Deciding if and how you want to tackle scheduling your child’s daily activities – from naps to feedings to morning rush hour – can be both exhausting and frustrating. There are some parents who work best on an organized, down-to-the-minute schedule (which they anxiously want their baby to adhere to), while others would rather not be confined by a timetable. And, of course, there are some babies who seem to fall into their own natural rhythm, and others who have no predictability whatsoever.
Whether you prefer to be organized and in control or you’d rather just go with the flow, there’s no denying the importance of a consistent schedule – for both your baby’s comfort, your family’s sanity and your child’s acclimation into the regularity of school and life in general. But, where do you start?
Because a regular routine is so important from infancy up through adulthood, we compiled tips and techniques to help your day move like clockwork. No matter your lifestyle or parenting approach, you’ll find everything you need to know about schedules and routine, from how often you should be nursing to how to get your kids ready for and out to school.