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.
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.
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.
Flexible daily routine for toddlers - following feed, play, sleep cycle
• Variations may be needed to meet your child's needs.
Wrapping your Baby
The reflexes of newborn babies often startle them easily and tend to wake them during sleep. Many parents have found that wrapping babies until they’re three to four months old (the time when these reflexes begin to disappear) helps reduce strong startle reactions and improves sleep.Learn More