Thursday, November 11, 2010

Baby routine

Every baby is different, same as every mother has the right to follow her instincts as to
how she wishes to bring up her new born. Some mothers will follow their baby care manual word for word, only ending in stressful situations as their baby is not on schedule
, or not exactly the right weight, or height, or isn't talking or walking when it says they should etc.


One subject of many baby care debate and best health advice is whether or not you should follow a strict routine with your new born, when talking both about feeding as well as daily routine. Some mothers stick to a strict feeding routine, feeding baby every three hours, regardless of if they cry or have to be woken for their feed, other mothers feed on demand.

What is considered important from an early age is getting your baby into a routine where she is aware of day and night time, and then she will progress quickly to sleeping longer at night and napping in the day.

So how do we achieve this routine and what are the baby care guidelines? As early as two weeks, make sure that your new born is put to sleep at night in a dark place, and for his afternoon and morning nap. Make the room comfortable and quiet and the correct temperature for baby, as he himself is unable to control body temperature by sweating as well as an adult, at birth the only sweat glands to be fully developed are those of the head and feet.

Be interactive with your baby in the morning, chat to him as you feed him, and keep him active until it is morning nap time. Then place him in his crib for his morning nap. He may cry, when left alone, but within two or three days the crying will be dramatically reduced until baby is happy to be left alone and will fall asleep. Many baby care manuals as well as your paediatrician will advise against the use of pacifiers, as they only create dependence, having no medical advantages whatsoever.

If you are trying to get your new born into a routine, again, after lunch time feed, put baby in a quiet dark room to sleep, this establishing from birth that darkness means sleep time and daytime is for play time and fun and also good baby health temperature..

A good bedtime routine really is also essential if you hope to have your baby sleeping well at night from an early age. A warm bath, followed by a bedtime feed in a relaxed and quiet environment, then placing baby in his crib to sleep. When baby wakes during the night, gently lift him from his crib, and feed him by your side, with a small night lamp if you prefer. When you finish feeding, place him back to sleep in his cot.

When following such a routine, your new born will adopt good sleeping patterns from a very early age. What is important is that once you have baby settled in a routine with regular feeding and napping, to try, unless absolutely necessary, not to break the routine. If baby's nap time in the afternoon is 2pm, then make this the time everyday. If you have to leave the house and baby is used to her nap in her crib, just one day of an irregular routine can result in the undoing of much hard work.

Always do what you feel is best for you and baby, if you prefer to feed on demand, and let baby sleep by your side, then do this, and don't follow guidelines or routines. If you are happy or comfortable, then so is baby. It has been proven that establishing a regular bedtime routine will assist baby to sleep better from a much earlier age, making happy baby and happy parents too.

2 comments:

houston spine and rehab said...

Oh God babies have different routines and getting to learn them can be taxing

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