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Bilingual Parenting – Infant & Toddler Spanish {Daily Routine}

Wow!  The last post got a lot of attention and plenty of great feedback from our mama bloguera community about what to include in the next post.  Thank you to Serena @ Native Mothering, Gabie @ From The Frontline and Leslie @ Motherhood In Mexico for your contributions!  Your ideas were super helpful ladies!  If I make any fatal Spanish mistakes, please let me know!  :)  So, in continuing my learning and sharing with the rest of you…here is part 2 of useful phrases.  Moms, keep your ideas coming!  Your help is so very appreciated…and you’re furthering my bilingual journey too!  ♥  I thought that using a general theme for each post would be helpful to keep them organized, so for future posts, also let me know in the comments if you have a particular interest or theme that you’d like to see.

Bilingual Parenting – Infant & Toddler Spanish

{Daily Routine}

Good morning = Buenos días

It’s time to get up = Ya es hora de despertar / Despertate

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Do you want a snack? = ¿Quieres un bocadillo / la merienda?

It’s time for breakfast / lunch / dinner = Ya es hora de desayunar / almorzar / cenar [de comer / to eat]

Do you need a diaper change? = ¿Necesitas un cambio de pañal?

It’s diaper time = Ya es hora de cambiar el pañal

Do you have to go potty? = ¿Tienes que ir al baño?

It’s potty time = Ya es hora de hacer el baño

Do you want milk? = ¿Quieres leche?

Time to go bye-bye/Let’s go to (grocery store) = Es hora de salir. / Vamos al (supermercado)

Get dressed = Vístete

Where are your shoes? = ¿Dónde están tus zapatos?

Find your shoes = Buscalos (find them) / Encuentra los zapatos

Let’s play outside = Vamos a jugar de afuera

Let’s clean your room = Vamos a limpiar tu cuarto (habitación)

Pick up your toys = Recoge los juguetes

It’s time for bed = Ya es hora de dormir

Let’s brush your teeth = Cepíllate los dientes

Wash your hands = Lávate las manos

It’s bath time = Ya es hora de bañar

It’s lotion time = Es hora de poner la loción

Would you like a story (fairytale)? = ¿Quieres un cuento (de hadas)?

It’s story time = Es hora del cuento

Put on your pajamas = Ponte tus pijamas

It’s time for bed = Métete en la cama

I love you = Te quiero / Te amo mucho

Good night = Buenas noches.

Sweet dreams = Que sueñes con los angelitos.

Below is a bedtime lullaby that my suegra used to sing to my hubby when he was little.  I’ve heard some other variations and I think there might be a few more stanzas, but this was the one that held memories for my hubby and it’s the one that my suegra taught me, so I thought I would share.  ♥

Juan Pestañas

Buenas noches,
Hasta mañana,
que Juan Pestañas
ya va a llegar.
El viejito de los sueños
bonitos cuentos
te contará.

Buenas noches,
Hasta mañana,
que Juan Pestañas
ya va a venir.
Ponte tu pijama
y métete a la cama,
porque ya es hora de dormir.


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  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Muy bien, amiga! :) I do the same kind of thing with my kids, but in English.

    Love your suegra's lullaby. Very sweet. Another popular lullaby is from a song by Topo Gigio.

    Hasta mañana,
    si Dios quiere
    que descanses bien.
    Llego la hora de acostarse
    y soñar tambien
    porque mañana sera otro dia
    hay que vivirla con alegria.

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      April 29, 2011 at 8:27 am

      Love it! We watch Topo Gigio a lot too! Every year on Lily's birthday I play her the "Las Mañanitas" song. ♥ Thank you for sharing this other song! It's new to me! :) Thanks also for looking over my post! I always wonder if more fluent speakers might have a better way of saying things and I'm always open to positive critiques! ;)

  • Me and the Mexican
    April 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Loved the sweet song your suegra sang to your hubby! I love your posts with the phrases! Very useful amiga!

  • Ezzy Guerrero-Languz
    May 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I'd never heard this: la merienda. Love that you do these posts. Seeing these written out helps me with recognizing them in written form. Sweet lullaby, Chantilly. Thank you! Keep em coming. : )

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      May 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Gracias amiga! I'll definitely keep 'em going. ;) La merienda is something that I know is more popular in Spain, probably a few other countries true. I don't hear it often from Mexicanos…some of the older folks though…