What does your typical morning looks like? Like a usual schedule and what areas are the hardest. Is your child still in the crib or in a toddler bed? Does daycare give them breakfast?This is exactly how I am, my husband leaves for work before I even wake up, so I get up, get ready, get my 21 month old ready (I’m also pregnant with #2), and do daycare drop off. So here is what my routine looks like. I’ve found that having some toys in the room to keep her entertained gives me some time in the morning.
6:00: I wake up, get myself ready and eat breakfast (I shower the night before to save some time and usually have quick breakfast like a bowl of cereal, coffee is already brewing when I get up)
6:30: I get my daughter and get her ready. If she’s not up I wake her up but lately she’s actually been getting up around 5:50-6 but with the books and few toys in her room she is content to stay in there while I get ready. If by chance she wants to come out, I bring her in my room, plop her on the bed with the TV for a few minutes while I finish getting ready.
6:45: Out the door to daycare.
Our biggest fight is her getting dressed, she hates having her diapers changed. So now i pretty much grab her and force a change of diapers on her. She’s not too bad to get dressed. She’s also more compliant when I ask her if she wants to go see her friends, she usually says “yeah” and will help me out a little more with getting her dressed. I will also say that I have taken her to daycare in her pajamas before and last week she almost went in just a diaper because she was throwing the biggest fit.
I also have tried to give her a couple “chores” in the morning to build the routine more. So she knows to put her pajamas in the laundry basket, diaper in the trash and she carries her little daycare bag to and from the car. It helps give a little distraction when she’s acting up if I ask her to do one of her jobs.
Oh and if she’s throwing a tantrum while I’m getting ready I just ignore her and finish what I’m doing. There have been plenty of times where she wants to play in my makeup or get in the cabinets or play in the shower and I tell her no. She ends up crying at my feet while I’m finishing up. It’s gotten so much better though since I’ve not been giving her the attention for it and then giving her tons of attention when she decides to do something else and stops the tantrum.
Last year I was having to do breakfast with her and that added quite a bit of time to our morning but got it down to where I pretty much prepared her breakfast the night before, or at least knew what she was getting. This year daycare has been giving her breakfast and it’s honestly such a relief, one less thing to worry about in the morning.