Human beings are creatures of habit. You wake up, brush your teeth, take a shower, get dressed, then head to the kitchen to make breakfast. Although maybe you may change up your outfit and vary what you have for breakfast, it’s still your routine. But how did we initially develop these routine habits? It could be because of our introduction to routine when we were just babies. Routine is so important for children to develop a sense of predictability. Keep reading to learn about how you can establish a morning routine for you and your baby.
First, let’s break down why routines are so important to begin with. Babies experience constant change. They’re developing constantly, learning constantly, and changing constantly. Routine can help them feel somewhat in control and establish their confidence. Knowing what will happen and when can help with their predictability, intuition, and decision making skills. With the constant developmental changes in their lives, routine can also help them create a sense of security.
So, now that you know how important routine is for children, how can you establish one that would be perfect for you and your baby? Here are a few things to incorporate into your morning routine:
Wake up: Most infants, toddlers, and children have a natural sleep rhythm. Following this typical sleep rhythm,Pediatric Sleep Council says, “The bed time is between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and a natural wake time is earlier in the morning between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.”
Brush teeth/wash face/get dressed:Not only will these activities help children form healthy habits, but they will also encourage independence, self-confidence, and self-care. These are much needed traits for later in life.
Breakfast:We always hear about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. Well- it’s even more so for children. Your little one is always growing and developing, and they need healthy, nutritious foods to do so. Make sure to add in fresh fruits and healthy grains. At Nosh Foods, we strive to offer breakfast foods andsnacks including Munchable Teethers and Peanut Butter Puffs that are nutritious and fun for your baby.
Playtime:Playtime is extremely important for children. According to theOfficial Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.”
Walk:Getting outdoors for a brisk walk is so necessary for both you and your child. It will help them burn off energy, encourage exploration, and promote freedom. Plus, the change of scenery will help them focus better afterwards!
Story time:Listening to stories will allow your child to build their vocabulary and empathy, while strengthening their language development.
Nap:Everyone knows, children get fussy without naps. This is due to their constant development and sensory processing. Nap time is very necessary for children to get down time, restore energy levels, and avoid becoming overtired.
Some children have a more difficult time adapting to change than others. According toRobert Myers, PhD this could be due to their natural temperament, trust issues, or behavioral disorders like ADHD or Anxiety. Once you develop a routine, it can be difficult when things come up that change it. Here are a few tips for dealing with change, yourself, and how you can help your baby do the same:
Talk with your child/explain:Children understand much more than you would think. One way to help your child adapt to change is to discuss it with them. Talk to them about what to expect and help them through their frustrated emotions as best you can. This will not only help them, but can help you plan as well.
Handle them yourself with ease:Children also pick up on how their parents are feeling. If you handle changes with ease, as if they’re no big deal, your child will most likely pick up on that and be more calm to adapting to changes that come up.
Pick up where you left off- skip the other parts:Although children can’t tell time, overtime, they develop a sense of the time of day. They begin to know when it’s close to lunchtime or nap time. If something comes up during your normal walk time, talk with your child and let them know you will take a walk tomorrow. Skip to story time and continue nap time at the normal time.
On-the-go snacks:Never leave the house without your Nosh snacks! Whenever your baby starts getting cranky and hungry, you’ll be prepared with on-the-go snacks that are convenient, USDA certified organic, and free of common allergens.