Saturday, December 30, 2006

A Beginning Schedule for Your Baby Two Weeks Old (1943)

6:00 a.m. Nursing (or bottle feeding) 10 to 12 minutes at first, but increasing as your nipples toughen and Baby gets stronger. After the feeding, make bed and Baby dry and clean, then put him back to bed.

9:30 a.m. Bath.

10:00 a.m. Nursing or bottle feeding, same as above.

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Nap in his own room, with door shut and window open. The temperature shouldn't be below 60° F.

2:00 p.m. Nursing or bottle feeding, as above.

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Airing, out of doors when the baby is past 3 weeks of age and the weather isn't stormy or too cold. Otherwise, in the bedroom.

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Exercise period. Fun for all! Put Baby on your big bed with all his clothing but the diaper removed. (Have a large thick pad over the bed to protect it.) The room temperature should be 75° F. Let Baby kick freely. It's a fine idea to massage his back and hold him during the last half hour of this period. Visit with him, love him, carry him about the house. This will rest him for the night. Don't bounce or throw him around, however. That comes under the head of over-stimulation and interferes with the sleep and digestion of most babies.

6:00 p.m. Nursing or bottle feeding. Put on his nightgown, and return him to bed in a room by himself with the door closed, light out, and window open. Have the temperature not lower than 60° F.

10:00 p.m. Nursing or bottle feeding.

2:00 a.m. Nursing or bottle feeding when the Baby wakens. Don't wake him for it. This feeding is usually eliminated when he's 6 to 7 weeks old.

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