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As summer winds to an end and the sun starts setting a little earlier in the evenings, it’s time to start thinking about back to school routines. This may mean earlier bedtimes, morning wake-up calls, energy packed breakfast ideas, etc. For us, it means getting Sydnee into a routine where she will be ready to start school in January.
Here is what our morning itinerary looks like as the start of a new school year approaches. I’ve also made a cute printable morning checklist for you to hang on your fridge or by the front door. You can download it for Free Here.
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Back to School Morning Routine
Wake Up (7:00AM): As far back as I can remember, I have been a morning person. I can’t say the same about my daughter. She doesn’t really like to be woken up, so we are slowly progressing towards waking up earlier. For the past week I have been waking her up about 15 minutes earlier than she usually wakes up on her own. Next week we will wake up 15 minutes earlier than the week prior, and so on each week until we get to our goal wake up time of 7:00AM.
Breakfast (7:15AM): It takes Sydnee quite a while to eat breakfast, so my goal is to have her up and eating fairly early. I’m really working on incorporating healthy, stable energy producing foods into her morning routine, instead of sugary cereal or pastries. Recently, I made a super quick and easy Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Parfait (find the recipe below) and it turned out to be a huge hit.
I stir one packet of Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ into a half cup of yogurt before serving, which allows me to add extra nutrition to foods Sydnee already likes, and it provides the nutrition she needs to support her growth and development as she progresses through toddlerhood.
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To further support my daughter’s ever growing body and mind, I give her Go & Grow by Similac® Milk-Based Powder. I just mix it with water and give it to her in a glass. It has OptiGro™, Similac’s unique blend of DHA, lutein, and vitamin E, to support brain, eye, and physical development, and it also helps balance her diet.
Kid Friendly Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Parfait
Get Dressed (7:40AM): As I mentioned, breakfast takes a long time at our house, so we have to be super quick with the remainder of the morning routine. In order to decrease the time it takes to get ready, I lay out her outfit and shoes the night before. It has eliminated the need to rummage through dressers and closets in the morning.
Brush Teeth and Hair (7:45AM): I’ve been lucky enough to have a child that doesn’t fuss when I tell her it’s time to brush her teeth and hair, so it goes pretty quick. We stick with simple hairstyles, like a high ponytail or pigtails to further save time. Check out this video tutorial on quick and easy toddler hairstyles for more inspiration.
Gather Our Things (7:55AM): Much like setting out her outfit the night before, we gather everything she’s going to need for the day and set them by the front door. I do the same with my stuff, as I’m notorious for darting around the house last minute looking for my keys, sunglasses, cell phone, etc. With everything ready to go, we can be out of the house and in the car by 8:00AM.
Mind you, this is all practice for the next big chapter in Sydnee’s life. She will be starting preschool this January, and we want to be as prepared as we can. Getting kids into routines can be tough and very time consuming, but it will pay off immensely so that when they do need to get up and be somewhere at a certain time, you aren’t rushing around in a hysteric panic.
If you have a busy toddler at home and are gearing up for the new school year, be sure to check out Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ at your local Walmart, at Walmart.com, or online.
I’ve shared my back to school routine and tips for a smoother morning with you. Now it’s your turn! Tell me in the comments below one tip you have for making the transition back to school easier for you and the kids.