Routine

Why Routines are the Secret to Confident Parenting

A routine provides structure to your baby’s day in a world where chaos could reign. It sets out times for feeds, play times and naps ensuring that a baby both feeds and sleeps enough through the day.

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If the word routine conjures up images of a regimented approach to baby care, rest assured that nothing could be further from the truth. The wonder of a routine is that it follows a baby’s natural feeding and sleeping patterns, the patterns a baby might settle into spontaneously over time, but which he can achieve very quickly with a little help and guidance. And once a routine is established a baby will enjoy having regular meals and naps. He will feel secure and confident.

Here are my Secrets to Making a Routine Work:-

  • Always follow the order of events of the routines. Wake your baby; feed him; play with him; nap time. Try to keep the sequence the same. Consistency is the key.
  • The first feed of the day should always be at the same time, usually between 7 and 7.30.
  • Bedtime and the bedtime feed should always be at the same time, about twelve hours after baby has woken up.
  • All the other timings are flexible so you can relax about hitting them exactly. Any feed can be given fifteen minutes before or after they are due.
  • Always give yourself a minimum of seven days before things slip into place. It may take less.
  • If you ever find things slipping drastically and you feel your routine is falling apart, don't give up! Just start afresh the following morning.

Some Other Tips:-

Cycle Routine
  • The biggest problem is parents get day and night mixed up. Midwives tell parents to sleep when their babies sleep. So if the babies sleep for four hours the parents take advantage. But then the babies miss out on a feed, sleep to much and think it's night time hence they will not sleep through the night.
  • Feed twins at the same time - day and night.
  • Never distract a baby with a toy when feeding - this will create problems later on as your baby will associate feeding with playing.
  • Change the nappy 15 minutes before each feed - to wake a sleepy baby.
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  Routine

Why Routines are the Secret to Confident Parenting

A routine provides structure to your baby’s day in a world where chaos could reign. It sets out times for feeds, play times and naps ensuring that a baby both feeds and sleeps enough through the day.

Cycle Routine

If the word routine conjures up images of a regimented approach to baby care, rest assured that nothing could be further from the truth. The wonder of a routine is that it follows a baby’s natural feeding and sleeping patterns, the patterns a baby might settle into spontaneously over time, but which he can achieve very quickly with a little help and guidance. And once a routine is established a baby will enjoy having regular meals and naps. He will feel secure and confident.

Here are my Secrets to Making a Routine Work:-

  • Always follow the order of events of the routines. Wake your baby; feed him; play with him; nap time. Try to keep the sequence the same. Consistency is the key.
  • The first feed of the day should always be at the same time, usually between 7 and 7.30.
  • Bedtime and the bedtime feed should always be at the same time, about twelve hours after baby has woken up.
  • All the other timings are flexible so you can relax about hitting them exactly. Any feed can be given fifteen minutes before or after they are due.
  • Always give yourself a minimum of seven days before things slip into place. It may take less.
  • If you ever find things slipping drastically and you feel your routine is falling apart, don't give up! Just start afresh the following morning.

Some Other Tips:-

Cycle Routine
  • The biggest problem is parents get day and night mixed up. Midwives tell parents to sleep when their babies sleep. So if the babies sleep for four hours the parents take advantage. But then the babies miss out on a feed, sleep to much and think it's night time hence they will not sleep through the night.
  • Feed twins at the same time - day and night.
  • Never distract a baby with a toy when feeding - this will create problems later on as your baby will associate feeding with playing.
  • Change the nappy 15 minutes before each feed - to wake a sleepy baby.

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