Hi, I'm a FTM and my DS is 12weeks old tomorrow. I've been very loosely following the EASY approach (as in I always give him activity after eating, before putting him down for a nap), but am now keen to develop a bit more of a routine. I've been reading "Top Tips from the Baby Whisperer: Sleep" but I have lots of questions I was hoping someone could help me with:
1. My DS goes down for bed about 7:30pm at night, so I was hoping to start his day time routine at 7:30am (this also fits in well with mine and my OH's own routine). He's now sleeping through from 07:30pm-05:30am, but then I'm not sure what to do! He usually has a very good feed at 05:30 and is ready to settle back to sleep at 06:30/45am. Should I then wake him at 07:30am to start the day, or wait for him to get a longer sleep in?
2. How does the EASY routine work when you have commitments at different times different days? For example, on Mondays we go to a baby group at 10am and it is a 20minute drive away, so we need to leave the house at 09:40am, but my DS goes down for his nap at 9am usually. Should I be changing his schedule on Mondays, or just letting him try and stay on schedule as best as we can? I'm happy for him to sleep in the car, but inevitably when we arrive at 10am he's awake, but not ready for food until a bit later, so then we're more following an EASA approach (but then later on during the day we're back to EASY).
3. My DS has silent reflux (he is on medication for it and I've been trying a dairy/egg/soya free diet and we're seeing paedatrician next week) and sometimes prefers having a smaller feed, then a play, and then another smaller feed, so then we're following EAEASY - is that ok?
Thanks for all your help - I'm likely to have more questions as I continue to read the book and implement the routine!
ETS: I've thought of another question:
4. Is it ok if the bedtime routine is not exactly the same every day? We only bath 3 times a week (due to dry skin) so on bath days the routine goes: Bath, PJs, Lights Out, Feed, Sleep and on non-bath days the routine goes: Massage, PJs, Lights Out, Feed, Sleep. So far it seems to be working well for us (although DS has a tendency to feed on and off for an hour!).