Use routines of physical care as opportunities to positively interact withbabies/infantsEmotional needs and physical care routines Routines are the ways that we care for the physical needs of infants and young children. They are not the daily timetable or schedule. Common routines in the care of infants occur during these times:•arrival and departure •nappy change•meal times, including snack times•dressing and undressing•sleep and rest •bath time.We will look more closely at organising physical routines a little later. But first we are going to consider infants’ emotional needs during these routines.Meeting emotional needs during physical care routinesIt’s easy to identify the physical needs of the infant—for example, we can tell when they are hungry, wet, tired or dirty. Most people working with small childrencan notice and deal with these needs.