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Every time we have a long break from school (ahem, Christmas break), I always find that it is so hard to get ourselves back into a normal routine and get out the door in time for work. It’s always been something we’ve struggled with, but now that we have a toddler it is infinitely more difficult to re-adjust after some time off. We’re finally starting to get back into a good routine now that we’ve been back at school for almost a month, but it wasn’t an easy road!
One thing we have quickly learned that greatly helps us to get ourselves together and out the door on time is a quick and easy breakfast! I’ve never been a huge breakfast person, and I don’t like to have to think too hard about what I’m going to eat each morning. With another tiny little person to feed and dress each morning, it’s even more important for me to have easy-to-prepare breakfasts that will keep me full all morning.
What are our favorites?
Well, right now we can’t get enough belVita breakfast biscuits. Seriously. Before I even got asked to write this post I had not one but two boxes of these guys in my pantry, and Jackson and I had been fighting over them every morning. They’re delicious, take no time to prepare, and keep me full until lunch time, which is huge when your job is as hectic as mine is! Target is carrying a value pack now, which means I can stuff even more into my pantry to ensure I never ever run out. Because, seriously – these things are an absolute necessity in my home.
The Golden Oat bars are my personal favorite, but the chocolate bites are pretty dang delicious too. Jackson has officially claimed the blueberry ones and belVita breakfast biscuits are one of the only things he’ll consistently actually eat in the mornings! Did you know toddlers are picky? Because I’m quickly learning that it seems to be a universal truth. I also love that I don’t have to feel guilty about letting him have them every morning because they don’t have any high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners…don’t you love when something is nutritious, tasty, and toddler-friendly?
Our other favorite quick and easy breakfast essentials include:
- Yogurt/applesauce for Jackson
- Fruit! Filling, healthy, and it feels like you’re having dessert for breakfast. Win-win-win.
- Bagels – Jackson likes them plain and “not popped” (aka: not toasted) which means they’re particularly easy to feed him in the mornings!
- A new favorite for Corey and me is toast with avocado, scrambled egg, and cheddar cheese. It’s ridiculous.
We keep things pretty simple when it comes to breakfast around here, to keep the morning routine as uncomplicated as possible. Jackson always has some variation of grain (belVita, waffles, or bagels), fruit, and a side (yogurt or applesauce), and Corey and I always have a glass of hot tea with either avocado toast or belVita breakfast biscuits, along with some fruit and milk! We don’t get bored because our options are delicious, and consistency helps keep the mornings running smoothly.
So what are our other tips for getting out the door on time when you’ve got a toddler in tow?
- Divide and conquer. This works particularly well for us because we carpool to work so we leave at the same time, but it applies to everyone. The morning will run so much smoother if you both know what your jobs are and you split up to get ‘er done. We alternate who goes to get Jackson and who starts on breakfast, but every morning one person is in charge of getting Jackson, changing his diaper, and bringing him downstairs while the other person lets the dogs out and sets up breakfast. We’re a well-oiled machine at this point!
- Keep it the same. Jackson moves much quicker when he knows exactly what the routine is. Toddlers don’t like change, amiright? Each and every morning in our house looks pretty much exactly the same, which means Jackson knows what needs to happen and doesn’t get distracted asking me to play or watch television after he eats – he knows it’s time to go get dressed and see his friends!
- Prep lunches once a week! I want to write a full post on this at some point, but I make all of Jackson’s lunches and snacks for the entire week on Sunday afternoons. That includes packing them! That means that each morning all I have to do is grab out a lunchbox and a snack, throw it in his bag, and lunch is done. Corey and I also typically either eat leftovers or prep a week’s worth of lunches and leave them up at school. It saves us an incredible amount of time to not have to worry about packing lunches each morning!
- Limit your wardrobe. I’ve talked quite a bit about the idea of a capsule wardrobe and how it didn’t quite work for me, but I still keep a lot of the same principles! My closet is so much more sparse than it used to be, and that means it takes me almost no time each morning to choose my clothes. I know I like how I look in everything I own, so there’s no trying on multiple outfits – I just grab something and toss it on! Having a smaller wardrobe has significantly reduced the amount of time I spend in my closet each morning, and made my mornings so much less stressful.
- Just accept that sometimes there will be tears. From the kid, not from you (hopefully). I used to get so upset when Jackson would throw a fit and complain about having to go to school, but now I just keep on moving and he usually calms down within seconds when he realizes I’m not affected by his tears. I’ve also learned that there is less fighting when I allow him some control over the morning – he can choose his clothes, he can attempt to put them on himself, he can choose his breakfast, etc. It feels like it’s taking forever, but it’s faster than dealing with a full-blown meltdown!
The rush to get out the door each morning is definitely one of my least favorite parts of the day, but when we have a plan in place (and when breakfast is a no-brainer!) it makes everything feel a little easier. And when you have a two year old, anything that makes the day easier is a winner, right?
What are your tips and tricks for getting out the door on time? How about your go-to breakfast items?