Newborn babies spend most of their time sleeping. The babies will have 2 to 3 naps per day. So, you will need to arrange your baby schedule carefully.
In the first six months of life, almost all mothers need to care about is the baby’s food intake and sleeping habits. Depending on the choices of parents, the baby schedule of sleeping habits also varies.
Some parents do not set a schedule, but all follow the instinct of the baby. Others come up with a simple, flexible plan that helps to control the situation effectively. It is not the time for you to make rigid schedules for your baby, even the ones that look like the best will not fit your kid perfectly. The only way is to “train” your baby slowly, working together to come up with the best “plan” for both mother and baby.
A Basic Baby Schedule: Eat, Play and Sleep
For infants, mothers should arrange the feeding and sleeping time for the baby flexibly. Many health experts believe that when appropriate, the mother should begin to perform tasks in a specific order of eating, playing, and sleeping.
A simple baby schedule starts when your baby wakes up:
- Changing diapers for babies
- Spend time talking and playing with your baby
- Put your baby back to sleep
In the evening, the mother does not need to spend time playing with the baby. Instead, the mother should focus on putting the baby back to sleep after breastfeeding and changing the diaper clean.
A Few Notes for Mothers
- Sleep during the day: Many mothers want to let their children sleep at night, so they intentionally keep them awake during the day. Day-to-day sleep is also essential for your babies, and keeping them awake all day does not help them sleep better at night. But it is best not to let your baby sleep more than 4 hours at a time during the day.
- Feeding and sleeping: Usually, infants need to be fed every 2 to 4 hours. Baby will sleep better after being fed.
- Cuddle, soothe: If the babies do not return to sleep, the mother should give them a little help. Just a little cuddle and pampering of the mother, the baby will quickly fall back to sleep. If your baby has just been fed within 2 hours before, you can try feeding a little more and comforting your baby to sleep again.
A baby schedule is simple if you strictly follow the most fundamental stages above. For young children, playing time is simply the cuddle gestures of the mother or sometimes the stretching or pedaling of the baby only. Babies will feel tired and sleepy after about 10 to 20 minutes “playing” like that.
Also, the mother should pay attention to the baby’s expressions to know when to stop and return the baby to sleep.