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Assuming the infant is being cared for
primarily in one parent’s home, the
following are some examples of contacts
By the non-residential parent.
BIRTH THROUGH AGE 6 MONTHS:
 Three non-consecutive days per week
for two hours each day.
Many infants take multiple naps and require
feeding every three or four hours during the
day. If at all possible, time with the nonresidential
parent should aim at not disrupting
the infant’s nap and feeding pattern.
AGE 7 MONTHS THROUGH 12 MONTHS:
 Three non-consecutive days per week
for three hours each day.
Overnight, if appropriate.
If a parent has not been involved in care-giving
previously, these short and frequent visits will
help to develop a mutually secure relationship
and allow the parent to master the tasks and
sensitivity required to care for an infant. As the
care-giving skills are mastered, the parent-child
bond strengthens and the time with the infant
may increase.
AGE 13 MONTHS THROUGH AGE 18 MONTHS:
 Three non-consecutive days each
week for three-four hours each day.
 One weekend day for up to eight hours.
Overnight, if appropriate.
Children at this age still require a predictable
and consistent daily routine. Communication
between the parents about the infant’s routine
and any new developments is essential to
enhance the infant’s adjustment.
AGE 19 MONTHS THROUGH 36 MONTHS:
One weekend day for ten hours.
One mid-week for three hours.
Overnight, if appropriate.
Children of this age go through many changes,
such as weaning from the bottle, toilet training,
beginning pre-school, and adjusting to new
siblings. Parents should avoid choosing a plan
that requires the child to change routines
frequently.

For further information, visit the Los Angles County Superior Court Website at: http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/familylaw/pdfs/parentingunder3.pdf