Our toddler’s evening routine feat. NUK + a giveaway

Our toddler’s evening routine has been pretty much the same since she was born; it’s nothing fancy at all, in fact I’m sure it’s pretty similar to your evening routine with your kids. None the less, I thought it would be fun to share what our evenings with Aria tend to look like. Make sure to read all the way to the end of this post for a really fab giveaway!

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that having a consistent evening routine is one of the main reasons that Aria slept through at 4 months old. It has always important for us to have her in bed and asleep by 7pm so that Dan and I can enjoy some down time and each others company.

At about 5.30 I start to make supper, while I’m doing that, Dan keeps an eye on Aria (he gets home by 4pm every day), we have also recently started to teach her how to clean up her play room and so they do a bit of that together as well. Aria’s nails grow like wild fire and we have to cut them at least once a week, so if that needs to be done, Dan does it before dinner. We find this is the best time as Aria is pretty tired and so she sits perfectly still for a change.

The NUK nail clippers are really great; the main reason for this is the fact that there is a storage section for the clipped nails. This means no worrying about random nails flying everywhere, you can simply empty the little container when you’re done.

We generally eat dinner at around 6/6.30pm. This is a lot earlier than we used to eat dinner but it means that we eat together at the table, a habit that I think is really important. Aria loves her food and usually gobbles most of her meal down and often gives the dogs a sample or two as well. Our meals are really simple but always packed full of veggies.  If we have a pasta, I will often add some veggies onto the side. Some of Aria’s favourite meals include:

– roast chicken and veggies

– spag bol

– creamy bacon pasta

– lasagna

At this age, Aria feeds herself, albeit messily, but the food lands up in her mouth at the end. We have been using the NUK Easy Learning Feeding Spoon as well as the NUK Weaning Bowl. The spoons are fab as they have a non-stick grip and their shape has been specially designed for a child’s mouth. The NUK Weaning Bowl has also become a favourite in our home; not only does it have non stick handles on the sides, but it also has non stick grips on the bottom, making it a little bit more difficult for your child to throw that lovingly cooked meal onto the floor.

After supper time, it’s straight to the bath. Dan has always done the majority of Aria’s evening routine, it’s their time to spend together and bond. I think that this is probably Aria’s favourite part of her day, she loves her bath time; she splashes around and her newest trick, she lies on her back and just floats around for a while.

If you have a tiny baby, checking the temperature of the bath water is really important, the last thing you want is for the water to be way too hot. The NUK Submarine Bath Thermometer is great; it’s mercury free (it uses oil as the measuring fluid) and is also shatterproof.

While Dan baths and dresses Aria, I pack the dishwasher, clean away her last few toys and make her bottle. Since turning one, Aria has been on cows milk, and with zero issues. She only has two bottles a day; one in the morning when she wakes up, and one again when she goes to sleep for the night. I’ve been wondering when toddlers start to wean off their morning and evening bottles, let me know in the comments when your little one dropped their feeds.

Anyway, back to the night time bottle, I’m sure you saw my Instagram post a while ago chatting about the new Nature Sense range from NUK, we’ll we’ve been giving it a bash for the past few weeks. Aria had absolutely no issues using a different bottle which makes me even more confident that this bottle is the answer for moms who are concerned about nipple confusion. The bottles come in different sizes and there are also different teats that accommodate different feeds to always ensure you have a flow as close to the breast as possible. If you want to know even more about the Nature Sense bottles, give this video a watch.

Most nights, Aria will fall asleep straight after finishing her bottle, other nights she might have a little chit chat to herself before dosing off, either way, she is usually dead asleep by 7pm.

Once she’s asleep, it’s feet-up-wine-poured-sink-into-the-couch time for Dan and I.

See, I told you that our toddler’s evening routine was really simple and the NUK products mentioned have been a fab addition. So much so, that I’m giving away a NUK hamper to one lucky winner! The hamper will include

  • A pair of nail clippers
  • A weaning bowl
  • A feeding spoon
  • A submarine bath thermometer
  • A milk storage bottle

To enter, simply use the Gleam widget below. Also make sure to read the giveaway guidelines below that.

NUK hamper


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  • This giveaway ends at 00:00 on 12 January 2018
  • The winner will be announced on 15 January 2018
  • Spammers will be disqualified

*Feature image by Kiss Kiss Photography

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  • Reply
    Amy Brown
    January 5, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Caleb is almost a year so I’m thinking about weaning him off breastfeeding and changing to giving him a bottle at bedtime and a bottle when he wakes up so I’m SUPER keen to try the NUK Nature Sense bottles for him.

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    January 5, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Love NUK products. Really excited to try out the weaning bowl and feeding spoon as my little girl will be starting solids soon.Anxiety at its peak as a first time mom to get it right.

