I thought I would blog about my day to day routine with my toddler, it changes now and again depending on what we are doing but all in all I try to stick to it as much as possible
I have always tried to get Ava into a routine, it started when she was around 5 months and she started to sleep through the night so I had a set bath and bed time and I’ve kind of just carried it on from there. It’s obviously changed as she has gotten older… here is where we are at today with my 2 year old deer 🦌
a usually wakes up about 7am- since we have moved house she has been a bit hit and miss with her waking up time but it's usually around 7am. Because we have 3 floors now I still use her baby monitors so I can hear when she wakes up, I'm not sure if I should stop using these now as she isn't a baby anymore but I get such bad anxiety at night that I'm not going to hear her wake up and I am going to sleep in so I keep it next to my bed, and she is still in her cot so she cannot come up and get me yet. I usually go into her room, sometimes I will lie in her cot with her and pray she might lie next to me and snooze (of course this never EVER happens) then we go downstairs, I'll change her nappy and make breakfast.
en we will snuggle, watch some tv and play with her toys. Of course if I have work then I'll get ready and go to work but on my days off we have snuggle time in the mornings.
ike to give her lunch around 12pm, if we are having a day at home I'll probably make this between 12-1 but if we have plans in the afternoon I'll make it around 11:30-12pm so she's fed and ready to go. Obviously sometimes if we are already out and about I'll get her something whilst we are out.
en once she is fed we can get on with our day, I always make sure she has some kind of drink when we go out and when we are at home. She does drink water primarily but I find she will drink a full cup if I give her some juice so I mix between the two because ultimately I want her to stay hydrated but not always have juice I limit it to 1-2 cups a day.
ound 4:30 I start dinner, for lunch we usually have something easy like a sandwich or some pasta so for dinner I like to always make sure we have a proper meal before bedtime. She's at the stage now where if she doesn't want to eat she just won't eat. It drives me insane!!! Like how Can I let her go to bed when I know all she's really eaten is a apple but I can't physically force her to eat! The joy of terrible twos! I always give her a yoghurt for pudding as she doesn't drink milk so I like to give her something with calcium as I am always paranoid she doesn't get enough goodness from her food… then I have to remind myself I breast fed her for a year that's got to have given her so much goodness! Being a mom I don't think you ever stop second guessing yourself!
en night time comes and I always bath her at 6:30. I have a strict bath time routine where I have to make sure she brushes her teeth, she also sits in her potty (doesn't do anything yet) and I'll make sure she's all clean! I'll then moisturise her, i HAVE to moisturise her I've done it since the day she was born and she has sensitive skin which doesn't help! I can't sleep properly if she's gone to bed without a bath and without being moisturised, I just love to get her all clean and cosy in fresh pyjamas every night ❤️
At 7pm it’s bedtime for her and then it’s finally my mommy time to lie on the sofa with a blanket and not move….. until 10pm hits and I drag myself to bed to try and get enough sleep to do it all over again tomorrow!
It’s difficult sticking to a routine as she gets older, for example on Thursdays she goes to nursery so she has her tea before I pick her up and then we go home and straight to her bath and bed time! Or as me and my close friends see each other once a week sometimes it will fall on a week when Anthony is at work so I have to bring her with me so she’s up later. And of course when she decides she won’t sleep so she lies on the sofa with me…. despite all this I am so happy I have a routine for her I think it’s so important when she’s so young. When I have another baby ill try and stick to this same routine for 2 as for me this works!
Love from this mama bear 🐻💜