Having an awesome daily routine for your family can work miracles on sleep habits, turn poor behavior upside-down and a more positive home where children (and parents) thrive! Learn how to create a great routine that works for your family and be sure to download the printable sample schedules for baby through preschool aged children.
The Benefits of a Great Daily Routine for Baby, Toddler and Older Kids
For any parent, whether you’re a Stay at Home Mom or working parent, the days with children can be long and tiring. But, if you create a routine for your children, you’ll quickly reap the rewards and find that there is an easier way than just “winging it.”
Create a routine that works for your children, and your entire family!
A great schedule requires structure, consistency, and patience to find the right routine that works for each stage of your children’s lives. Once you establish a daily routine, you’ll see huge improvements in all aspects of your life with little children and especially in moods and sleep.
The benefits of having a daily routine are enormous! Consistently eating and sleeping at the same time each day will help to limit meltdowns and poor behavior. Both of which are primarily triggered by hunger, being tired and overstimulated. A solid schedule promotes better sleep habits – and bedtimes without the battles – something we all could do with less of.
Getting into a routine that works for you and your children takes patience and time.
Raising kids isn’t easy and creating a routine requires (a whole lot of ) patience.
When you begin to create a routine, stick with it for a few days to see if the timing is working well with your child’s moods, eating and sleeping habits. Once you see how they’re responding, adjust the wake-up, nap and bedtimes as needed based on your unique family’s lifestyle.
Download Your Routine Tracker – The Starting Place for Creating a Better Routine and Great Sleep Habits
Below are sample schedules, which are a starting point for creating your own routine. These sample schedules may be perfect or it might require slight shifting for nap time 30 minutes earlier or later, lunch at noon instead of 11:30am, etc.
The most important thing is to be alert to your children’s moods and reactions to gauge how they’re responding to the schedule. Adjust as you need and try again until its right.
Finding the right routine may take a week of trying to shift until it’s just right, but will of course change again and again as your children grow, need less sleep, and can stay awake for longer periods of time.
Helpful Resources for Mastering Your Routine, Handling Sleep Regressions & Overcoming Sleep Problems
For a more thorough explanation and resource of keeping a routine, Check out the Master Routines & Schedules Ebook which is 70-pages of jam-packed information and 40+ sample routines. All the tools, sample schedules, sleep tracker and strategies for every age and stage of development for 2 weeks to 5-years-old. Learn how to start the process of creating a routine, establishing wake up and bedtimes, strategies for working through nap transitions, prepping for daylight savings time to keep your routine on track and logging your baby’s sleep patterns to rocking a solid schedule through every age of growth.
Surviving Your Child’s Sleep Regressions Ebook not only gives you an detailed reasoning behind sleep at every age, but also strategies to help you through the 18 month sleep regression and 2 year old sleep regression. You’ll know how to spot a sleep regression coming on, and be equipped with strategies to help you understand the root cause and developmental leaps behind your baby’s sleep struggle.
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