New Year, New Routines
Every family benefits from routines, and daily ones you share together are important to help your baby thrive! Consistent routines help young children know what to expect in the day and makes them feel safe. Routines play an important role in child development: they provide little ones with opportunities to learn, bond with their caregivers, and handle transitions more easily.
The New Year is a great time to reflect on your family’s routines to determine what’s working and what you might want to adapt! You can find tips on how to adjust your routines or create new ones in a few easy steps here. You know your child best so try to create routines that can be fun and enjoyable for her and the whole family!
Routines are also important learning opportunities for your child; they help him develop social skills, learn self-control, and more. Daily routines even provide great opportunities to talk, read and sing with your child. For example, you can turn a trip to the grocery store into a fun early math activity—simply by talking about the sizes, shapes and textures of the different fruits you see in the store. You can say things like: “Look at those strawberries – they are red and small,” or “Let’s count five shiny green apples to put in our basket.”
Talking is Teaching Tip
How much time do you spend with your child driving in a car or riding the train or bus together? For many of us, it’s part of our daily routine, making it a great opportunity to share rich conversations together! As you go by the park or store, you can ask questions like: “That’s where we played last weekend with your friend. What was your favorite part of playing with her?” or “Look, that’s our grocery store. What kinds of foods did we buy there last time?”
Song of The Week
Did you know? You can create your own lullaby to sing with your baby during her bedtime routine! Listen to this beautiful lullaby a Mom wrote for her son through Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project: Night Night, Imari by Nicole.
In Case You Missed It
Research shows that laying a strong foundation for social and emotional development during the early years positively impacts children’s life outcomes! Families and early educators play an important role in helping children learn to express their emotions in healthy ways and develop positive relationships with others. We’ve partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop new resources to help families and communities support children’s social and emotional development. Learn more and download the resources!