E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training – Month 6 to Month 9 2

E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training – Month 6 to Month 9

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EASY Month 6 to Month 9 - Do you want a routine that produces a contented baby & happier mom? Learn about E.A.S.Y. sleep training & tailored routines for active babies - get a FREE chart!

 

I’m finally back from hiatus.  As I mentioned to readers, I had to take some time for various reasons to focus on my family and my health.  And now I can reveal a major reason…drum roll anyone?

I’m pregnant! After multiple miscarriages, I’m hoping that this will be my rainbow baby to join my four and six-year-old. I almost feel like I’m starting all over again.

So this series is as much a refresher course of what has worked for me and thousands of other mom’s and hopefully, you’ll find it just as beneficial!

I want to take a moment to once again reassure all you parents, that the method behind E.A.S.Y. is intended to be tailored to your individual child. It will allow you to parent in a more conscious manner.  It does not encourage a schedule so much as a routine.

 

It is a routine, a repetition of natural cycles related to each letter that occurs throughout the day.  A routine allows for flexibility rather than mechanically following a schedule. E.A.S.Y. is not about time slots; it’s about a structure for the day and teaching babies to sleep without a food association.

 

This is part of a series.  As your child grows, be sure to adjust their schedule accordingly using additional charts {more coming soon}.

 

E represents EAT.  All babies need to eat either liquid thru nursing or bottle feeding or solids starting at 6 months.  They are less likely to be either underfed or overfed on a routine.

A represents ACTIVITY.  This can usually be baby led.  A structure though can prevent overstimulation.

S represents SLEEP.  Sleep is mandatory.  Daytime sleep in the form of naps helps improve nighttime sleep.  Good naps as a result of the proper amount of food and activity are more likely with a routine.

Y represents YOUR Time.  With less unpredictably and more structure, you’ll have more time to yourself to rest, shower, clean, what have you.

 

The schedule I’ve provided is adapted from The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood by Tracy  Hogg and Melinda Blau.  I highly recommend reading the book in its entirety!

 

The routine will adjust as your child grows. And it may vary based on weight and personality. For example, during this stage, you’ll gradually introduce solids; you’ll cut out a night feed if you haven’t done so already; and most babies are down to 2 naps a day which ideally last 1-2 hours a piece. You’ll also find that daily inconsistencies seem to crop up. Your little one is growing physically and mentally by leaps and bounds. While you’ll have to tweak your schedule to allow for this, still stick to a routine or bad sleep habits will develop to bite you later.

 


 BABY E.A.S.Y:  MONTH 6 TO MONTH 9


Below is a synopsis of the schedule broken into 3 segments.  Click on each heading for detailed information. Scroll to the end of the article for access to an easy reference FREE printable.

Morning E.A.S.Y. Schedule

*Please Note: Evening tanking up or cluster feeding will not need to extend past 8 weeks unless experiencing a growth spurt.

 

Further, if your family’s routine makes it better to start the day at 7:30 it’s acceptable to adjust accordingly. However, it’s not recommended to start the day after 7:30 am nor end the day past 7:30 pm due to naturally inherit sleep cycles in children.

 

This is a sample schedule. Between 6 to 9 months your baby will transition from 3 to 2 naps and transition from a 2 or  2.5 hour wake time between naps to a 3 hour wake time.

 

7:00 AM (E)at Feed 5-8 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

7:20 (A)ctivity baby should be able to amuse self for 1/2 hour or more but be sure to change their position

8:30 A/E Activity continued with Breakfast – solids

9:00-9:15 (S)leep Nap (2 hrs) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes so sleep starts closer to 9:15-9:30 am

(Y)our Personal Time

11:15 AM (E) Feed 5-8 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle – snack upon waking)

11:30 (A) Activity

12:30 A /E Activity continued with Lunch – solids

1:45 (S) Nap (1 1/2 – 2 hrs) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes

(Y)our Personal Time

Afternoon E.A.S.Y. Schedule

4:00 PM (E) Feed 5-8 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle – snack upon waking)

