3. Daddy time
Having a spouse who shares the responsibility of taking care of the children's early morning needs is important, as it give you the time to nip to the gym, or to complete a few tasks before your other half starts work.
4. Getting dressed
Having your children play or hang around with each other while you and your other half get dressed for work. You can also opt to alternate between giving attention to your children or leaving them to their own devices, which will help them learn how to entertain themselves.
The safety of your children is important, especially when it comes to them discovering items that they can put in their mouth. As such, it is important to keep your young children with you while you get ready for work. Alternatively, you can also choose to reapply some nappy ointment onto your children's bottom when changing their nappies.
5. Nap time
At some point during your day, your children may want to take a short nap. If you are heading out, your children will most likely fall asleep in the car. But if you are having a day in, you can put your children in a cot and they will most certainly fall asleep by themselves. Alas, this will initially some getting used to, but if you are able to identify the visual cues, which include rubbing their eyes or ears, and yawning, you can get them to sleep before the yelling begins!
A routine can seem a bit tedious sometimes, but breaking it is even worse! You will pay with a tired, confused, cranky child if 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 following a routine 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!
A Few Routine Top Tips
- It 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 activity on the agenda.
- 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 (especially with a small baby), as they will eventually pick up on the routine cues.