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    Default Your dinner/bath/bedtime routine?

    Lately I've noticed that if we go out for dinner, and if bedtime is at least an hour after dinner, that our boy will wake up the next morning with a dry nappy.

    So I'm trying to stretch out our bedtime routine to make sure there's an hour between the end of dinner and the start of our bedtime routine: potty, teeth, shower, bed.

    But I'm finding it difficult. We usually go straight from dinner at 6:30pm-ish to the bathroom and bed at 7-7:30pm-ish. I'm making an effort to have dinner earlier at 6pm instead of 6:30pm... but then what do we do for an hour after?

    I don't mind him watching 20 mins of telly on the weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun) but I've got a 'no TV' rule during the week. We clean up after dinner and that takes about 10/15 mins. Reading a few books takes another 10/15 mins... I don't want to do anything too exciting as it's time to wind down not up.

    So please help! What DO YOU DO between dinner and bathtime? Any ideas?
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    Our dd is 2.5 yrs. After dinner the tv is turned off while she is bathed then from end of bath time Til bed time we stay in dds bedroom. (Except for brushing teeth and going to toilet) We read books, do puzzles, practice abcs or counting, play with dolls etc. Basically any quiet play in her room. I brush her hair and give her a little massage with moisturiser sometimes (dd has dry skin) From the end of dinner I'd say it would be about an hour Til she is in bed, sometimes more if she is trying to drag out the routine.
    Ps I'd love it if dd woke up dry! We wets through her nappy most nights so I have to change her sheets almost everyday.

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    I have 3 littlies, 4yo, 2.5yo and 10mo. We have dinner between 5:30 and 6pm, Then they all have a bath, brush their teeth and get into PJ's. By the time that's done it's usually getting close to 7ish - then they get a choice. They can either watch a show for 20mins, or play their games for 20mins (ipad), or I can read them books for 20mins. They usually choose books. So then we all lie in the big bed together while I read them all a book, then put them all to bed. The older 2 are both toilet trained and don't wear nappies to bed. If for some reason they've had a drink closer to bed time than usual I just make sure they go to the toilet between book and bed, and they make it through till morning no problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollypops View Post
    Our dd is 2.5 yrs. After dinner the tv is turned off while she is bathed then from end of bath time Til bed time we stay in dds bedroom. (Except for brushing teeth and going to toilet) We read books, do puzzles, practice abcs or counting, play with dolls etc. Basically any quiet play in her room. I brush her hair and give her a little massage with moisturiser sometimes (dd has dry skin) From the end of dinner I'd say it would be about an hour Til she is in bed, sometimes more if she is trying to drag out the routine.
    Ps I'd love it if dd woke up dry! We wets through her nappy most nights so I have to change her sheets almost everyday.
    It was very random and rare occasion at first and I couldn't see any reason or pattern as to why he would wake up dry. It's only been recently, I suppose because we've been out more, that I've figured out that this is what is working for him. But, like I said, it's early days, plus we've changed to cloth night nappies, so I'm also washing sheets a lot more than I used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CazHazKidz View Post
    I have 3 littlies, 4yo, 2.5yo and 10mo. We have dinner between 5:30 and 6pm, Then they all have a bath, brush their teeth and get into PJ's. By the time that's done it's usually getting close to 7ish - then they get a choice. They can either watch a show for 20mins, or play their games for 20mins (ipad), or I can read them books for 20mins. They usually choose books. So then we all lie in the big bed together while I read them all a book, then put them all to bed. The older 2 are both toilet trained and don't wear nappies to bed. If for some reason they've had a drink closer to bed time than usual I just make sure they go to the toilet between book and bed, and they make it through till morning no problem
    Thanks for the reply. Both your routines involve doing something after everyone's had their baths and before bed, whereas we go straight from shower to bed... so that's got me thinking...

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    Pack away toys
    Pick out books
    Quiet play
    Drawing
    Tell stories
    Listen to audio books
    Listen to music
    Look at photos
    Go for a walk

    Not all of the above at the same time but just some ideas

    My kids get hyped in the bath so we have dinner, then shower straight after. Then they have about an hour of quiet time before bed.
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    Sego straight from dinner, to bath, to bed. So I'm not any help BUT its interesting to see others do it differently.

    Bath time relaxes DD and takes away that last little bit of energy so she's ready to go straight down. If we play or read or watch telly she seems to get a second wind,

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    DD is 2.5yo. Usually it's dinner at about 6pm, then a quick clean up and upstairs for a bath or shower. PJs on, back downstairs for a cup of milk while we sit on the couch and watch a little bit of TV or read books, do sticker books, puzzles etc. until 7pm, upstairs to brush teeth and a bedtime story, then lights out.

    The exact times change depending on how the day has panned out and occasionally dinner is late so everything gets pushed back half an hour to an hour.

    She's not toilet trained so can't help you there!

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    Oh gosh I wish I could cut down our bedtime routine! Here it's
    Dinner at 5.30
    Bath around 6
    Into pj's and brush teeth at around 6.30
    Stories at 6.45
    Lights are out any time between 7-7.30.

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    Here's our usual if dh isn't home. If he home we take a kid each.

    Baby is 5mths. Toddler is 17mths

    4.45 - baby gets half his bottle
    5.00 - toddler gets dinner
    5.15/5.30 - run bath and bath baby while toddler finishes dinner
    5.30 - baby goes in bouncer in bathroom and I bath toddler and he has lil play
    5.50 - boys lay on my lap on couch. Toddler has his bottle and baby has rest of his bottle
    6pm - toddler goes to bed with rest of his bottle and I lay down with baby until he settles
    6.15/6.30- I leave baby to fall asleep and normally toddler cries for a cuddle and bottle of water. Put toddler back to bed


 

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