Babies need a good routine before bed. I am the perfect example of this. I think the routine is a life saver. My evenings are so easy (well now that I’m dairy free) it’s unfair. I’m actually kind of nervous to even admit that to the universe, because I’m not known to have a good track record. Once I think I’m catching a little break, BOOM, I’m hit with something else.
Our routine consists of my fiance going to bed at 8:30pm. So I pump right before this at about 8pm.
Nightly Bed Routine:
1. Turn off TV, living room lights, tell my eldest to go brush her teeth. I brush my teeth. Already had bath time for her.
2. Turn on Himalayan Salt lamp. Turn off light to room.
3. Put baby on changing table, change her diaper, change her into her pajamas. Resist eye contact and tickling of feet. Talk soothing and calming to her.
3. Get bottle and turn on Fade Away Sleep Sounds. Put on track Train, or Pink Noise.
4. Feed her and bounce on yoga ball until she falls asleep.
5. Place her in Rock N Play with flat head pillow. While rocking with your foot until she is completely asleep.
That’s our routine, and yes, I probably do it all wrong but I get sleep. I have sanity (at least what I started with) and everyone is happy.
I have given my baby a few bad habits but what can I say, I’m human. She literally will fight sleep unless she has bottle or boob. She spits the pacifier out and throws a fit. She has to feel those drops of milk…. she’s a piglet!
So since I can’t eat dairy, and now can’t eat anything hot because it goes through the breastmilk, nor hard because of my teeth, I was literally starving to death.
Having nothing but liquids was murder, I seriously don’t know how people do it. I’m a ravenous animal since I pump so much milk. Think pregnancy makes you hungry? Try making 50 ounces of milk a day. Now that’s hunger!
Which by the way everything that has happened has killed my milk supply, or oversupply I should say. I now make just enough, maybe a little extra, but I don’t have any going into the freezer. I guess a bag a day is still pretty good but I was tossing like 5 a day into the freezer.
I really am starting to get the hang of this dairy free thing. I ran to the store and bought a bag of potatoes, came home, peeled the potatoes (and my poor thumb), cut them up, boiled them for 15 minutes and whipped them with my dairy free ingredients. I’ll put the recipe below.
Easy Dairy Free Potatoes Recipe:
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes
- Electric Mixer
- 1 bag Idaho potatoes Or red
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 2 cups Soy, almond, oat, or coconut milk
- 1 tbsp Jar minced garlic
- 1 pinch Himalayan rock salt Or table salt
- Peel potatoes, cut each potato into 1/4’s.
- Bring water to boil with a little Himalayan rock salt.
- Throw potatoes in the water, turn to medium, and let them cook for 15 minutes.
- Drain water in sink and put potatoes back in pot.
- Keep on low heat while you mix milk of choice, olive oil, and garlic together in your pot.
- Used a spatula to smoosh, and then pull out the electric mixer.
- Mix them until smooth on middle setting.
- May have used a little extra of the olive oil and soy milk. I just poured the milk a little at a time till it looked creamy.
Can’t wait to add some more dairy-free easy recipes.
Let me know if you are doing the whole dairy free thing? Has it been hard? Have you had any trouble? Let me know in comments below.