Having an awesome 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 newborn through preschool aged children.
The Benefits of a Great Routine for 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 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.
Here 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.
Includes These Sample Routines:
- Newborn Routine (4 – 12wk)
- Baby Routine (3 – 6mo)
- Baby Routine (6 – 9mo)
- Baby Routine (9 – 12mo)
- Toddler Routine (12 – 18mo)
- Toddler Routine (18 – 24mo)
- Toddler Routine (2 – 3yrs)
- Preschooler Routine (4 – 5yrs)
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