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morning routine 12/14 months

December 9, 2014

Quite honestly one of the best things about little Dan V getting older is that he’s becoming more predictable. Yes, things fluctuate and change here and there but as a whole we’re figuring out more regularly what makes this guy tick. Our nights and mornings are so much better for it.

We made the switch from formula to milk around the 12 month mark and anticipated a fight. V seemed to be none-the-wiser. Formula, milk, whatever – he’s on board to drink it. We also began to go down to two bottles a day. One in the morning and one in the evening before fully getting V off of bottles altogether.

I was terrified that V was going to throw a fit in outrage. But we removed the evening and morning bottle between 12-13 months from our routine and he didn’t balk at all. He also seamlessly switched to sippy-cups and hasn’t looked back since.

So now for our morning routine, it goes a little something like this…

  • 5:30 – I could get up and go for a run (the operative word is could)
  • 6:15 – Dan IV gets up for his run
  • 6:15 – I make a cup of coffee then jump in the shower and put on my make-up
  • 7:00 – IV finishes his run, brings breakfast for Baby V upstairs and jumps in the shower
  • 7:00 –  I open the door to V’s room and say ‘Good Morning!’
    • He’s normally stirring and opening his door is just the kick he needs to get up and start his day
  • 7-7:10 – We cuddle in the rocking chair in his room to wake-up
  • 7:10/15 – Diaper change, get dressed for the day
  • 7:15-7:30 – Play and have a sippy-cup of milk and cup of blueberries in the bedroom/bathroom while IV and I finish getting ready
  • 7:30 – IV and V say ‘buh-bye’ to me as they head downstairs for socks, shoes and coats then out the door to daycare

There you have it, our typical morning routine to get the boys out the door and to daycare on time. As our routine shifts, I’ll be sure to post the different nuances. Personally, hearing routines of other parents has really helped us employ different things and determine what works for our family.

– JLVR

P. S. In case you missed it, check-out this post for morning routine 8/9 months.

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morning routine 8/9 months

November 18, 2014

When little Dan V was still breastfeeding in the morning I found things to be much more difficult. I’m not sure if that was because of the breastfeeding or because I was a new mom trying to figure out the whole morning routine thing. Maybe a bit of both.

Honestly once I was done breastfeeding and pumping our routine in the morning was much easier to handle simply because the timing was more predictable. The switch really began around 8-9 months. Dan V was able to suck down a bottle really quickly as opposed to when he was breastfeeding and really took his time. The switch from breast to bottle was an awesome one, we no longer felt rushed getting ready to get out the door to daycare.

Here’s  a sample of our typical morning routine when V was around 8/9 months…

  • 6:00 – Dan IV gets up for his run
  • 6:15-6:30 – V is awake and lets you know he’s ready for the day ‘get-up, stand-up’
  • 6:30 – Bottle
  • 6:35 – Cuddle in the chair, read a book, hang out
  • 6:45 – Diaper change, get dressed for the day
  • 7-7:30 – Play in the bedroom/bathroom while IV and I get dressed
  • 7:30 – IV and V say ‘buh-bye’ to me as they head downstairs then out to daycare

Our routine has shifted a bit as V has grown and consequently it’s a bit different from our routine while I was still breastfeeding. Personally, I’m obsessed with different baby and family routines as we adapt our own so I’ll be sure to post our typical routine for each stage!

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prepping for daycare

November 4, 2014

As this picture demonstrates, having a tiny human and attempting to get out the door with said tiny human each morning can be an interesting exercise. For any working parent time management is a constant struggle, especially in the beginning when mornings feel particularly unpredictable. One of the best things we did was get into an evening routine to prep for daycare because the last thing we wanted to do in the morning is give up any precious minutes of sleep! Plus, prepping at night takes the pressure off of the morning routine. This was especially important when baby Dan V was little-little, the more time we had with him in the morning the better.

Our routine wouldn’t be complete without the products we used on the reg. Below is a breakdown of the gear you’ll need to make your mornings run smoothly…

Bottles

Bottles stressed me out. There’s entirely too many choices claiming to be superior – it’s all so overwhelming! Before Dan V was born I was obsessed with getting different types of bottles, fearful that he’d reject each and every one of them and go on a hunger strike. Little did I know that my V was motivated by food in general and didn’t so much care which bottle/nipple combination it came from. I ended up spending a ton of time returning all of the different types I purchased.

Whatever bottles you settle on you’ll want to be sure you have enough for daycare and some to spare. That way you can get a nice rotation going without having to wash/dry/reuse the same bottles over and over. If you at least have a two-day supply you can get in a nice flow between washing/drying overnight and those you’re prepping for the next day.

LV – Since the Medela Breastmilk Storage Solution items were the ones I actually opened and washed I felt committed to using them not only with my pump but to feed Dan V. Quite honestly I think V would have eaten from anything I gave him. These just happened to be first so we went with it. I’m glad we did, we had a constant flow of ready to fill bottles. No need to wash, dry and fill the same ones we used for that day.

 LEAVE – In theory this Calma® nipple from Medela sounds awesome, in practice it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen and have NO IDEA how this could be an elite design exclusively for breastmilk feeding.

Labeling

Avery Easy Peel Clear Address Labels

Avery Easy Peel Clear Address Labels

Letting my freak flag fly on this one. I’m obsessed with organization and loved using Avery Easy Peel Clear Address Labels to name and date bottles and food for V. Print off some clear labels with your little one’s name and the date to save time labeling multiple bottles by hand. It’s a small thing but can have a big impact.

Cooler Bag

Cooler Bag

Cooler Bag

Honestly most accommodating cooler bag we use on a daily basis is one we received for free as a promotional item. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to work. Something like this is great – it holds bottles and baby food perfectly and can be prepped and kept in the refrigerator the night before.

Bringing it All Together

Disney Reusable Shopping Bags - Mickey, Goofy, Daffy

Disney Shopping Bags

You’ll need an easy way to transport your baby’s things to and from daycare. We use a reusable shopping bag featuring Goofy that we received as wrapping for a shower gift. It’s the perfect catch-all for V’s needs. We can throw his bed sheet and blanket in there along with a change of clothes* and cooler bag.

* Don’t forget to have both an extra sheet/blanket and an additional set of clothing on hand at daycare, in the beginning especially. Our little guy was a came home a few times in daycare clothing – let’s just say they’re not the most fashion forward. 

Honorable Mentions

 

You’re going to be washing and drying a ton of bottles. We loved The First Years Spinning Drying Rack because it holds a lot and takes up very little space. We also loved the Playtex SmartBrush Baby Bottle Brush. It’s no scratch and the nipple brush screws into the handle ensuring that you always have easy access.

There’s no hard or fast rule on what products will work for you and your routine, but those listed above really made our lives easier. They don’t have to be fancy, they just have to work!