ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

10 Critical Things You Need in Your Parenting Plan for Infants

Updated on December 14, 2011

In a divorce, you must draw up formal agreements on official decisions about custody and visitation for children. When that child is a newborn, there are many things to consider that may not apply to older children. Infants do best when they can depend on a reliable and consistent schedule. Disruptions can create anxiety and stress in babies, even newborns.

You and the other parent must put together a parenting plan that details the rights and responsibilities you have in raising the newborn, yet putting the best interest of the infant first. Custody X Change child custody software lets you create a parenting plan for infants that covers every aspect of shared custody and visitation. A formal parenting plan for infants can ensure smoother transitions and clearer communication between you and minimize the stress on the baby.

Don't separate the infant from the primary caregiver for too long.
Don't separate the infant from the primary caregiver for too long. | Source

There are ten things to consider when you and the other parent are negotiating a parenting plan for a newborn.

  1. Determine who has been the primary caregiver for the newborn and don’t diminish that role abruptly. Experts agree that an infant should not be separated from the primary caregiver for too long. As the child ages, longer visitations with the non-custodial parent are appropriate.
  2. Plan plenty of opportunities for the non-primary caregiver to perform vital tasks for the infant, such as cuddling and bathing. This helps the infant bond better with that parent.
  3. Consider your infant’s sleep schedule, including naps. Many infants have a hard time falling asleep anywhere but their own crib, so consider limiting time away from the home to between naps.
  4. Agree on your newborn’s diet and how feedings will take place. For example, if parents decide that breastfeeding is important, structure visitations around feedings or arrange to have bottled breast milk accompany the infant when away from the mother.
  5. Avoid scheduling overnight visits with the parent who is the non-primary caregiver. Expert studies show that overnight separations from the primary caregiver are a significant cause of stress in children under the age of 2. Visitations can be modified as the child ages.
  6. Commit to keeping a parenting journal that notes key information about the development of your infant. Notes about illness symptoms, feeding schedules, medication requirements, unusual behavior or developmental milestones are all important in monitoring your baby’s growth.
  7. Plan on what happens when the infant is sick or needs to visit the doctor’s office. When babies are ill, they may be more irritable than normal, require medication and may prefer the primary caregiver over anyone else.
  8. Determine what kind of third party time your infant will be exposed to, such as daycare or time with grandparents.
  9. Outline ways to communicate with the other parent about sharing parenting notes, coordinating pick-up and drop-off times and other issues. Email, text and phone calls are convenient ways to stay clear and consistent.
  10. Decide on a specific time in the future when both parents will meet to revisit the schedule and visitation agreement, such as when the baby turns 1 year old.

Because an infant’s schedule is fairly inflexible, parents can take advantage of scheduling software specifically designed for divorcing parents. Software like Custody X Change includes all kinds of features that allow divorced parents of newborns sit down together and negotiate a fair custody and visitation schedule that meets the newborn’s needs.

Provide plenty of opportunities for both parents to bond with the infant.
Provide plenty of opportunities for both parents to bond with the infant. | Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)