Routine, Routine, Routine!

I’ve been having a think these past couple of weeks about my children and the one thing that I’ve kept a ‘must’ with them and that thing is a good routine, in fact my children love their routine so much that if I dare miss lunch time (12 midday) or dinner time (5pm) I am met by two very sad and upset faces telling me I’ve forgotten to feed them!! but this post I will talk about the one that I have always considered the most important routine to have..

A bed time one.

I remember shortly after the birth of my first my own mother telling me that having a routine is the best thing you could ever have, the ‘bath, bottle (or boob) and bed’ has been the one that’s stuck.. I do agree newborns have a tendency to create their own little routine of feed, poop and sleep but I also believe that getting one in early is a plan for success.. I would also like to point out that sometimes routine goes out the window when one of them are feeling poorly or if there happens to be a family party they are all invited too, and of course during half terms and summer holidays bedtime is a little later as they do not need to get up in time for school in the mornings.

K was rather easy to get into a routine, we had three people in the house so the extra hands helped and around 8 weeks old he slept through the night, my husband and I decided to go out that night for a family party and found it bloody typical that the one night we go somewhere, he sleeps from 7pm to around 4am!! I think to this day we regret going out, even if the party was a good one.. I remember having a right laugh with my grandfather in law about a certain pint glass.

A was just the middle child, she fitted into the routine because she didn’t have much of a choice, I think its a lot easier to have one when there is already a pretty strong one in place.. it helped everyone sleep better and I think she finally went through the night at around 6 weeks old, I still remember the panic of waking up at 6am and she hadn’t woken me during the night for a bottle.. but she has remained to this day a fantastic sleeper, they both have actually and I feel blessed by that.

R was different, she is a the baby of the family, and will probably be the baby until we decide to have a fourth (yes we want more!!!) so at the beginning we was a little more relaxed with her, we didn’t officially start getting a routine in until she was around 4 months old when before I had started after the first two weeks and our of all three of them I co-slept with her the most .. I think partly because she was so tiny at birth and she was the baby after a big 4 year gap.. but now shes older and has the routine down to a T, even day time naps are routine now and will come to me clutching her Bob (a cuddly toy robin) as if to say ‘please can I go off to bed’ she even used to nap on me, I will admit that I do miss the odd cuddle, but she sleeps better and settles better in her own bed and then it gives me much more time to clean… because being a mother of three and a stay at home mum at that, cleaning is a high priority hah!

But as I say a lot of the time when it comes to parenting, we are all on our own journeys and should respect how others raise theirs! I know I do, I wouldn’t judge any mother on how they parent their own children .. sleeping or feeding preferences.
Until next time
Mummy Cat


This from Baby Centre is a good example of how to introduce routines and to develop them using your own babies internal clock.



  1. Jasmin N
    June 26, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    AH, we share the same evening routine 😀 bath, bottle & bed. That’s so good. We’re having so much time for just the two of us after D goes to bed for his night sleep 🙂 for naps it has been hard for us to create any kind of a routine, if we keep him up he doesn’t fall asleep and if we put him down he doesn’t fall asleep. He only takes naps when he wants to do so 😀

  2. June 27, 2017 / 7:01 am

    We are having a nightmare with Benjamin at the moment. He is cutting his first tooth but I do think it’s half our fault for not getting him into a routine. Having said that, it is a lot easier when we have plans with him not in such a set routine. Swings and roundabouts I guess x

  3. June 27, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Routines have been great for both of my boys. Now they are a little older they still love them and tell me when we’ve missed something on our ‘virtual’ schedule!

  4. June 27, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Ahh our bedtime routine is up the shoot at the moment! Both girls just fluff about and keep each other awake. Despite our routine remaining the same ox

  5. June 27, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Routine is definitely something I all for. It’s not only beneficial to us as the parents, but I know little ones thrive off of it! Unfortunately our second didn’t quite get the sleep memo, but we got there eventually haha xx

  6. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    July 1, 2017 / 8:13 am

    We have a set routine for everything, my youngest just slotted in and followed it but I know how lucky we are!

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