Babies and toddlers thrive when their world feels loving, safe, and predictable. Respond with smiles, words, and appropriate touch to help them see, hear, and feel your love. When you do this, you will help them develop a sense of security and self-control.
Create a routine for you and your baby. Try creating a list and prioritize important activities like feeding, rest, play, and time to decompress not only for your child- but for yourself too. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Don’t put the entire focus on just a one-time event or day. Keep expectations manageable. Always remember that routines CAN and WILL change with time.
Create a bedtime routine for your little one. Write it down or put it in your phone. Follow this routine as often as you can with your baby. Incorporate essentials such as diaper changes and changing into pajamas and add reading a story right before bed. Try the routine, but be open to adaptation – you may have to tweak it. Be kind to yourself – parenting is hard work!