By Raising Children Network
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Daytime newborn routine 1: feed, play, sleep

Feed your baby; play and change his nappy; when he shows tired signs, it's bedtime.
  • Feed your baby.

  • Play with your baby. Check your baby’s nappy. Change it if it’s wet or soiled.

  • When your newborn shows tired signs, put him in his cot to sleep.

 

Daytime newborn routine 2

Newborns need to be fed every 2-4 hours; play with your baby and check nappy; look for tired signs.
  • About 2-3 hours after the last feed, feed your baby. Newborn babies usually need to be fed every 2-4 hours.

  • Play with your baby. Check your baby’s nappy. Change it if it’s wet or soiled.

  • About 1-1½ hours after your baby’s last sleep, look for tired signs. When you see them, put your baby in the cot to sleep.

 

Night-time newborn routine

Feed your baby 2-3 hours after the last feed; check her nappy and minimise light and noise; put her to sleep.
  • If your baby wakes and it’s 2-3 hours since the last feed, feed your baby.

  • Check your baby’s nappy. Change it if it’s wet or soiled. Try to keep noise and light down.

  • Put your baby back into the cot to sleep.

 
 
 
 
  • Last updated or reviewed 05-06-2018