Mornings can be the busiest times of day for pretty much everyone, particularly if you have kids. As I have a toddler and a newborn, and the hubby is usually out of the door by 7:30am to catch a train so it’s usually just me at the helm, things can look a little bit like a tornado has gone through the house by the time we are all washed, fed and dressed. Things were going smoothly and had finally gotten into a routine with the toddler but then I went and had another baby didn’t I! So it can feel like we are back to square one a little bit, in terms of the routine. Recently though I’ve been making a big effort to get organised to make sure that we make the most of the day (particularly if there is something that we have to do at a certain time). Luckily, we don’t have to be up and out for pre-school or anything just yet, got a few more months to get into the swing of things.
I have recently been found saying “Got anything later than that?” when the 9am appointment is offered to me at the doctors etc… bad times! So, I have found a few things that help me get quickly on with the day…
Prepare Breakfast the Night Before
Not necessarily for the kids, though you could, but I find if my breakfast is ready to go in the morning it makes things a lot quicker, particularly as I’m not a big cereal eater. I usually then grab it and eat it whilst feeding baby girl. Two birds, one stone – boom.
I love overnight oats or bacon and egg cups – then recently been having a couple of belVita biscuits and a bottle of water.
BelVita breakfast biscuits are the only breakfast biscuits proven to slowly release carbohydrates over four hours as part of a balanced breakfast. We were lucky enough to be able to try a few, including their new flavour Choco Yoghurt Crunch, which is so tasty! Will definitely be having them again. I may not look half as good as Lisa Snowdon on a morning but if they’re good enough for her they’re good enough for me.
Plan your Wardrobe
I remember when it would be the first day back at school after the long summer holidays, it would be the one day a year that I would make sure my uniform was washed, ironed and ready and laid out ready to put on the next day. Having my own family now I have to be the one that makes sure everyone’s clothes are washed, ironed and ready for the next day. So if I know hubby has a meeting and needs a certain shirt, I’ll make sure it’s done the day before. If I know that I need a certain item of clothing to wear, I’ll make sure it’s washed and ready to wear for the next day. Sounds fairly obvious but saves me a lot of time.
Help or Hindrance
There are certain days when we really have to be out of the door for a certain time and I think it’s good to know what helps your family and what’s a hindrance. For some people, if the TV is on, you may get distracted by a news story or programme and delay your getting ready. In our house, if the toddler can have cBeebies on a bit of iPad action it actually helps the process (for me anyway). It keeps him calm and quiet so for me, on stressy, time pressed occasions, it’s a massive help! However, I put a technology ban on my self first thing in the morning as I know I can get so distracted if I just go for a ‘quick look’ on Facebook or Twitter. So I think it’s a great idea to know what works and doesn’t work specifically for your family and as individuals.
I’ll happily admit that I take the longest to get ready and will be in the bathroom the longest. So, when time is precious on a morning, I make sure I wash, dry and straighten my hair the night before as this is the thing that I find takes up the most time. Then in the morning all I need to do is hop in the shower with a shower cap on and it speeds things up no end. Again, it probably sounds fairly obvious but saves me a lot of time and it sounds really silly but I feel better about myself knowing my hair is done properly haha.
What tips do you have for the morning routine?
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I’m also finding it’s aaaaalllll about packing the bags the night before… And letting the toddler watch TV!
Definitely! All about technology for the toddler, helps me loads!
These are great tips and will certainly learn from them. Commenting for myself @kateonthinice and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part