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Can someone please give me some guidance on how to leave the house without fear of messing up routines!!
I find myself declining invites some days because I really do not want to have to deal with an overtired grizzly sometimes screaming DS.
I never really set his routine he just decided to plan it out himself :)
Also travelling... We are going away for a week in march and again for 3 weeks in June..
I plan to stick to his routine as much as I can (obviously it will change as he gets older) but any tips????
He is currently..
Wake up at 5.30am has a feed
Back asleep at 7-7.30 am
Wake up anywhere between 8.30 and 9.30am has a feed
Back asleep again about 11.30-12
Wake up at 1 -1.30 ish- has a feed
Back asleep at 3ish
Wake up anywhere between 3.30-4ish
Bath at 5pm
Asleep for the night around 6ish-7pm
Thanks in Advance.
Back asleep again at 12
Plan a few things that it doesn't matter if you have to leave early and a night where you can have help at home so if things get tough, you have assistance. But above all, just DO IT. IMO what makes it harder for a kid to learn to be a bit adaptable is by not giving them the chance. DD1 we tried to work going out around her feeds and sleeps. That resulted in a stressed mum and dad who were in a rush to get home to get her to bed. With DS1, that went out the window as having a cabin feverish DD1 at home to wake him just made it impossible. So he just had to go along with whatever was happening. He was in a sling often, so if he needed a feed, I popped him on the breast, if he was tired, he went to sleep. It was still kinda the same routine, just the location was different, but thats no reason not to stick with the routine.
Same with my twins, there was pretty much no choice but for them to go along with what the other kids have on. I moved their naptime to go along with picking DD up from school, which sometimes means they don't sleep, but their 'rest' still happens, in the car, in the cot, whatever we have on, we just kinda stick to it. When out, I used to feed them, then wrap, put into the cot and walk about until they went to sleep. Even when we went to Fiji, they would swim, have lunch, get tired. So change into nappy, lay in pram, walk around the pool a few times, then they would sleep under the shade of a tree. Being adaptable REALLY made it easier on us too!
^^ ditto ... ds can sleep anywhere at anytime ... i'd go banana's if i had to be home for sleeps ...
But above all, just DO IT. IMO what makes it harder for a kid to learn to be a bit adaptable is by not giving them the chance.
ds is the way he is coz we just got out and did it .. yeah we've had days that were hairy and we probably shoulda stayed home, but for the most part he is really adaptable ...
your ds might surprise you at how good he is with it all! :)
oh, and when ds was still on 3 sleeps, i tended to be home for the morning and arvo sleep, and out and about for the midday one ,...
now that he's on two sleeps, i try to be home for one of them but it doesnt always happen and he's pretty good with it ...
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