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The baby care cycle: One rhythm that could work for you

The baby care cycle

Hiya. Today we're going to talk about The Baby Care Cycle, or rather - what to do, in which order, with a new baby.

When your new baby gets fussy, you (like I used to do) may start grasping at straws trying to figure out what she wants.

You might first try the boob, then rocking and soothing, then the boob again, maybe try to get her to go to sleep, maybe then change a wet or poopy diaper, maybe offer the potty….taking care of a new baby can feel like one gigantic mess of “guesses.”

If your baby is fussy and you just aren't sure what you should try first, or in which order, this episode may help (at the least, I think it will help you figure out WHERE IN THE WORLD TO PUT POTTYING into the hour by hour baby-raising equation).

Let’s go on a little walkabout today where we’ll find a rhythm for your baby-rearing (so you can stop the guessing game already).

You will learn:

  • The baby cycle that I use in my own house
  • How to set a healthy care cycle from the beginning
  • How to adjust cycles to your child's temperament
  • How optimal cycles can change with age
  • A few tips from our readers!

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What did you learn today about taking care of your baby with more a rhythm and routine? Anything to add? Please leave a comment below with your experience!

I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

xx Andrea

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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my husband and 5 children (newborn to 8 years old) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)

6 Comments

  1. Avatar Rachel on July 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Love the podcast and diagram! the diagram is super useful to share with my husband who doesn’t get as much time with our baby while he is at work. It helps him understand what stage in the cycle we are up to without always having to ask me what to do with our baby!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on August 11, 2019 at 10:14 pm

      I’m so glad to hear it is helping Rachel! xx Andrea

  2. Avatar ali on July 23, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    great post! Gave me a feel for what to expect with a newborn. also the first time I heard someone reference Babywise without the CIO part, so that was good for me to have open-mindededly heard. thanks for sharing your wisdom!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on August 11, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      You are welcome Ali! xx Andrea

    • Avatar Helga Hattuma on October 21, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      Hey Andrea!

      I hope you have a moment to comment because I’m a bit stuck! First of all EC is AMAZING! (Used your book and all courses). EC ‘clicked’ in his brain at 5 months and now he understands pottying fully at 6 months! I’m amazed and others around me are as well when we use their toilets 😉 We have so much EC succes but less succes with sleeping. Struggling because I want to do it ‘the natural way’ without crying out but got sucked in the habbit of nursing my baby to sleep, any advice on how to implement this cycle at 6 months? I’m guessing some crying will happen in the transition to this cycle. Hope to hear from you.as I would love for us to use this cycle! Love, Helga

      • Avatar Andrea Olson on October 22, 2020 at 3:40 pm

        Hi Helga! What helped me so much with sleep issues was the Baby Sleep Site. I was having such a hard time until I started working with them. You might find this post helpful, if you need extra help definitely contact them. xx Andrea

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