1. Get into the habit of falling asleep ritualsOnce you have established a fixed bedtime routine, the fixed daily routine will come on its own, says Tanya Remer Altmann, pediatrician and editor-in-chief of The Wonder Years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate the Major Developmental Milestones .
And to introduce a steady bedtime, you should introduce a bedtime routine that your baby and you can count on day after day. ""The bedtime routine is the most important element for the introduction of a regular daily routine,"" says Altmann. ""You can not force it in the first months, but from the second month you can start training it. ""
Altman advises keeping it simple: a warm bath (once or twice a week, otherwise the warm washcloth is enough), pajamas on, a feeding and then the lights off. For the first three or four months it's fine, Altmann says, when the baby falls asleep while drinking, but then you should lay your baby awake so she learns to fall asleep on her own. But it helps if you still cuddle up with the baby until it is tired and about to fall asleep.
second Many babies have no sense of day or night at the beginning and sleep a lot during the day, only to wake up when the sun goes down By helping your baby distinguish the day from the night, you take a decisive step towards a fixed daily routine.
To help your child recognize the difference between day and night, you should provide plenty of light in the house during the first three to four weeks during the day. By contrast, in the evening and at night your house should not be so bright and quiet. Talk to your baby during the night feeding little. Let your baby know that is the night to sleep and the day to play and get together. Many babies become more alert and active in about three to four weeks, and then need darkness during the day to find sleep. For some, this is the case even earlier.
third Learn to Interpret Your Baby's SignalsThere are many ways to get advice on a daily routine for your baby: at BabyCenter, in books, at your pediatrician, at the midwife, or at any other parent's home Example in the BabyCenter community. However, an important guide will always be your baby yourself, showing you what it takes - as you learn to interpret its signals.
Daniel Levy, pediatrician and professor at the University of Maryland, says: ""When parents take time for their children, the information they receive is filtered through their own experience. So-called instinct arises when they find out what temperament your baby has and what works for him. ""
If you watch your child closely, you'll soon know what it's about to tell you. For example, even when crying,
signals are what he just misses. So, if you realize very quickly that your child is hungry, it will help both of you to avoid big frustration. This makes life much easier for baby and parents.
This learning process takes time and patience. And some babies do not send as accurate signs as others. This is not your fault! But you will probably recognize recurring patterns after a while. But you will recognize recurring patterns after a while. And when you keep a record of your baby's naps, feeds and seasons, you can incorporate the experience gained into a day plan that works.
4th Give priority to the daily schedule once you've startedIf you're just getting your baby to follow a routine or even trying to spot the patterns, then you should give that task priority, at least in the first weeks after the start. Try to avoid any distractions such as trips, a meal in between, or an overly long game afternoon that delays sleeping. Once you have the daily schedule installed, a one-time change for one afternoon will be unlikely to lead to setbacks. As long as your baby gets used to it, however, you should keep the daily routine as constant as possible.
5th Expect Changes During the Growth PhasesYour baby has a tremendous program in its first year. It will almost triple its weight and learn such important things as sitting up, crawling and maybe even walking.
So do not be surprised if your child breaks out of his rhythm during a growth phase or learning these essentials. Your baby will be hungrier than usual, need more sleep, or even return to wake up several times a night. Then stay on the ball - either your baby returns quickly to its usual course or this must be adjusted accordingly.
. 6 Adjust the Daily Plan to the Age of Your BabySometimes you may feel that every time you have a nice rhythm with your baby, the next change is necessary. As your baby grows older, it requires less sleep a day and more playtime and stimulation.
Then at some point, the switch to solid food, once a day, later several times a day. These changes will inevitably change your baby's routine. Find out about the development milestones and check out our daily plans for babies of all ages to see what awaits you.
. 7 Never Expect a Plan to Work PerfectlySome parents have the exaggerated expectation that the day plans will always work like clockwork. But even if babies like it, when the days have a firm rhythm, you have to expect changes from day to day and also that something changes as your baby gets older.
There are times when your baby takes a nap, gets hungry or wakes up before dawn. Add to that the peculiarities of family life, which eventually continues. Holidays, the needs of older siblings, activities with friends and family, or just tasks to do - all of this will be reflected in your daily routine with the baby.
Deviations from the plan are perfectly fine as long as your baby gets enough sleep, food, play time and love to grow and thrive.