Thank you Ivory, for sponsoring this post.
As a full-time working mom of two young children, I get a lot of questions about our routines – from getting out of the house in the morning to weekends, evenings, etc. Today, I thought I would share our evening/bedtime routine because I love seeing how different families approach this!
We’ve always kept a really consistent evening/bedtime routine because I think it helps create healthy sleep habits and associations. Once the kids were on the same sleep schedule, things became a lot easier for our family because both kids do everything at the same time – from eating, to playing to bathing.
We eat dinner as soon as we get home from work/picking up the kids and then we head to our playroom for family time. We play with toys, read books, play airplane or watch a show sometimes. It’s a time for all of us to unwind and decompress from our days…though sometimes the kids still have so much energy that I wonder how they’ll ever go to sleep – haha!At about 7:15 p.m., we head downstairs and give the kids a bath – they always have a bath together and love playing with all of their mermaids, dump trucks and other toys. Harper also loves creating “recipes” with the bubbles in the tub.
We have always done nightly baths – with both of our kids in daycare full-time, it’s important to “wash off the day” because there are so many germs and they get so sweaty from playing outside twice a day. I know that some people don’t like to bathe their kids daily, but for us, it’s not only for hygiene, but also because it’s a relaxing way to get the kids ready for bed. A warm bath always feels good and calms everyone down.
Our kids both have fair and sensitive skin — Lincoln’s is especially sensitive – he has eczema, so we always use gentle products when we bathe them together. We’ve been using Ivory Original Body Wash which cleans skin gently (doesn’t over-strip) and it’s very subtly scented, not heavily perfumed, so it’s gentle enough for your little ones, too. We also use Ivory’s Original 3-Bar (with a new, gentle formula) which I’ve literally used since I was a child. My family always purchased Ivory soap as I grew up with the familiar, gentle scent. For 138 years, Ivory has provided products with thoughtful ingredients that families (including mine!) trust. Their products are 99.44 percent pure which is a win for our family.
We’re also enjoying the Ivory Free & Gentle Body Wash with Pear & Sandalwood which cleanses and nourishes the skin and smells great, too! This product contains the #1 Dermatologist-Recommended moisturizing ingredient too!
Side note: I’ve always used bar soap in the shower to clean my underarms and feet. I don’t know why, but I have always felt like bar soap is the best way to get those sweatier areas clean and to remove antiperspirant. I like to use a nail brush with a little bit of bar soap to clean under my toes and fingernails too, since that can be a breeding ground for bacteria. After baths, we each take one child, dry them off and help get them into their jammies. Lincoln enthusiastically picks his own jammies…we go through the list…dinosaurs, trains, race cars, cookies, etc. until he says “yeah, that one!”
Then, we head to Harper’s room and the kids pick (or argue over) which book we’ll read and we all sit in Harper’s bed and read a couple of stories. A few of our favorites are here, here, here and here. Sometimes, we take a little (crazy) pillow fight break before the kids really settle down…
After books, one of us will go rock/sing/say prayers with Lincoln in the glider in his nursery and the other will stay with Harper to say prayers, talk and cuddle. Usually both kids are asleep by 8, give or take. That gives us a few more hours to pick up the house, watch a show, work out, work on the blog, etc. Kevin and I are usually asleep by 11…not ideal (it’s a little late), but it’s what works for now.
What is your family evening/bed time routine? Share with me in the comments!
Have a great week!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ivory. The opinions and text are all mine.