One of the things I was most nervous about when I was pregnant with our second was how I would manage the evening/bedtime routine with two fairly close in age, especially on days when my husband would be working in London.
I searched the internet for blog posts to give me ideas and I have found that we have naturally settled into a routine and rhythm with the two of them, after a few months of trial and error!
Amelie has just turned three and Evie is 10 months old.
Our routine for the two of them now looks something like this:
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5 – 6pm – Wind down time.
They are both usually tired at this point so I am to set Amelie up with a game or with her favourite TV programme so I can look after Evie, who, being the youngest, gets more clumsy and grumpy than her sister.
5.45pm – Bottles and milk prepared
I’ll prepare Amelie’s whole milk and Evie’s bottle of formula ready for them to have after bath time.
6pm – Upstairs ready for bath time
We go upstairs and whilst the bath is running the girls will have play time. Once the bath is ready we try and have time to play, talk and learn as I find they are really engaged at bath time and take a lot more in.
6.30pm – Getting Evie to bed
Evie is always ready for milk and bed around this time. I get Amelie set up on our bed with books or the ipad and Peppa Pig and then it’s time for me to feed Evie and get her into her cot. We use a Sleepyhead of Sweden Grand for her which she loves and she settles really well to her Fisher Price butterfly dreams mobile – the music sends me to sleep!
7pm – Amelie and Mama time
At 7pm-ish, when Evie is settling herself to sleep it is time for Amelie and I to head into her room and start to choose books to read for the evening.
We choose two books and spend time reading, looking at what we can see and her asking questions.
Once we have done this we brush teeth, make up a story together and then settle down for her sleep.
She usually calls me up a few times for water or to use the potty but generally, she’ll settle down between 7.30pm and 8pm.
Then it’s my time to cook dinner and to work…
The routine has definitely got easier as they’ve got older but I would definitely recommend you try and get the younger one down first so you can spend some one on one time with the older child.
How do you do the evening routine if you have more than one? Was this something you worried about?