Updated: Aug 4
It becomes hard for parents when they have their first child, and getting baby into a routine seems impossible. This guide will help parents to develop a routine for their babies that is acceptable by the parents and the baby.
Set A Time For Everything
The first step towards getting baby into a routine is to set a timetable for them. You will have to fix the time of everything related to your baby. Be it feeding them, playing with them, cuddling, or putting them to sleep.
The reason why it is necessary is straightforward. The baby will get used to and will be aware in his subconscious that when is he going to be fed, when will he get time to play, and when will he have to sleep.
Observe Your Child’s Natural Routine
Before you fix any time for them, observe their routine first. You must know when your child gets hungry or sleepy. The timetable that you adjust for them should not be contradicting your child’s automatic routine.
When you are getting baby into a routine, make sure that the habit created by you is not very different from the one developed by the child. When both methods match, then stick fast to them.
Allow Periodic Changes
As time flies by, your baby will start evolving his routine. Do not be strict if you notice changes being made by your child. Don’t let the routine change entirely but slowly allow small changes/interchanges to be incorporated.
This happens because, with growing age, the requirements of the baby also change. This evolution causes the baby to slightly adjust the routine to match the body’s new needs.
Perfection is Not Compulsion
Remember, you have set a routine for a baby and not for a military camp. Your intention should be of getting baby into a routine, not to force the baby to live on in your routine. Although the overall layout should indeed be the one, you created it by observing the baby’s routine.
You should allow relaxation of almost 30 minutes as the baby might not be in the mood to do the task you ask them to do.
You must hold on to patience tightly as it is not going to be easy to make the baby act according to the routine. The baby would resist at first but slowly would get adjusted.
Just make sure that the sleep routine is sorted, once you get that checked, other acts will surely follow suit. If you hurry or hustle and force the baby, you might lose the baby’s emotional affiliation with you.
Take it easy, and the routine will fix into position without any hassle.
If you follow these steps and make sure not to go too easy, not too harsh on the baby, you will surely succeed in getting them into a routine. This would make it easy to attend to the baby’s needs, and develop a stronger bond with them