Ever since I was a child my Mum has banged on about getting a baby into a good routine. She was like a dog with a bone whenever we talked about me having children in the future... I listened but I never really truly got it until I had children.
Why is a Routine So Important?
I know we all parent differently - we would be boring if we were all the same! However, routine is one thing I firmly believe in with babies. I started to establish the bedtime routine in both my girls from about 6-8 weeks old and I think this has contributed to them both self-settling as babies and being reasonably good sleepers.
Routine is safe and secure. It is comforting. Babies know what is coming next and there are not any nasty surprises. If they feel like this it helps with getting them settled at night or keeping them happy during the daytime. Of course, I would never strive to push the same routine on a very unhappy, distressed baby who needs comfort or in the very early newborn days but the time comes when they are ready.
Our Morning Routine
I use the same principle at bedtime for the morning and we have a very similar routine in our household each day. We need it or I would never get out of the house!!
Routine can seem a bit tedious sometimes and one of the negatives is breaking it! You will pay with a tired, confused, cranky child when you let it go for a few days BUT overall it is worth persevering with and achieving one that works for you and your baby.
I truly believe it results in a happy, secure child who is comforted by knowing what is coming next and what is expected of them. This makes life much easier for everyone!
My Routine Top Tips
I hope this post has been an insight into my daily routine with my girls and is helpful for you too!
Sarah is a mum of two and founder of the parenting and lifestyle blog, Run Jump Scrap. The blog covers all elements of family life from motherhood, reviews and fitness.