Van the man, 5 weeks old.
How I am implementing a routine at 4 weeks – Today’s blog features feeding
I have been getting so many questions regarding how I’m going with the new addition to the family. How is he sleeping? Am I getting any sleep? Is he in a routine yet?
So I thought I would do a little piece on how it’s all going and today I will start with feeding.
Van is the most luscious, delicious, to die for baby. I have to restrain myself from eating him all day. Those cheeks just call my name…..come eat me!! I am truly in love.
I can also say that he is a really happy baby. He does have quite a bit of wind, probably windier that any of the other kids. After a feed he grunts and groans, he pulls his knees up and stretch’s. This can last up to an hour after a feed and sometimes he has no problems at all. When it’s on, he is a very noisy little bub.
Lucky for me (and I don’t mean to brag) but last night he woke for a feed at 10.30pm, he was asleep by 11.30 and didn’t wake again until 6.30am. Wow! So lucky!
Most of it is probably luck but some of it may have to with techniques or ‘rules’ I have used along the way. Here I will share them with you.
Now can I please emphasise that I am not trained in this, nor am I giving advice. I am just sharing a few things that I have tried and learned along the way.
Once my babies hit the 4 week mark I start to implement a routine. I have always been a massive fan of routines. My babies love it and I love it. The more that we both know what is going on, what to expect, the calmer we are.
Now I’m not talking the strict, only feed at certain times sort of routine at this age, just small simple things around feeding and sleeping you can start to implement.
Babies up until about 3 months should only ever be awake for 45 minutes to an hour at a time. Anything longer than this and they become overtired, hard to settle or don’t feed as well. This is when bad habits can start to form.
During the day I am happy to feed every 2 to 3 hours. My previous blog, partying at night will explain why. I truly believe this is why Van sleeps so well at night as it’s all about the feeds I get into him in a 24hour period.
If you are feeding more often than this or your baby hasn’t started to stretch his feeds out over night you could consider the following.
When they are feeding are they getting a full feed? More often than not a newborn baby will fall asleep during or straight after a feed. It’s important that you know your baby has had a full feed. I give entrée and mains on one boob (10 to 20 min) and always offer desert on the other. I will usually have to wake him between boobs with a nappy change so even if his nappy is dirty when he wakes up I will wait and change it half way through the feed.
Sometimes he only wants a snack on the second and other times he will have a good crack. If I have offered both I know he has had a good feed and I am happy to let him go at least 2 hours during the day from start of one feed to start of the next.
Unless he is overtired or really unsettled I try to make a point of not feeding him to sleep. I love the fact that my babies can put themselves to sleep. My view is that we owe it to our babies to make sure they feel comfortable and content in their own environment which in turn makes them calm and helps them to self settle.
Now this doesn’t happen every time or even most of the time in the beginning but I believe consistency and perseverance will get you everywhere.
How I put my babies on the road to sleeping and self settling in the next blog.
Have any of you implemented these stategies? Have they worked?
Would love to hear from you below.