Baby routines

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‘Baby’ and ‘routine’ in the same sentence together is likely to provoke instant venom amongst some of you, while others will whole heartedly agree that getting your baby into a routine is best. So should routines be implemented from the off, or not?

I honestly believe they should. So why get your baby into a routine in the first place? Well, I think it’s common sense. Surely it’s crucial to establish a mutual schedule so you both know (more, or less) what’s coming next. In the beginning, a baby’s needs are minimal; eating, sleeping and playing. It’s hard as a first time mum to work out what each cry means, and if you’re leaving it to chance you’ll end up going through every possibility before actually getting the right one.

Creating that balance from day one practically eliminates all need for guesswork. You and your baby will both be happier and know what to expect next. This further allows for you to plan your days out when you’re ready to venture outside. You’ll know when your baby is due to feed (although this can be slightly harder when breastfeeding – I just worked out where I could go in public but still be discreet about it) and due to nap. Secondly, anybody who wants to help out with babysitting won’t have to guess either. You’ll be able to give them (roughly) a time when your baby is due to eat, sleep or want to be entertained.

When should you start getting your baby into a routine? Experts are often in disagreement, but I’m not really one for listening to them and tend to go with the flow. I’d say from day one – the sooner you get something established, the easier it will be. I breastfed exclusively for 6 weeks, and stopped completely somewhere around the 10 week mark. It was pretty hard at first considering breast-feeding is an ‘on-demand’ job but it did get easier – luckily for me the routine just fell into place. It also makes night times a dream. Our little one slept through from 11 weeks once we’d got him into a proper routine and he’d learned day from night. It’s amazing what good a bit of uninterrupted sleep can do for you!

Consistency is key for any routine, so stick with it. Babies tend to be so much happier when they don’t want anything, thus all focus can be on play time  and allowing them to explore the world around them happily!

What’s your baby routine? How quickly did it take for you to settle in first time round?

J

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4 thoughts on “Baby routines

    mummyprobs said:
    February 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Well said! Routine from day 1 definitely worked for us. We didn’t follow one particular parenting guide to the letter but we did what made sense for us. We have two very happy children with a fantastic routine day and night which means we have a very happy mummy and daddy x

      raisingtherings responded:
      February 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      I honestly believe it’s the gateway to happiness! We were the same as you and just went with the flow. A happy baby definitely equals happy parents. And then you know you’ve at least got some time to yourself in the evening with your partner.. who needs a date night? We have one every night! x

        mummyprobs said:
        February 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        You are so right! I think this is why it’s so hard when my husband is away, I miss the nights x

    raisingtherings responded:
    February 8, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    If my partner worked away, I’d hate it too! What does he do? Mine’s a teacher and he’s spent up to a month away at a time on school trips. I hate it when I’m on my own, even for a weekend! Awful! x

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