Jammies, then reading & bottle.  Then I lay him down in his crib &  say “night night, love you sweetheart” rub his head & belly & lights out.  That exact routine every single night.

He sleeps 10-12 hrs straight every night, with the occasional night waking here & there like I previously stated.  It isn’t all perfect.  For instance last week, he woke up every 3 hours crying & crying which I believe is from teething. 

Those little hiccups are fine & will happen.  For the most part I am super stern with this schedule & it has worked wonders.   I have no nannies, or babysitters during the week usually, so him being on a schedule like this has really helped me to get my work done.  

It is VERY important that the kid naps haha.  That is how I get my work done every single day, that is how I am able to throw out content, create content for you & chat with all of you daily!   I love what I do, & so was really important for him to get on a schedule so that I could continue working at home.

Plus, like i said, they thrive off routine!  So it is good for everyone involved.

Anyways, going to do some mediating while Oaks naps & then starting my next Meal Plan today!

Let me know how you liked this post!  Have a great day!


Sara Lynn