Before I became a mum I had no bedtime routine. I went to bed whenever I felt sleepy.
After I became a mum, I couldn't go to bed whenever I want, not even when I am sleepy!
I guess I became a mum the moment I became pregnant. Sleep was evasive then. I had bad morning sickness that lasted all day and all night. In the later stages of pregnancy, I had to get up several times a night to visit the toilet. It was also difficult to turn and lying in the same side position was tiring.
After the baby came along, I lost the concept of day and night. The days went by in a blur of feeds, milk expression and more feeds. There was no proper sleep routine as I had to feed baby every 2-3 hours.
It was only after the baby hit toddlerhood that some semblance of bedtime routines returned.
The kids are 4 and 6 now and our bedtime routine goes something like this....
- Milk & Supper
- Brush Teeth, Pee, Wash Up
- Change to pyjamas
- Get the beds ready and comfy
- Storytime or Chat time
- Lights off
The entire process takes about an hour. Sometimes I wish, I could just jump straight into bed without going through an entire hour getting everyone ready for bed. Oh and I mustn't forget the daddy too must I? Usually I make a hot drink for him and then give him a foot massage while he winds down by watching a show. That is if I still have the energy left over for him after the one hour getting the kids ready for bed. Poor daddy. Poor mommy.
How long is your bedtime routine mommies and daddies?Pin It