Plan and Prepare.

Going back to school after the long six weeks off can be a scary thing, but if you prepare and plan ahead it can be a easy transition. On top of simply sorting out the school uniforms,  and the all important school shoes, preparing your children for the return is important too, so here are my top tips for preparing your children for going back to school.

Keeping that Routine 

Often we forget that when they are off school, they get settled with staying up a little bit later, or even waking up later than usual, The one thing I have found that’s really helped my children, is to simply keep their school term routine in place, Bed times the same time and bath times on the same days. It really helps them jump back into the new term.

New Term, New Year, New Picture 

I do this every year since my children went to preschool, get them lined up in their uniforms all clean, pretty and ready for the day, take some photos of them starting their new year or even new school, its always wonderful to look back at them growing throughout the year. I also find it wonderful to snap some photos at the end of their year to compare how they look. I expect to see plenty of front door shots of excited children on my Facebook this year.

Keep money aside 

We all know the school is after the pounds as soon as the children go back, so stock up on them in an old jam jar, perfect for dipping into throughout the year whenever there is a non uniform day. I wish I had done this last year as its such a good idea for when they remind you that its non uniform and you have to dig through the home to find any change.

Prepare for All Weather

My children go back to school at the very start of September, and sometimes it isn’t always warm and sunny. So its always best to make sure that they return to school with a rain coat and some warm shoes. Mid September is when autumn officially starts and because of living in England, the weather isn’t exactly the best. Even if they don’t wear it, its always better to be prepared for a rainstorm than not.

Trial run the School Run

This one I always find handy, a week before back to school, start preparing the children to get up and get ready early, you don’t need to go anywhere but it allows you to get them used to early starts and rushing about. Leaving their next day clothes out for them so they can get themselves ready, get yourself ready and time everything to when you aim to leave the house, I found this one best for me when I had Robin as it got us all used to getting everyone sorted, Baby and all.

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Do you have any hand tips and tricks for getting them back into the mindset of back to school?

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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

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

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