With DD3 coming in Jan, I really haven't had the energy to really make major changes to DD2's (2.5 years) nighttime routine of:
Bath with DH
Books with DH / PJ's on
Breastfeed (about 15 - 20 mins, 30 mins max or she's just fluffing )
Then some more fluffing, chatting about the day, patting off to sleep on the
the mattress on our floor.
This usually starts at 6/6:30pm with the bath and generally I walk out of the room closer to 8pm. Include maybe 1 night waking now at 3am with loud requests then protests for milk, and then up for the day with a loud 'look it's the sun - time for milk' at 5am. Despite blockouts. That's another thread though..
Now, I actually don't want to change this aspect, I am happy to continue down this little path for DD2 until she goes into her own room one day or it just changes on her own accord...
But - it's poor little DD3 that we have to accommodate...I'll have to include a feed before bed (and it's always the loooonnnngest one too) which I am hoping to make 7:00pm - which would mean then usually a 6pm start time...
Here's what I am *hoping* in my naive little mind will happen :
Before or around 6pm:
- DH baths, reads books and changes DD2, starts nighttime process (e.g, lights out, cuddles, chats, etc)
- I help bath DD3, take her out early, change her, start feeding her in the lounge / another dark room, settle her for bed and then put her in a bassinet in another room
DH / I swap - I go in and finish nighttime routine, if that's a feed, a little pat off and DH can watch DD3 incase she wakes up again, needs to be rocked etc to sleep...
Tell me, What do you do with your 2+ little ones when you spend considerable time putting one or both of them to bed? Could you share your little nighttime routine with me? THANKS!