A baby’s needs are as simple as sleep, feed, play and love. But knowing how to get these needs right is the challenge. Not to mention balancing your baby’s needs with yours, your other children, your partner and any other member of the family. Having routines around your baby’s naps and bedtime helps your baby adjust better to a schedule. Routines and schedules helps your baby know what to expect at certain times of the day. For example, your baby knows that he gets a feeding before his afternoon nap and would become drowsy during or after his feeding, anticipating his nap.
“Babies like to know that [certain things will happen] at a certain time each day,” says pediatrician Tanya Remer Altmann, editor-in-chief of The Wonder Years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate the Major Developmental Milestones.
Having a sleeping and feeding schedule makes it easier for you and your baby to go through the day. it is just like having a manual for your child. But before you start a schedule you need to know how much your baby needs to feed, and how much sleep your baby needs and how often.
Also know that even after your child grows, you would have to adjust his a schedule to fit his age and developmental needs. And According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, “Even after your child has established a fairly regular and reasonable sleep pattern, problems can develop’. For example, babies have sleep regressions at different ages as they go through developmental milestones.
Having in mind that there is no one solution for all babies, the schedules below are guide lines to give you a good start and you can tweak them to fit you and your child. The key thing is to be consistent and stick to a schedule for at least a week to know if it is working or not. And remember that it takes patience and commitment to help your child improve his sleep pattern.
Note: these schedules are just samples and guides to help you shape your baby’s sleeping and feeding pattern towards a healthy development.