The A-Z of Baby Routines: K - P

Category: Newborns

Routines give your baby a sense of security and confidence. From mealtimes and playtime to bath time and nap time, here’s everything you need to know about routines to incorporate into your baby's day and the benefits they can bring. Bonus: mamas and papas gain some sanity too!

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K is for…

Keep on Trying. If a routine fails at first, it can come down to many factors. Don’t get disheartened and try again.

 

L is for…

The Long Run. Plan ahead but be prepared to change. “Parents should look to setting a routine that is sustainable and realistic for the long term,” says Jacki Roche, a midwife and health visitor from The Mother & Child Centre in Tanglin Mall. “But also remember that babies do go through developmental changes, and routines have to be adjusted slightly as they get older.”

 

M is for…

Mealtimes. Keep these mealtimes regular without being “overly long or drawn out”. Babies pick up social skills and good eating habits just by sharing family meals.

 

N is for…

Naps. Oh, these precious things called ‘naps’. Roche recommends keeping naptime routines “consistent and short”, not unlike bedtime.

 

 

If you dim the lights, read a storybook or sing a lullaby to

your baby before bed, do it for naps as well. Make sure not to

overstimulate your baby before naps, too.

 

 

O is for…

Object Permanence. Thereabouts around the age of seven or eight months, babies learn that objects and people continue to exist, even if they are out of sight. Babies can be encouraged to become more settled as they return to their routine.

 

P is for…

Play Time. “Play time depends on the baby’s age, but in general, keep play age-appropriate,” says Roche, advising parents really brush up on their knowledge of what constitutes appropriate play at different developmental stages.

 

 

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