Getting ready in the morning

Leah - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 65 moms have responded )

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Anyone have any tips on how to get yourself showered, dressed and ready in the morning with a 15mo old who also needs your supervision?

Does co-showering work for you?

Any ideas would be welcome!!!

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Kara - posted on 06/16/2010

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What I always do is take my LO in the bathroom with me, and I will quick shower and he usually stands and plays peek-a-boo with the shower curtain, till I am done, then I fill the bath tub up and he takes a bath, he loves bathes, while I blow dry my hair and do my make up. Him loving bathes has been a saving grace for me getting ready and out the door on time!

Marabeth - posted on 06/15/2010

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my method seems to be similar to the other ladies. i either take a shower the night before or i get some of my babies favorite toys and let her play in the bathroom with me while i shower. also when we're getting ready i find that i spend five minutes playing with her, then five minutes on myself, then more with her and so on and so forth. like i'll brush my teeth and hair then i'll read her a book. then i'll put on my makeup then do a puzzle with her. i'll get my purse in order then feed her breakfast. i still get everything i need done but since i segment it with baby-time she never feels neglected.

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Katie - posted on 11/11/2011

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Set him or her up with baby shoes. appropriate to keep ur kiddo entertained, music possibly, and toys. get them ready first then bring your make up out to a neautral zone to put it on. Lay out your clothes the night before, it saves time. Premake his/her breakfast. Little things that make your morning go quicker and easier!!

Audra - posted on 11/09/2011

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If your spouse is home in the morning, get up while they're still asleep and shower/get going, with the understanding that if the baby wakes up/cries you're busy. Co-showering is doable, but not relaxing. Drying off and keeping them warm is difficult, and then getting their diaper on before they can pee (or worse)...that can be a whole new game. The best option is as soon as possible in the day, so that you're feeling good about yourself. Then you'll be better prepared to take a little crying, a little diaper malfunction, etc.

Misun - posted on 06/28/2010

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on crazy days, when i've had to put him in the bath bc he's made "some sort of mess" :) our entire house is pretty much baby proofed. our master bath large and dylan loves to explore our room. so i will just close the door behind me, put a changing pad on the floor, get a change of clothes, diaper and whatever else i need out. i make sure there's a set of towels for him and my robe, and put his toys in the tub and we're set. when it's time to get out, i drain the tub, rinse of once more and dylan ADORES BATHTIME :)

Misun - posted on 06/28/2010

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i've always taken baths with my son. and after he goes down i will take a shower at night. put my clothes out the night before. i'm a hair up, no makeup person. but i always need my coffee and toast to function (thank goodness for coffee makers with auto timers) so i wake up at 6am since dylan is always up btw 6:30-7. and then we're good to play, eat and watch sesame street :)

Mahetta - posted on 06/27/2010

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Here's my schedule for Tues & Fri (below)...i work on Mon, Wed & Thurs and he's still asleep when i leave the house...my mother takes care of him during the day and i set all his clothes aside so it's easier for her.
- shower before going to bed (when baby is sound asleep)
- set out the clothes for the morning
- get up a little earlier than bub...make bed/wash/dress/makeup/hair (in that order)
- start breakfast for bub & myself
Sometime's it doesn't always work out that way...bub may wake up whilst i'm in the middle of points 3 & 4 but at least I've made a start ;-) when he does wakeup i get straight into changing & dressing him & making breakfast...when i'm finishing off myself he'll walk up & down the hall way with toys in tow...following me...chattering away. I find this works for me but everyone's home life is different...try out a few things & see what works for you ;-) Mx

Susan - posted on 06/27/2010

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I set my alarm early and am showered and ready to go before he gets up, even on weekends, but I'm a morning person, so it works great for me. If it wasn't for that, I'd either use the pack N play in the bathroom w/me or his naptime as my way of showering.

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My hubby gets up half an hour earlier and feeds our bub while I have a shower. If you're a single mum perhaps try a baby gate so bub can be in the bathroom with you with some great toys that are only available at that time to keep them interesting. That way, you can still keep an eye on your little one while you get ready for the day.

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I toss my kids in the shower with me a couple of times a week, and have been doing that since they were really little. Makes getting everyone clean and organized in the morning a little easier. With my youngest on the non co shower days I give him a banana and some toys and only access to my bedroom and bathroom.

Janet - posted on 06/25/2010

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Wake up and shower before your 15 month old. That's the only thing that works for me.

Xoe - posted on 06/25/2010

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i usually find that showering in the evenings is alot easier when the little one is in bed. However maybe once or twice a week we do share a bath in the morning, which is easy enough as they are still pretty small and onyl want to play for a small amount of time with you in the bath. I usually have my clothes etc ready and get out first keeping an eye on little one in the bath getting myself ready then i get him out.

