Last Updated on June 29, 2022 by melissanreynolds
When I was a brand new mama, waddling after my episiotomy with an unsettled windy baby, I took real solace in having a miniature framework to follow at home.
Frameworks for the Newborn Period
I am a big fan of frameworks over rigid routines, not that newborns are into routines either.
At first it was just feeding 2-3 hourly and taking medicine at 6-8 hour intervals. This was enough to keep me feeling tethered.
A quick note on feeding in those early days (first 12 weeks): 2-3 hourly tends to be a good guide but both my boys cluster fed in the evenings and look out for growth spurts. I don’t believe in “stretching out” to a certain length between feeds until baby is bigger.
I created a chart that I populated for several months. I am a pretty chart person as opposed to an app person. But apps do the job too.
By the time my second baby came along I had learnt many good things. Including the magic of appropriate wake times per age. So my chart became augmented not just logging sleep but helping to pre-empt when it was due. It made a huge difference not letting baby get overtired. Who knew you had to tell a baby they needed sleep?
It also helped as I mix fed my second, so I had to track feeding physically and formula and expressing. It was crazy, this alone took most of my day!
I also made it a point to track my rest and medicines so it wasn’t all about baby. “Rest” includes a nap (if you can), meditation, restorative yoga, a hot bath or shower etc. Things that are nourishing for you. As in pregnancy, the postpartum period is not a time to forget mama’s quality of life.
More Information About the Newborn Period
For more information on wake times by age, I love this article with this chart.
For more information about nursing see my article about it here and about expressing/pumping for your baby here.
I like this article on the fourth trimester (aka the first three months).
I like these tips for newborns from the author of The Gentle Sleep Book.
Did you have a framework you followed in those early days? How did you track feeding, sleeping (and other baby stuff) and your medicines and other stuff?
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