E.A.S.Y. Routines for a Happy Baby

The Baby Whisperer from Tracy Hogg has helped to bring peace of minds to thousands of parents. We highly recommended you to take the time and read through her book. You may find the answer(s) to your questions and find them useful to have on hand as a reference.

So let’s try to give you a thirty thousands foot view of what EASY Routine is. In short, E.A.S.Y stands for: Eat. Activity. Sleep.Yourself.

From Tracy book: E.A.S.Y. is “a routine that gives the day structure and makes family life consistent, which is important because all of us, children and adults, as well as babies and toddlers, thrive on predictabiltiy.”  “With E.A.S.Y., you don’t follow the baby; you take charge.   You observe him carefully, tune in to his cues, but you take the lead, gently encouraging him to follow what you know will make him thrive:  eating, appropriate levels of activity, and a good sleep afterwards.  You are the baby’s guide.  You set the pace.”  (page 16)

Does that sound great? One note I would like to bring up before go into EASY though: Stick with the schedule loosely. Every baby is unique so don’t kill yourself if you couldn’t stick with the exact schedule. Just keep a predictable pattern for EASY, you will be fine. With predictable pattern, you then could schedule your life around that too. Isn’t it nice when you know when you could have two hours or so to read your favorite books or just take a nap?

E = Eating:

Start baby day with a feed. This could be all-liquid to liquids and solids when the baby get older. You could find more detail post here for feeding guide

A = Activity

Activity time includes feeding, changing, playing, cuddling and resettling for the next nap. Activity time is calculated from eyes open to eyes closed. Try to encourage your little one into some activities before taking a nap. The first few weeks would be hard, but it will get easier. Try to keep the activities simple and not over stimulate your baby since overstimulated baby won’t go to sleep easily.

S = Sleep

Sleep is great for resting and developing brain for the child. This could be a great time for you and your partner to take quick nap and recharge as well.  Good naps during the day will make your baby go for longer stretches at night, because one needs to be relaxed in order to sleep well.

There are multiple techniques on how to put your little one to sleep which are too long to go over on this post. (Cry it out method, Fading method, No tears method)

Y = Yourself

Since your baby is on structured routine, you will have moments for yourself. Reading books, cleaning up, sleeping, taking a bath, etc. its your time 🙂

Sample E.A.S.Y. routines (from page 34 of  The Baby Whisperer):

3-hour E.A.S.Y. (under 4 months old)
E:  7:00 wake up and feed
A:  7:30 or 7:45 (depending on how long feed takes)
S:  8:30 (1.5 hour nap)
Y:  Your choice
E:  10:00
A:  10:30 or 10:45
S:  11:30 (1.5 hour nap)
Y:  Your choice
E:  1:00 
A:  1:30 or 1:45
S:  2:30 (1.5 hour nap)
Y:  Your choice
E:  4:00 feed
S:  5:00 or 6:00 or somewhere in between:  catnap (approximately 40 minutes) to get Baby through the next feed and bath
E:  7:00 (cluster feed at 7:00 and 9:00 if going through a growth spurt)
A:  bath
S:  7:30 bedtime
Y:  The evening is yours!
E:  10:00 or 11:00 dream feed

4-hour E.A.S.Y. (4 months and older)
E:  7:00 wake up and feed
A:  7:30 
S:  9:00 (for 1.5-2 hours nap)
Y:  Your choice
E:  11:00
A:  11:30
S:  1:00 (1.5-2 hours)
Y:  Your choice
E:  3:00
A:  3:30
S:  5:00 or 6:00 or somewhere in between:  catnap [most babies drop this between 6-8 months, but there are many variations]
Y:  Your choice
E:  7:00 (cluster feed at 7:00 and 9:00, only if going through a growth spurt)
A:  bath
S:  7:30 bedtime
Y:  The evening is yours!
E:  11:00 dream feed (until 7 or 8 months, or whenever solid food is firmly established)

We have more discussion about this topic in depth as well in our new series:

EASY series: Eat

EASY series: Activity

EASY series: Sleep

EASY series: Yourself