(photo by Photographed By: Makenzie)
In honor of one of my best friends who had baby #2 yesterday (and another best friend having baby #3 next week), I decided I'd rewind and do a little newborn post.
I wanted and needed a Babywise refresher when Nova was born, so I re-read the book. For those of you that feel the same, yet don't want to read it again, here are the points that I believe are most important.
The eat-wake-sleep pattern. I mention this first because this is the biggie. This can start immediately. For newborns, the only "waketime" they may have is feeding time. Maybe there's an additional 5 minutes, but maybe not. (When they do start handling a little more waketime after feedings, be aware of how long is too long, as they can get overstimulated and overtired very easily. Sometimes you can't control this if baby is being passed around, but while at home, try to get baby down for a nap when you know she's reached her limit. With newborns, waketime is usually 40-50 minutes.) Focus on the EWS routine and your days/nights will become a little more organized.
This kind of goes along with the first one. Those sleepy newborns are so hard to keep awake while feeding, but it is so important. It's a frustrating phase, most definitely, but teaching them to stay awake in order to receive a full feeding and really feel satisfied is worth it. This is what helps them get on track for feeding every 2.5-3 hours.
I love this. I remember reading this post on Valerie's blog and feeling so encouraged. The quick idea? When it comes to sleep, these are the most important things to remember: 1 - Baby sleeps when she should. 2 - Baby sleeps when she should, in her own bed. 3 - Baby sleeps when she should, in her own bed, and falls asleep on her own. Read Valerie's entire post on this to get more details.
Of course, even after reading this, I would still recommend reading the whole book again. But this should hopefully get you through the first month!
Other Helpful Newborn Posts:
1 month old schedule
babywise eating and sleeping patterns (the first 6 months)
schedule transitions for sleeping through the night
how nova slept through the night