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15/05/2013 at 08:27
My 3.5 year old starts mornings at pre school in September, so I've got to be out the door for 8.30am with a 2 year old too. What are your morning routines/tips?
15/05/2013 at 08:37
My main suggestion would be to get everything ready the night before. Clothes and socks / shoes laid out, towels in the right place, even down to your undies and deodorant. Plus bags by the door, handbag ready next to keys, lunches all sorted and breakfast laid out ready.
I have to get a 3yo to Pre school for 9am and deal with a newborn. Alarm went off at 7am, baby still asleep, got toddler dressed, showered and dressed myself, did my make up, gave toddler toast and made myself a coffee, baby woke up, dressed baby, dried my hair, swapped toddlers empty plate for his yogurt, I'm now feeding the baby (had to leave baby to cry while I mixed toddler's fruit corner yog but only for a minute or so!) and now just got to put toddler jumper and shoes on and get us all into the car.
15/05/2013 at 09:04
My husband drops my boys off at school on his way to work, on my days off I can just lounge around with the baby in my pyjamas! See if you can negotiate this, it's the best solution!! (We can drop off from 745am though - even for nursery so we are lucky).
Otherwise, we just have a set routine, OH gets up first and has shower then they all go down and he gets breakfast while I shower. Then I get them all dressed while OH makes the packed lunches; then they clean teeth and coats on and off we go. We get up at 7am ish and all 5 of us ready and out at 8am.
Getting bags ready the night before is pretty much essential and most days I also get their clothes ready in 3 little piles for them.
15/05/2013 at 09:09
I have to be out the house at 8.15 every morning. I get up between 7-7.30, bung some bread in the toaster, then make C's packed lunch.
By the time I've done his lunch, the toast is ready, so my boys sit down to eat, which is when I go and get ready. By the time I'm ready, the boys have finished their breakfast, so C goes and gets dressed, and I dress my 23 month old.
I started a similar routine the day after I had J. (had J at 9.04am on the Tuesday, was doing the school run at 8.15am the next day)I didn't find getting out the house for 8.15 with a newborn and another child difficult.
I never get anything ready the night before either. Packed lunches are always made fresh on the day, It takes 2 seconds to run the iron over anything C has decided to chuck on his bedroom floor, and I have got my getting ready routine, down to a fine art.
15/05/2013 at 09:24
I'm reading these tips with interest as I am yet to do the morning school run and A is 11 weeks! I think in September I may have to start and I'm hoping A is in more of a sleeping and feeding routine then rather than being totally erratic. I think I will just do as other suggest and get everything ready the night before which I normally do anyway then get H to still get up with N and so his breakfast so I can just concentrate on getting myself and A fed and ready.
15/05/2013 at 09:36
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15/05/2013 at 11:03
It's about organisation but it's not difficult.
We all leave the house at 7.15am. I'm up at 6am shower, dry & straighten hair, do makeup get dressed. Wake L at 6.40 if he's not already up. Give him breakfast / chat / get him dressed, brush teeth and leave at 7.15am. I know what clothes he's wearing (uniform which makes it easier) and have his bag and book ready the night before. He has a bath of an evening so doesn't need washing in the morning which saves time.
15/05/2013 at 11:17
Key thing here is routine - we do the same thing at the same time every morning and have five or ten minutes to spare usually so that if something goes wrong we have extra time. I get up at 7, shower and get ready, then dress the boys and we're downstairs by 7.30. They eat breakfast and I do a few jobs, then I eat mine once they are finished, and we leave the house at 8.15 to walk to school. Lunches and bags are sorted the night before. Once you get into the routine, it's fairly easy to be honest - but the prospect of it is scary!
15/05/2013 at 12:22
Totally agree with a few posters above. It is really not too difficult (although some days are 'go slow' days with my daughter). My kids know the routine in the morning. I prefer to make A's lunch in the morning so it is freshly made the older 2(5 and 2.5 year old) are normally having their breakfast at this point my youngest has his bottle (15 months). Luckily my daughter is able to dress herself for school. I just check her and have to do her hair. Some mornings my daughter is really tired and I have to wake her. She can be up for 8 and we are still on time for school. I do make sure her book bag and swimming bag is ready the night before. Howeever I am getting her in a routine of making sure she checks these bags too.
15/05/2013 at 22:51
Thanks everyone for the tips! I am going to start getting a routine going in the 6 weeks holiday so we will be hopefully on a roll with it come September
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