> the secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine <
I’ve always been a daily routine kind of girl – there’s just something that really calms me down with knowing that some parts of my day are always kind of the same. don’t get me wrong > I’m always up for a spontaneous adventure (as long as it’s before my bedtime hahaha) but having a routine is just something I really enjoy.
therefore the routine with our 1 year old (!! gosh when did that happen??) daughter came quite naturally for me. but I’m not gonna lie, I looked online for “good baby routines” quite a while but just didn’t find THE ONE. so I thought this might be helpful for some of you.
there are a couple of things before the acutal night time routine that (I think) matter for a smooth process in the evening – so here’s what we do: Luna sleeps about 2-3h in the daytime but NEVER past 3.30pm. I just noticed that she needs at least 3h between naps and night time and as she goes to bed around 6.30-7pm that works perfect for us. secondly we try to only give her the dummy for naps, in the car, and sometimes in the pram. so she automatically knows “dummy = sleep”. first she could have her dummy all the time but we soon noticed that she doesn’t really appreciate it in the bed, so we changed that and ever since she gets really calm when using the dummy.
for the actual night time routine we start around 5.30pm: this time I tidy up her toys, stuffed animals and all the other mess she created during the day. some people asked me why I tidy while she still plays – it’s easy; I want her to learn that things need to be tidied > there’s no wizzard who magically cleans up everything during the night – we have to do it on our own. and I think the sooner she gets confronted with that the sooner she realizes and helps me with these kind of tasks.
after we tidied up (most of) the toys I start to prepare her dinner. for the moment she still gets her porridge – sometimes with fruit, sometimes with some spices. I use 20g of oats or sorghum and 200ml of whole milk, cook it for a few minutes until it thickens up.
the last couple of days she started to show a liiiiiittle bit of an attitude when we fed her. she wants to feed herself but is not quite ready for it. so I just feed her most of the porridge and let her try with a little spoon for the last few bits – gonna tell you how it worked soon.
DEAR TOOTHFAIRY… 6.30pm
pretty much straight after dinner we brush our teeth: first I show her how it’s done, then I brush her teeth for a bit, and then it’s her turn. I let her bite the toothbrush for a couple of minutes and then just wash her mouth.
then it’s bathtime – actually one of our favourite time of the day! Luna loves a bath and could soak hours and hours in her little tub. my hubby takes control of this task most of the time (which makes me sliiiiightly jealous because she’s always so happy in the bath) and while they have their fun I prepare her bed (sleeping bag, dummy) and make everything ready for us to have dinner.
HUSH LITTLE BABY 7.00pm
we usually do this part of the routine together as a family: the hubby moisturizes her face and body, puts a nappy on and I comb her hair, get her dressed, tell her what we did/experienced all day or sing lullabies all along. after that we put her in her sleeping bag and she normally sleeps within 5 minutes.
I love our routine and that it involves the whole family and I’m pretty sure Luna does as well. after this process the hubby and I can enjoy our dinner without having to worry about the baby/toddler and talk like “real adults” and I really appreciate this.
what’s your key for a good night time routine?
I’d love to hear from you ❤
>> of course we don’t bath her outside in a full set of swimming clothes – I just didn’t want to post a photo of her naked in the bath. all the photos are snaps from our daily life and not from a “shooting” 🙂