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Newborn Sleep and Feeding Schedule

As a new parent, it may take you awhile to get accustomed to your newborn's sleep and feeding schedule. While every baby is different, there are some general considerations that will apply to most infants.
Feeding Schedule
When breastfeeding your baby, the ideal feeding schedule is whenever he or she is hungry. Feeding on demand means that feeding is started based on hunger cues from the infant and stopped when the infant is satisfied.
Establishing a schedule with formula is fairly uncomplicated. In the beginning, due to the tiny size of your baby's belly, the feedings will start out small but frequent (around every three to four hours). As their belly grows and they can take in more per feeding, the schedule will change to have accommodate individual feeding sessions further apart.
Sleep Schedule
It is often hard for new parents to know how long and how often a newborn should sleep. Babies have small stomachs and, for that reason, must wake every few hours to eat. It is generally not advised to let a newborn go for more than a maximum of five hours without feeding to prevent your baby from becoming dehydrated.
(Click Newborn Feeding Schedule and The Newborn Sleep Schedule for more information on why it is important to establish a regular feeding and sleeping schedule for your newborn, tips on putting your child to sleep, and to learn more about breastfeeding and bottle feeding.)
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