Thinking of using baby routines to bring order to your life? Check out our list of pros and cons...

Are you the kind of parent who would rather do things spontaneously and just “wing it”? Or do you prefer to stick to a routine and structure to a tee?

Whatever your parenting style may be, all families require some form of routine as part of normalcy — a way to get things done which also gives your child a sense of security. That said, a structured daily routine is not for everyone.

Here’s a list to help you decide if a consistent schedule will work for you and your family…

Routine pros:

1 It gives structure to your day and helps you feel in control.

2 There is a theory that babies are much happier if they know what’s coming next, even when they’re really tiny.

3 If your baby goes to bed early, you get to spend some valuable time with your spouse or friends in the evening.

4 It might actually work and you’ll get a full night’s sleep within eight weeks or so.

Drawbacks:

1 Breastfed babies often need to eat little and more often than they are “allowed” to in a routine. Feeding on demand, as advocated by many lactation consultants, conflicts with a schedule.

2 Routines take away spontaneity and confine you to the house during baby’s “sleep time”.

3 It can be hard to work out complicated schedules when you’re so tired.

4 You might feel guilty or a failure if you can’t stick to it or your baby doesn’t like it.

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