Worksheet: Daily Schedule and Responsibilities
This worksheet is a way to help you get enough sleep and food by figuring out when things happen, given that babies need to be fed every 3 hours. Don’t actually try to put your newborn on a schedule; it’s futile. Customize it to add partners or helpers and decide who does what (for example, if one person has to feed the baby, the other can change diapers and cook).
Ideas on what to chart
- Your sleep
- Your meals
- Your showers and bio breaks
- Holding the baby
- Chores and errands
The download pairs with book information from Chapter 2 The first week: goodbye to sleep, what does it mean? and Chapter 6 Help: partner support.
Useful average numbers for newborns:
- 10-12 feedings /day
- 20-40 minutes /feeding
- 10-12 diapers /day
- 11-18 hours total sleep /day
- 45-60 minutes /each time awake (includes feeding)
Postpartum shopping list
Things to get for yourself. Handy links and checklist printout.
Newborn I/O chart
Track the first week's feedings and diapers for your peace of mind.
Baby sleeping & eating chart
Get a sense of baby's sleep patterns so you can plan your life.