An age-appropriate daily routine is essential for the health of your baby. Of course, every child is different and children of the same age may have different routines. But there are general recommendations that should be relied upon in drawing up a child’s daily routine. After all, it is very important to observe the correct sequence of sleep, feeding and hygiene procedures and bathing, games, and rest.
The daily routine for a baby who is artificially fed is almost the same as for a baby who is breastfed. The main difference is the feeding schedule. Mother’s milk is absorbed by the baby better and faster, while artificial milk is digested much worse and takes longer. Therefore, the break between feedings for the art baby should be at least four hours. The approximate feeding schedule for the art baby is 7:00, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00, 23:00, 3:00.
It is impossible to overestimate the importance of sleep for a child’s health. The child will have every day to discover something new, and this requires that he rested well and slept well. Lack of sleep has a negative impact on the activity of the baby, appetite deteriorates, apathy appears, decreases interest in games, and moods and tantrums become frequent.
5 important things to do before you put your baby to sleep:
- Taking a bath before an evening nap promotes his stability because the drop in body temperature after a bath mimics the natural drop in body temperature as if it is already getting ready for bed;
- It is necessary to begin in advance to prepare the child for bed because a full child will sleep much more soundly and calmly, but at the same time, it is important not to overfeed. Because it will create discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract;
- Before going to bed, you should check the baby’s bed, adjust the sheet so that there are no folds, carefully put a pillow so that it is comfortable to sleep on.
- It is necessary to create a calm environment, eliminate extraneous sounds, talk in a calm quiet voice, turn on the night lamp.
- You should always put your baby to bed at the same time. Gradually, the child will get used to the regime and fall asleep without caprice.
If the baby falls asleep next to his mother and is not alone, there is nothing wrong with it. Body contact is very significant for the baby. The connection between baby and mother is very close, and as a rule, most children sleep peacefully all night if they feel that their mother is near. And quite often they wake up if they sleep in a stroller or separate crib. You should teach the child to fall asleep not in mom’s arms, but next to him in bed, because later it will be difficult to wean him off it.
Follow the rules and everything will be fine
Since to assimilate the artificial formula, the baby’s body needs much more time than to assimilate the mother’s milk, feeding the baby-artificial should be strictly on the intended regime. As a rule, each manufacturer’s package of formula contains recommendations on how many times a day to feed a baby of a specific age and how much formula to give a baby at one feeding. For example, HiPP Formula recommends feeding your baby an average of five to six times a day and the desired amount of formula per feeding is 110-130 ml.
As a baby’s peaceful sleep not only contributes to its harmonious growth and development but also helps parents to maintain their emotional stability, we recommend observing the above recommendations. We wish you and your baby sweet dreams and a proper diet!