E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training: Day 4 to Week 6 9

E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training: Day 4 to Week 6

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EASY Day 4 to Week 6 - Do you want a routine that produces a contented baby & happier mom? Learn about E.A.S.Y. sleep training & tailored routines for newborns - get a FREE chart!

 

Is sleep training for you?  Some parents say you must let your child determine when and where they are going to sleep, perhaps they are afraid of becoming regimented to the point that they are no longer in tune with their baby’s unique needs.

 

To these parents, I say rest easy.  The techniques that make up E.A.S.Y. are meant to be tailored to your child.

 

For myself, I had a least one child that didn’t give me easy to read cues.  I tried to let her tell me when she wanted food, interaction, sleep, a diaper change…it was like trying to read a Chinese instruction manual without the diagrams. Impossible! The E.A.S.Y. technique let me parent her in a more conscious manner.

 

E.A.S.Y. is not necessarily easy, but it works.  It is a routine, a repetition of natural cycles related to each letter that occur throughout the day.

 

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!

 

Be aware the routine will adjust as your child grows.  And it may even vary somewhat from what’s presented here based on weight and personality.  However, since most babies hit certain milestones at certain ages, this schedule is on target for Day 4 to Week 6. If you feel your baby is not developmentally ready to go to this schedule, try utilizing the same principles with a 2.5 hour routine.

 

This is part of a series.  As your child grows, be sure to adjust their schedule accordingly using additional charts ranging from week 6 to 1 year, coming soon!

 


 NEWBORN  E.A.S.Y:  DAY 4  TO WEEK 6


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 an opportunity to get access to a free printable for easy reference.

Morning E.A.S.Y. Schedule

7:00 AM (E)at Feed 2-5 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

7:45 (A)ctivity Limited Activity (i.e. changing diaper, talking)

8:15 (S)leep Nap (1:30) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes

(Y)our Personal Time

10:00 AM E Feed 2-5 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

10:45 A Activity

11:15 S Nap (1:30) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes

Y

Afternoon E.A.S.Y. Schedule

1:00 PM E Feed 2-5 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

1:45 A Activity

2:15 S Nap (1:30) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes

Y

4:00 PM E Feed 2-5 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

4:45 A Activity

5:15 S Catnap (45 min)

Y

Evening E.A.S.Y. Schedule

6:00 PM E 1ST TANK UP (Cluster Feed)

7:00 A Bath & Bedtime Ritual

7:30 S Catnap (30 min)

8:00 PM E / S 2ND TANK UP (Cluster Feed) / Back to bed for night

Between 10-11 PM E / S Dream Feed – NO WAKE – activate sucking reflex

Between 2-4 AM E / S Night Feed – BACK TO BED TILL 7 AM

 

Below is the time variation for tanking up your little one.  Click on the heading for detailed information.

Evening Time Variation Chart

5:00 PM E 1ST TANK UP (Cluster Feed)

6:00 A Bath & Bedtime Ritual

6:30 S Catnap (30 min)

7:00 E / S 2ND TANK UP (Cluster Feed) / Back to bed for night.m

After the 2nd Tank Up / Cluster Feed, you’ll return to the original chart for the remainder of the evening. 

 

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

Daily Food & Sleep Totals

Food Intake:7-8 feeds per day for 18-24 OZ. typical. If nursing=approximately 45 minutes per feed

Day Sleep:6 hours on average *based on age & activity level influences

Night Sleep:5-hour stretches on average *based on body weight influences


 


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. This course is your toolbox and roadmap for a successful parenting journey. Get set to make Baby P.L.A.N.S. today!

 

EASY Day 4 to Week 6 - Do you want a routine that produces a contented baby & happier mom? Learn about E.A.S.Y. sleep training & tailored routines for newborns - get a FREE chart!

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P.S.  I’d love to hear, what’s your baby’s bedtime routine?

 

Comments

  1. Kellyl

    This routine seems great in theory. I would love to use it, but my baby does not seem to be in the know that we are following a routine 😛 What do I do when she won’t go to sleep at the right times? Or wakes up at the wrong times?