Lynda - posted on 06/24/2010

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i have done the co-showering sometimes with my daughter but i have got her into watching barney in her playpen with a few of her favorite toys while i take a shower and get ready... i do leave the bathroom do open so i can see her and hear her... but if you child doesnt like the shower try putting him or her in a playpen with toys and maybe a cartoon or soft music slightle low on volume it works for me

Tiffany - posted on 06/24/2010

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It is such a task to get us both ready in the morning. This morning we had to be ready to leave at 8 am. My little man gets up at 7 so when we woke up, I put him in his highchair with his breakfast while I started getting ready. He was in the bathroom doorway so he could see me the whole time. After breakfast, I just gave him a few toys to play with, I have mastered straightening my hair in ten minutes! I am so proud lol. It used to take at least 30. Now 30 minutes is the maximum time that I take for EVERYTHING!

Tracy - posted on 06/24/2010

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wow i think you laddies must have angels my monster would never let me shower while he was CONTAINED oh my!! always night before and as for waking up before him... it's not an option he's up at 6

Debbie0905person - posted on 06/24/2010

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My son is like clock work, every morning at 7:30am he wakes up .. I just make sure I am up at 7am to take a shower before I have to get him...he is a really good boy...he will entertain himself in his crib until I get him out.....now I wish my soon to be 3yr would do the same but she likes to play in the bathroom while I take a quick shower

Jill - posted on 06/24/2010

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I co-shower ocasionally...as my 15mo old is the same....playpen...put some toys that aren't usually out so there is interest and jump in the shower....(with monitor on)
I also have a playspace--which is the hallway of my apartment and it is all blocked off with gates and doors...that way it is a safe play area for my kid and there isn't any trouble to get into.
It is ok to leave you child in their playpen for ten minutes so you can jump in the shower and take care of yourself. It is important to do those things for you too!!
Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2010

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While I'm in the shower, I put my 15 month old on the bed (which she can get down from safely) with a stack of books and toys that she loves as well as the TV on to Nick Jr, her favorite. My shower is in my room and I have glass shower walls so I can see her the whole time. That lasts long enough for me to shower and get ready. Then, I get her milk to drink while I do my make-up. That usually does the trick. Distraction is the best way to get anything done! :D

Shannon - posted on 06/23/2010

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When I am working then I get up and shower before I get my daughter out of her crib. She is either still sleeping or chatting in there. When I am not working then I shower during her morning nap.

Anabeth - posted on 06/23/2010

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guess you need to take a shower the night before so by morning all you have to do is brush your teeth, wash your face, put some make up and get dressed.

Virginia - posted on 06/22/2010

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I get up fore my 14 month old wakes up. I jump in the shower and try to get ready before he's up. He's usually up by 8:30-9 so that gives me plenty of time to get ready and have his breakfast ready by the time he gets up. :-)

Bernice - posted on 06/22/2010

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I totally understand how chaotic mornings can be with a toddler. My son is ready to have his bottle of milk first thing in the morning so I put him in my bed, give him his bottle and then I go full force with the shower and dressing etc. Then I proceed to get him ready and drop him off at daycare where they proceed and offer him a formal breakfast. I do have to have clothes ready the night before...as much pre-planning as possible makes for a smoother process. Good luck!

Marissa - posted on 06/22/2010

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i get everything ready the night before...make sure diapers,clothes,wipes toy ect are in diaper bag and ready...i put my purse next to diaper bag along with the clothes i am going to wear at work...i get the sippy cup ready at night and store it in the fridge. i also take a shower at night and give her a daughter her bath.. in the morning i wake up and let her sleep while i get dressed.

Barbara - posted on 06/22/2010

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Hi, if I haven't managed to get myself ready before my 15mo is up I usually plan to have my shower straight after breakfast. My daughter is already in her highchair so I just wheel her into the bathroom and give her some toys to play with. Even when she throws them all to the ground, she can still see me and is happy.

Jamie - posted on 06/22/2010

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playpen or high chair are great in or near the bathroom with a snack and a toy(s). allows them to remain contained and safe and still within eye shot and ear shot. when I have a full day at home I shower during the kiddos nap times, or before they get up. my 3 year old sometimes wakes when I start the shower so Ive found that a baby gate is great to ensure no wandering around, so that she remains in a very safe kid friendly environment til Im finished. Ive also resorted to an every other day schedule, which will go back to normal once both girls are able to handle solo play time. the sacrifices we make!

