Many of you have asked me what my baby routine is like.
Here it goes:
7am – Bokang wakes up. Sometimes a bit earlier than this but let’s pin it at 7am. She gets 100mls of milk bottle to drink to start her day.
8am – it’s baby cereal time. Oats or cerelac. No sugar added cereals.
10am – nap time. Bokang is a bad napper she sleeps for just under an hour.
12pm – lunch is served. Strictly vegetables and protein. Occasionally I add a spoon of rice or mealie meal. All her food is made with no sugar, no salt. Babies should not have sugar or salt.
She can then quench her thirst with 30-40mls of boiled cooled water before her 3pm snack.
4pm – nap time. Every princess deserves some time out. She may also finish a bottle of 120ml of her milk.
5pm – best time of day for my little one. It’s bath time.
6pm – it’s dinner time. A different protein and veg to what she had at lunch time. This time with no carbs at all.
It’s then playtime and cuddle time until 730pm.
730pm – Mummy makes her 150mls of milk especially in this heat to quench the thirst. She has this a part of her wind down routine. Then it’s shut eye time.
1am – she ll cry for some milk which daddy assist with as he is a later night sleeper.
5am – she ll do the same as 1am. I am trying to make her give up the 1am drink shift but given how hot it currently is I have decided to permit it until autumn starts.
Every Sunday I prepare food for Boks. I am not one for ready made food bought from store as it has loads of preservatives. I make my own puréed food with the killer blender (actually a processor) I bought recently. It has made my life so much easier. Today I made:
Lightly boiled carrots, baby marrows, beetroot, mince meat, chicken breasts, salmon, butternut. All very quick to make. Picked up some things for the week to add to her grocery list:
Oats (sugar free), cottage cheese, mushrooms, sugar peas, avocado, kiwis, spanpek, beans, chickpeas.
What I have found with our daughter is that she thrives on consistency and routine. Often when we mess with the routine I am anxious and she’s irritable – definitely not good. So as she grows will adjust the routine to meet her growing needs.
My husband and I are strong believers that children do what they are taught. If they are not taught they also do that, and this alternative of find your own way often leads to undesirable habits.
We encourage you to be deliberate with your training of your kids. Our pediatrician said something so powerful to us, your kid is an empty box what you put in there is up to you. So we took this advise literally as it is fully aligned with the word of God.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)
This parenting thing…make it deliberate.