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How to Establish a Routine With Your Baby

Babies thrive on stability, so follow these steps to make both you and your baby a little calmer and happier.

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-Babies thrive on stability so creating a routine will help make things easier on both you and your little one. He'll start following into a feeding schedule at around 3 months and a nap rhythm when your baby is about 4 months. If you pay attention, you'll often see that your baby gets hungry or tired at the same times each day. Picking up on his cues will help you establish a routine that works for him and will help prevent meltdowns from your baby getting too hungry or tired. Your baby will probably want to be fed when he wakes up and every 2 to 3 hours after that until bedtime. As for naps, a baby at this age will probably take one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Though there will be times when you might have to push back bedtime or mealtime due to things like holidays or other special events, try to stay as consistent as possible. Posting a schedule will help anyone that stays with your baby like a babysitter or grandparents stick to the routine when you're not around. Also keep your baby's routine in mind when scheduling doctor's appointment and play dates to minimize disruptions and to help ensure that your baby is well rested, comfortably full and happy when you're out. With all that said, it's important to be flexible. If your baby starts to get fussy, but isn't due for a nap or a feeding for another hour, follow his lead by putting him down or feeding him. His needs trump any schedules you might have in place.