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The morning routine I’m ACTUALLY managing to maintain with a baby…

Mornings can be a bit of a mixed bag with a new baby in your lives but after about 8 weeks I found the groove for my own morning routine irrespective of the night I’ve had with little Elke and to gear myself well for the day with running Jet about to school and sport, managing life with the smallest of bears in the house aka Elke and running my business.

Routine, I certainly believe, with new babies is important. It’s good for them, obviously, but it’s really important for us as parents to have something of a routine for ourselves too. Consistency will help when you are out of whack (read… exhausted) because the habit is there and then you don’t actually have to think about it.

For me this looks like:

  • Rising with 2 glasses of filtered water, followed by tea – I can’t actually function without 1-2 cups of strong tea to start the day. Some do coffee, coffee doesn’t agree with me (the anxiety levels peak very quickly) but tea is absolutely fine.
  • After this I jump on the spin bike and sweat it out or alternatively do a mix of spin / interval training at home. Getting to the gym, despite their reopening, is completely unrealistic for me for the time being due to Elke’s sleep schedule and the needs of Jet, so I’m happy to have the option at home to seriously (and I mean it!) sweat and get my endorphin hit. I do this before the kids are awake because I need this me-time to be a better mother.
  • Following exercise it’s quick shower and a consistent skin care routine (happy to share this if you would like also) then the kids are awake and ready.
  • I get them sorted – breastfeeding Elke at present and Jet is pretty good with helping make his own breakfast etc. then we jump in the car to get to school.
  • When I get home from the school run and get Elke to bed or have her with me depending on how her day has started is when I stop to eat breakfast. I don’t eat it until this time because it’s otherwise completely rushed and not enjoyable or well digested and I’ve reached a point where now I’d prefer not to eat until later rather than rush it and I feel much better for it. I’m hungry by that time too and very ready for the first meal.
  • My food is accompanied by my supplements which include probiotic for breastfeeding, multi-vitamin, algae oil for DHA, and choline. These are driven toward my post natal repletion protocol. Please consult a health care pratitioner to know what supplementation is right for you. 


Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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