for routine and sometimes we not.
I asked some fellow bloggers & mommy readers out there what worked for them
here is what they had to say . . .
Our routine is pretty much a case of survival - wake up, keep the kids alive and relatively entertained until bedtime :) We do try to keep the night time consistent with supper, bath, story, pray and then bed. For my sanity I try get them into bed by 6.30. ~ blogger ~ 3 kids 2 dogs 1old House
In the early newborn days I full believed in letting Malakai tell me when he was hungry and when he tired and read his cue! Every day was so different because he struggled with colic , so I had to work around that and work around him. One thing I did keep consistent in those days , was at around 5/6 pm it was bath time then bottle in his room. So no matter how the day went, the night was always the same.To this day it's still the same for us . We follow his lead but also preempt things and are prepared for what the day holds. We find having this kind of flexible routine helps in having a happy toddler and happy parents . Our flexible routine suits our son and our family. ~ Cass Lee ~
I am actually kind of like one of those hippie parents to be honest. I never set any kind of routine. I breast fed on demand (trying very hard to stop now!), co sleep/slept. My husband and I figured when Jake was ready for something it would be easy and have found this to be true so far. What I have found that worked was listening to him. Babies set their own routine and if you keep to it they seem very happy. When we wanted something, like for him to start to go down at night in his own bed we would start doing it and after months it would become the norm. He now goes to sleep quite quickly with me lying next to him around 6.30/7 after a bath and some supper and on a good night stays asleep until 1.30. That's the routine that suits him at the moment, it will change when it no longer works. Not everyone's cup of tea but I never saw the point of strictly adhering to a routine I set when
he changes so quickly. ~ overcoming mom reader
Mikayla has no screen time for at least half an hour before bed as she gets nightmares, so at 7:30 it is bath time for both little ones (that also helps calm them down). After the bath I get Mikayla in her PJ's and put out her outfit for the next day and then I read a story to her and Knox. Mikayla goes to sleep at 8:15 and then it is time for Knox's feed - once he is done he goes to bed too. Wehn both kiddos are sound asleep I pack all the bags for them for the next day and get everything ready (hubby helps with this) - then we spend some quality time together for an hour or so. I like getting into bed at about 10pm. It works like a well oiled machine, I love routines! ~ caffeine&fairydust-~
In closing. You need to do what's best for you . For hubby, Matthew and I we had a perfect book baby till 24 months and thereafter things got tricky but because of the routine we had in place, it was easier to adapt and swing a few things around.
As for now at 36 months. We wake around 7am, watch some telly and we hardly eat breakfast as there is no breakfast he has taken too, and I have tried everything. So doctors advice is put out some nibble bits : ham,cheese, raisins etc. He goes to school, comes home for lunch and somedays he naps others he doesn't. It's a toss up between 7pm bed time or 830pm bedtime. Night time routine for us is dinner, bath, small bottle and TV/story/cuddle. Lights off and bed. Carry to bed and we generally have a solid nights sleep. Except for the occasional drenched leaking nappy, cold or too hot.....
While mr moo is winding down for bed, I tidy the kitchen and last bit or house, put out hubby and mr m'S clothes for the next day , I make their lunch. This makes waking the next morning easier, fresher & puts me in a way better mood. #atype
Xxxx happy routineyZ