I have heard a lot of people doing this method, but I just can't see it working for Henry. If any one has experience of their own with this, please share it.
At his age of 3 months, the books says he should eat 4 to 5 times a day and none of those feedings should be at night and his naps should be 1 1/2 to 2 hours long.
So, lets see here...If he ate 5 times a day, from 7 am to 10 pm, that's 15 hours that's every 3 hours (day time feedings only). There is supposed to be about a 2 hour nap then he's only awake for about an hour at a time and he takes 5 naps a day...Not Henry. It's different every time. It's partly my fault because I don't think he eats a full feeding every time. Sometimes I have to stop him before he is really done because I have another kid to deal with. So, he only gets a snack. That's reality! And, he's not ready to go to sleep after being awake for an hour. He eats more and sleeps less than the book says a baby his age should.
I dumped the book for a few days and they have been way happier days! I feed him when he's hungry and it is somewhat of a schedule. But, I guess he eats more often than the book says and he naps less. His pattern is eat, play, eat, nap, with 3 naps a day--morning, early afternoon, and a short one in the late afternoon to get him through the evening. Then, 2 or 3 feedings at night. It's about 6 to 8 times a day and 2 or 3 at night. I asked a few other moms with babies Henry's age and a little older and they say their babies are still eating like 2 hours apart and some 1 1/2.
I think Henry's problem is he doesn't get a full meal when he wakes up so he can't make it until the next time he wakes up. But now, he is used to these short(er) meals, only like 10 minutes, when it should be more like 20 or 30, though the book does say a baby can drain a breast in 7 minutes, so maybe he just eats fast, but I have been trying to make him eat longer and he is uninterested and gets mad about it.
Anyway, people probably don't even care about this and probably won't even finish reading it...but I'm wondering: Is this scheduling plan really possible, or am I just a totally unorganized mother who can't successfully deal with 2 kids to put her little baby on a schedule causing everyone's life suffers because of it?!