People thrive on routines, and your baby is no exception. By teaching your baby to live within a routine, you give her confidence in knowing what to expect out of the day. She begins to know that after lunch, it’s time for a nap, or after dinner means it’s time for a bath and then bedtime.
Meal Time Routine
Meal time routines are the best time to establish family bonding and consistency. By sitting down together regularly, your child will learn the importance of that together time even from a young age.
Most importantly, make sure that you keep stress away from the table. Let this time be for you to enjoy each other’s company. Plan ahead for meals, and leave adult issues away from the table. This is baby’s time to take in and observe how the family interacts and to feel close to his parents.
Allow this time to be an opportunity for baby to explore new tastes. Did you know that, while babies' sense of taste is well-developed at birth, their ability to taste saltiness does not emerge until about 4 months?
As your baby grows, don’t worry about mealtime messes. Let your baby explore the tastes, textures and consistencies of different foods. The Sassy Dippin’ Diner Plate Set provides a perfect opportunity for baby to learn how to dip pieces of food into sauces. The rounded corners help him scoop up the food and not get frustrated when he runs into difficulties picking up certain foods. These also give you the opportunity to teach baby about different sauces and tastes by varying what is in the dipping corner. And if baby doesn't eat everything on the plate, just pop on one of the lids, and save it for later!
Bath Time Routine
Bath time loses its magic as you grow up, so take the opportunity to interact with your baby in the tub and relive the magic you knew as a child. Let this time be completely focused on baby while taking the opportunity to teach her. Talk about each of your baby’s body parts as you wash them.
For older babies who are able to sit up and play in the bath, use toys such as the Sassy Scrub-a-Dub Car Wash. Show her how to drive the cars around the track, making them disappear and reappear under the curtains. Scoop, pour and strain using the cloud-shaped pourer. Teach her that even cars need to be washed, just like little babies.
Bed Time Routine
Sleepy children are usually the ones who have a meltdown at the mention of the word “bed.” By establishing a routine that children can expect, these meltdowns are less apt to occur.
Keep it simple. Have a regular sequence of events that you go through each night, such as reading a book, singing a lullaby and cuddling. Even the youngest babies begin to learn and understand what is happening.
Begin with a bath; the water will calm baby.
Follow baby’s bath by brushing baby’s hair with the Sassy Soft Grip Comb and Brush Set.
Once your baby’s donning his cutest pjs, you can cozy up in a chair for some evening reading together. By starting reading at even a very young age, you are helping baby develop a larger vocabulary as they listen to what you say and make connections to the images in front of him.
Baby's sense of hearing begins before birth, and by birth, a newborn has been listening to mommy's voice for at least three months. According to our experts, baby can distinguish this voice from other female voices. By including a lullaby in your routine, you can calm baby and encourage moments of bonding with him.
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