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A parenting plan for babies must consider their needs first

When a child is very young, it can be hard to separate him or her from the mother. Despite that being true, both mothers and fathers deserve time with their babies, even if the decide to get a divorce. To make that work out, it's important to create a parenting plan that takes into consideration the age and needs of the child.

One thing that babies need is a consistent schedule. It's a good idea to work together to determine a schedule that works for your little one. For example, if your baby is very young, it may be advisable to have the father at the mother's home for visitation time during certain hours of the day. Night might be a good time for some, since the mother can feed the baby and the father can put the baby down for sleep after reading bedtime stories or spending time with his child.

Babies do change quickly, so as parents with the best interests of your child at heart, it's important that you remember to note down your baby's milestones and development. Record important milestones, so you both can share in them even if you're not there together.

Above all, remember that your child is growing and can understand moods and harsh words. Don't make your baby feel the conflict from your divorce. Take the time to work through disagreements or problems you have away from your child.

These tips can help you create a better parenting plan for a young child. The right choices now can help your child grow up with a strong support system.

Source: Custody X Change, "Baby Parenting Plans and Custody Schedules," accessed June 30, 2017

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