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How to start the perfect routine for baby

Baby Routine

It’s been a couple of weeks since you’ve brought your little one home and your baby has yet to settle into a routine. This is normal, as the first three or fourth months of your baby’s life is a major period of transition as they learn how to live outside of the womb. It is up to you to create the perfect routine for your baby. Here are some handy tips to do this.

It is important to realise that your baby is unique, so their routine may not be the same as, for example, your friend’s baby. Some babies like to 14 hours a day whereas other babies need much more sleep than that in a day. Some babies like to be active whereas others prefer a more sedentary life. So, getting to know your baby is the first step to creating the perfect routine for your little one.

We suggest that you wait until your baby is 4 to 6 months old before introducing the idea of a routine to them. This is because it is much better for newborns if they can nap and feed on demand. However, you can begin to introduce small routines around sleeping and eating to establish the groundwork for a routine later down the line. A good example of this is by singing a lullaby or reading a story before putting the baby down to nap as this will become a cue for napping when you establish your routine.

Do your research! Look at patterns in your baby’s behaviour to help you develop routines naturally. If your baby gets sleepy after feeds, try setting a routine where a nap follows a feed. If you want your baby to sleep longer at night, try keeping them awake for a couple of minutes longer when napping during the day to make sure they sleep for longer periods at night.

One aspect of your routine you might want to focus on is feeding time. Try delaying when a feeding for a couple of minutes when they are hungry. This will mean that your baby will eat more each time and can then wait a bit longer between meals.

Let us know your top tips for getting baby into a routine and we’ll collate them for a future blog post!

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