As I'm writing this I'm marveling at the fact that we're already at week 3 of my September Christmas series! Which has me realizing…less than three weeks from now is the expected due date of our second sweet baby! Meaning – I will have 2 kids to keep on track this Christmas. 2 kids with different routines, nap times, etc. It's bringing me up to some tips and advice for keeping your kids' routine somewhat normal over the holiday season.
Week 1 – Adorable Christmas Treats
Week 2 – Christmas Mess
Special Post – DIY Christmas Gifts
Routine is super important with babies and children. While older kids can handle it a little better, all little ones need structure in their lives. It doesn't take long to notice when your children have been out of sorts for a few days. They become grumpy, non-compliant, tired, and easily irritable.
Last year was our first holiday season with Sweet Girl. Before she was born I had decided I wanted to try sleep training via The Baby Whisperer method – highly recommend. I'll explain in a future post, but we had her sleeping through the night after 5 days of trying this at 2+ weeks old. Because of our structured routine, Christmas was slightly nerve-inducing for me. I wasn't uptight about it, but I knew I wanted to keep some semblance of normal in her little 8-month-old life to avoid a set back.
Since we were paranoid first time parents, we implemented a few strategies to help keep her on routine. And, lucky for you, I'm here to share them!