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I am a firm believer that if you start your day out right you will always have a good day. For me, as a mom, it means waking up earlier than my kids to get my chores done and get dressed for the day. For my kids it means a solid, loving routine — that’s where they need my help.
I love that moment in the morning when you open the door to your baby’s room and are greeted by a sleepy, smiley baby. It’s something I treasure every day. That smile is everything.
We start off our day by snuggling, reading a few books together, and singing some songs before we head downstairs for breakfast. I know my little one looks forward to it in the morning, but to be honest, I enjoy it just as much.
With the rush, rush, rush of everyday life, it is important to be present for those little moments of time you have to bond and love on your baby. We stick to the same quick but fun routine each morning so that our littles know what to expect and can rely on that morning fun together before we start our day.
Here are some things to do each morning before you head out for the day:
Who doesn’t love snuggling? Before I even get my baby dressed for the day we have a little snuggle. She snuggles her giraffe blankie and enjoys some cozy time with Mom before the hustle of the day begins.
2. Play games.
Once your little one is ready to play, take a minute to play some fun games with her. I have never met a baby who didn’t love “Peekaboo!” or “How big is baby? SO BIG!”
3. Sing a song.
Whether it’s everyone’s favorite spider song, a little Twinkle, Twinkle, or your own made-up silly song, singing is a great way to bond with your baby. It is uplifting and sure to bring a smile to you and your little one. All of my kids really love Elmo’s voice, so we favored Elmo’s songs.
4. Read books.
Simple books with lots of bright, happy pictures are my favorite morning books. We opt for board books so my babe can easily practice turning pages. I also love soft interactive books made of fabric that babies can play with and even chew on.
5. Apply lotion.
Once we are done with our snuggles it’s time to get dressed. But before we do that, I get out our lotion. As I apply it to our baby I usually sing a little song or give a few tickles. It is such a nice, relaxing way for our kiddo to get her day started. AVEENO® Baby Daily Moisture lotion is the right choice for our baby as it moisturizes for 24 hours and is gentle enough to use daily on a baby’s sensitive skin.
6. Eat breakfast.
No morning is complete without a bowl of cereal, and both my baby and I love a bowl of cereal. Once we’ve had our breakfast, we are ready to set off on our adventures for the day.
Your child’s morning routine doesn’t have to be messy, or take a long time. It only takes a few minutes to have fun with your little one and make the most of your morning.
Start your day off the right way and everyone is sure to have a great day.
What do you do to start the day off right with your baby?
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