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Things to Remember When Creating a Feeding Schedule

Things to Remember When Creating a Feeding Schedule

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A baby’s needs are basic- food, sleep, play and love. However, it is essential to know what your baby requires when, and how much of it.

Monday, June 25th, 2018

As a new parent, your concern is to provide food to your infant at the right hours and in right amounts. To ease this out, making a feeding schedule is necessary for many reasons. 

Tending to the different needs of your baby can be overwhelming at times, and an irregular feeding schedule is the last thing you would want. Setting a proper schedule regulates your baby’s food timing and gets them accustomed to it. Here are few tips on how you can do the same. 

  • A baby’s first form of nourishment is breastmilk. Easy to digest, make sure your infant is breastfed every two hours, keeping no restriction on how long your baby breastfeeds. 
  • The average number of times your baby needs to be fed is 8-12 times a day (can be subjective to each baby). While the requirement is such, don’t overfeed your baby at any given point. 
  • Waking your baby up from sleep can sound like a bad idea, but experts recommend that if your baby has been hungry for more than four hours, you can wake them at feeding time. 
  • Your baby might sleep at a particular time in the day. Make sure you feed your baby 15 minutes before the nap. Also, keep a check on if the baby falls immediately asleep after being fed. 
  • Apart from crying, signs that your baby is hungry are making sucking noises or motions, opening the mouth, or trying to put a clenched fist into the mouth. Observe the signs your baby shows to indicate hunger. 
  • The colour of the urine indicates if your baby is being fed enough. If the urine is clear or pale yellow, and if the baby wets 6-7 diapers a day, it is normal. However, if the baby wets less than 5 diapers a day and the urine is dark yellow, he/she is being fed less. Make a note of this and you can incorporate the quantity of food accordingly. 
  • Let your baby lead the way in creating a routine. Pay a close attention to your baby’s sleep and hunger cues, which might help in preparing a schedule. Don’t withhold your baby from food or sleep only because it is “not the right time yet.”
  • No schedule should, however, supersede the needs of your baby. If your baby has been fed just a couple of hours ago and shows signs of hunger again, don’t withhold from feeding them. 

Although creating a feeding schedule requires efforts, it eventually makes it easy for both the mother and child. Also, your baby gets the right number of calories at the right times which adds on to their body development. Once a feeding regiment is established, you can concentrate on improving your child’s feeding habits. Further, feeding schedule is not just about feeding your child adequately and filling their stomach.  What matters more is giving them the right nutrition and hence providing them with an accurate frequency and diversity of food like fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products etc. 

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