These past two months have hands down been our favorite days with Eloise so far.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, it does.
A lot has happened since her 6 month post (you can read that one here) as we have officially weaned her off breastfeeding and she has been sleeping in her own crib for over a month now! (WIN! But I’m not going to lie, I did shed a few tears the first night without her next to me in the bassinet! The first of many happy yet sad mama tears I’m sure).
If you are new around here, welcome! I’ve been doing baby blog post updates every two months since Eloise was born, just sharing her favorite things and her current schedule. I’ve received a TON of great feedback from all of you new mamas on these posts, so I’m going to keep them coming…I mean, who wouldn’t want to look at some super cute pictures of Eloise anyways?!
Eloise’s Eight Month Schedule
8:00 – 8:30am: Wake up – first 6oz feeding of formula. (We have been using this formula and it’s been going great – she didn’t notice a difference at all and she’s had no stomach aches or issues with it).
8:30am- 9:30am: Play in her jumperoo, do some tummy time, babble time.
9:30am – 10:30am: First nap of the day inside her crib in her room. (She sleeps on her tummy, is fully able to move all around the crib and sleeps with no swaddle anymore).
10:30am – 11:00pm: She eats a snack in her high chair. (She loves snacking on these puffs & sometimes she will eat half a jar of this pureed food. She also does really well eating whatever we are eating, I just cut it up really small).
11:00pm – 12:00pm: Change diaper, run errands (this is when we will either go to the grocery store, post office or get any other errands done).
12:00pm Second 6 oz formula feed of the day.
12:30pm – 1:30pm: We play and work on crawling!
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Second nap of the day in her crib.
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Third 6oz formula feed of the day
4:30pm – 5:00pm: This is when we usually go on a walk.
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Play time.
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Third and final nap of the night.
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Bath time, story time and play time.
8:00pm: Final 6 oz formula bottle of the night.
(Sometimes if I feel like she didn’t have enough solids to eat during the day, we will offer her 8oz of milk at bedtime).
8:30 pm : Eloise goes down for the night! (She is currently sleeping in her crib in her room).
– We have officially retired her little piano as she kept kicking it so hard it kept breaking! HA! But she spends at least 30-45 minutes a day in her jumparoo. It took her about a month to get use to it, but now she jumps away and loves it!
– We still love all of our Baby Bling bows, but we are also loving these bows (what she’s wearing in these pictures) as the monthly subscription is so much fun. Each month, you get three different bows sent to you and we’ve loved all of them so far! If you are looking for a gift for a new baby girl mama in your life, this is a great idea!
– We are absolutely LOVING these books. Why?! Because she can’t destroy them. The title says it all…they are indestructible! She can chew on them, throw them, try and rip out the pages but they still stay in one piece. GENIUS!
– We are still using Pampers swaddlers (size 4) and these wipes (our favorites by far). Tip: if your baby keeps “blowing out” their diapers, size up! One of my readers gave me that tip and ever since we’ve sized up, we’ve had no diaper leakage. THANK GOODNESS!
– She does sleep with this blanket in her crib at night because she loves sleeping with a blanket next to her face (like mama!). This blanket is breathable and super light so I feel ok letting her sleep with it at night.
I’m not sure I have many tips for all you mamas out there that are thinking of weaning the breastfeeding because it was my first time. BUT, I can share what I did and my experience.
It took about a whole month to officially wean her 100% off the breastfeeding. We started weaning for a couple of reasons:
1.) I was traveling for the first time without her for 5 days.
2.) My milk supply was already decreasing.
3.) She was always a wiggly feeder, but about a month before the weaning started, it was a wrestling match at each and every feeding. No matter what I did, she was so squirmy and it just started getting uncomfortable.
4.) She was eating everything. She was doing a great job eating all the solid foods so I wanted to give her more of those choices throughout the day.
5.) She got two teeth. (Need I say more?!)
I honestly never thought I would make it to 7.5 months of breastfeeding anyways, so I was extremely happy and proud of how far we had come!
For the first week, I dropped a (breast) feeding a day. In place of that breastfeeding time, I would make her a bottle with 4oz of breastmilk and 2oz of formula. Sometimes I would use frozen milk and other times I would pump the 4oz before her feeding so that it was fresh.
During the second week, I dropped two feedings and then started doing the bottles half formula and half breastmilk. She honestly never knew a difference and actually was much less wiggly when she was drinking the bottle.
The third week I dropped three feedings and then the fourth week I dropped the fourth. I was never uncomfortable, engorged or in pain. If I started to feel full, I would pump 1-2 oz for relief, give that to her in a bottle with formula and it worked great.
Another question I keep getting a lot is:
“How did we transition her out of the swaddle and bassinet next to our bed”?
We started by having her take her naps in her crib during the day so that she would get use to her room. As far as the swaddling went, we just started putting her in her cribs for naps without it. Sometimes the nap would only be 20 minutes before she woke herself up, but about after a week, she went right back to taking 1.5-2 hour naps. After we felt like she could make it through the night in her room without her swaddle, we did it! And of course she slept 8 hours and didn’t make a peep! (Eloise LOVES her sleep!)
This was by far the most active and “change of schedule” 2 months we’ve had yet and it was by far the most enjoyable! It’s so amazing to see her personality and to explore what she’s loving.
I hope you found some of this useful and per usual, if you have a question, message me on here, leave a comment or send me an email! I’m always happy to share our experience!