The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Dreamfeed is a term for when a feeding is given to your little one before your nap or sleep time. With a full tummy, your little one will sleep longer. Hence, practice Dreamfeed, especially at night before you sleep, so that you and your little one can sleep together, better, and longer.
Limit length of naptimes
Little ones can’t differentiate between day and night. This might confuse the adults’ biological clocks together with their daytime obligations, too. Try to shorten each naptime to less than 2 to 2.5 hours every day by gently waking up your little one for a feeding.
As a parent, juggling everything with your little one can get overwhelming. Accepting help from others might do you and your partner good, even if it is temporary. Accept help from your mother-in-law, mother, or anyone who offers to babysit your little one for a night or two. Make sure to properly recharge and rejuvenate when your little one is in the arms of a reliant family member or friend! Remember, it takes a village!
Stay Away from Technology & Caffeine
Once your little one is off to dreamland, it might be hard to avoid the temptation of scrolling through social media and catching up with your favourite TV series. Avoid it all, especially before bedtime, and catch up on sleep instead. This also can be a good time to quit or limit your caffeine intake as it disrupts energy levels.