3-6 MONTHS

Your Baby & Toddler - - Newborn -

STICK­ING TO A

rou­tine aids in your child’s devel­op­ment. Your child begins to build her self-es­teem and learns that there are cer­tain rules in life. Be­low is a guide to es­tab­lish­ing a rou­tine. Use it un­til you find your own rhythm.

Re­mem­ber to stay flex­i­ble. Of­ten just when you be­come com­fort­able that you have es­tab­lished a rou­tine, your baby may de­cide to change pace and switch things up!

WAKE UP!

At this age ba­bies usu­ally sleep be­tween twelve to fif­teen hours in a day. Twelve of th­ese hours are spent sleep­ing at night, but not with­out wak­ing up in be­tween.

If your baby wakes up around 06:00, try to keep the en­vi­ron­ment calm while you change her nappy and cud­dle her for a lit­tle while in bed.

She may want to feed im­me­di­ately on wak­ing, es­pe­cially if she did not wake up for a feed dur­ing the night.

Ba­bies can start solids be­tween four and six months, but milk will still make up the biggest part of what they eat. The amount of solids they eat in the be­gin­ning is small. Give her milk when she wakes up in the morn­ing. If she is al­ready eat­ing por­ridge she can have it at around 07:00 af­ter her milk.

From 08:00 on­ward you can wipe her with a face­cloth and dress her. Keep her body warm. Play with her for a while by mas­sag­ing her body be­fore you dress her. Play sooth­ing mu­sic be­cause she is go­ing to want to sleep soon.

By 09:00 your baby might be ready for her morn­ing nap. If you have to go gro­cery shop­ping this would be the ideal time. She will want to sleep for about an hour in the morn­ing.

LUNCH

Be­tween 10:00 and 11:00 she is go­ing to wake up for her next feed. If she does not want to drink im­me­di­ately you can first play for a while. If she is on solids, give this meal to her first and then her milk.

En­ter­tain her a bit af­ter lunch. By 11:30 you can start pre­par­ing her for her af­ter­noon nap so that she is in dream­land by 12:00. She should sleep be­tween two to three hours.

AF­TER­NOON

Give baby her milk when she wakes up. Af­ter­wards you can en­joy play­ing with her. This is a good time to stim­u­late her be­cause ba­bies are at their most alert once they wake up from their af­ter­noon nap. You can give her some wa­ter dur­ing the af­ter­noon if she is thirsty.

Play can in­clude any­thing that helps de­velop your baby’s body, senses and emo­tions. You can go sit in the gar­den and lis­ten to the birds or lie on a blan­ket and watch the clouds or the leaves in the trees.

Steer clear from too much stim­u­la­tion such as loud noises be­fore nap time. An en­er­getic baby at night is a sign of a baby that is tired due to over­stim­u­la­tion.

The time spent awake dur­ing day­time naps is short: any­thing be­tween two and three hours. That is why your baby will likely want to sleep again around 16:00 for a short while. She might ask to be soothed with a bot­tle or to breast­feed.

DIN­NER AT AROUND 17:00

If she is on solids you can give her milk first, fol­lowed by solids and a long feed. Af­ter din­ner she can lie un­der her play gym while you cook and en­joy din­ner. She will tire very quickly.

BED­TIME

Al­low be­tween two to three hours be­tween her af­ter­noon nap and her bed­time. It’s a good idea to put her to bed be­fore 19:00, at around 18:30. Don’t take her out of the room again once you get ready to go to bed.

A part of the rou­tine should be a calm at­mos­phere af­ter din­ner, with­out too much stim­u­la­tion or ex­cite­ment.

Re­mem­ber bath­time forms part of pre­par­ing for bed. Keep it calm with soft, sooth­ing sounds.

Once she is dressed you can read a book or sing a song. Once she is ready for bed you can give her night feed. Of­ten this is what­ever was left over from din­ner.

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