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Newborn Sleep and Feeding Schedule

Newborn Sleep and Feeding Schedule

Newborn Sleep Pattern

As soon as your baby is born forget about the clock. It doesn’t mean anything anymore because your baby is going to sleep whenever he wants to sleep regardless of what time it is. The old adage of “sleeping like a baby” is very misleading in that, well babies don’t really sleep, at least not like we picture them to. Overall, babies do sleep a lot averaging about fifteen to eighteen hours a day, however these are not alltogether but in short periods of anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours.

These patterns don’t follow any clock causing many babies to have day/night confusion. If your baby is like this, which he most likely is, then he will sleep a lot during the day regardless of visitors’ attempts to coax him awake, and wake up erratically during the night.

The first week of life is like a blissful dream, and you may think how easy it is to have a baby. But do not be fooled! Around three weeks of life your baby will suddenly realize they are no longer in the womb and sleep will become a distant memory for you. This is when parents enter survival mode.

Do whatever you need to do in order to make the baby sleep: nurse him, rock him, shush him, swaddle him, swing him and so forth. But are these healthy practices? Are you teaching your baby bad habits? Are you inadvertently setting yourself up for future sleep failures?

I wouldn’t worry so much about that in the beginning because your baby really doesn’t know the difference either. Do whatever you need to do to help your baby sleep, however do it on a schedule, or a much better word, a routine. To help create a new sleep schedule, it’s important to understand a newborn’s feeding patterns.

Newborn Feeding Pattern

Whether you are breast feeding or formula feeding, its a good idea to set your child on a baby feeding schedule. For breast feeding, the popular consensus is to feed whenever the baby is hungry or to follow your baby’s lead (baby led). This is absolutely a great practice as well but the reason why I say it’s important to set a baby feeding schedule is because some newborns just won’t wake up on their own to eat. Some babies, especially at the beginning of life, will be perfectly content with sleeping for longer periods of time, say for 4 hours or more. As tempting as it may be to let your baby continue to sleep, it’s recommended that you wake your baby up every 2-3 hours to feed.

As for the amount of milk to feed your baby, it all depends on your baby’s weight. Always follow what your doctor or pediatrician recommends. If you’re breast feeding, it’s a good idea to follow the 2-3 hour routine of feeding. If you’re formula feeding, it’s a bit different since babies digest formula a lot slower than breast milk. According to babysleepsite.com, an easy way to tell how much formula to feed is to multiply your baby’s weight by 2.5 to get the amount of ounces to feed.

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Newborn Sleep and Baby Feeding Schedule

The best way to keep your sanity when it comes to handling your newborn is to implement a feeding and sleep schedule right off the bat. Having a schedule will ensure that all parties are on the same page with what the baby needs and at what time leaving out alot of guessing and minimizing frustration. As time goes, your baby will also learn the routine and know what to expect next. When I say schedule I mean more of a routine and not so much being a slave to the clock. It’s great to use time as a guideline, but let’s face it, some days will be good and some days will be bad.

A great routine to follow is the E.A.S.Y routine from the book The Baby Whisperer Solves all Problems. E.A.S.Y stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep and You. Upon awakening, your baby eats immediately. After he is done eating it is time for activity. At the beginning, your baby’s awake time will be very short spanning from only 15 minutes to 45 minutes. Spend this time taking full advantage of your baby’s alertness, play and talk with him, cuddle, change his diaper, implement tummy time etc. Watch for his sleepy cues and then put him down for sleep. While the baby rests it is then you time. You can do whatever you want with this time, whether its feeding yourself, doing some chores, vegging out infront of the tv or even sleeping.

Here’s a couple sample schedules below:

2-8 Week Old Newborn Baby, Breast Feeding

7:00am – Wake up and feed*

8:30 – Sleep

10:00 – Feed*

11:30 – Sleep

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1:00pm – Feed*

2:30 – Sleep

4:00 – Feed*

5:30 – Sleep

6:00 – 1st cluster feed*

7:00 – Bath time

7:30 – Sleep

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8:00 – 2nd cluster feed and put right back to sleep*

11:00 – Feed and right back to sleep

2:00am – Feed and right back to sleep

5:00 – Feed and right back to sleep

* I suggest trying to keep to these same feed times every day. By always feeding around the same time, you are creating a schedule that will keep both you and the baby on track. You can’t really control how long your baby will sleep or when, but you can at least control when you will feed them

Cluster feeds are helpful during the early weeks when trying to teach your baby the difference between day and night. You want to make the last two feeds only two hours apart so that your baby is full and satiated to sleep for a longer period of time.

2-8 Week Old Newborn Baby, Formula Feeding

I would suggest the same schedule above even if you are formula feeding. At the beginning, formula fed babies tend to go longer in between feedings than breast-fed babies and may require less feeding sessions. This is because babies digest formula differently than breast milk, so they feel fuller longer therefore tend to sleep for longer periods. This difference evens out at about 3-4 weeks. With bottles it’s a lot easier to control the amount that you are feeding your baby. Around this age, babies tend to eat around 2-5 oz, as long as they are over 6 1/2 lbs.

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These are simple and general guidelines to follow when determining your baby’s sleeping and feeding schedules. In the early weeks, it can be a very unpredictable and stressful time as you and your baby are learning and figuring things out. Every baby is different and therefore their schedules may deviate a bit. The most important thing is to implement a routine from day one and stay consistent.

Newborn Sleep Resources:

http://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/newborn-sleep-feeding-schedule/

The Baby Whisperer Solves all Problems

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

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Published on April 9, 2021

50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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  1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
  2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
  3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
  4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
  5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
  6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
  7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
  8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
  9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
  10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
  11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
  12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
  13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
  14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
  15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
  16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
  17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
  18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
  19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
  20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
  21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
  22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
  23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
  24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
  25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
  26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
  27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
  28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
  29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
  30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
  31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
  32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
  33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
  34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
  35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
  36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
  37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
  38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
  39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
  40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
  41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
  42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
  43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
  44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
  45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
  46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
  47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
  48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
  49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
  50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

Final Thoughts

Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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