Updated: Mar 4
The early days are tough and you aren't given a clear guide on what to do with a newborn. You're exhausted from labour and you are now a nervous and emotional wreck. The joys of motherhood is upon you!!! So I wanted to write a little example of a newborns day routine that all new parents can work towards and see if they are on the right track. Remember every baby is different and they may have their own routine, this is purely a helpful guide.
Milk - Every two to three hours (breast) or every three to four hours (bottle). That is for both day & night.
Naps - Approximately every 45 minutes. Again that is for both day & night.
Tiny babies spend most of their time asleep, sometimes unto 18 hours or more a day. Newborns are unable to stay awake for more than 45 minutes. A common misconception that new parents have is thinking that if a baby is awake for a long time during the day, they will sleep better at night. However the opposite is true. If your baby doesn't get enough rest during the day, they will become overstimulated, overtired and in a state where they cannot get themselves off to sleep.
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