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FOCUS AREA #2 – Feedings, Routines & “Schedules”

Our Goal is for baby to take Full Feeds Using Eat, Play, Sleep Routine

Encourage full feeds during the day by using an EAT, PLAY, SLEEP pattern. Somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes provides adequate feeding time for newborns (the same is true for both breastfed and bottle-fed babies). For most babies, feeding times will be every two to three hours.

Your Goal is to ensure that they are getting full feeds each time they are eating. If baby falls asleep while feeding try to burp them and wake them up to finish a their feed. 

Encourage "Twelve Hours of Day, Twelve Hours of Night"

This will help baby babies establish your baby’s natural circadian rhythm. An example daytime routine flow for baby will look like this:

**Important: Follow wake times- not the clock. Do not Exceed Age-Appropriate Wake Times. Newborn babies (up to three months old) will need to take 4-5 naps per day, and these naps should ideally be between one to two hours. 

Cap any individual nap at 2.5 hours, to keep daytime feedings on track.

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