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Every home is unique which means there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to developing routines. What’s appropriate for the age of your baby and what works in your home is important when developing your routine.

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What to expect:

• Anything you do consistently becomes your routine.
• Babies grow rapidly and their needs can quickly change so your routines are often changing.
• It can take your baby several months to get used to a routine, so be patient and support them as best you can while they adjust.

Tips for routine development: 

• A daily routine including feed, play, sleep, good nutrition, physical activity and being outdoors is beneficial for your baby.
• You can develop a healthy routine by understanding your baby’s cues.
• Watch for signs of hunger from your baby and respond by offering a feed (this may include solids from 6 months of age).
• Include play so your baby can develop and learn (when your baby is very young, playtime will be much shorter).
• Watch for signs of tiredness after play (this is a great time for a nap).
• It’s important the routine is age appropriate for your baby.
• Set realistic expectations for yourself and your baby and be patient.

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We recommend a establishing a feed - play - sleep routine.

Flexible daily routine - following feed, play, sleep cycle:

• Variations may be needed to meet your baby’s needs.
• Up to 12 months your baby may still wake at night for a feed.

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