Getting a newborn on a feeding and sleeping schedule is something that most parents dream of. It can be difficult to get your child on a schedule, but not impossible. The first thing that you have to keep in mind is that they’ll set the schedule. It probably won’t work if you say to yourself “Well, they are going to eat at this time, this time and this time and sleep from these hours.” You have to adapt yourself to your babies feeding and sleeping schedule. This article will discuss how you can try to get your baby on a more normal feeding and sleeping schedule.
Newborn Feeding Time Schedule:
Feeding time will be easier schedule wise then a sleeping schedule. Your baby will wake up and let you know when they are hungry so base your feeding schedule on that. Your newborn has a smaller stomach when they are first born so they won’t eat that much per feeding in the beginning which means they will want to eat more frequently.
You should expect to feed your child every three to four hours in a 24 hour period, sometimes a little sooner if they demand it. By placing yourself on this schedule, it won’t seem as surprising when your newborn wants to eat again so soon.
Breastfed babies will want to eat more often then formula fed babies because breast milk is different then formula and will go through your child’s system quicker.
Newborn Sleeping Schedule:
A perfect sleeping schedule is what every parent longs to accomplish with their child but is one of the hardest to do with a newborn.
Emedtv.com says that newborn babies may sleep better during the day because when they were in the womb, it was like being rocked to sleep when their mother was up and moving around and when the mom was sleeping at night, it made them want to move around more because it was so quiet.
Try having a routine with your infant to establish that it’s bedtime. When your child is getting tired, lay them in their crib before they fall asleep so that they can learn to fall asleep on their own without you rocking and holding them all night long. After you’ve fed your baby and burped him or her in the middle of the night, place them in bed right after so they can get used to falling to sleep on their own. In time, your baby will be on a sleep schedule. It may not happen overnight or a few weeks after you start trying but you’re setting the pattern for the future.
If your child sleeps for more then five hours at a time, you need to wake them up because they need to eat more often then that, to get what they need from the formula or breast milk so they can continue to grow healthy.
Even with trying the above tip for sleeping, you may not be able to get your newborn on a regular sleeping schedule. If you feel like you’re going crazy from lack of sleep, reach out to family members and friends and ask if they can help watch your child so you can get a much needed nap.