Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

New Year - New Routine - New You!
Gillian Stewart, Thursday, January 09, 2020

January is a time when New Year's resolutions are made, plans for the new year are talked about and holidays booked. It all sounds perfect but with little ones to fit into the mix, it can make things a little more stressful and challenging than you might like.

It is important to enjoy your children and not wish the early months and years away. Each stage is an exciting development and should be embraced.
Having control through a consistent routine can help you plan and enjoy the times ahead.

Christmas is a time when things can go adrift. Fitting your little ones in around all the celebrations, can be tricky.
There are also so many bugs around that poorly children can mean busy nights and challenging days.

Now is the time to get things on track. Older children are back at nursery and school, so everyone needs a good nights sleep.
It is also the time to start to put in place a flexible routine if you have been waiting until Christmas is over. Be brave and take the plunge! The longer you wait, the harder it will be.

Look carefully at your little ones day time naps and bedtime routine. Older children should not sleep past 2pm and young babies need a good lunchtime nap and short morning and afternoon naps. The late afternoon nap should go at around 5 months.

Try to put in place a positive bedtime routine. A consistent approach to self settling will be the key to getting a good night's sleep.

Don’t forget the lovely wake times - allowing your little one the time and space to discover things for themselves.

For younger babies, food is really important! Always check that you haven’t got a hungry baby when it is sleep time. Babies need a nice full tummy to settle to sleep and stay asleep for long stretches.

A little hard work to set the patterns for your little one to learn, will really pay off in the coming weeks and months.

Happy New Year!