It’s been a long while. I can’t think of any excuses as to why I haven’t been updating the blog, so…
I have a new vision for this blog now after some time away and I want to help and inspire young homemakers like myself. Hopefully, my posts can help inspire you to be a better homemaker and also entertain you at the same time.
A quick intro before we get into things. I am a young mum of two little boys. My eldest is 3.5 and my youngest recently turned one last month. As mentioned before I am a homemaker and have been one for as long as my eldest son has been on the planet. So it’s nice to meet you. If you like this post please share on social media and follow the blog via email in the sidebar. If you follow me you will be notified by email every time I upload a new post!
Now let’s get to the topic at hand. Bedtime. The best time of the entire day. When children finally leave you alone so you can do what you want to do, which is probably to go to bed yourself. I am not very good at keeping up with routines, but these ideas helped me stick to one. Toddlers really do seem to thrive on consistent routines and it brings more harmony into your life, knowing what to expect.
- Establish what you actually want to have in your routine. Don’t include a bath if you really don’t think you can be bothered bathing them every single time. Don’t include bedtime snack if your kid isn’t normally hungry. Don’t include anything that’s just not normal in your house because you won’t be able to keep up with it. If you need some ideas for what to include in a routine, look it up on Pinterest or Google and adapt to suit your little one (and you). For me, I like to keep it super simple. Pyjamas, put some toys away, find a snuggly toy for bed, iPad time, books then finally sleep. I prefer to keep brushing teeth, potty time and bathing separate from the set routine. However, that is what works for our family. Find what works for yours.
- Keep it simple. This should be everyone’s philosophy in life. Don’t overcomplicate your routine, don’t have too many things. Never let a routine go on for hours, that will wear everyone involved out.
- Be specific about how many books you read. I think every bedtime routine for little kids should involve a story, whether made up yourself (those are always fun) or a few nice bedtime books, create a limit to how many stories you share. Doing so will make sure you do not wear yourself out and make the bedtime routine boring for YOU. If you become bored with the routine yourself, you’ll be over it by day 3. The key is consistency.
- Stay positive. Any routine can only work well if you think it can and be positive about the experience. Before you know it your kid will be doing the routine themselves or asking for certain elements from the routine. Make sure they enjoy it and are happy with the routine. Don’t force it. Forcing someone to like something is never going to work.
- Write it down and pin it somewhere visible. We wrote down the routine in list form and used stickers to tick each item off. This made it more fun for everyone and our little one felt like he was being rewarded for every task he did. One day he ripped it down though so I’m not sure what that means. But we followed the list for so many days it got ingrained into our souls. This idea really was the one that was a game changer, I have been awful at keeping up with any routines until I tried this. Seeing it every night really helped with the consistency.
Hopefully, these tips can help you set up a really good consistent routine. They really can make all the difference in your evenings, from being chaotic and unorganised, to quieter and more relaxed.
Until next time,