Babies love to have stability. Routines help ensure your child is safe from big, unexpected changes. Sticking to a familiar routine helps soothes your child in possible stressful situations. Every day is packed with learning and excitement, routines are a way to provide relief from the chaos.
Creating a routine will help make things easier for baby and you.
Set Up a Schedule
It’s important to help establish a routine right away for your newborn to teach them the difference between morning and night.
Around 4 to 6 weeks old, introduce your baby to an evening routine. Include dim lighting, a bath, and some milk. Your babies sleeping pattern isn’t likely set since he or she might wake up within a few hours for another feeding, but it will help them begin to understand this routine with sleep.
Remember that your baby at this age doesn’t have a set routine on feeding time and sleep, so your baby will want to feed on demand and sleep when he or she wants to.
At around 3 and 4 months your child should establish a feeding and sleep schedule routine. During this time, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your baby’s cues about when he or she will get hungry or tired—usually it is around the same time. From there you can establish a routine that works for your baby and help prevent any meltdowns from your baby getting too hungry or tired.
7 months is when your baby eases into a normal schedule and it becomes less of a guessing game. You are likely to experience less nights of waking up and late night feedings.
Learn to Be Flexible
Sometimes there will be certain interruptions that will sway your schedule out of your normal routine. This could be due to holidays or special events that might cause you to push back bedtime or mealtime. Try to stay consistent as possible.
Post a Schedule
Let everyone know what the baby’s schedule is. It can help anyone who stays with your baby to stick to the normal routine when you are not around.
Schedule Around Your Baby’s Routine
Remember to keep your little one’s routine in mind when making doctor appointments and play dates. This will help ensure your baby is well-rested and happy when you are out.
Follow Your Baby’s Lead
Sometimes your baby might get fussy. This might likely be a sign your baby is ready for nap or is hungry but might not be due for one. It’s better to follow his or her lead by putting them down for a nap or feeding them to avoid a possible meltdown.