How to create a sleeping and feeding schedule for your newborn
Caring for a newborn can be challening, but setting a schedule can make things easier! Here's how to get started...
Time management is a skill all parents must have, but it can be challenging at times. To make things easier, you can craft a sleeping and feeding schedule for your baby. Here are some tips to help get you started!
First, determine your newborn's needs. From birth until 3 months of age, your newborn's sleep pattern will range from 30 to 45 minutes or 3 to 4 hours in duration. They usually feed in between sleeping.
It's important to allow them time to adjust, knowing that they don't follow the normal day and night waking and sleeping schedule.
You'll notice that your baby will be sleepy for the first two weeks of life. They don't usually wake up when hungry and often fall asleep while feeding.
It's important to understand that your newborn's tummy is tiny, so frequent feedings are to be expected.
If you're breastfeeding, note that you will need to feed your baby more often than formula feeding moms, because formula isn't digested as quickly as breast milk, leaving baby feeling full longer.
On average, breastfeeding newborns require 20 and 30 ounces of milk per day. Beyond 3 months of age, babies need about 25 to 35 ounces.
Your feeding schedule should adapt to your newborn's needs. Feed your baby when he's hungry during the first few weeks. This establishes routine and helps you gain momentum in terms of milk production.
Try breastfeeding every 2 to 3 hours during the newborn stage to maintain good supply.
Here's a sample schedule to help you plan your day better. However, it's important to note that this may vary, depending on your babies needs. Note signs of sleepiness: yawning, rubbing eyes, blank stares, to help you better craft the best sleep schedule.
9:00 AM – Wake up and feed/nurse
10:00 AM – Set baby down for a nap (30-60 minutes)
11:00 AM – Wake up and feed/nurse
12:30 PM – Set baby down for a nap (30-60 minutes)
1:30 PM – Wake up and feed/nurse
3:30 PM –Set baby down for a nap (30-60 minutes)
4:30 PM – Wake up and feed/nurse
6:00 PM – Set baby down for a nap (30-60 minutes)
6:30 PM – Wake up and feed/nurse
7:30 PM – Set baby down for a nap (30-60 minutes)
8:00 PM –Wake up and feed/nurse
9:30 PM – Set baby down for a nap (30-60 minutes)
10:00 PM –Wake up and feed/nurse
11:30 PM – Feed/nurse and time for bed!*
3:30 AM – Feed/nurse and help baby fall back to sleep
6:30 AM – Feed/nurse and help baby fall back to sleep
What's your newborn's schedule like? Let us know in the comments below!