We’ve always tried out best with to keep Hayden in as many routines as possible with things like nap time, bed time, eating etc. Of course we don’t like exciting things get in the way of those routines (this is a boy who’s already been to three or four NFL games and two NBA games already) but none the less the routines have served as well.
Well my point on this post is more focused on how Hayden has been developing and expanding his bed time routine! The routine started pretty simple. Bath, Get Dressed, Bed. Then we introduced a book before bed time. Hayden pretty quickly developed this into 2 books and then 3 and then …. I think we’ve curbed it now back at 2 books. However his count of 2 books doesn’t always equal the same as mine!!
Once the books are read he now insists on a game we play the “Where is Grumpy Gorilla” (Copyright Goodwin 2009) game. (basically I just ask him to find things in his room starting initially with Grumpy Gorilla). Then it’s finally bed time which means song time. For months just having Twinkle Twinke was fine. Every couple of weeks we seemed to have developed a new song into the melody. We now start with ABCs, move on to Twinkle Twinkle, followed by Row Row Boat and closed out with Baa Baa Black Sheep. These have to be sung in exact order, and any pause between songs will result in Hayden prompting the first line of the next song. He sings along and it’s really cute. Last week somehow as I’m walking out Hayden is shouting at me to sing Wheels on the Bus. So he got a chorus of Wheels on the Bus go round and round and he seemed content. Next night we had to expand to Wheels on the Bus, Mummies on the Bus and Daddies on the Bus before I was allowed to leave. This worked for another two nights until we then had to finish with the Driver on the Bus. Last night, just as I thought we were settled Hayden added the Girl on the Bus!! This rate by the end of the year we’ll have a full CD length melody of bedtime tunes!
As Kara said – I think he has me wrapped about his little finger! At least he goes straight to bed after all these songs – typically don’t hear a peep so I don’t dare break the routine!