Routine

Morning Routines

Check out our last post where we talked about bedtime routines so you can prepare for what time your little one should be waking in the morning. Once you have your daily wake time set for your family, you can begin to think of your morning routine for your infant/toddler/big kid. 

One thing we love to encourage our Sleepy Cues community to do is thinking of the tasks you want your child to be able to do themselves, and which tasks you will help them with. For young infants, you will obviously be doing most things for them, so take time to consider which ones you will take care of and which ones your partner will take care of. 

Once you write down the necessary components, you can divide up responsibilities between you and your partner and also your kiddos if they are old enough!

Infant Morning Routine:

7AM: Daily Wake Time

7:05AM: Morning Feeding (keep lights dimmed/white noise on if your baby has trouble focusing)

7:15AM: Open drapes/“good morning”

7:25AM: Tummy Time/Play Time with Dad while Mom gets ready

7:45AM: Breakfast with Mom while Dad gets ready (Solid feeding if necessary)

8AM: Off to work/school/or the day begins with primary caregiver  

Toddler Morning Routine:  

7AM: Daily Wake Time + Make Bed If capable 

7:10AM: Breakfast and Liquids (bus own dishes to trash and then sink)

7:15AM: get dressed (toddler helps put clothes in hamper) 

7:30AM: Play time while parents get ready

8AM: Help get shoes/socks on and leave for school/work/day begins with primary caregiver

We hope these routines we’ve provided his month helps you get into some new grooves of your children helping out and being responsible for more around the house!

 

Bedtime Routines

One routine we find incredibly important is the bedtime routine. At Sleepy Cues, we love to keep the components simple so that you can even do the same routine if you’re in a rush or on the go! 

The first thing to consider logistically is the bedtime. We love for kids all the way up to age 5/6 to have a 12 hour “night”. This can include night feedings, but we would love night hours (no talking/playtime) to be 12. Consider your family and what time you will have to wake your child in the morning for school/work/daycare.

Once you’ve decided on a time, give yourself 15-20 minutes of a routine. You can always add bathtime before the routine if you need to bathe every other night or every night. Make sure that the items you include could be shortened if necessary. Here’s a sample infant and toddler routine for a 7pm bedtime. 

 

Infant:

6:30pm: bathtime

6:45pm: pajamas/diaper and massage/lotion

6:50pm: feeding time before bed in the dark room/white noise on

7pm: place in crib/bassinet for sleep

Toddler:  

6:15pm: bathtime  

6:30pm: pajamas/diaper

6:40pm: book reading time  

6:50pm: final liquids

6:55pm: Night Night Song and cuddle stuffed animals/blankets for bed.  

7pm: put in crib or bed for night sleep

As you can see, you can use these same elements on the go if needed. You can incorporate these same steps at a hotel or in a stroller if you’re out late. Make sure that you have the same white noise sounds and blankets/lovey for your child to take with them on the go.