Do you have routines in place for your kids? Do you believe they are important? Routines are beneficial to you and your children, as they provide children with a sense of safety and trust. I have routines in place for my daughter for playing, eating, and sleeping. Some of them have happened naturally, and others have been carefully planned. Here are a few reasons why you should consider establishing routines for your children:

1. As stated above, routines provide your baby with a sense of security. Routines help baby feel safe and secure in their environment. “Babies like to know that [certain things will happen] at a certain time each day,” says pediatrician Tanya Remer Altmann, editor-in-chief of The Wonder Years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate the Major Developmental Milestones.

2.Routines will help baby learn self-control. If things are pretty much the same every day, your baby knows what to expect and will behave accordingly. For example, when my daughter wakes up in the morning, the first thing we do is have breakfast. Then, she has play time for about two hours, and then she takes her morning nap. This is the same pattern we follow daily. Knowing what is coming next helps a baby feel like he/she is in control.

3.Routines influence a baby’s development. Social, emotional, and cognitive development all depend on routines. Babies learn how social relationships work based on their everyday routine. They are less likely to have tantrums, and will be able to handle transitions. Before bedtime my daughter takes a bath. We go to her room to put on PJs, and the lights are turned down while soft music plays in the background. She begins to settle down and knows it is time for bed.

4.Routines make YOUR life easier! Knowing when your child needs a nap, is hungry, wants to play, etc are all things you need to have established to get through your day. My daughter wakes up around 8am and takes her first nap at 11am. When planning outings, I always schedule them for the afternoon so that she can take at least one nap before we go out. Routines also make it easier for you to leave your baby with a sitter or caretaker. 

Here are a few examples of schedules for babies and toddlers:


Newborn Schedule
Toddler Schedule

Do you have a daily routine for your child? Do you think they make your life easier? Leave your comments below!

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