Establishing Familiar Routines with Toddlers

Establishing Familiar Routines with Toddlers

by | Sep 23, 2022 | Toddlers

Creating routines with toddlers is one thing that makes parenting easier. It allows you to develop patterns for toddlers to benefit all parties involved. It might take time for a toddler to adjust to a routine, but it happens with time. Let’s look at some good ways to get started.

Routines call for flow which is possible when you add your toddler’s favorite activities. It’s easy for you as the parent to play your role and do things on time when your toddler has a routine. So what does establishing good habits for children entail?

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Go to Bed and Wake Up on Schedule

Toddlers sleep 11-14 hours daily, which is an excellent timeline for developing bedtime routines. For example, when your toddler wakes up at the same time every day, it’s easy to estimate nap time when they fall asleep in the nighttime.

Encouraging a toddler to brush their teeth should be part of going to bed at night and waking up in the morning. Scheduling bath time before bed can help your child sense sequence. Children adjust quickly to a consistent schedule.

Ease Separation Anxiety with Goodbyes

Young children find comfort in goodbye rituals. The ritual could be a secret handshake, a song, or reading material explaining separation. Parts of the routine can involve practicing things they do at the daycare before going home, for instance, handwashing.

Rituals like these works best when other family members participate. The goal is to align the time your young children are away from you with the time they spend with you to make them feel safe. 

Schedule Playtime for Motor Learning Skills

A lot of developmental milestones happen in early childhood. Performing specific exercises with your toddler to ensure they transition into the next stage of growth successfully.

Start by establishing a playtime schedule. While playing, your toddler can have fun, relieve stress, and develop communication skills.

Arrange physical exertion activities to allow your child to develop their motor skills. The bonus is it will tire them out in time for bedtime. In addition, children feel close to their families when they try to do their favorite things.

The Importance of Familiar Routines for Your Little Ones

Creating familiar routines with toddlers works the exact way schedules work for adults. Infants and toddlers need a pattern to give them a sense of security and stability. Also, establishing daily routines for toddlers ensures there are no power struggles.

Contact Lighthouse School to learn more about routines that could work for you and your toddler.

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