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Baby's Daily Schedule
Organizing Your Baby's Day
In caring for many babies through the years I found that in addition to providing a loving and nurturing environment if I was organized about their care then things went much more smoothly!
Having an Organized Baby is more about organizing your baby's environment so that things go smoothly. Your baby will change from day to day but if you organize their day and surroundings you will be ready to meet those changes.
What areas can you organize?
Clothing Organize baby's clothing. You most likely will purchase items that your baby will grow into. Put them away and label them so you can find them when it's time.
Day Organize your baby's day. You baby already has an inborn schedule they are keeping to. Pay attention and take notes. You will find the best times to do things for mom (naptime) and you will know when your baby is ready for bed. Try not to pack too much into your young child's day. They need plenty of rest as they are growing and learning.
Nursery An organized nursery allows you to find baby's belongings quickly and efficiently. Very important when there is a diaper to change or an appointment to be met.
Organizing different aspects of your baby's environment will make it easier for you to respond to life's unexpecteds.
Helping Your Baby Establish a Daytime Routine
Your baby is off schedule when they are born. Their days are our nights and our nights are their days. They want to sleep when the world is awake and wake up at night when the world is asleep. I'm guess this is because they are used to being rocked to sleep in the womb while mommy is up working and taking care of business.
So as soon as you can you want to set up a routine that will help you and baby to manage your days. The introduction of a new baby into the household means that the regular household tasks you were used to getting done might not get done at all or at least without some help. This is just a season of life and it too will pass.
At first your baby will sleep a lot and feed at varied times during the day. It will not be obvious at first to predict how and when baby will need these things so a schedule is difficult to pin down, but very soon as the days pass a routine will start settle in.
To encourage a schedule for your baby try to do specific things for baby at the same time each day. Things such as bathing, feeding, and relaxing together for a rest.
This will alert your baby that this is a good time to do these things and they will begin to look for them to happen at the same time.
By then you will also note that your baby is more awake and ready for play or sleepy and ready for a nap at the same times each day.
Many people mark baby’s shift to a more specific night time schedule at about six weeks. Some note that baby begins to sleep through the night or for longer periods at night which means their clocks are differentiating between night and day.
Babies are individuals and not all the same but all do require a good amount of sleep the first 6 months. This means a few naps during the day and can be times when you get rest yourself or accomplish household or other tasks.
Routines and schedules help babies thrive but do try and be flexible to your baby’s own changing needs as they grow.
Bedtime Routine for Your Baby
Bedtime routines are important for babies too.
Newborn babies will usually sleep about 16 to17 hours within a 24 hour period. And most babies generally do nots sleep through the night until they're at least 3 months old for several reasons. One main reason is that their tiny stomachs get hunger. The formula or milk they've eaten only hours before is quickly digested and they need some more.
To help with those early on bedtime woes routines and rituals are very important to help establish positive sleep patterns and in developing a sense of security and stability.
1.Start off on the right foot with a set bedtime. Choose a good time in the evening that works with your babies sleep schedule and that you can stick to for the most part.
2.Create a bedtime routine that is predictable and comforting. A pattern they know well.
3.A bedtime that works for your child will help to teach them that it is time to settle down for the evening. Each child is different so pick what works. Many parents like to give their child a bath before bedtime. If this tends to stimulate your child though you may want to switch bathtime to the morning or another part of the day.
4. Another common step in the bedtime routine is reading a book to baby. Even though they are young they can pick up on the sounds of your voice and enjoy a good read as much as anyone.
Pick three to four steps to make a good bedtime routine for your baby. An example would be:1. bath 2. put on sleepwear 3. say goodnight with hugs and kisses to family members 4. read a story. Do the items in the same order each night.
Sometimes the bedtime routine won't work. Baby has been too stimulated or just may be feeling grumpy. Don't give up just move through the steps a little faster to get baby to bed. The bath may not be as long. The book may be a very short story you made up.
Remember to make routines for naps as well as bed time so your baby gets used to sleeping at regular times.
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