Yesterday I decided to read Gina Ford’s book, The Contented Little Baby Book. I know that there is a huge debate on routines and when/if it’s possible to use them with babies and I have no intention of being rigorous with Pallino… I’ve never been one for routines myself, so how could I possibly ask my son to follow one? However there are some interesting points made in that book and I had a few questions myself: I noticed that in the last week, he fed for longer (and with three hours intervals) at night than during the day. Also, L and I tend to prepare for bed quite late in the evening and struggle to understand when the baby should be put to bed for the night, since he seems quite active but fussy until 10-11pm!
Ford’s idea, as far as I understand, is to manage the baby’s needs in a way that he can sleep all night (i.e. 11pm to 6am). Now, according to the book, paramount to the success of the operation “contented little baby” is to wake him up and feed him before 7am. After that, make sure he plays during the day with short naps in the morning and in the afternoon, and has a longer nap at around midday. The bed routine should start after 5pm, with a bath, massage, and last feed of the day at 6.30-7pm. Feed intervals are 3-3.5 hours, the reason being that the baby needs three hours to digest properly, so if you feed him earlier, that makes him colicky. That is an interesting point for me, because lately I’ve been feeding him more often, but probably he is not filling himself, and this is why he’s hungry again after 2 hours. I’m happy with this when it’s hot, because he needs to drink more, but on a normal day I’d like to have longer intervals. So maybe I should entertain him more and not feed him at the first sign of hunger.
The other point is bed time: he’s probably getting overtired in the evening, so I should try and give him a bath earlier. The issue with this is that L comes back from work after 7pm, so if the baby is sleeping at that time, L never sees him… but if that makes Pallino happier in the evening, I should try.
Overall I don’t think we’re doing badly, and Pallino is able to distinguish day and night quite well, although he still feeds twice during the night… and I’m not going to follow any strict routine… but I want to pay more attention to how much he sleeps during the day and make sure he fills himself at each feed, if I manage to do that…
PS. Why on Earth do people ask “does he sleep through the night?”, like it was something that babies DO? Folks, babies DO NOT sleep through the night at 10 weeks, STOP ASKING!!! (Oh, how I wish I could answer this way…)