I am a big believer in routines. Keeping a regular rhythm to my day has saved my sanity over the last 20 years. It allows me to homeschool, serve others in my community, take part in Bible studies and in general know when I can catch a break and my breath. Routine (and the corresponding daily naptime!) has allowed me a greater freedom to accomplish more in my day than simply running from task to task.
But sometimes I get the idea that those mamas who read my articles that would rather not have a routine or who loosely follow some sort of schedule think that I am a super-scheduling clock-watcher.
Let me make something abundantly clear:
ALWAYS FEED A HUNGRY BABY.
I may need to say that twice…
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS FEED A HUNGRY BABY.
Yes, I believe in routines. But more than I believe in routines I believe in meeting my child’s needs. I believe in giving their bellies a nice big meal. If I think there’s a chance that my baby MIGHT be hungry– I feed them.
So for those of you who have read through my baby posts and wonder what to do if you’re following a routine and you’re not sure if baby is hungry? Feed him! I would never advocate letting a baby go hungry! I would, however, remind you that not every cry is a cry for hunger and over those first few weeks moms will begin to discern the different types of cries the wee one makes.
Mama, you’re doing great. The fact that you are even here reading about how to parent, and you’re trying to sift through the right way to do this amazing job means you’re going to succeed! Much, much love from me!