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    Lesley Miller
    January 5, 2018 at 9:33 am

    My princess and I never got the whole breastfeeding thing right and so we used nuk bottles from the get go. She is trying to feed herself and is, but I simply can’t find a bowl that I feel good about leaving her to eat on her own. The nuk bowl and spoon sound amazing to help ease the process for me…

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    katlego refilwe
    January 5, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I have two boys under two years who are both bottle fed,i would love to win so my eldest can try the Nature Sense bottles!!its time we break the habit

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    Tina Barresi
    January 5, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Absolutely love love nuk bottles!!
    They are awesome

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    Tina Barresi
    January 5, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Absolutely love nuk products as well.Not just bottles.
    We a HUGE fan of their storage pots

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    Tina Barresi
    January 5, 2018 at 10:13 am

    (I am not spamming)
    We are super keen to try out the weaning bowl for Milano!!👌👌

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    Roxie Mohan Makka
    January 5, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Would love to try the NUK Easy Learning Feeding Spoon. Having trouble getting my 11 month old to eat, so anything to help would be great.

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    Janel Sunderlall
    January 5, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I am excited to try the submarine thermometer

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    Lizelle Dreye
    January 5, 2018 at 11:01 am

    That nail clipper looks awesome! As a first time mom nailclipping has been a real fear right up there with chocking and falling of the bed! Their hands are so tiny! And yes, also have wildfire nails over here so have to conquer that fear on a weekly basis!

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    January 5, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Awesome post! Definitely going to give my sister some of this advice for my 3 month old nephew!

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    nasika baijnath
    January 5, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    love the nail clippes….makes my job so much easier

  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Sounds amazing! We’ve also kept the same routine for both our kids and will try do it for the third one on the way! 🙂 love NUK

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    Caron Hartman
    January 5, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Where can you buy the Nuk nature sense bottles? I’ve been searching for them all over.

  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    The submarine bath thermometer

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    Natalie Kommer
    January 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    My little boy is 14 months and we are trying to teach him to feed himself with a spoon – the Nuk feeding spoon and bowl sound awesome and would love to give them a try

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    January 6, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Love Nuk products. My grandson loves them too

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    January 6, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    The nail clippers look awesome. We already use a lot of NUK products and I am definitively going to get some of these as a babyshower gift for my friend.

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    January 6, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Would love to try the NUK bottles

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    Ayesha Motala
    January 6, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    The NUK weaning bowl

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    January 7, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    So lucky she loves her food! Mine is very close in age, but I landed a fussy eater who plays with her food so the nuk weaning bowl and spoon would save back and carpets. Fyi We recently swapped the bottle for a sippy cup of milk on waking and before bed, to start the transition to dropping it, but in no rush.

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    Kerry West
    January 9, 2018 at 9:47 am

    What a fabulous competition, all these items look so great and I have only heard the best things about NUK products! I cannot wait to purchase some of my own before my baby arrives in April!

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    Bridget Kie
    January 9, 2018 at 11:10 am

    This is such a helpful article; I have a 10 week old (7 weeks adjusted) and I’m starting to think along the lines of a more strict nighttime routine for him. The submarine thermometer sounds fantastic! Perfect for the bath time part of the evening. The better the bath the sooner mom and dad can have that much deserved glass of wine 😊

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    January 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    I really want to get the nature sense bottles for my little one.

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    January 9, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Can’t wait to try out the Nuk nature sense bottles on my little boy due at the end of January

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    Meagan B.
    January 9, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Love NUK. All my kids have grown up using NUK.

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    January 9, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I would like to try the Nuk weaning bowl. Have a baby on the way….

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    Tiffany Lottering
    January 10, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Id love to try the nailclippers moms worst nightmare-Cutting babies nails.! Love Nuk products my kids have always been raised with Nuk and I am planning to do the same with the new addition arriving soon…

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    Nicolette Nunes
    January 11, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Interested in the feeding spoon

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    Jenn S
    January 11, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I absolutely love the entire Nuk range. It’s definitely worth the price and gives Mr peace of mind.

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    January 11, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    The bath thermometer sounds like a bladdy cool thing to have! I didnt even know one gets such a thing!

  • Reply
    January 11, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Would love to try the nail clippers, always nervous to cut my sons nails and with baby due in a few weeks going to be even worse with those tiny fingers

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    January 11, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I am most excited to try the nail clippers.

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    January 11, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Really want to try the weaning bowl, as love the fact it has the non stick grips on the bottom which will be a big help from my daughter over turning her food all the time

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    January 12, 2018 at 6:22 am

    The feeding bowl and spoon

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    Nadine Rautenbach
    January 12, 2018 at 8:30 am

    So lucky! But can see you are a very loving mommy! I need those nail clippers in my life though, it is so nerve wrecking to cut baby’s nails!

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    January 12, 2018 at 8:34 am

    I would love to try the NUK weaning bowl. Perfect time for my baby boy to use 🌟

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    Nelia De Oliveira
    January 12, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Submarine bath thermometer 😊

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    January 12, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Nuk weaning bowl

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    Suvena Prithinath
    January 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Nuk nature sense bottles

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    January 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    As an almost first-time mom I’m trying to read up as much as I can in preparation. It’s nice to hear what other parents do and what their routines are. 🙂 The bath thermometer thingy sounds awesome!

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