I love the fact that both my children have fairly solid schedules. It means I can preempt what they might need before we reach the point of tears. It also means I can plan my day out and book appointments ahead of time knowing that everyone will be in the best of spirits. However…there’s one day in the week that has always been a challenge. Sunday. Why? Because we attend church, and for us church takes up a lot of the day. This makes nap time difficult to fit in and can result in cranky babies, but I’ve learnt a few things over the years that have helped me navigate Sundays and keep everyone fairly happy.
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1. Babywear/Use a Stroller
When my babies were little they would fall asleep while I was holding them and so babywearing was a great option for making sure they got the rest they needed even during the church service. Having something like THIS baby carrier can make your life a bunch easier! I have a friend whose baby would nap in a carrier until she was well past the newborn stage, so it can be done!
Another product that I LOVE are Snap n Go Wheels. We purchased a set before Annie was born and I was SO SAD when she finally outgrew her infant car seat and we could no longer use them. They were ideal for times like church because it meant we could transfer her from the car and straight onto the stroller without having to wake her. They’re space-saving and super easy to open and close. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
2. Modify Your DWT (Desired Wake Time)
I’ve talked in depth about why having a consistent start to the day is so important for both you AND your baby, but that doesn’t mean you can’t deviate every now and again.
Remember, the schedule serves YOU, not the other way around.
So, another option for Sundays (or anytime your usual schedule won’t work) is to modify the time you wake your baby in the morning. Either move it forward or backwards to suit the time that you can fit in your baby’s first nap.
3. Go With The Flow
Once my babies get a bit bigger they no longer sleep as well on the go. We have the advantage (and disadvantage) of living just over an hour away from where we attend church every Sunday. This means that the kids have a chance to nap in the car on the way there. Jack is now 2.5 so no longer naps in the morning, but Annie always does. Sometimes the nap is good and other times it’s pretty short. However, what I learnt from the time when Jack was little was that if you have a consistent routine during the week, one ‘off’ day won’t be terrible for them. So, try to go with the flow. While my kids don’t sleep as easily on the go as they get older, they also are able to adapt and cope better with a disrupted schedule than when they were tiny.
If nothing is going to plan and you’re feeling a mite stressed about it all, take a moment to breathe and then think through what the worst outcome could possibly be. You might have a grouchy baby for a few hours but it won’t be the end of the world.
And Something Extra…
Not everyone has the luxury of doing this but if you can, try to make Monday a quiet day. I do this for both myself and my children. I generally don’t book appointments or outings. We just have a ‘recovery‘ day at home and I allow them the opportunity to make up for any sleep they missed out on the day before.
Take note that it may be challenging to begin with, but your baby will get used to the new Sunday schedule and it’ll work out in the end. I know that one of the beauties of using Babywise is that my children bounce back quickly when they are pushed outside of their normal routines. 🙂
So, experienced mamas…share with me your Sunday secrets. What do you do to keep your children content during the day?
Until next time!
The awesome ladies of the Babywise Friendly Network are also talking about how to deal with disruptions in Babywise. Check out their links below!
- Toddler Sleep Disruptions During A Family Crisis
- Babywise Disruption: Handling The Wonder Weeks
- How To Handle Schedule Shake Ups
- Sleep Disruptions You Will Face as a Babywise Mom (and how to deal with them)
- Grammy Detox: Recovering Your Schedule After Spoiling
- 9 Tips For Travelling With A Baby