When you become a new parent, you should expect for your world to be turned upside down for a while. However, after being with you for a few months, it’s perfectly acceptable for you to start getting your baby into a more fixed routine. If you don’t work towards this, you’re likely to get burnt out and not enjoy all the time you get to spend with baby. Once you’re able to achieve a daily routine, you’ll find that you’ll have more quality time to spend with your little one, and you’ll hopefully be able to get more sleep. If you’re lucky, you may even find some time for your partner to give you a much-needed massage with baby lotion!
Baby Feeding Routines
When it comes to feeding baby, it’s pretty easy to get on a set schedule after the first few weeks and months. Your baby is going to let you know right off the bat when he or she is hungry, so you won’t have to worry about not knowing. As your baby gets older, you’ll be able to structure feedings more around your daily schedules. Just make sure that you’re not trying to overfeed your baby because he or she is crying and you don’t know why. Talk to your pediatrician about how often you should be feeding your infant, so that you can set up the best routine.
Baby Bath Routines
While you might not be able to control baby’s sleep schedule very well for the first few months, a baby bath schedule is definitely in your control. Pick a time that works well for you and baby and just commit yourself to doing it. Even if baby is fussy at first, you can find ways to soothe him or her during bath time, such as with toys or music. Once you get baby into the routine of having a bath and then a massage with baby lotion after, it won’t be such a big deal for either of you, and you might even start to look forward to baby bath time.
Baby Bedtime Routines
Getting into a good baby bedtime routine is something that a lot of new parents struggle with, but it’s so important for your baby’s health and your sanity. If you don’t make it a habit to schedule baby’s naps when he or she gets past the first few months of life, then you’re going to find yourself up at all hours and your baby is probably going to be grumpy most of the time. Do yourself a big favor and try to start structuring baby’s naps and baby bedtime. If you can’t get baby to sleep just by putting him or her down, try a little massage with baby lotion before sleep time. The more often you repeat the schedule, the easier it will become for you and baby.
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