Not that long ago, you gave birth to a little miracle. This miracle is better known as a baby. Since you’ve had your baby, you’ve been home all day, every day and you’re finding it hard to get anything done around the house because you are never quite sure when your baby is going to take a nap or what to expect. Your baby sometimes stays up all night and sleeps all day or sleeps all night and stays up all day. He or she is not yet on a schedule and maybe has days and nights completely mixed up. It’s not uncommon, but you will find that getting your baby on a schedule can make all of the difference in the world.
Get Up with Your Baby
When your baby gets up in the morning, get up with him or her. Do not try to force your baby back to sleep. Instead, get your little one some breakfast and let him play for a while. When your baby tires himself out, he will be ready for a nap. When your baby starts to get cranky, it is time for the nap to happen. Put your child down with a warm bottle of milk. As soon as he falls asleep, take the bottle away and you can do what you need to do. When your child wakes back up, you will want to give him some lunch.
After lunch, you can play with your child for a while until you notice him getting tired again. At this time, you should put your child down for nap number two. When your child wakes back up, it may not be time for dinner yet, but you can give him a healthy snack to hold him over. When dinner time comes, feed him. Give your child a bath after dinner and get him ready for bed. If he’s not tired yet, allow him to play until he is. The next day, follow the same schedule and put your child down for naps at the same times. After a few days of doing this, your child will know that it is nap time around that time and know that after he easts and plays for a while it will be time for some rest. Your baby will fall into a routine and you will have more time to do what you need to do.
Getting your child on a schedule at a young age is so important, especially so he or she does not get days and nights mixed up. This can be hard to reverse, especially if you or your significant other is working a top career. When your child is on a schedule, he or she will be so much more pleasant. This is because your child is getting the naps that are needed throughout the days. Keep in mind that a baby will always need more sleep that an adult so these naps are crucial. You will in turn be less stressed and get more done around the house.
Terry G. is a writer for Top-Career.com. He loves reading and writing about life.