Wednesday, 5 October 2016


Oh that time.
You know, the time we all look forward to!
It's a busy old day here( like most places) if it's a week day, so bedtimes took on a routine format from pretty early on. It's key to our sanity & the good of the kids if we stick to what they know.
I found since having B & S that a routine at night allows them to quickly learn what's happening & what to expect next. 
Do you use a routine?
What works for you?

I know friends also swear by them, yet equally we all do things slightly differently. I like that though, we build our lives & structures to suit us & our babies. 
So what do we do?
I doubt much of this is ground breaking, but if it's helpful to someone who is looking for a straightforward plan then it's worth sharing for sure.

Let's get some admin out of the way first;
B is 7
S is 2
So this routine is tailored to those ages, though for the most part I'll focus on S as his element is more rigid.

We usually head upstairs around 6.30, J gets home around 5.30 so he gets a good hour with the kids before wind down, that's pretty lovely. (& often chaotic!!!... Who else has s husband who likes to play running and jumping & sara long as part of wind down? Just me? Great!)  
I digress, J prepares the milk & I order the troops towards the bathroom, S is  a happy bather so he runs along & tried to get undressed whilst simultaneously piling every bath toy EVER MADE!!! into the tub. B usually sneaks off for 5 mins peace (playing with Shopkins) whilst we run the bath, S runs around the landing & I get the Pj's sorted. 
We like a deep foamy bath with ALL the toys so that usually takes about 10 minutes and the splash! They are in!

I like to sit on the floor in the bathroom & chat about their day whilst the kids play (try to drown each other/ paint the whole room with water!) It's a nice time to catch up (whilst they can run away & pretend they can't heart ask about phonics or maths!) 
Our next step is very much DIVIDE & CONQUER! and stems from the days when I fed Sam to sleep, so J takes B & I take S. 
Off we pop, it sounds so idilic but involves much naked running and squealing (from S not me!) to his room to get Pj's on.

We use nappies still, potty training isn't on our radar just yet, so we slather on a pretty substantial layer of Bepanthan to care for that cute bottom overnight (8-12 hours stuffed into a nappy call for some serious protection) and in goes the nappy. 
We have just moved to Pj's after the summer & a quilt so it's diggers all the way and S is happy!

Story time is a favourite of mine, we have so many lovely books that it's often hard to choose, recently we have really been enjoying Oi Frog, it's hilarious! 
Whilst reading to him, S drinks his milk  and snuggles in Ted Ted gis trusty softie.

We then snuggle down & have a lovely cuddle before I carefully move him to his cot, again no plans to opt for a bed at this stage, he's an explorer! 
We've got to the stage where mostly he will let me put him down awake, mostly! So I gently whisper good night, and leave him to fall asleep on his cosy pillow.

It's s lovely time of day & all joking aside it's mostly calm & certainly looked forward to from the perspective of snoozy snuggles & lots of cuddles. 

Tell me, what works for you? 

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  1. Lovely to read and wonderful pics. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  2. Aw sounds very similar to ours but with one kiddo. He makes just as much flooding and squeeling though!x