A routine is the key in my opinion to get the kids down to bed safe and sound. Matthew has had a routine since a very young age. He was a very relaxed baby and had no trouble going to sleep in his own room at the age of 4 months. He generally falls asleep with no issues but wakes up at night sometimes wanting to come into our bed which is no problem at all.
Since Chloe came along bedtime can be a bit more challenging especially when hubby is away working which is 2 nights a week…it can be worse.
In this post I’d like to share the bedtime routine with you… it might give you some advice, if you have more than 1 child and need a different routine or you might have some advice for me even.
5.30 – 6pm
Dinner is happening at this time. The kids always eat together. Sometimes I manage to eat with them. When hubby is home we generally eat together which is lovely as a family
6 – 7pm
An hours play time is guaranteed for them. Once the weather picks up and it gets warmer, we will start going outside again. I really want to teach Matthew how to use his scooter and bike.
7 – 7.30pm
Matthew hates getting dressed so the only way to make it smooth, is to put on an episode of Paw patrol or Blaze and the monster machine. Then brush teeth. I am getting Chloe dressed downstairs when Matthew is still playing.
At 7pm Chloe and Matthew receive a snack like bread stick, cracker or biscuit.
We go into Matthew’s room and he is allowed to pick 2 books from his book shelf. He needs to take a big drink of water before he goes to bed (might have to drop this when we do potty training at night). I tuck him into his bed and he says good night to me and Chloe and says “love you” and I tell him what we’re going to do in the morning.
Next up Chloe…she used to get a bottle before bed time. I dropped her bottles completely since she had that bad stomach bug a couple of weeks ago. It was the perfect opportunity. Once Matthew is in bed, we are going to watch 2 nursery rhymes. A German one and twinkle twinkle little star which she falls asleep on a few times lately.
If she’s not asleep from the nursery rhymes, I play a plush sun that can be winded up. Both kids are generally asleep by 8pm.
We both do struggle with Chloe crying at night. One of the reasons why we take turns for minding them at night. We haven’t got to the bottom of it yet but half the time it’s her dodie falling out which is fair enough but other times I am not too sure. She wiggles around at lot. Next move we might try is remove her gro bag. I don’t think she likes the restriction too much.
How do you handle bedtime in your house?