35. Do multiples do better on a set schedule?
Just about everyone, and infants and children in particular, seem to do better knowing the expected routine. Infants’ schedules tend to be set by feeding and sleeping needs. Ideally and when possible, preemies should be fed on demand until they reach 10 pounds: a point when they start sleeping for longer periods at night and have more wakeful periods during the day.
Putting babies at this weight range down for a nap while they are
still awake helps them learn to settle themselves so when they wake during
the night, they know how to fall back to sleep without a bottle or nursing.
Keeping feeding, diaper changes, and sleep schedules charted also helps
new parents feel more organized and less stresses. Also, be sure to speak
with your physician prior to discharge regarding your babies’ feeding
Visit the MOST by the Stages Infant Multiples page for a variety of resources available to new parents of high-order multiples.
MOST also has a FREE sample article on feeding multiples.
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