Getting into a healthy routine with your newborn can take time and effort, but it will help you and your baby in the long run. Having some structure for feedings, naps, sleeping, playtime, bath time, outings and other activities can make life easier for parents. It also helps babies learn what to expect and when.

Since all babies and families are different, be flexible when creating a routine. The routine will change as your baby grows and reaches milestones. Do not expect perfection. Choose a routine that fits well with your household.