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Your baby's routine - What does his day look like?

After a month or three, your child's nervous system is just about fully grown and you will notice that he is increasingly finding his own rhythm. During the day he will stay awake a bit longer and more and more often take a nap at the same time. He will also discover more ways to comfort himself and he prefers to have his food for the same time.


Structure gives your child security. The clearer the structure is, the safer your baby will feel. Observe your baby for a few days. Soon you will discover that there is a difference in crying when he is hungry, tired or bored. You will eventually discover a pattern at which times your child prefers to eat, sleep or play. This can be your basis for the daily rhythm.


To make it even more effective, you can also incorporate the most important events with a ritual. For example, by allowing a music box to play before bedtime. Or close the curtains. It does not matter what you do, if you consistently do the same thing every day.
Not only the sleep time can be ushered in with a ritual, but you can also do this with meals.

Wake up too early?

If your child is awake very early in the morning, you may be able to do something about it.

Can you let him fall asleep again?

When your baby wakes up, give him a few minutes to relax, there is a chance that he automatically falls asleep again. Will he still wake up? Then give him something to eat in the dark and perhaps he will sleep a little further after his feeding.

Going to bed too early?

If he goes to bed too soon after dinner, you can try to keep him awake a bit longer. A step of fifteen minutes per evening and not suddenly an hour and a half later.

Too much sleep during the day?

Of course your child still needs a lot of rest during the day, but when he is about three months, he may also be awake for about ten hours a day. If your baby sleeps too much, he will also wake up a little earlier in the morning.

Is the room good?

Also very practical problems can awaken or keep your child awake. Is the room dark enough, for example? Are there not too many sounds that can wake him up?

Not yet a routine?

Do not panic! You can control a number of things, such as his feeding schedule, his sleeping times, for example by keeping him awake a little longer every day.
Sometimes a baby does not seem to want to sleep at all. You can 'teach' him with some special attention that sleep can be very nice. Crouch him gently, walk around with him, take him in the car and keep doing this until he has found his sleeping routine. If you give him this regularity, he will automatically get used to it. If he is used to a little, you can move his sleeping time to his bed. He will undoubtedly argue, but do not give up. Comfort your child but leave him in his bed.