Routines for Baby

By providing routines for your children, you set up a schedule that your child learns to expect and follow. By doing so, you provide a safe and secure routine for your children. This results in less stress and happier families. Here are 3 tips to help create a steady routine for your children.

  • Have a bed time for your baby; as soon as you can incorporate a consistent bed time with your baby, a regular daily routine will fall into place. A bedtime routine is one of the most important things to consider when establishing a schedule. Bedtimes cannot be forced in the first few months; however you can start to practice bed times around 2 months of age.
  • Teach your baby the difference between night and day; many babies get confused between night and day. This happens when they sleep long hours during the day, only to get a burst of energy as night time rolls around. During the day, keep your home bright and airy, and when it comes to night time and bed time, darken up the room and keep things quiet. During nighttime feedings, do not talk with your baby too much. Let him learn that night time is for sleeping and daytime is for being social and playing.
  • Put your baby’s schedule first; make sure your baby has an established routine down for sleeping, waking, and feeding. When you do have to change things up for an afternoon, it will be less likely that your baby’s routine will change. Remember to be as consistent as possible.

The following links provide some additional information:

Feeding Your Baby ~ The First Years of Life
Caring for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2muxxBVDsCI

 

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