Starting a good routine for our baby to get into is a really a big help, not only for your baby, but also for you. Having one will let you sleep throughout the night, and at the same time, will let you determine when to feed your baby, when to play with him, and when to put him to sleep. If you haven’t started one yet, then why not consider the one below!
Sample Baby Schedule for a 11-12 Week Old Baby:
5 AM Wake your baby up and feed her 4 to 6 ounces of milk. After a few minutes, she’ll be back to sleep again.
7-9 AM After a few hours of sleep, she’ll be hungry again and fussing for more milk. You can also give her cereals (or whatever solid foods she prefers) as long as her pediatrician gave her the OK. At this time, give her another bottle. This should make her sleepy again.
9-11 AM After sleeping, she’ll become active, ready to learn and play. Spend a lot of time playing with her so that she’ll be able to learn fast and more about her surroundings. Give her toys that will enable her to learn more about the world and her surroundings!
12 PM After hours and hours of play, she’ll once more become hungry again. Be sure to feed her with healthy foods. And always accompany solid foods with milk as she still needs it for her growth. After consuming all the foods, she’ll be back to sleep, feeling sleepy again.
12-3 PM She should be sleeping around this hour. Be sure to place her at a quiet room without any distractions so that she will be able to catch up with her needed sleep.
3 PM After a couple of hours of sleep, she’ll be awake again, feeling active. Play with her again, practicing her reflexes, muscle strength, visual and speech development. Always accompany her during these important times so that she’ll be able to know that you are an essential part of her life.
6-7 PM While you eat your dinner with the rest of the family, also give your baby another feeding with perhaps some cereals to satisfy her hunger.
7:30 PM After a good meal, your baby will become sleepy again, so to help her sleep soundly, give her a nice, warm bath. Just keep in mind that you only want to do this a few times a week. Babies don’t get that dirty and their skin is much more delicate than ours.
9 PM After a nice bath, end her day by placing her in a quiet room and cradle her to sleep. This should be your time to rest too. Sometimes place her in her crib while she’s awake so that she doesn’t rely on you to rock her to sleep each night.
3 AM She should be hungry by now, so satisfy her hungry stomach by providing her with a bottle or feeding.
Your baby is getting bigger, but there are still a lot of things that she needs. To enable us to remember them all, we should stick to a good schedule to help us organize the things we need to do. This should also help your baby realize that there are specific times for everything.