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My daughter is also 15 months old and I find it easiest to wake up about 20 minutes before she does. Luckily she's on a pretty regular schedule and wakes up about the same time every morning. Usually by the time I'm done getting dressed she's awake and ready to get out of bed. I also put a few soft toys in her crib, like a stuffed animal, and I find that she will lay there and talk to herself and play with her toys for about 30-45 minutes and not really care that I haven't come up to get her right away. We have one of those video monitors that sits on my night stand, so I can hear her while I'm in the shower, and I can also watch her as I'm getting dressed and ready to be sure that she's doing fine. There's been a few times where she's even talked herself back to sleep for another 30 minutes or so- which is just bonus time for me!

Heidi - posted on 06/21/2010

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I shower mostly at nights, but even in the mornings...... My little miss plays in the bathroom with some toys happily while I shower, when I'm almost done I sometimes bring her in too, as she loves it, I then get out and watch her play a bit before taking her out and dressing her etc... I make sure the clothes are out and towels are ready to make life easier!

Organisation I guess is the key, if you know your morning will be hectic cos you have places to go and be, shower the night before, or if bub routinely wakes up at a certain time, wake up 15 minutes earlier to get that shower in!

There is nothing wrong with even putting her in her cot with some toys to play while you have a shower or playpen!

Gina - posted on 06/21/2010

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I keep my son in his pack n play in my room with some of his toys! He either plays, watches cartoons or falls asleep! Life saver! I would never get ready if I didn't have it!

Jenn - posted on 06/21/2010

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I made her room a safe area for her! And its RIGHT next to my room and the shower. I use a baby gate and take a fast shower and already have my clothes laid out and ready! She is normally just dancing and playing in her room when I'm doing all this.

Tsitsi - posted on 06/21/2010

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hi, i think probably setting everything up before you go to bed would help. Such as lunch, clothing and diaper bag etc. In the mornings, i have found getting up a little earlier than the little one helps too. Take your shower and get ready before he/she wakes up. Throw a on a bath robe or something on top and then deal with baby after. By this age most kids can play by themselves for a little bit in the crib before you go to pick them up so this gives you more time to do what you have to. Eat breakfast together, while you are feeding baby, you are also having your breakfast. That should make it a little easier for you..

Alisha - posted on 06/21/2010

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I either take my shower in the evening before bed and striaghten my hair at night or get up an hour before my 14 month old son wakes up. I have never co-showered or allowed my kids to sleep with me because there are somethings I just need to keep for myself. As mothers we have little time or space away from our kids so we have to set boundries somewhere. Good luk

Aylia - posted on 06/20/2010

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i have the same problem but ive started to shower at night times sooo much easier..then in the morning u just have to change and get bby done

Lindsey - posted on 06/20/2010

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We take a shower together and then he plays in bath water while I get ready.

Jenni - posted on 06/20/2010

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I get up before my 15 month old. Or sometimes if he is already up I strap him into the high chair with a snack for a few minutes. I don't co shower at all. hth :)

Lisa - posted on 06/20/2010

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I always get up before my baby does. It's nice to have some alone time every morning. It's a great way to start the day. Also, I have co-showered with my baby. She didn't like it at first, but after a few times she started loving it!

Gretchen - posted on 06/19/2010

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I also have a 15 month old I always stick him in his highchair in the bathroom with me with a sippy cup of filtered water or almond milk, and some shredded organic cheese or something he's not likely to be able to choke on, and then i have a bag full of bath toys in the shower with me so as he gets fussy or bored i pull one out and set it on the tray and when he throws that one on the floor i grab another and another, all the while talking to him. It works great, i've been doing it for months now!

Kate - posted on 06/19/2010

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My daughter loves to co-shower but I agree it takes longer unless there is someone else there to get them out and dry and dress them after the shower. I usually just shut all the other doors and do a quick run around and make sure there is nothing unsafe within reach, chuck a couple of toys in the bathroom and then she will wander between the loungeroom and the bathroom. I also shower pretty quickly because I would prefer to be able to do it this way than shower at night.

Shelley - posted on 06/19/2010

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Hi I either pop him in front of Baby Eistein as he loves it and just sits there and doesn't move, I also close off all the doors that lead to rooms that I prefer him not to be in. Or my bathroom adjoins my bedroom so I just let him in my room and the bathroom and close the doors and he just plays around and watches me in the shower.
This is my second son so I have got used to having very very quick showers hair washed and all in about 6 minutes... :)

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I either get up before my son wakes up to shower and get ready or place him in one of those small chairs with straps that works as a high chair but can be placed on the floor while I shower so I know he is completely safe.

Felicity - posted on 06/18/2010

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I put my little one in the bathroom with me and some toys and shower that way or she comes in with sometimes. Sometimes I have both girls in with me .

