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When is the soonest I can get my baby into a routine?
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Dr. William Moore
Pediatrics
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In brief: Sooner than thought
Day 1 is not too early to start.
You can help shape your newborn's behavior by working on a consistent eat/play/sleep pattern by day and eat/sleep by night, starting when you get home. Most babies can be on a consistent three-ish hour routine/schedule by 2 weeks of age. Two caveats: 1) baby cannot be held 24/7 and 2) you will need to tolerate some fussing at times. Discuss with your doctor.

In brief: Sooner than thought
Day 1 is not too early to start.
You can help shape your newborn's behavior by working on a consistent eat/play/sleep pattern by day and eat/sleep by night, starting when you get home. Most babies can be on a consistent three-ish hour routine/schedule by 2 weeks of age. Two caveats: 1) baby cannot be held 24/7 and 2) you will need to tolerate some fussing at times. Discuss with your doctor.
Dr. William Moore
Dr. William Moore
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: After 3 months
After 3 months of age, most babies can stay with a routine.
Before then, one should not try too hard to establish a routine. However, it is ok to let 1-2 month old babies sleep through the night if they are healthy and growing well. After 3 months of age, most babies can sleep a 5-6 hour stretch at night.

In brief: After 3 months
After 3 months of age, most babies can stay with a routine.
Before then, one should not try too hard to establish a routine. However, it is ok to let 1-2 month old babies sleep through the night if they are healthy and growing well. After 3 months of age, most babies can sleep a 5-6 hour stretch at night.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
In brief: 8 weeks
8 weeks is still pretty early, but it is around this time that babies will begin to consolidate daytime sleep and sleep for a bit longer stretches at night.
A morning nap will appear first, usually around 9am. Try putting baby down at this time a couple days and see if they are ready for a nap. A mid-day and afternoon nap appear a few weeks later. Use consistent routines before naps.

In brief: 8 weeks
8 weeks is still pretty early, but it is around this time that babies will begin to consolidate daytime sleep and sleep for a bit longer stretches at night.
A morning nap will appear first, usually around 9am. Try putting baby down at this time a couple days and see if they are ready for a nap. A mid-day and afternoon nap appear a few weeks later. Use consistent routines before naps.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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