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NEWBORNS (1-2 weeks):

Cycle length: 2 hours

# of cycles: 8

Wake time: minimal

Nap time: don't worry about monitoring nap time at this age

MOTN: several feedings

All you need to do is worry about a feeding schedule at this age. Newborns sleep most of the time, so they will be awake to eat, and then will most likely be down for a nap.

It is even a struggle to keep them awake while eating most times! I would recommend starting with a diaper change to wake baby up.

Feed on one side if nursing (or half a bottle)...burp and finish feeding on the other side.

If you can sneak in a little awake time afterwards that's great, but don't stress if baby just wants to sleep! Make sure they get FULL feedings.

Tickle baby's toes, rub their ears, talk to them....rub a cold cloth on their forehead...whatever it takes...get that baby to eat!

You should feed your baby every 2 hours. It is important that you wake your baby up during the day every two hours to get them to eat. They need the nutrition and you need to start your feeding schedule.

If you have the go ahead from your doctor to let them sleep through the night, then do not wake your baby up at night.

If this is the case, you want to get 8 feedings in during the day, and then only feed your baby in the middle of the night if she wakes up.

DO NOT WAKE HER! This will start to teach her the difference between days and nights.

By waking her every two hours during the day, she will learn that she is supposed to be up. Open the curtains and show her daylight. This will teach her body that this is day and that day means wake time!

If you have the go ahead to let baby sleep, then do not wake them at night. Odds are, your baby will still wake out of hunger at this stage, and you'll need to feed her, but let her wake up on her own and ask for it.

Begin your schedule on time in the mornings. No matter how many times she was up last night... if your determined schedule of feedings begins at 7am, wake her at 7am and feed her to get your schedule started correctly.

A typical schedule might look like this:

Feed at  7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm 
This is 8 feedings, two hours apart.

 Printable Baby Schedule 0-6 Months
Printable baby schedules for months 1-6
We didn't get the go ahead from our doctor to let our baby sleep until her 2 week appointment. So if you are in this situation, you will want to wake baby every two hours around the clock.

Don't worry, you can teach your baby days from nights starting in week 3 or whenever you get the green light to do so!

Wake time:

The wake time that you do have with your baby at this age should include activities such as tummy time, you can read to baby, sing to baby, and just hold and enjoy!

Nap time

Nap time can occur wherever, however you want at this age. Hold your baby and enjoy the snuggles! Don't worry about getting baby to sleep in the bassinet for naps, etc.

Nighttime sleeping: 

At this age it is a good idea to have your baby in your room in a bassinet. Since you will mostly likely be up all night it is easier on you and baby.

One note about nighttime sleeping:

Babies are noisy sleepers! Do not jump to grab your baby just because you hear her stir or grunt or sigh or even cry.

Make sure that she is really awake. Babies can make noise and even cry when they are transitioning from one sleep cycle to the next.

Believe it or not, they can even have their eyes open. If you wait just a couple of minutes you will know for sure if she is awake or simply going back to sleep. This one simple act can help you and baby get some more rest!

If you are just joining this blog, the above concepts are from a methodology called Babywise.

We had a TON of success using Babywise, and plan to use the theories again with our second baby! Not heard of the term Babywise before?

Check out the main schedules page for a basic overview of the eat wake sleep cycles, and head on over to my main Babywise page for more information!