Wow, I really can’t believe how long it’s been since I sat and wrote a baby post. Emily is now at the 3 month mark (7 weeks 4 days corrected age) and honestly I cannot believe how quick it’s gone. And it hasn’t been easy every single day, having a baby is difficult. It’s tiring, emotionally draining and sometimes so frustrating. But the good outweighs the bad/difficult. Seeing her respond with smiles, babbling back at us, playing and learning new things every day is so magical. Seeing her starting to discover the world in her own little way is so special.
During this time I’ve looked into routine for baby’s her age and now I think we have a pretty good routine down. So I thought I’d share it for anyone who like me wanted to get an idea of a baby’s routine.
Emily’s Feeding Routine:
Over the last two weeks Emily has naturally switched from 6 feeds per 24 hours to just 5 feeds in a 24 hour period. She now takes 5 to 6 ounces per feeding but only 3-4 ounces at her last feeding. Roughly 4 hours apart. She is sometimes super hungry and will search for more milk so we will offer her the 7th ounce to satisfy her hunger but this doesn’t happen too often.
We did have trouble with finding the perfect formula for her to tolerate. We tried Aptimal but it really made her vomit, horrifying projectile vomiting. We tried to wait it out because she was diagnosed with reflux and this was one symptom of it but it never got better. So we made the decision to switch to Cow and Gate to see how she went. At first she was fine and she seemed to be so much better but then she started to suffer with constipation, horrible gas and really bad trapped wind. She also struggled to digest it, we’d be nearing the 4 hour mark and she would be getting ready for her next feeding but all of a sudden she would bring up almost all of her previous feed and not much of it had started to digest. Seeing her upset and in pain we then made the final decision to switch to Hipp Organic formula, it is made to be gentle on baby’s tummy and easier to digest. After a couple of feeds with the new milk we could see a difference in her. She was more smiley, a lot less gassy and the projectile vomiting had stopped. We now have a happy baby after feeding and we couldn’t be more thankful to find a formula that really suits her.
So lets talk feeding routine now we’ve covered the background stuff.
Emily Feeds every 4 hours.
Her first feed is about 6am in the morning and then we just go from there. So she feeds at 6am, 10am, 2pm,6pm and then she has a final feed about 10pm before we head to bed. Sometimes it differs and she can get hungry earlier and this is usually half an hour before her feeding time which is fine and we feed her when she wants it. She can also go over her time by half an hour to an hour is she’s in the middle if a nap which is fine too but at the 5 hour mark I wake her to feed.
Feeding time consists of a nappy change first then her bottle. I like her nappy to be changed before every feeding because she does suffer with reflux and for the first 30 mins to 1 hour she cannot be laid flat for it to be changed and often at the hour mark after her bottle she will have a nap so I make sure it’s change before every feed so I know it’s been done and she’s not sat in a wet or dirty nappy.
Changing her nappy just before her feeds has got her used to the routine. she knows when her nappy is being changed and her bib goes on its milk time and this helps to keep her calm and get her ready to feed.
(Please don’t try to force a schedule that your baby just will not take to, We have worked with Emily’s natural routine to find what works for her, try to influence your baby’s routine but don’t ever force it upon them. if they are hungry feed and if not don’t force it, your baby will let you know when they are hungry.)
Emily’s Daily Routine
So now we’ve covered her feeding routine lets get in to her daily routine.
I work with Emily’s feeding routine to make up her daily routine. It works for us and works for her. So her routine follows something like this:
- 6am– Awake, nappy change and feed ( between 5 and 6 ounces)
- 7am-10am– we will have play time, and cuddles but Emily naps more during the morning so more often that not around 7:30am she drops off to sleep for her first nap of the day and this will carry on right until her 10am feed.
- 10am– waking from nap, clothes changed for the day, nappy change and feed (between 5 and 6 ounces)
- 11am-2pm- We will have tummy time, play time, cuddles or this is the time we head off out if we have somewhere to be. She normally has a second nap of about 1 hour to 2 hours give or take.
- 2pm- Nappy change and Feed (between 5 and 6 ounces)
- 3pm-6pm- More play time, tummy time and cuddles. She will have a shorter nap in this block of time but often she’ll have 2 15/20 min naps with awake time in-between if she had a big early afternoon nap. If not she will have a longer stretch of sleep.
- 6pm- Nappy change and feed (between 5 and 6 ounces)
- 7pm-8pm- normally play time with daddy alone while mummy gets dinner finished then we sit down to dinner before her bath time.
- 8pm-8:30pm- she might have a quick cat-nap. Bath and pyjama time. With a baby massage after her bath as this really helps her sleep. If for any reason we miss her bath it’s just a quick wipe and pyjamas/clean nappy.
- 8:30pm-9pm- Time to settle for the night, lights low and quiet (tv turned down and low voices)
- 10pm- sleeping bag on, final feed and bed. (I offer her 6 ounces but she only takes between 3 and 4 ounces. It’s rare she takes the whole bottle)
- 10:30pm- asleep for the night but upright on either of us until 11pm
- 11pm- in her bed and asleep until the morning.
We are going to gradually push her bedtime earlier in the night as she gets older so when she is 6 months old and can sleep in her own bedroom she can be put down to bed earlier in the night with a dream feed if she needs it before we head off to bed.