4:15 (A) Activity beware of “witching hour” as you approach late afternoon and keep activities low key

NO (S) USUALLY NO CAT NAP TAKEN ANY LONGER

5:30-6 A/E Activity continued with Dinner – solids / (Y) or Your Time is replaced with dinner as a family 🙂

Evening E.A.S.Y. Schedule

7:00-7:30 PM A/E/A/S

(A) Bath

(E) Feed 5-8 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle – snack before bed)

(A) Bedtime Ritual to separate last feed from sleep *key, not feeding to sleep*

(S) 7-7:30pm to bed for night

NO LATE NIGHT FEED / DREAM FEED ANY LONGER

5 AM E / S Night Feed if truly hungry, beware though that feeding here isn’t just a comfort measure that may turn into a bad sleep habit, babies as young as 6 months are capable of manipulation – BACK TO BED TILL 7 AM

Below is the Food, Activity and Sleep Totals for each day. Click on the heading for detailed information.

Daily Food, Activity & Sleep Totals

Food Intake: 5 feeds per day for 32-48 OZ. typical. If nursing = approximately 10-15 minutes per feed. As you introduce solids, liquid consumption decreases by the same number of ounces. *Note: 2 T. of solid = 1 oz of liquid

Day Sleep: 4 hours on average *based on age & activity level influences

Day Activity Time Slots:

6 months 2 hours

7 months 2 hour 20 mins;

8 months 2 hour 40 mins;

9 months 3 hours

Remember these are guidelines, NOT rules, so if you feel that your baby is not yet ready for these A times, please do not force them, as this will result in issues.

Night Sleep: 10 hour stretch from 7 pm to 5 am then another 2 hours before daily routine begins. Or if older baby in this bracket a 12 hour stretch from 7 pm to 7 am.

Please be observant to your baby exhibiting tired signs. If a baby goes to bed for the night being overtired (active) their nighttime sleep will likely be fitful, and they’ll wake earlier.

 


 


Adapted from The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems
by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

This series has expanded into an in-depth online training course called The Baby P.L.A.N.S. Method.

This 14 training unit course is designed to take your parenting style and your baby’s personality into deeper consideration while enhancing the bonding experience of parent and child.

Happy Babies Play and Learn through proper Activities, good Nutrition, and restful Sleep. Get set to make Baby P.L.A.N.S. today and have a successful parenting journey!

 

EASY Month 6 to Month 9 - Do you want a routine that produces a contented baby & happier mom? Learn about E.A.S.Y. sleep training & tailored routines for active babies - get a FREE chart!

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P.S.  I’d love to hear, how do you benefit from a routine?

Comments

  1. Stephanie

    I love this schedule but what if my baby wont stay asleep. I can get him to fall asleep but he usually wakes up after 30 mins.any suggestions?

    Posted on February 8, 2017
    • Tiffany

      Hi, Stephanie! How old is your little one? Wake times can vary greatly between 6-9 months old. Is this question directed at day or night sleep?

      If it is day sleep, you’d first need to determine if your baby can stay awake for a little longer (even 5-10 minutes) in order to be tired enough for a more restorative nap – OR – is he overstimulated prior to his nap and can’t settle well – OR – is he stirring after a sleep cycle and unable to put himself back asleep.

      Much of this is trial and error based on general nap/wake times for age and factoring in the needs of your individual baby.

      To help you make the correct determination, you could ask yourself: 1. Before his nap is he giving me early or late sleep cues? 2. Is he fussy when I lay him down? 3. When he wakes is baby happy or cranky? 4. If baby is happy, does he quickly tire for another nap sooner than usual? 5. If you try to help him go back to sleep, how does he react?

      I’d be happy to give you more feed-back after you’ve had time to consider the questions. 🙂

      Also, if you just want some general tips on helping your baby get back to sleep after 30 minutes (given you know that he’s still tired), then let me know!! You may want to consider either of my baby sleep courses too: BABY NAP NEEDS & THE BABY P.L.A.N.S. METHOD

      February 8, 2017

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