Erica - posted on 06/18/2010

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I take one w/ my son. It helps sooo much and it gets them used to the water/shower. My stepkids hated the shower when they started cuz there was water in their eyes. He loves it too.

Amity - posted on 06/18/2010

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I too shower at night most of the time but I also have 2 older children (2 & 4) so if I need to shower in the morning it is not such a hassle but Hannah tends to want me a lot in the mornings.
I also try to prepare as much at night as I can. Sometimes I'll make sandwiches for the girls for breakfast and put them in containers the night before, or ceral in containers so I can add milk in the morning. Every night I fill up their drink bottles and have them waiting at the table for them. If I have time I also set the table for breakfast the night before.
I have also go into the habit of setting out their day clothes the night before when I dress them for bed. The older 2 chose their own clothes and set them out so they are ready for them to put on in the morning. This saves fights and time in the morning.
I (try) to set my clothes out as well so that I just get up and get straight into my clothes for the day and I brush my hair when I'm brushing everyone elses.
Try to prepare as much as you can when you have time without the kids because that leaves more time to read to them, do puzzles, craft, kick balls, have swings and all the other stuff that takes up so much energy. I often vacuum and mop when they are eating so they are out of the way and not making more mess.

Angie - posted on 06/17/2010

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I was never a "night showerer" until after my daughter was born. I'm a nurse, so I NEED to shower at night when I get home because I don't want to bring any extra germs to my little girl. So, with my shower done at night, I can focus on her in the mornings. I get up before her (usually about 30 minutes), get my make up on and get dressed for the day, then I am ready when she wakes up. This way, I can take care of myself and have more patience with what needs to be done for her. BTW, we've co-showered before. It works alright if there is someone to get her out when she's done. I've tried doing it without my husband ready to take her out when it's time, but as I was washing/rinsing my face she slipped in the shower and fell out. Scrapped her back in 2 places and had bruises. I will never do that again. Hope this helps!

Elaine - posted on 06/17/2010

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My twins are 15 months, so it's pretty crazy at home in the mornings (hubby leaves for work before the kids get up, so it's just me). I bathe at night, fill sippy cups with milk, and get clothes laid out for all three of us. I then get up early so I can have my makeup done and get myself as ready as possible so I can just focus on the kids once they're up. It doesn't always work perfectly, but they're content to hang out in the bathroom while I get dressed. They just don't like the cloud of hair spray (lol). Good luck!

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I get up and ready before they wake; as most have said, that includes showering the night before. That way in the morning it's wash my face, brush teeth/hair and do my makeup! Much simpler.

Renae - posted on 06/17/2010

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No co-showering just makes it take 10 times longer for me! I throw a few toys in the bathroom and my 15 mo sits on the bathroom floor and plays while I shower and get ready. Probably not the best habit to get him in to but our house is not COMPLETELY baby proof so he needs to be constantly supervised. Although I do have to push something in front of the bathroom cupboard doors or he will open them and pull everything out while I have my eyes closed.

And last week he opened the shower door and climbed in with me - fully clothed!

Sometimes I give him toast for breakfast and put the high chair in the bathroom too.

Tiffandmat - posted on 06/17/2010

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getting things all ready the night before works here otherwise i never seem to have time to get everything done my onl prob is with my little girl is shower and night or morning it is still friggen cold either way so i normally do us in the afternoon before the chill sets in just after dinner is good and calms them for the night and i co - shower

Colleen - posted on 06/17/2010

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My husband is primarily responsible for caring for our son in the mornings since I'm out the door to my classroom much earlier than is necessary to get our 15-month old out of his crib. My husband's trick is to put him in his playpen for the time it takes him to get dressed. I have learned that I need to do that, also, after I get Henry ready. He's safe in there, and we can handle our individual routines without having to run after him.

Dawn - posted on 06/17/2010

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My husband usually gets the baby dressed in the morning while I take a shower. Once he's done, he puts him in the packnplay, turns on a Barney DVD and hands him a bottle of milk and he is happy for about an hour and then it's off to daycare. We bathe him at night so he has more time to play with his toys. He doesn't like water from the shower in his face.

Ammie - posted on 06/17/2010

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being a single mom sometimes i wonder if i have mastered this one!
Peek a boo hands down works the best if i am in a hurry.
my son gets a bath at night and one in the morning if he wakes up and we have time but that means he will shower with me.
We just moved and now our bathroom is far from our bedrooms. I have yet to have an issue but i dont know what i am going to do if he wakes up as i am in the shower.

Cynthia - posted on 06/16/2010

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I shower at night after I put my 15mo daughter to bed. And in the mornings I bring toys for her to play with while I have shower, she loves to watch me have shower in the mornings. She's very easy going and prefers to be in the same room I'm in no matter what.

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