There are varying opinions on whether newborn babies should be put into a routine or demand fed.
Personally I demand feed my babies, I do whatever they need whenever they need it…does this make me a pushover?
I mean, come on! Can I really be a pushover? we’re talking about a newborn baby, a little person who needs us to do everything for them or let’s face it…they wouldn’t survive!
As my children are only 1 and almost 8 weeks I’m not sure how I will change my ‘laid back’ approach as they grow older.
But I can say…my 1 year old is demand fed, he doesn’t have set times to eat, he has a bath & sometimes a story before bed but never at a strict time, he sleeps in our room and we’ve never had to use a baby monitor as he naps downstairs until we take him up to bed with us, since my second son has been born he’s slept in our bed ( I was always too scared) he’s pretty big for his age so I feel confident he’s safe, but when I need a bit extra room at night I’ll put him in his cot and he doesn’t bat an eyelid.
As he doesn’t have a strict routine, we never really have a fight on our hands as he’ll sleep when he needs to and eat when he needs to.
Now, I’m a stay at home mother, so I realise I have the flexibility to be that bit more laid back than working mothers. So if in some circumstances we have to get our newborns into a routine, how do we do it?
The thought of waking a sleeping baby, terrifies me! I’ve heard some…interesting ways of waking them from gently lifting them from their bed and bouncing them gently to a cold (yes I said cold) wet flannel on their bare skin. Some ways just seem cruel, but that’s just my opinion.
There are all different reasons in our individual lives why we raise our children the way we do…
It’s quite a controversial subject, so let’s discuss it…comment with your opinions below 🙂