Most parents worry about their child being beyond their control. They have a very difficult time getting their children to bed and making them wake up as well. Meal times become agonising as there is no really fixed schedule set up for them. Just like you, your child needs a routine in place too. This will help his enjoy his day, and make sure he has enough of everything.
Forming a routine for your child begins very early. This can manifest in bath and massage times, feeds and even napping time in your baby. While the baby will be the decider in the first two months, you can slowly start setting aside times for each activity as the baby starts to grow.
The beginning could be difficult. For one, you may have to cut back on a lot of things you like to do. For instance, you may have to let go of a little alone time, or even television time so your children do not get used to it. Your babies are always watching you, so make sure you lead by example.
Make sure all activities happen at the same time every day. This will help the baby get hungry when it is time for the meal. Do not encourage snacking and eating, or even napping at odd hours. It may be tough when the child is irritable, but do something to distract them. Once they are familiar with their schedules, they will also start to respond favourably.
When setting up a time schedule for your child, make sure that you avoid deviations for a few weeks. Avoid planning late nights with the family while setting sleeping patterns. Once the baby has settled in, you will find them more responsive, happier and even healthier.
It will make the transition to school easy, and you will have fewer problems to face waking them up in time. The babies tend to be more rested and less cranky. They are happy, and enjoy play time more.
This is a wonderful avenue for you as well. As a parent, if your child has a set routine, you can plan your free time and enjoy time with your friends, spouse, or even alone. It gives you a chance to make allowances for your chores and work as well. All in all, this is a system which works for everyone.