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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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Anything you do consistently becomes your routine.

What to expect

  • 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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 A quick tip

Always make sure you're gentle with your child, no matter how upset or frustrated you may feel.

Flexible Daily Routine for Babies

​​​​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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Flexible Daily Routine for Toddlers

​​​​Following feed, play, sleep cycle

  • Variations may be needed to meet your child's needs.
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