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Last summer, I had my third baby and I also participated in the 14-day Make Over Your Mornings course by Crystal Paine. Don’t these two things seem completely incompatible? How can you have any semblance of morning routine when you have an infant to take care of, and possibly more kiddos on top of that?!
I have had to become more flexible and relaxed about my routine since having kids, but I also still need to keep my priorities in order and feel my days have some rhythm and function. It’s challenging for me to maintain a sense of peace throughout my day without a morning routine that refreshes, fills me up, and gives me a great start.
4 Adjustments For a Successful Morning Routine with an Infant
1. It’s not necessarily early
Your body desperately needs rest after having a baby. If you’re waking up throughout the night, you shouldn’t sacrifice more sleep to get up early. This isn’t the season to skimp on rest – don’t wear yourself out!
Instead: Be intentional with your first moments whenever you do wake up. Crystal says it in the course: you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to have a successful morning routine. You simply have to be intentional at whatever time you do choose to get up (or more accurately, when baby chooses for the two of you to get up).
2. It’s not necessarily alone
I always picture “morning quiet time” as a solitary and peaceful event. This may not be the case with an infant. You have a morning buddy, and he or she may not be all that quiet. You also might not have the time to exercise (provided you’re cleared by your doctor) solo.
Instead: Use the buddy system – do it together! You can read aloud to your baby, do mommy-baby exercises or put baby in the stroller, take a walk, and get some fresh air.
3. It’s not necessarily long
Focus on quality over quantity right now.
Want to study and color-code six bible chapters a day? Train for a half marathon? These things are possible, but probably not a great expectation in this season.
Instead: Be present and mindful. Focus on what you’re doing and enjoy it, even when you only get ten minutes before baby wakes up.
4. It’s not necessarily continuous
Babies are demanding! Don’t get frustrated if you have to stop and start a few times, it’s part of life as a mom.
Instead: Be flexible when things don’t go exactly as planned. It’s ok to readjust the schedule, and some days even cancel parts of your routine. There’s no reward for finishing by a certain time.
Other Ideas to Make Over Your Morning With a Baby
- Use audio resources like Audible books, YouVersion bible app, podcasts and free YouTube videos to get an uplifting word when you can’t sit down and read.
- Work out with your baby. Play with him/her on the floor while you sneak in strength exercises, or load up the stroller and go for a walk.
- Take advantage of small pockets of time. Read a few pages at a time when you can, and it adds up by the end of the day.
- Be flexible. This is probably the top quality needed for motherhood (and life in general).
- Try again. Things won’t go as planned every day. Know your priorities and WHY you committed to a morning routine in the first place, and then do your best tomorrow.