We usually eat at about 6pm after OH has got in from work. But now LO has decided to start having a sensible bedtime its a bit late to feed her, bath her and have calm time. It's feeling a bit rushed and she is getting very grumpy in the last hour or so she is awake for. We are currently getting her into bed for 7:30-8pm.
I was thinking of feeding her earlier at 5pm then Daddy can bath her at 6pm whilst I cook and the grown ups can eat at 6:30 while LO watches In the Night Garden on Cbeebeies and then I can take her into the bedroom at 6:50 and have her asleep for about 7pm.
But I'm not sure I like the idea of her having a seperate meal time from us? Thoughts on this?
We do something similar now as my little one gets ever so grumpy if she's awake after half 6/7. I give her tea between 4.30 and 5 and then she has a little play whilst her dinner goes down. Hubby then gets home and runs the bath for 6 whilst I make us tea and then she has bottle and bed.
I'd love for her to sit and eat her tea with us but it's just too late and a bit stressful fitting everything in to be honest. We do have meal times together at the weekend and on my days off work in the daytime. Also when feeding her during the week I make sure I sit with her and often have a drink and some fruit or a biscuit so we are kind of eating together.
It is nice having tea just me and hubby some nights too. Feels like a real treat with baby upstairs in bed and us two having a nice meal with a glass of wine!
We've always done that, Ruby has her tea at 5.30pm then we have ours later. At the weekend or any days off we all have dinner at 5.30pm but work means we can't always eat at 5.30pm so we eat when she is in bed.
We still give her what we eat 9 times out of 10, like I make the meal early on and re heat it for us Ruby eats fine, I sometimes have a bit of hers as a snack.
Thanks ladies. I think I'll bite the bullet and give her dinner early. Its amazing how your ideals change with the reality of having children. I wanted to normalise meal times by all eating together but I think that keeping her calm and getting to bed in more important.
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