Infant (8 weeks to 12 months) Daily Schedule:
Infants follow their own biological needs. Their bodies are very adept at telling them when they need food, sleep, elimination and play. Infants are fed, changed, and nap when they need it. Therefore, infant’s daily schedule is built around time blocks in order to meet infant individualized needs and abilities. In addition, daily routines such as feeding and diapering are used as opportunities for interaction and nurturing.
Parents and caregiver exchange information. Caregiver records on “Baby Steps Checklist” arrival time, which includes last time fed, quantity of feeding, last time diaper changed. Based on this information the provider will know how to schedule the infant’s day; i.e. feeding, changing, naps, and etc.
Infants are fed according to their needs, with instructions from their parents. Infants are usually fed every two (2) to three (3) hour.
This time block is for interaction with the caregivers or spending time on the floor exploring materials. As infants get older, they are better able to move around to get what they want. MITI Kids place learning/play materials in different locations which gives them an incentive to explore.
Baby time interacting which includes holding, cuddling, reading, rocking, exploring new toys together, sign language, story time, video time, etc.
Infants are patted, held, or rocked to sleep. Some go to sleep by themselves.
Caregivers do a great deal of diapering in which we see as a great opportunity to spend time with each child while talking, smiling singing and laughing.
This is the time to wind down the day with quiet music and soothing interactions. Infants are fed and diapered as needed for departure. Parents and caregiver share details regarding their child’s day. Daily notes are gathered to give to parents, along with any comments about the day.
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