Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Gillian Stewart, Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The dreaded word ROUTINE. I think most parents fear this word and if most parents were honest, they would really like their baby in a good routine but do not know how to achieve this.

So what exactly is a routine?

Throughout my many years of working with parents and their babies, I have certainly had a smile or two when I hear them tell me "my baby is in a great routine. He sleeps in his chair for 20 minutes, sleeps in my arms for 10 minutes, sleeps in the papoose for half an hour, feeds on and off all day and night and has a bath most days, if I have time...."

Stop, stop!! This is all fine if you don't want your baby in a routine!
Routine means consistency. It means putting in place associations so your baby knows what to expect and can respond accordingly. It means setting your baby's body clock so they learn day and night. It means having regular meal and nap times.
A calm bedtime with key sleep associations is a must.

Babies respond very well to routine. They are very quick to learn. Consequently they are very quick to respond to anything you introduce, be it good or not so good!
The longer you leave it to set a routine, the harder it will be for you and your baby.
Habits are very easy to come by but not so easy to move on from.

Although it can seem quite daunting setting a routine in the early weeks, I can assure you it is worth it. To have your baby feeding and sleeping well and especially sleeping well at night, is bliss.
You are then able to plan your days and even book some evenings out!