Most babies from around 2-3 months old respond well to a routine or pattern to their day/night that reflects their emerging individual needs around sleep and milk feeds. Routines that work have a degree of flexibility that allow the intrusions of daily life that are inevitable.
The arrival of siblings will create the necessity for flexibility and adaptation. You still only have one pair of hands!
Here are 3 things to keep in mind;
- Having a routine becomes important for baby when the parent returns to the workforce.
- When the inevitable disruptions in life appear such as sickness, holidays, moving house, starting day care, then it’s important to “park” the routine and meet your baby’s increased need for your comfort and reassurance.
- Your baby is unique therefore their sleep and wake times will vary. Some days will go smoothly and others won’t. Generally if your baby is happy, relaxed and alert during their wake time then they are probably getting enough sleep.
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