This is an enjoyable time in our home. Every night after supper, Isla is always excited to get in the tub. Probably to wash off all of the pasta sauce she has managed to get all over her face and hair but that is besides the point. This is kind of like her wind down at the end of the day. Even for me it’s enjoyable and relaxing. I get to sit there with her and watch her play and I usually get a little wet in the process. We spend about 15 minutes in here, just enough time to avoid getting any type of major prunage. We lotion up, put on pajamas and then attempt to brush out her hair with as little fuss as possible.
Isla loves books and she is reading them constantly. We started reading to her before bed the day we brought her home from the hospital so when we sit down in her glider at night with books in hand, she knows bedtime will be soon to follow. We read 4 books and switch out a few different ones here and there but “Goodnight Moon” is always in rotation…it’s her favourite! She also enjoys “That’s not my kitten” and “That’s not my dinosaur“.
I hope these tips will be helpful to you whether you have a wee babe at home or a 3 year old. The one thing I can’t stress enough is to make a routine and stick to it. Children thrive on routine and they need it and secretly love it!