Routine – is still important in your childs life. By now you would have adapted your routine, to fit your childs sleeping and play requirements. Let’s talk routine, a routine is so vital in establish order and structure to your child’s life, have a routine from Day 1 and adapt it as your child ‘s play time and sleep time change. It is essential that it is written on a whiteboard or piece of large paper and secured somewhere obvious in your kitchen, the fridge is ideal.
Is there one on your fridge? Yes….great, next question is it up to date? If No, or there isn’t one, then sit down tonight, I mean tonight, not tomorrow or the next day / week and write one out.
Remember to base it on…..
Feed → Play → Sleep
Feed: meal times, breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Play: sectioned time for playing, both inside and out, both on their own and with you (remember BabyTalk)
Sleep: sleeps and naps or if you child is older and not sleeping at all two sleeps anymore they must still have rest time, or time out in the morning &/ afternoon just to relax and have some quite time.
Add in…bath time, story time, and jobs around the house if your child is walking and able to help (children love, just love helping with jobs, they do not consider it a chore or work).
☺ A routine will keep you organized, give you more time,
and make you feel in control
you child will like the security
of having structure to their day –
especially the play time with Mum or Dad.
- By now your child will be self sufficient is using finger food and as the year progress will become proficient at using a spoon and fork. By 1 ½ yrs, definitely able to use a spoon to eat MOST of their food (with a mess as well) and able to use a fork if you have loaded it for them.
- Milk is still an important part of their diet and they would be on 180 mls x 3 times a day, usually before rest time or/+ first up in the morning
- Information on healthy eating available in a wide range of places main point to remember is “every bite counts so make it worthwhile to them nutritionally”
- The routine still applies, just a greater part of being awake (play time) compared to when they were a crawler.
- At 12 months of age they will have many play sessions and should be similar to this: Breakfast – play
- Smoko – play till sleep time in middle of day. Depending on your child this may be mid morning and the 2nd sleep mid afternoon or lunch time and late afternoon.
- Lunch ? depending on the time of sleep
- Smoko upon waking – play
- Rest – play
- Dinner – bath (considered play time here) Is a good idea to bath after dinner during this stage due to the mess created during mealtime.
- Still use the ½ hr of Babytalk a day.
It is essential that…
- attention and focus is your child’s choice
- that what he is looking and listening to is the same object
- the environment is free from distractions and noise
- For play ideas see Babytalk & Gymbaroo
- Still no tv, there is far too much too learning from the environment around them.
- Between 12 - 18 mths of age, they will be having two days sleeps.
- At 18 months it is likely to be the time of transition from two good 2hr sleeps a day to 1 main one at lunch with a nap/rest in the afternoon . They will drop the afternoon sleep. As a result of not needing this sleep they will become tired late in the afternoon, therefore you will find yourself putting your baby down at an earlier hour for the night sleep.
- At 2 yrs it is likely to be the pattern of one big sleep during the middle of the day with a rest period in the afternoon. (occasionally they may sleep as well)
- It is important to still include some relaxing time for 1/2hr or more ( to 1 hr) in the afternoon at the time when they used to have their sleep. This time is basically a quiet period in their cot with some books, and/or appropriate toys.
- Your baby still needs time alone, to wind down, relax and have time out from the stimulating environment around them.
- You expect that you baby at 12 mths to have two naps during the day totaling about 3-4 hrs. Usually a longer sleep during the middle of the day.
- With 12 hrs at night in one big sleep.
- There should be no regular night waking
- Routines are for guidelines, to allow you to plan for the day – this gives you a sense of control and organisation. Babies and children need routine and order to their lives. The recommendations are just that, recommendations to keep in mind of where you are heading, what the aim is.
- Example routine of a baby at 12 months of age, the times of Feed, Play and Sleep obviously depend upon the first waking time for the day, however it gives you an idea of how to structure a routine ensuring plenty of sleep or rest. This type of routine when written and left on say your fridge allows anyone else to come in and look after your child and know what is expected where.