I would love to hear others share their evening/bedtime rhythm that they have used that would be appropriate for a 13 month old. I've been reading "You are Your Child's First Teacher" and it is giving me new motivation to add to and improve on our routine. I'm especially interested in doing two things: (1) moving bedtime earlier; and (2) beginning to quiet things down to progress to bed. Any ideas on how you do this would be appreciated.
Currently, we have dinner together, followed usually by cleanup and playtime. Depending on the hour and how we are feeling, we might play longer, or maybe just a few minutes. The evening generally runs like this:
Daughter plays while parents clean up
More playtime while we get things organized for next day
Bathtime with mom
Dad gets daughter dressed for bed, playtime while mom showers and readies for bed
Light candle in bedroom
Tuck babydolls in bed and kiss them good night
Go to bedroom, sing song, blow out candle
Goodnight kisses then nurse to sleep.
Specifally, any ideas on what I can do with a 13 month old in a candle lit room to hold her attention? I feel like this is a part of the evening that could be lovely if we lengthened it.
Also, any ideas for quiet things for dad to do with her as they ready for bed? He tends to be very active in his play with her, which isn't always ideal at bedtime.