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Planning Your Babys Schedule

Planning Your Babys Schedule

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Your baby has now started to walk and you need to be more attentive than before around him or her. Although your hands are full, you worry about planning your day with your baby, so that you do not miss out on meaningful activities that your child might enjoy and learn from.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Here are some suggestions how you can plan your day actively with your child:

Eating Time: As your toddler grows, you need to expose him or her to a variety of tastes slowly and gradually. He or she will need three meals and 2–3 snacks a day. Expect a little decrease in your child’s appetite by the second year of life.

Sleep Time: At this stage, your baby will sleep at least 11–13 hours a day. Use this time to rest your body and do things what you like, such as reading, catching up with friends and relatives over the phone, etc.

Poop and Peep Time: Good amount of your time will be spent starting potty training your baby at this age. As your baby tries new foods, the frequency of diaper change may increase or decrease.

Active Time: In the 11–12 hours your baby is awake, plan to spend most of the time interacting and doing developmental activities with your baby:

Move and Mingle: Now that your baby is walking, take him or her to the park more often to play with other kids. Run and play around with your kid using a ball or frisbee or ask him or her to fetch things for you. These activities promote social behaviour, coordination and muscle control.

Talk/Read: Your baby will now be learning to catch up with more than 10–20 words. Read to your child, ask questions, explain whatever you are doing, and encourage imitation by acting and singing aloud simultaneously in front of him or her.

Do not keep your little one inactive for more than one hour, except while sleeping.

Time with Grandparents and Dad: Let your child spend time with the father and the grandparents. While promoting bonding, it will save you enough time to catch up with your parents and relatives.

Let them Explore: Let your child play freely on his or her own for at least 1 hour every day. Provide a cart full of “safe for kids” things like some safe kitchen utensils, some stacking toys, some books, plain paper, and crayons, etc. and let your child’s imagination flow.

Music: Expose your child to a variety of music, and sing and dance along with him or her. Music helps in speech, cognitive and behaviour development.

With proper planning and a little help from your family members, you can sleep satisfied at the end of the day by thinking that you did justice to your child.

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