As a new mom, the arrival of your newborn baby opens a whole new world for you. So, you might have many questions and concerns about feeding your baby. One of the common things to know when it comes to feeding babies is the feeding schedule. So, keep on reading because this could help you a lot to take care of your baby.
When to Start a Feeding Schedule
Making a feeding schedule might seem like a good idea for your newborn baby. However, you may want to hold off that thought for at least the first few months. During this time your baby feeds very frequently but it is not a problem that needs to be solved because it is perfectly natural.
The fact is your newborn’s tummy is quite small so they simply need to fill it up regularly. So, you just can not know when are the perfect times to feed your baby in order to make a schedule. Plus, postponing feedings to follow a feeding schedule may also upset your newborn baby and the result is crying. My advice is you should feed your baby whenever they want and don’t worry if you have to feed them many times a day.
How to Create a Baby Feeding Schedule
We suggest you wait for at least a month so you can get used to your baby feeding frequency. Then you can do the following:
- Feed your baby every 90-120 minutes during the day.
- Help your baby learn about day and night
- Wake them up if they nap over 2 hours (long naps cause less daytime eating and hungrier at night)
- Have a quiet room to feed your baby so they don’t get distracted
- Feed your baby every night (around 10 pm-12 pm) before your baby sleeps to prepare for a long sleep without crying.
You should keep in mind that following a schedule is a long process and every baby is unique. So, you should make your feeding schedule more flexible. In addition, you should keep track and note the time your baby wants to eat every day in the first few weeks.
We suggest you should try to keep the same feeding times every day. You are creating a schedule that will keep both of you and your baby on track. However, have some expectations that on some days your baby feels tired or hungry more than normal. Don’t be too strict. If your baby is hungry at an irregular time, just let them feed.
If you are formula feeding, we would suggest the same schedule above but you should adjust the time a little bit longer between each feed. Formula-fed babies tend to stay full longer between feeding sessions. This is because formula milk is more complex than breast milk, therefore babies will feel full longer.
Having a feeding schedule can benefit you and your baby a lot if you know how to do it right. So, it is important to understand your baby in order to make everything suit the best for them. Let us know if you created your baby feeding schedule, we would love to help.