Silly question - dinner at 3 pm? That seems kind of weird for Italian standard. Is it normal in Norway? Does she have a snack or a proper meal in the evening? Oh, and one more silly question - what time does she go to sleep usually?
I find it interesting to hear how other people's daily routines are, so inspired by the questions above, I thought I would share how Sara's days typically are.Sara (19 months old) normally wakes up some time between 06 and 07, after normally having slept through the night. Since Sara is "my job" these days (I'm still on (unpaid) maternity leave until the end of September), I'm the one getting up with her all weekdays. I change her diaper and dress her for the day. I'm still in my PJs when we eat breakfast. We are creatures of habit when it comes to our breakfast menu; fruit yoghurt with rolled oats and a bottle of milk for Sara, plain yoghurt with müsli and honey plus a cup of coffee with milk for me.
Before Sølve leaves for work, I take a quick shower and get dressed. Then it is play time. Either we play indoors, read books, have a dig in the sandbox, meet our friends C and O for playdate, go for a walk with the pram to the city centre to do errands or go to åpen barnehage (playgroup). Ca 11 am is lunch time.
Sara has one nap during daytime, usually around noon. Some days she only sleeps for half an hour, other days she will sleep 1,5 hour - maybe even 2 hours, if I'm lucky. Some days she naps on the go in her pram, other days she naps in her bed.
Some time between 3 and 4 pm she is ready for another meal. My husband Sølve is never home from work before 6 pm, at the earliest, so unfortunately we don't have dinner together as a family during weekdays. Instead Sara and I have early dinner (or second lunch for me) at 3-4 pm. I think most families have dinner at 5-ish.
After dinner it is more play time; most often outside. Sara can be a bit grumpy in the afternoon, and I find it easier to deal with outdoors. Then, at 5:30 pm barn-tv (children's television series) starts. I find it is a nice way for Sara to unwind before bedtime.
At ca 6:30 pm we start the bedtime routine; a bath (every other day), PJs, supper (always porridge), brush teeth, a bottle of milk in the armchair in Sara's bedroom, a few songs and the bed. Normally she falls asleep rather quickly (by 7-7:30 pm), but one of us normally have to be in the room until she falls asleep. Sleep training hasn't worked very well for us, yet.
I would love to hear how your days with your baby/toddler typically are. Anyone want to share? Leave a comment, a link to your own post, or feel free to email me if you want do a guest post about it here on Hei Astrid.