Answer: Hi, Before answering I read your answer thrice so that I don't miss on anything. Let me assure you dear everything you said is felt by each and every new mother, we are always struggling between what is good for our baby, what best we can do etc etc. We always look for a manuscript to handle our baby, but sadly there isn't any available. The best way to handle your baby is to follow his lead. Your baby will help you more than any guide, now that's been said let's discuss your query point by point. 1) His daily routine- this is actually important as a routine helps in inculcate good habits and mannerisms in baby. Before making him follow a routine first maintain a log of his daily activities from the moment he wakes up to the time he sleeps at night. Write down every single thing he does, at what time, for how long etc etc. Soon you ll find a pattern in that. Once the pattern is discovered it will be quite easier to change it accordingly to yourself. You can start fixing time for basic things like his breakfast, bath, playtime, lunch etc. Follow this for minimum of a month because that's how long it takes to build a habit. 2) Hunger- Don't wait uo for him to demand food or milk. Give him something to eat at every 2-3 hours. Don't repeat the food. Try to give as many options as you can give.Dont be disheartened or frustrated if he doesn't finishes his meal. Fix a place for his meals. It could be a high chair/booster chair anything which is feasible. While he is eating his food never distract him with TV or phone or any other gadgets or games. Let him play with food, Don't be in a haste to finish his meal , let him take his time. Meal times are supposed to be messy. Never ever force your baby to eat. Again maintaining a log will be helpful as you ll be aware of his likes and dislikes. 3) Constipation is quite common during first year. Make him drink after at every hour. Include banana in his diet, when it comes to constipation banana is a boon. Don't give any medicine or supplements to treat constipation it will mess up his digestive system. Follow BRATS diet to treat motion related issues. Its Banana, RICE, Apple sauce and Toast. 4)Practice this method- list down all the ingredients that he has tasted and is available with you under categories such as cereals, vegetables, fruits, dairy, complex carbs, fats, proteins etc. Once the list is prepared just pull out 2 3 ingredients to make dinner. Just make simple recipes like idli, dosa pancakes khichadi soup etc , be playful with the ingredients. Keep changing the form of the ingredients as well. Like at times you can add veggies to his rice or can simply give in roasted form .some other day try soup etc. You never know in which form he might like. As for teething it a natural process more than baby parents get worked up. Keep your baby engaged teething wouldn't bother him. Kiss and hugs work like charm in this phase.
Answer: 5) Nursing to sleep is quite common with the baby and I wouldn't suggest to stop now when your baby is already trying to adjust with everything else. Nursing provides more emotional comfort apart from hunger satisfaction. As for sleep, act upon as soon as your baby gives first signal of sleep that is rubs his eyes. Build a sleep routine. Give baby a massage, sponge bath afterwards, change him to his night clothes. Put a drop of lavender oil near to his bed and play some lullabies. Dim the lights. Don't play with him don't respond to his actions. Start doing whichever way he falls asleep (walking, rocking nursing etc.). If you ll respond and play with him when he is sleepy he ll definitely overtire himself and wouldn't sleep for hours due to irritation. 6) It's a clear sign that he has separation anxiety. Work on his day routine and provide comfort. Don't bring in sudden changes, go slow. There is no harm if your baby hugs and sleep. 7) That's ok, make him watch everyone eat at home at the restaurants etc. Babies are very observant , they learn what they see. Once he ll start liking his food he ll eat all by himself. I hope all this will be of some help to you. Take care