Solo Bedtime Routines {The Ordinary Moments}

Solo bedtimes have to be the worst parts of parenting for me. The days where I have to do bedtime by myself I also have to do dinner by myself – and I know some people have it a lot worse – but, even 18 months into being a parent of two, I find it tough to put them both to bed by myself.

We’ll have dinner and depending on the day we might have a bath, When Little Man was younger I decided to give myself a break and stop doing bathtimes when I was home by myself as it was just too stressful. Now that Little Man is bigger it’s a lot easier to bath them both together by myself but still not my favourite activity and so we usually have a bath one night and skip it the next as Dave’s shifts mean that I have two solo bedtimes in a row. This also decides what we have for dinner – no baked beans or bolognese on the night we’re not having a bath!

I’ll get LP out of the bath first, get her dry and into her PJs next to the bath so we can keep an eye on Little Man and then she’ll go into Little Man’s room and sit on the rocking chair reading books whilst I get Little Man out of the bath and into his PJs. We’ll then go into our room, turn the TV on and I’ll put a short cartoon on. The kids and I will snuggle under the duvet and when that’s over it’s Little Man’s bedtime. I’ll put a twenty minute cartoon on and leave LP watching it whilst I put Little Man to bed.

Solo Bedtime Routines {The Ordinary Moments}

I then come back to our room and be met with LP laying in bed watching TV and she will always plead for another show when it’s finished but she knows the rules – one treat cartoon in Mummy’s bed and then it’s into her bed for a quick story and then bedtime.

It’s funny how we get ourselves into these routines isn’t it? We kind of just float along doing whatever works and then before ww know it we do the same thing every time!

6 thoughts on “Solo Bedtime Routines {The Ordinary Moments}”

  1. I find solo bed times hard too and that’s just with Arthur, let alone two kiddies!! Sounds like you’ve become a bit of a pro at it now though Donna πŸ™‚
    You’re right though, it is funny how some routines are formed, I think especially this is the case with things you find a bit more challenging!!!
    That pic of LP is so cute, she’s loving her treat cartoon, love her PJs too! Xx

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  2. I do really find it interesting to read other people’s bedtime routines because they are all so different. We do a bath every night, unless we go out and are late for bedtime. I must admit I don’t enjoy putting them to bed on my own either, your right, people have it far worse but when you are used to doing it as a duo it is harder. Luckily I don’t have to do it to often, although next weekend I have to do it for three nights! x

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  3. I always do bath & bed on my own. It’s my time with my girls. This has inspired a bedtime routine blog post though, thanks πŸ™‚

    Both my girls only want me when they are tired & Mr doesn’t put teddies right, doesn’t make the duvet right, doesn’t hold midges hand for the right amount of time..

    I’m in London tomorrow so Mr has to put midge to bed himself, I’m looking forward to the stories when I return!

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  4. I normally do bedtime on my own but it’s a lot easier with just the one. It’s mine and O’s time to chill and cuddle and to chat about the day. I very rarely miss bedtimes but when I do I really miss it.
    Cute pic of LP chilling on your bed xx

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  5. It’s amazing how quickly things become a routine isn’t it? We normally do bedtime together, and even then we don’t give Toby a bath every night (he loves the bath but we usually have a lot of crying when he has to get out and get dressed!). The last bottle of the day and actually putting him in bed always used to be daddy’s job but as Toby has gone a bit anti-Dad for the moment it’s down to me…and I have to admit I’m enjoying the cuddles. It must be so much harder with two to deal with though – at least LP is happy to lie on your bed while you get LM to bed though πŸ™‚

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  6. Haha, I feel you with this! I small part of my (melodramatic side) dies a little when Adam tells me he’s going to be late home, or is away for the night- it just feels like such hard work! If he isn’t around I will bath depending on how tired I am (not so much them), and like you, if there’s to be no bath, it’s a definite no-no to any really messy teas! Glad to know it’s not just me who feels like this re solo bedtimes. I have no idea how people with more than two children manage this on a daily basis! x

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