Hi OP, I will check the baby log out at work tomorrow if I can to confirm this, but here's what my charge was generally doing at 6 months:7 am - Wake up7:30 - 8 oz bottle8:00 - Spoon food (cereal and veg/fruit)Playtime9:30 or so - Naptime, approx 2 hours11:30 or 12:00 - 8 oz bottlePlay inside or out, outing to playground, etc.2:30 - Naptime, approx 2 hours5:00 - 8 oz bottlePlaytime6:30 - Spoon Food7:30 - Bath and bedtime routine8:00 - 8 oz bottle8:30 - In bed for the night
Sounds almost identical to my 4month old charge except she takes a 30 min late afternoon nap around 7
Depending on weather your charge needs 2 or 3 naps you could do something along the following: 2 Naps:(very similar to above, what my charge did at 6 months..but he was a power napper!)6:30am-wake7am- 7oz bottle830am- cereal9am-11am-nap/7oz when wake up1:00-baby food (fruit usually)1:30-3:30-nap/7oz when wake up5:30 - dinner (baby food)6:15-bath/bottle (8oz)Asleep by 6:45-7:003 naps (a lot of 6 month olds need 3 shorter naps):6:30am-wake7am-7oz8:30am- cereal9:00-10:30- nap (7oz when wake up)12:30- baby food (fruit)1-2: nap (7oz when wake up)4-5:nap 5:30: dinner 7:00-bath/bottle/bedasleep by 7:30-7:45
Baby C just turned 6 months on Monday and here is her general schedule:6:30 Wake up7:30 6oz Bottle8:00-8:30 Nap9:00 Baby food10:00 4-6oz Bottle10:30-11 or 11:30 Nap12:30 Baby food1:30 4-6oz Bottle2:00-2:30 or 3 Nap4:00 4-6oz Bottle4:30-5:00 Nap (sometimes)5:30 Bath6:30 6oz Bottle and BedtimeHer naps vary a lot, occasionally she will take a 2 hour nap in the morning and then try to get away with not sleeping the rest of the day. On those days, her mom will skip bathtime and put her down for the night earlier. I try to always get her down for a nap right around 2 hours after she's woken up, any later than that and I've missed the window. We do a lot of playtime in between--she loves the Exersaucer still and is working on crawling. We also take a stroller ride in the early afternoon when it isn't excruciatingly hot out.
not to be rude. But why would someone hire a person who hasn't worked with infants? This post kind of freaks me out. Did you lie and tell them you had experience with babies? Because these would be questions that should already be common sense and following the pattern the parents put him on (if they did)
I didn't have any experience working with very young infants before this job. My first nanny job, I had a 7 month old and she was the first child under a year I had worked with. It all adds up to experience, most parents understand this.
I like posts like this. I do have baby experience, but sometimes I get ideas from others in the same boat.
At 6 months previous charge's schedule was something like:6:00 am wake up7:00am 8oz bottle8:00 am cereal9:00-11:00am nap11:00am 8oz bottle12:00 fruit1:00-3:00pm nap3:00pm 8oz bottle4:00pm vegetable5:00-5:30 short nap6:30 bath7:00 8oz bottle7:30 bed for night.Anytime baby wasn't eating or sleeping we played. Give your charge time to practice crawling , rolling, pulling,reaching,and scooting.Take her out for walks.Name things for her.Sing , talk & read.I've found 6 months olds I've cared for love toys that make lots of noise and that knock over or roll around, and of course cuddles.
Mannahbut did you come on to the job following the babies routine that was already set-up or did you create your own? i don't know who is the bad one here. if there is a bad. the nanny being hired with no knowledge of infants or the fact that she needs to create a schedule because the parents are either not sharing it or they don't have one. Which in both cases would make a very fussy baby
Maybe the OP is a new mom? Even with 17 years of nanny experience, I googled schedules a lot when my daughter was born. If she is a nanny, she could want to compare the schedule her charge is already following with other typical schedules. Maybe something seems off to her.Or maybe this is her first, there has to be a first time otherwise no one would ever have any experience!
I know I understand that everyone needs hands on experience and someone one day will be "the first" just seemed odd to me to not study this information before accepting the position. Course that could be what she is doing. There are no details related to if she is already caring for it.
Phoenix,I do n ot have much infant experience my youngest charge until up until now was a year old and already on a schedule by my arrival.I talked with the parents about this fact during my interview and they were ok with that.Now that my charge is about to be 6 months old they would like to get him on a set schedule. I have my own ideas and researched it other places , but wanted to see how it matched with similarily aged kids.Childcare like any other profession involves research
Also thank you to all who replied. I think I have a good place to start from.
Phoenix, I was hired before C was born and started when she was 3 weeks, so way before she was even on a schedule. Her mom and I just kind of worked out one between us that follows with her natural schedule. But like I said before, she's very iffy with her naps so we have to constantly tweak the schedule.
When I have looked after 6mth old babies their routines have been a bit like this-7am-awake and breastfeed8am-breakfast.Usually baby porridge or toast,fruit,cup of water9-10am-naptime10-5oz milkWe then usually went out for walk or played at home11:45-lunchtime12:15-2:15/3-naptime3pm-5oz milk, rice cakesGo for a walk,see friends or play at home4:30-5pm-naptime5:30-dinnertime6:30-bathtime7pm breastfeed,stories and bed
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