An effective routine must be founded in trust. When you observe and respond to your baby’s needs, you build trust. When routines are predictable and are developmentally appropriate for your child, you build trust. Trust is the foundation of a strong relationship.
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Often in the early days with a newborn, it can seem unclear how to go about establishing a routine. For the first four months, it is important that an infant should have a predictable environment where the care giver is able to observe the infants cues and responds to their needs in a timely manner. This will create a strong foundation of trust. An effective routine must be founded in trust.
As a baby gets older, predictable environments with a responsive carer continue to be important. At this age, developmentally appropriate routines can be put in place. A nurturing routine will allow you to experience more consistency in sleep and feeding times.
Strict scheduled routines are not appropriate for infants under 4 months.