Ready for some Structuring? Ready to get yourself and your baby on a consistent routine?
Routines can save time and ease stress. Little ones can feel stressed too if they do not know what to expect. Keeping consistent times for life tasks, can help you and baby feel more fulfilled and relaxed. Here’s how to get started with more structure in your day…
Tip #1 from What To Expect,
Let Baby Lead The Way
She probably wakes — hungry — at about the same time each morning, when it’s time for a feeding (just like it was yesterday). Then there’s time to play before a nap, followed by lunch, playtime, and another nap before more playtime, dinner, bath, and bedtime.
It may seem like a life of dreams, but it is a routine. You can time yourself and baby around his or her natural tendencies to meet all your needs.
The next tip comes from the blog, A Virtuous Woman, and Melissa says,
- Days will not always go as planned.
- Children will not always cooperate.
- Families get sick.
- You will have bad days.
- Some days, the TV will seem like a life saver.
Know It’s Worth The Effort
Spending a little extra time, in the beginning, to figure out a routine for you and baby will be a worthy investment.
Babies thrive on routines. They give rhythm and predictability to a baby’s day, so they’re very reassuring.
When the baby is at ease- well fed, rested, and happy… you will be happier too. Creating consistent routines around naps, feedings, and bedtimes is a great way to keep baby clued into what is going on while reserving your brain power. Do you bathe baby before bed? Read a book? Sing a lullaby? These are simple things, but help to create a consistent schedule. Newborns sleep a lot, but you can still create a difference between day and night, so baby begins to understand the separation.
CloudMom has some schedule tips to get you started…