Saturday, July 18, 2009

4 Hour Schedule

Our little boy, almost 5 months old, is officially on a four hour feeding schedule. We switched him on Thursday, while we were staying at Ryan’s parent’s house. It actually happened quite out of the blue, but he did so well just falling into the new routine.

All of us took the shingling husbands monkey bread for their morning break. We didn’t get back to the house until 11:00, and Orin usually takes his morning nap from 10:00-11:30. I thought maybe that was the perfect opportunity to try out the new schedule since we were getting home so much later than normal. So he went to sleep from 11:00-12:30. I fed him 6 ounces at 12:30 and he drank it all without a fight. Yeah!!!

We continued with the schedule of being awake for two hours and asleep for two hours. He did remarkably well with his feedings of 6 ounces and he took great naps. Each day since the switch has been great for feedings. He takes 6 ounces without putting up much of a fight. In fact, he is so hungry he can hardly wait for the bottle.

Here is his new/current schedule:
8:30m- Eat 6 ounces
10:30-12:30- Nap
12:30- Eat 6 ounces
2:30-4:30- Nap
4:30- Eat 6 ounces and Bowl of rice cereal around 5:15/5:30
7:00ish- Catnap sometime in here
8:30- Eat 6 ounces
9:00- Bedtime

Before, during his three hour schedule, he was barely getting 16 or 17 ounces. Now he gets at least 20-24 ounces a day. He has been doing excellent on this new routine. I’m just constantly amazed at how well he has adjusted, and I’m so thankful that I randomly, out of the blue, decided to switch things up. Although he was thriving before, it just makes me feel better knowing that he is now getting much closer to the recommended amount of formula per day.


Corinne Doughan said...

PLUS it's WAY easier to plan things into your schedule on a 4 hour schedule rather than a 3 ... it's amazing how 1 hour can make a huge difference.

Kim Doughan said...

I am so glad that you decided to STICK with it. Remember saying that you are tempted to change it back because you hate change. I am so glad that you stuck to it, it sounds like Orin is continuing to thrive on it and has taken the change awesome. Isn't it funny how we can talk ourselves in and out of something so easily. You're such a great parent. Good job!!