“moms on call” update, review and thoughts!
Hi friends! If you follow me on instagram stories, you’re probably already aware that we are doing “moms on call” with Shiloh. This is a super helpful book that gives you tons of tips, advice, and a schedule to help sleep train your baby! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is expecting, or with a baby! I’ve gotten SO many questions on instagram about Shiloh’s schedule so I thought I’d do a little blog post on our experience with the Moms on Call method so far and what we are currently doing!
So, we are currently following Moms on Call almost to a T! (I’d say about 90%). Shiloh has been sleeping SO well lately (knock on wood). We typically feed her around 7pm, put her down for bed at 730pm, and she’s been making it until 6am recently! *insert praise hands emoji*. She is a little over 11 weeks old BTW. SO, Moms on Call has honestly worked really well for us, since she’s sleeping so well at night. She also takes 3-4 naps a day, for at least an hour each time (usually closer to two hours). Moms On Call is all about getting your baby on a schedule, and they give you ‘typical days’ in the book, which will share what your routine should look like each day. Again, we follow this pretty closely! (The book also gives advice on naptime, bedtime routine, and so much more. So if you’re curious about those things, definitely buy the book). This method has not only allowed Shiloh to sleep really well at night, but it’s brought a little bit of structure back to MY life. For example, I feed her at 7am, put her down for a nap around 8:30am, and then I workout while she’s napping, until the 10am feeding. We usually try to shoot a few looks during the afternoon nap. Having Shiloh on a schedule has allowed me and Michael to still work and structure our days around her feedings and nap times.
Structure, routine, sleeping baby…sounds like a dream right?! Here’s the hard truth though: this has taken a lot of hard work and the sleeping baby thing did not happen overnight. I felt like I was following moms on call to a T for a week straight and she still wasn’t sleeping…and I remember just sobbing because I was so tired and so frustrated. I’m following all the rules! Why isn’t my baby sleeping?! For us (and EVERY baby is different), it took about 2-3 weeks of consistency before I started seeing significant improvement with Shiloh’s sleep. So, know that going into this, if you are considering this method.
The other thing I want to throw out there that’s been hard for me with Moms On Call: I tend to be an all or nothing type of person. When I do something, I do it 100%, which is both a strength and a weakness. In the scenario with MOC…if we are home 100% of the time, never travel, and never have social plans…following the schedule is easy peasy. But, the second you have social plans at night or you’re traveling…following these rules exactly is super challenging slash has caused me a lot of anxiety TBH. Shiloh is just now sleeping so well! I’m terrified to get her out of her routine! I had to get used to that REAL quick though with all of the travel we’ve been doing lately (and the travel we have over the next few months)…and Shiloh has honestly done GREAT with the slight change in her “norm”. So if you are like me, also an all or nothing type of personality, just know that going into MOC. You might experience some stress/anxiety when you have to get baby out of her routine, but I promise, you can do it! And your baby will probably surprise you with how well she does! I am learning this more and more everyday.
The last thing I’ll say that’s been challenging for me with MOC is just my focus. I realized about a month ago that my focus was starting to shift towards following all of the rules exactly, instead of just loving and nurturing Shiloh to the best of my ability. So, yes, we are still following MOC and it’s really working for us. But, if there are days where we have to get off the schedule or change things up…as long as I’m doing my best to take care of my baby girl and lover her well, then we’re good! The schedule is now SECONDARY to that!
Like I said, if you are curious about sleep training or getting your baby into a routine, I highly recommend you buy the MOC book! But, for those of you who are curious about what our routine looks like, I’ll give you a quick recap of it below!
- 7am: wake up and feed!
- 730-830am: awake time
- 8:30am: naptime
- 10am: feed
- 1030-11:30: awake time
- 11:30: naptime
- 1:00pm: feed
- 1:30-2:30: awake time
- 2:30: naptime
- 4:00pm: feed
- between 4:30pm and 6:30 is a total crapshoot lol. sometimes she naps, sometimes she just hangs
- 6:30pm: bathtime followed by ‘tender time’…I rock her, read to her, pray for her, etc. sweetest time of day
- 7pm: bedtime feeding
- 7:30pm: lay Shiloh down for bed!
I’ve been hesitant to share our schedule with y’all because seriously…every baby is SO different and I am by no means saying this will work for every baby! But, just wanted to share this for those who have asked, and to give you an idea of what a typical day could potentially look like! (But, not every single day follows this exactly!)
For anyone out there who doesn’t have a baby or hasn’t attempted “sleep training” this post probably sounds completely BOGUS (do people still say bogus?). But, just wanted to be real with you guys and let you know where we’re at – the good, the bad and the ugly! We’ve had a great experience so far with MOC but it definitely hasn’t been easy and has also caused me anxiety at times.
And a few quick notes about what I’m wearing in these photos! If y’all have been following the blog for a while, you know I’ve been shopping at and loving Sole Society for YEARS. Seriously, they’re such a great go-to for quality shoes and accessories. This chenille shawl is maybe one of the softest things in my closet and I love how easy it is to throw on and go. You can pair it with jeans (like I did here), but it also looks cute over leggings for a more relaxed, boho look. I love how long it is too. These booties are also amazing because they’re under $100 and the low heel makes them SO comfortable. This crossbody bag is another favorite and I think it’s perfect for transitioning into spring. It goes with everything, is the perfect size, and it’s such a good price! If you’re needing some new booties or accessories, I definitely recommend browsing Sole Society’s website.
Okay, now I want to hear from YOU! Have you done Moms on Call? Did it work for you? What are your thoughts?! Seriously give me ALL your feedback below!