    Posted on July 27, 2016
    • Tiffany

      Sorry I’m just responding to your comment. My system did not give me a notice about your comment. Not all babies are created equal. Some will fall into a natural day/night cycle once given a chance, others may not. And depending on the age or needs of your baby (i.e. growth spurt) they may have more difficulty sleeping. That’s ok. This is not meant to be a rigid routine. You will find though that the earlier you implement and more consistent you are, it will become natural for your little one. In the meantime, if your baby wakes early you can try to get them back to sleep, but if it doesn’t work within 20 minutes you may want to get them up until they are ready to go back to sleep which will probably be a shorter period of time than the schedule highlights because now your baby will be extra tired. This is why it is so important to follow your baby’s cues. I strongly suggest you read The Baby Whisperer book mentioned in the post or check out my online course: The Baby P.L.A.N.S. Method. for more details. 🙂

      September 7, 2016
  2. Probably Not

    Any breastfed baby on this “schedule” is going to be STARVING!! You are supposed to feed a BF baby every TWO hours and no longer than 4, forcing them to go all the way to the max time between feedings is not only going to leave you with a cranky, starving baby, but will also kill your milk supply and undermine your attempt at breastfeeding all together!

    Most BF babies like to eat up to every 30 minutes at first, what are you gonna do, just let them scream for three and half hours because it’s “not their scheduled time to eat”???

    I hate all methods of “”training babies””. You wanna train something? Buy a dog.

    Posted on March 18, 2016
    • Tiffany

      Dear Probably Not,

      I understand your skepticism; I felt the same way until I tried it and found that it WORKED – with multiple children!

      You’ll see there is not schedule till Day 4 for a very important reason: A newborn should nurse on demand to every 30 minutes to ensure mom’s milk supply and to teach the baby to nurse efficiently.

      Another important fact to consider is that your baby’s stomach is only as big as it’s own clenched fist. If it’s nursing efficiently it can’t hold more than what it can take in after a 30-minute feed which will then keep it full during the extensive nap time between feeds, especially considering how it’s metabolism slows during sleep.

      Again, I appreciate your concerns. All parents are different. Some like attachment parenting, some don’t. Some like to teach or “train” their child to eat solids at a certain age, while some prefer introduction to solids be child led. Some like to teach or “train” their child to potty-train at a specific age, some prefer to let the child determine when they want to stop wearing diapers, even if that is age 4.

      As my posts in this series and the reference sheets state, a baby should always be fed when it’s truly hungry and only put on a routine if it’s developmentally ready.

      If any mom’s out there want a content baby and a content self, without feeling like they are winging it or appeasing their baby with food just because they are crying and they don’t know what else to do, this is a routine that is worth giving a try. When I was a first-time mom, I suspended disbelief and tried this, and I’m so glad I did. It saved my sanity!

      March 19, 2016
  3. Papa Green Bean

    Hello, I was just wondering about your feelings on reacting to a child’s cry when they are down to sleep. This seems to be a contentious subject, with many ‘experts’ advocating in letting the child ‘cry it out’.

    Posted on April 13, 2015
    • Tiffany

      You are indeed right, this is a contentious subject. Interestingly enough, with the E.A.S.Y. routine, if implemented early, this issue rarely arises. The routine incorporates a specific manner of winding down your child that helps them fall asleep easier. Understanding there is a natural 45 minute sleep cycle, many times just a gentle hand on the back at that waking stage keeps them from startling awake so they can settle into the next stage of sleep. As a baby experiences teething or a growth spurt then their pain & hunger naturally needs to be satisfied before they can sleep. If they are experiencing problems sleeping due to separation anxiety or some other night-time fear these too can be dealt with satisfactorily so that normal sleep returns. At times, if my babies were sick and waking every 45 minutes all night, I would sleep on a cot in their room and gently “shhh” them back to sleep. In rare instances of unrest with no apparent cause, I repeatedly lay them down without making eye contact. I didn’t leave the room, but I didn’t interact socially either. Within an hour, they were resettled. So I guess I’d say, in short, I think that you can proactively train your child to sleep in a way that essentially preempts this issue.

      April 14, 2015

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