Becoming a mother is as challenging as it’s a pleasure and a blessing. After delivering my first baby girl, my life changed completely and my activities get limited to her only. My morning starts with nursing her and ends with changing diapers. One day my mom visited me unexpectedly and she was surprised seeing me so busy all day long with my 2 months old girl that we hardly find time for some thoughtful conversation. When she falls asleep in the afternoon, mom and I were having coffee together; she asked me why you don’t make your life easier by getting her into a proper routine for feeding, sleep and activities. Her words sound impossible to me as I never know babies of this age also has a schedule. I asked my mom impatiently, how, when and from where should I start? Though, I was enjoying my time with her, but at the same time I was missing my ‘ME’ time badly. However, after following my mother’s words religiously, I started enjoying my life even more. Today, I am sharing my mother tips with all immature moms, so they will never find any difficulty raising their kids anymore.
- Establish a regular bedtime routine for your baby. The easiest way to design a consistent bedtime is to get started with a predictable routine so it will be easy for you and your kid. You can’t expect bedtime routine in the early days, but can start practicing after 2 months. Better is to keep everything simple, give a warm bath to baby, a comfy sleepsuit or pyjamas on, a formula feed or breastfeed then off the lights.
- My mom asked me to teach her the difference between day and night. Making a kid differentiate between day and night is an important element in establishing a workable schedule. Keep your house bright during daytime, and do the extreme opposite at night. Keep your home quiet and dim at night. Don’t speak much with them during night and let them know day is for play and socializing while night is for rest. I did the same and by the time she turned 3, she can differentiate between night and day easily.
- Try to learn and understand your baby cues. Understating your baby patterns help you in anticipating his/her needs. Ultimately, you will get to know what they want, so you can feed them on time and can take them to bed before s/he becomes fussy and over-tired. Making note of your baby feed, playtime and nap helps in creating a workable schedule for him/her.
- As you feel your baby is getting into a routine don’t disturb it by arranging parties or outings with friends.
- Be patient and except the changes happily. In first year, a kid achieves some key milestones like crawling, sitting and in some cases walking, so in this period don’t be panic if s/he didn’t follow the routine. A baby may get back to routine soon, or it may be a sign to make some adjustments in their routine. As the baby grows, s/he will definitely demand a change in routine. They start demanding more playtime and less daytime nap. They will certainly ask for some solid food too, so you need adjustments undeniably.
- The most important thing my other taught me is doesn’t expect perfection. Babies love consistency, but at times you have to be patient for the unexpected changes. Sometime she may not want to take a nap. She may urge for an extra meal/ she may wake up early.
In short, we mom’s needs to be patient while bringing up our little ones