4. Daddy time
I’m lucky in my household that hubby works from home and doesn’t start until after 8.30am so I can sometimes nip to the gym or get a few jobs done before he starts work.
5. Getting dressed
We are normally heading upstairs to get dressed around 9am. Our daughters are happy to just play and hang around with each other. I find mixing up entertaining her and leaving her to her own devices work, so she learns to entertain herself. I can shower quickly with the girls playing safely in my eldest’s room.
I usually check that there isn’t anything our youngest can eat first and get ready. Once I’m out they tend to come and join me as I get my make-up on and hair done... My little baby girl gets dressed last! She used to be first prior to weaning but the mess she makes is insane, so definitely waiting is best. I may change her nappy again now and reapply some Bepanthen nappy cream.
6. Nap time
By this point our little one is often ready for her first nap. If we are heading out she will either sleep in the car or buggy but if we are having a day in, I put her down in the cot and she will fall asleep by herself. This has taken her a bit of getting used but if you look for the sleepy cues, rubbing eyes or ears and yawning, you can get them to sleep before the yelling begins!
Routine can seem a bit tedious sometimes and one of the negatives is breaking it! You will pay with a tired, confused, cranky child when you let it go for a few days BUT overall it is worth persevering with and achieving one that works for you and your baby.
I truly believe it results in a happy, secure child who is comforted by knowing what is coming next and what is expected of them. This makes life much easier for everyone!
My Routine Top Tips
- Be consistent. I can feel a bit like banging your head against a brick wall but do the same thing each morning and eventually your baby will recognise what is happening and be ready for the next thing.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself if it doesn’t work out one day. There is no pressure to be anywhere and you can always start again the next day.
- Try and stay as relaxed and chilled as you can (with a small baby!). I’m sure they do pick up on it. My second has been a lot more relaxed and easy. Could be her nature or could be how I have been with her.
I hope this post has been an insight into my daily routine with my girls and is helpful for you too!