I’m one of those moms who believe children (and people in general) need a routine. We just tend to function better. In being a therapist previously, I have seen first hand how building a routine can be quite helpful in ones environment, achievement, and over-all health. I’m not saying that everyone needs to be strict on an exact regiment. No. That would not be considered healthy. We also need spontaneity in our lives.
Below is an example of a 9-12-month-old’s daily schedule. This helped me as a SAHM keep busy and engaged with McKinley, as well as provide her with a sense of understanding and security. Infants and toddlers function better when they have a schedule or routine, because it provides them with the knowledge of “what’s coming next.”
I spent 30 minutes and typed up a daily schedule for Mckinley being sure to give her a variety in activities and spaces. I applied the E.A.S.Y method as well (I have since her birth). Then I printed it out and laminated it. I put it up where I could see as a reminder. No, I did not stick to it every minute of every day…it’s just meant to be a guide.
A great read for parents is: The baby whisperer solves all your problems by Tracy Hogg. She explains the E.A.S.Y. method- and many other helpful tips for parents having trouble with sleeping and feeding.
E is for eating
A is for activity
S is for sleeping, and
Y is for you time.
This method helped me get McKinley to switch her nights to her days when she was a newborn, and helped me get her on a 12 hour sleeping schedule at night.
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Georgia, MSW, LSW