When our daughter, Caroline was born, we were immediately put on a schedule. The doctors wanted to make sure she gained enough weight, since she was born at 37 weeks.
I’d looked at the ideas of using baby schedules prior to this, and had been very intrigued by it.
I was, however, slightly concerned about having supply issues, since I was breastfeeding. Everything I read indicated that I needed to feed on demand, if I was going to be successful at breastfeeding.
Regardless, we trusted the doctors and went with the schedule. My instinct said to run with it and keep it going.
Why the Printable Baby Schedule was Born
After searching on Pinterest for baby schedules, I eventually ran into the term “Babywise“. I immediately bought the book.
Everything about this book made logical sense to me and my husband. And so, we stuck to it.
It wasn’t easy, however. The first three months were a blur.
The schedule was hard to stick to, because she wasn’t napping long enough.
She’d finally master a schedule, and then her needs would change, and a schedule change was in order.
I was writing down all of my observations on her wake time lengths, time feeding on each breast, napping habits, diaper changes, and more.
It was exhausting.
And, all of those notes were happening on a tiny little notebook that I kept by my nursing station.
It was unorganized and hard to keep up with.
By the time Caroline turned 3 months old, she was on a great schedule, and by 4 months we were comfortable and loving the schedules so much.
A couple of months later, I was so in love with how positively the schedules had impacted our lives, that I started my blog- Mama’s Organized Chaos. The first thing I put on the blog were Caroline’s schedules!
I wanted to remember them for our next child, and I wanted to share the schedules that worked for us with other parents that might be searching.
Almost an entire year later, I decided to put together a simple and easy Printable Baby Schedule. I create this printable mostly for the new mom that is trying to sort everything out and might be feeling overwhelmed.
It’s an all in one sheet to use for tracking purposes. No more scribbles on notebooks- this has a place for everything!
And so, the Printable Baby Schedule was born!
The Printable Baby Schedule by Mama’s Organized Chaos
If you are all in and wanting to be successful with using baby schedules, it is KEY to record your observations. Every baby is different and needs their own unique schedule. You have to be willing to really observe and watch your baby for cues. It can be challenging to keep track of everything with regards to wake time and nap times. This printable baby schedule helps you to keep everything in order and in one place.
Newborn to 6 months of age.
There is a page for each of the following ages:
Newborn 1-2 weeks
Newborn 3-4 weeks
Each page, has a recommended schedule. This is the schedule that we used and LOVED. It’s a great starting point that you can make changes to in order to fit your baby’s needs.
– A recommended schedule
– A place to write down any schedule adjustments you are making
– A place to record any observations for each chunk of time during the cycle “eat, wake, sleep”
– The ideal cycle length for each age
– The ideal number of cycles for each age
– The ideal wake time for each age
– The ideal nap length for each age
– The ideal # of naps for each age
– The expected # of middle of the night wakings
– A main focus for the age
– A place to record pee and poop diaper tallies
– A place to record # of naps
– A place to record total daytime sleep in hours
– A place to record middle of the night wakings
– A place to record total nighttime sleep hours
– A place for any other observations you want to make note of
There is a TON of information packed into one page!
I would highly suggest printing one of each sheet (by age), and either laminating them, or putting them in a sheet cover. You can then write on them in marker, take a picture at the end of the day to store the information, and then use it again the next day!
If you do want to print one every day, go for it! It will serve as a nice little keepsake book for your baby one day! You can print unlimited copies of all the pages after purchase.
Simple! Just head on over to the baby schedule sheet product page and add it to your cart. Get there by clicking here.