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We talked about sharing our bedtime routines last month and finally found a good excuse! Munchkin is one of those brands that we see every time we walk the aisles of Target, but didn’t realize just how innovative they are until we checked out all their products all at once. It’s such an impressive collection. We were happy to be able to incorporate them into our own bedtime routines and share how it all goes down with you today!
First up, Nicole!
Bedtime at our house is like anyone else’s, bananas. One saving grace however is bath time. Bath time is never short of an hour. We’ve recently incorporated these Munchkin bath toys and it’s now pushing 2 hours. Hallelujah for momma!
The kids have so much fun with these crayons because they wipe off super easy and dash is getting so good at writing his name! Perfect practice!
Sunny is a slippery little guy in the tub so I’ve really appreciated this Bath Mat, without it I’m sure we would have plenty of injuries.
We read, pray and sing, we talk about their highs and lows of the day. We talk about what they are grateful and what made them happy and what make them sad. This is the best way we have found to wind down.
Our bedtime routine is a good two hours long. Once I stopped fighting that process I realized that those hours are time well spent and some of my favorite of the day! I try to put my phone away and have it be the moment in the day I’m not multi-tasking 1200 things!
We start off with tub time. With two boys this can be super rambunctious, but they have a ton of fun! With Quinn now in Kindergarten he has the best time with the bath crayons. He’s been practicing math problems, and drawing his latest obsession: sea creatures! So of course, the Squirting Sea Buddies thrills him to no end.
After I dry them, I lotion them up and apply different essential oils to aid their immune systems and help them with sleep. At that point we usually crawl in to one bed and read stories. A couple simple stories for Jude and then we read a chapter out of the How To Train Your Dragon series which Quinn has been reading and loving! After that we say prayers. We used to take turns, but now both boys insist they pray. Since I’m on my own a lot this part is tricky, but I leave Quinn in his bed and take Jude to his. He’s a fighter so I spend some time singing and tickling his back before he finally drifts off! Honestly, I love that cuddle time with this high maintenance kiddo. By then Quinn has usually drifted off, but if not I’ll lay with him and snuggle and talk about our day. I love his insights about life, he teaches me so much!
We are morning bath and shower-ers so our bedtime routine is pretty short and sweet. Even though Callum is three years old, he still wants me to rock him while he drinks a sippy cup of milk. Then it’s into the crib he goes. Although, he climbs out in the mornings and after his naps are done, so I am totally dragging my feet on switching him to a bed. Sometimes I can’t believe he’s three and still being rocked with a sippy, but I try and remember those ladies in the grocery store who love to say “It goes by so fast!” and just enjoy it.
Hayes is our lifelong negotiator. He’s been negotiating anything and everything since he could talk. Bedtime is no different. 5 more minutes? 1 more piece of toast? 2 more books? 1 more song? Tell me a story! He can elongate bedtime into somewhat of an Epic. He has now learned that acting scared about something will usually get him some extra time so there’s always a monster, or he heard a mouse, or something in his sheets. Usually sometime around midnight he wakes up wanting a drink. The Miracle 360 Cup has saved us because instead of stumbling around for a drink we fill his up, stick it right by his pillow and remind him to reach for it. Since it doesn’t spill it can tip over and everything stays dry. Also, no need to fumble around for a light because you can drink it from any angle all the way around the lid. Genius!
What does your bed time routine look like? Anything unique or magical we should be incorporating? Tell us in the comments!
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