Sunday, March 12, 2006

Day 20 - Let your baby call the shots

Today's Tip - Base feedings, sleep and diaper changes around baby's schedule, not yours (in the beginning)

While there are plenty of rules and regulations on when you should feed your infant, when he should sleep, etc., there's no better indicator of what he needs, when he needs it, than him. In the beginning, forcing him to go hours at night between feedings is just going to stress him, and you out.

So for the first month or so, set a loose routine of feeding every 2-3 hours, diaper changes whenever he wants, and do your nightly bedtime routine, but understand that it can and will fluctuate. By setting a loose routine, you'll be laying the foundation for when it becomes more solidified later. By being flexible, your baby comes to know he can rely on you and you'll have to deal with less hour long crying sessions because you're a slave to the schedule.

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