Our Night Time Routine

> 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.

DINNER-TIME 6.15pm
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.

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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.

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BUBBLES 6.35pm
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 ❤

Maruschka x

>> 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“ 🙂

 

 

 

Baby Essential Part 1 ¦ bonavi

I wanted to write this blog post for quite a while because I would have been super happy to find something like that when I was pregnant with our baby girl.

the first couple of months are full of joy, happiness, lack of sleep and confusedness. so I wanted to show you guys what helped us to keep things going in this wonderfully messy time that is now our everyday life.

the first item I want to recommend you, really made things so easy in the nights. it’s the Chicco Next2me baby cot – it’s installed right next to your bed and you have easy access to your baby to calm him/her or to take him/her in your bed to nurse.

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you don’t have to get up every couple of hours instead you just roll over, the baby can feel your presence and I feel like this is what babies need in the first couple of months. Luna slept in this cot for about 4 months, after that she changed to her own room and a slightly bigger bed. you could say that it’s a little expensive to only use for 4 months, but first of all you can use it longer, we just thought that 4 months would be a good time to change but that’s up to you and secondly the bed is now at my parents and every time we are with them or my mom looks after Luna she can nap in this cot – an absolute WINNER!

because we changed her in her own room that is not on the same floor as our bedroom I wanted a baby phone that has a camera. and with the Philips Avent Digital Video-Babyphone we found the perfect one – a gamechanger!

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even in her daytime naps, it’s so much easier with this baby phone because I don’t have to sneak in her room every few minutes to check if she’s alright. just switch to the video setting and watch her sleep, cry, turn over or looking for her dummy – it’s the best thing in the world! when she doesn’t want to sleep I just play her some lullabies via the babyphone > you can even choose from six different ones > works EVERY time!

the third item in this haul is one thing that really made things easy now she’s a little older. it’s the bonavi Urban and it is the ideal pram for the city. whether bumpy shopping streets, narrow shelves or full cafés: its agile front wheels, compact size, and soft all-wheel suspension make every city stroll a comfortable experience.

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what I love most about it, is the sports chair that you can use when the baby’s a little bigger. you can choose from facing it towards or away from you and that’s really handy. because Luna can’t really sit on her own right now I like to see if she’s ok and I believe that she likes to see me all the time just to make sure I’m there for her. you can even fold the pram with the sports chair on it – super easy and space-saving.

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it has three one-handed adjustable backrest positions. the footrest can also be easily adjusted depending on the lying or sitting position. what we don’t use, as Luna is now almost too big to fit in a baby car seat: you could even buy a separately available adapter for the baby seat and mount it on the pram > SO practical!

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we absolutely love it and I’d highly recommend it to everyone! if you wanna see how easy it is to handle go and check out the highlights of my Instagram stories, I made a little video to show you how cool it is!

last but by no means least: Wrap Bodysuits!
I think every new parent will tell you the same: babies HATE to get dressed! the struggle to get a bodysuit over their face is just… gosh, I don’t even wanna think about it again hahaha.

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so when I got home from the hospital the first thing I did, was going online and shop these wrap bodysuits from H&M and it was the best purchase ever! it’s so much easier to wrap your baby in the bodysuit and Luna instantly stopped crying while getting dressed. now she’s older it’s no longer a problem – so we use the „normal“ bodysuits again.

so this is it – so far! I’ve got a lot more things to recommend to you guys but I’ll show you everything in part 2 of the baby essentials – coming soon ❤

what is something you think is really handy with newborns? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

>> this blogpost is not sponsored. bonavi kindly gifted the pram – all other products were purchased by myself.