Baby Care & Child Health Problems
Planning a Baby Routine
The first few weeks with your baby will seem nothing more than chaotic and emotionally volatile. It will take about a month for both the mother and the baby to fit into a comfortable routine. By this time, you would have learnt how many naps he/she takes during the day and their approximate duration. You will know how often the baby needs a feed and at what intervals. You will have an idea of how many times they wake up at night. The baby will learn that you are the main caretaker and that you will feed, clean and comfort him/her when he/she cries. Depending on the way you interact and react to the baby, they will expect you to be talkative, quite, upset, calm or irritated in different situations.
Babies will also be developing their own personalities and will be learning things from you. If your behaviour is not what the baby expected in a particular situation, he/she will be upset and cry because there is a sudden unexpected change in behaviour. Babies measure their worth by the response of their caregivers. As you feed, change, bathe, clean and talk to your baby, they will look attentively at your face, observing all the changes in your expression as you speak. The first few months of a baby's life are very important from the point of view of his/ her socialization. These months will form the basis for their interaction with the rest of the people. Therefore, the mother's interaction with the baby and her behaviour towards him/her assumes immense importance in the first few months.
Three weeks old baby
As you have a new baby whose care will take up most of your time, it is better you make a plan and have a daily routine in place. Since you will have to take care of the baby, you may not be able to pay much attention to the rest of your family. You have an additional responsibility now that needs maximum attention and care on your part. Accept this and make changes at home to make things easier for you. Make a realistic plan that you are able to follow without much difficulty and distress. It is important to remember that you will have to plan your day around your baby. We have compiled some tips from different parents on how to manage your home and your baby in those initial days.
Tips to Plan the Baby Routine
If you can afford it, hire someone, to help with some of the chores around the house like cleaning, ironing, shopping, etc.
Try to keep the baby awake in the early evening time, so that he/she sleeps for a longer duration in the night. You will also be able to sleep sound if the baby doesn't wake up frequently in the night.
You should also try to schedule the other activities of your baby, such as baths and play time along with naps and eating.
Make sure that you stick to the same schedule during the week and on weekends. This will make it easier for the baby to fall into a set pattern.
Take time to do something that you enjoy and that makes you happy every day. It can be talking to a friend, watching TV, or listening to music. If you are happy and relaxed, you will be able to take better care of your baby.
On the weekends, you and your partner can take turns in looking after the baby, so that you get some time off.
Cook your dinner early, as you will be exhausted by the evening and will have to begin cooking all over again. At least prepare most of it, so that you have very little to do later.
Mother putting her baby to sleep
Mother, father and their child
By the age of six months, most of the babies begin to develop a rather predictable schedule for sleeping, feeding and playing. You just have to solidify those patterns by introducing your baby to a routine that is comfortable for both you and him/her. Remember, no matter how hard you work, you may not be able to do all your household chores. The important thing is not to overburden yourself, to find time for yourself and to enjoy the new baby.