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16-04-2012 12:57 #1
Advice on newborn routine
16-04-2012 13:02 #2
I think the best routine for s newborn is to just demand feed, go with the flow.
The only routine I had at that age was a bath every night before a feed and bed.
16-04-2012 13:11 #3
I've always fed my newborns on cue and have always done a shower/boob/bed nighttime routine (bed when I go to bed otherwise just sleeping on me or on the couch in the evenings) I stop changing nappies overnight as soon as they stop pooping as its the only thing I get up for, we cosleep. Nighttime is boring time, if they wake up I just lay next to them in the dark until they go back to sleep, all of my kids learnt that it was too boring to be awake overnight very quickly.
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16-04-2012 15:17 #4
We just went with the flow (and still do now at 14 weeks). DS eats when hungry, sleeps when tired and we do play inbetween.
I do a bit of a bedtime routine (bath, feed, story, bed) and try to have him down by about 8pm but am flexible with this if we go out or if he has a nap later in the day. Didn't start this until about 8 weeks or so.
I think you have to do what works best for you and your baby. I have a friend who has a very strict routine (day and night) with her bub and she works her life around it. This works well for her but I know personally I couldn't live my life like that.
You will figure out what you feel comfortable with!
16-04-2012 15:28 #5
We're pretty much this exactly! DS just sort of found his own routine, which when hearing this in the early days was frustrating but once i stopped trying to impose a schedule things did get into a rhythm. Took about 6 weeks and still changes but works well for us.
16-04-2012 16:37 #6-
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like the others we just go with the flow.
16-04-2012 17:23 #7Senior Member
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Go with the flow and don't be afraid to follow your instincts.
Up until 6 weeks I think it's just coping day by day and getting the feeding going well.
Some people routine works and some not, I found my baby just kind of set up her own over time and ended up sleeping through at 3 months so I was lucky.
It can be really hard to accept help and just go, I'm here for the baby and that's it. Don't worry if the house is a mess or your still in your Pjs it's all okay as long as you and bub are happy!
Cherish this time as it goes so fast and relax! You are doing great.
16-04-2012 19:45 #8
The routine we followed with DS as a newborn was Feed/Play/Sleep during the day, bedtime was feed/bath/feed/bed. He called the shots in terms of how long between feeds, but it usually worked out to be every 3-4 hours.
16-04-2012 19:47 #9
Yes! Go with the flow, they're only babies ONCE!!
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16-04-2012 20:05 #10
I would get into the habit of putting bubs down to sleep at least 25% awake. It will get them into the habit of them resettling themself after every 45 min cycle.
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