I don’t know about your house, but mornings can be chaotic around here. It doesn’t matter if we are staying home, or going out, mornings can be crazy! The minute the kids wake up, everyone is demanding something, everyone needs attention, and you’re still trying to see through those sleepless night eyes. The only thing on my mind when I wake up is how quickly I can get that first cup of coffee. But it is what it is, life with three kids four and under means mornings are going to be a bit chaotic. But there are a few things you can do to help them run smoothly and get off to a happy start.
Start with a fresh kitchen. If dirty kitchens make you feel overwhelmed, then remember that the night before when you’re tired. Would you rather push through the exhaustion, clean up the kitchen at the end of the day, and wake up to a fresh start in the morning? Or would you rather deal with the mess in the morning? If you’re anything like me, starting the day with a dirty kitchen makes me feel behind. I need a fresh start and clean kitchens help me achieve that. So I push through the night before so I can start with a clean kitchen and I don’t have to deal with the mess from the night before while trying to get breakfast together.
Set out what you can the night before. If you have to rush out the door in the morning, set out what you can the night before to help you not forget or have to rush around in the morning. Sometimes even setting out a cup of cereal for the kids so that they have a snack in the morning while I put breakfast together helps them be a little more patient and drive me a little less crazy! This also gives me time to tend to all the needs of the baby.
Teach the big kids to help. Jase and Elyse are growing and learning all different ways they can help me out in the mornings. It’s a huge deal to have their help, and it teaches them great life skills! Elyse loves to help with breakfast and Jase loves to keep his brother entertained. Sometime it slows the process down but it’s worth it to keep everyone happy!
Keep baby’s morning routine consistent. Baby’s like predictability. If you ever watch closely, you’ll see that babies tend to fall into their own pattern. Routine helps keep babies (and mommy’s!) happy! So keep your baby’s routine in the morning as consistent as possible. When Jude wakes up, I nurse him to fill his belly from the night before, change his diaper, and set him down to play while I get breakfast ready.
Start the day with a healthy start! Jude knows that about an hour after his morning nursing session, he gets his breakfast, and he is ready for it! I love starting the day with Happy Baby Whole Milk Yogurt cups because I know it’s a healthy start. Happy Baby Yogurt Cups is made with whole milk yogurt with Vitamin D! There are probiotics, no added sweeteners, non-GMO, and USDA Organic. It’s a great breakfast packed with so much nutrients to start your baby’s day! Whole milk yogurt is an excellent choice for one of your baby’s early foods because it contains nutrients such as calcium, protein, and vitamins. Happy Family believes that great nutrition is important for every family, and their new line of Happy Baby yogurt proves just that!
What helps your mornings go smoothly? What advice would you give mamas to have a happy start to the day?