Getting a baby to stick to your plan for the day isn’t easy.
You might have visions of an afternoon nap followed by a peaceful night’s sleep, but a baby might not fancy sticking to your schedule.
Maybe modern mums are doing it all wrong.
Perhaps parents should follow this absolutely bizarre baby routine thought to be from the 1950s.
Spoiler: We don’t think they should.
People are puzzled and amazed by a baby routine that was shared by Mum’s Grapevine.
The schedule, titled ‘Baby’s Day’ starts promptly at 6am with a feed, change, the mysterious ‘hold out’, followed by allowing the baby to sleep again.
We have no clue what ‘hold out’ means. Hold the baby away from you? Hold it outside? We reckon as long as you’re holding the baby you can probably tick this task off.
At 9am it’s time for a drink of water, followed by allowing the baby to ‘kick on bed without clothes’. In summer mums are expected to give babies a daily sunbath at this time, too. That can be followed with a normal bath with water.
By 10am it’s time for another feeding, another holding out, and then parents are instructed to ‘put out of doors to sleep’. Yep, we should be making our babies nap outside, apparently.
At 1pm it’s another drink of water, more kicking and playing, then it’s time for feeding, more holding out, and an ‘outing and mothering’.
We thought the whole day had been spent mothering, but apparently not.
Going on an outing and doing mothering takes around two hours, then the baby is due another orange juice, a bath, a feed, more holding out, and finally bedtime at 6pm – ‘lights out, windows open, door shut, no dummy’.
The last order of the day is at 10pm, when baby should be fed ‘in a darkened room’, changed, and sent back to bed, where baby shall sleep soundly until 6am.
If the baby would actually play ball and stick to this routine, it actually sounds like a decent day.
Parents in the Facebook group have approved of the rigid schedule, asking how they’d ever survived without it.
If anyone fancies trying out ‘baby’s day’ and reporting back, do let us know your findings – if only your discovery of what it means to ‘hold out’ a baby.
Or you can follow a more modern day routine of just sticking Baby Shark on a loop and grasping at sleep whenever you can.