The A-Z of Baby Routines: Q - Z

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!

WORDS LOW LAI CHOW

 

Q is for…

Question. Your baby is always changing, so if your baby is suddenly resisting a well-established routine, take a step back and answer this question: ‘Have my baby’s needs changed?”

 

R is for…

Repeat. Babies learn quickly to associate routines from cues, so you’d do well to establish strong repeated associations. For instance, Roche said a simple sequential bedtime routine “such as bath, lullaby and bed” can help your baby drift off into sleep fast as he associates sleep with the help of these simple signals.

 

S is for…

Sequencing. Babies, before they turn one, learn to anticipate, for instance, that the fan is switched off before a bath, and that rompers go on after diapers. It can really go a long way towards cultivating baby’s confidence levels as he knows what comes next. Hooray!

 

T is for…

Tinker Around. Routines work best when they work in tandem with your baby’s natural rhythm. From about three months or so, you can keep a diary of your child’s moods throughout the day, as well as his eating and sleeping habits. You’ll learn to optimise the routine you wish to introduce to your baby that way.

 

 

Keep in mind that your baby’s patterns can also change,

so don’t be afraid to experiment.

 

 

U is for…

Understanding… that it’s all about timing. “I usually encourage trying to establish good routines from around six months to one year,” says Jacki Roche, a midwife and health visitor from The Mother & Child Centre in Tanglin Mall. “Some parents feel they’ve left it too late by then, but actually babies learn quicker when they’re a little bit older.”

 

V is for…

Variety. Babies can be amazingly adaptable. So going off course once in a while can be good. It’s a routine, not a schedule!

 

W is for…

Whatever Works. Whatever it takes for the routine to work, go ahead and do it.

 

 

If you need a dose of java from your favourite café within an

hour after waking up and your baby enjoys a good walk under the sun,

combine the two for a win-win morning routine.

 

 

XYZ is for…

Examine Your Zipper. Final word: don’t be such a stickler for your baby’s routine that you forget to take care of the most important person in your baby’s life: you! 

 

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