Creating a parenting plan can be an arduous task, especially when your
child is only a baby or toddler. While older children can better adjust
the changes associated with divorce, infants must heavily rely on their
parents for care. For parents, trying to find a balance between finalizing
the divorce, starting a new life, and taking care of the baby can an overwhelming
If you and the other parent must create a parenting plan for your little
one, the following are several tips to take into consideration to benefit
yourself and your child:
Maintain the same parenting routines and schedules – To ensure the baby develops and grows as he/she should, maintaining
a consistent schedule is of utmost importance. While creating a schedule
for a toddler isn’t as strict, they also thrive when the routines
and schedules are established. During the transition of separating the
family unit, make sure you and the other parent sync each other’s
schedules. Discuss the proper time for feeding, bedtime, napes, and other
important tasks throughout each day.
Schedule short visits – While older children have an easy time balancing between two households
for weeks on end, young children need constant interaction and care with
both parents. It is wise to split parenting time in two to three-day increments.
In other circumstances, the custodial parent may allow the noncustodial
parent to visit once or twice a week.
Share milestones – Each day is a potential for a baby or toddler to hit a new developmental
milestone. Since both parents take turns taking care of the child, there
is plenty of opportunities to miss some accomplishments. Whether it’s
learning how to walk or speak his/her first words, you must do your best
to share the moment with the other parent to share the joy of raising a child.
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divorce or modifying a current
child custody order in Framingham, MA?
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