Having a routine is crucial to the first couple months of having a newborn and a toddler at home. As a stay-at-home mom, your days begin to blur if you do not have a set schedule. It’s something I have been failing at for the last few weeks and it’s starting to drive me crazy and the kids too!
So I decided to do something about it and what the something is, is a schedule…It has been amazing, we are up out of the house and productive and enjoying our days together.
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My toddler knows what to expect in our day-to-day routine and my newborn is falling right into the schedule as well. It takes a little practice getting in the habit of trying to get two kids out of the house, but once you get the hang of it, it brings sanity for all of us.
Here are the benefits to having a daily routine and weekly routine for your family.
- If you get up and schedule some time to yourself (and some coffee)you will have a more productive day.
- Toddlers/infants thrive on routine. Knowing what to expect will keep them both happier throughout the day, which equals a happier Mommy!
- If you have a weekly routine you will do new activities because you will search them out and have a plan on a calendar of when certain events are happening.
- Having everybody up dressed and fed by 9:30 a.m. gives you the opportunity to actually get out of the house and enjoy the day (being a stay-at-home mom does not mean you stay home all day or we would all be crazy ladies). Check out this post, SAHM what to do with your baby/kids all day.
This is what our daily schedule looks like…
|TIME OF DAY||MOMMY||BABY||TODDLER|
|6:30 AM||Wake Up||Sleeping||Sleeping|
|6:45 AM||Get ready or Blog
Have coffee! ME TIME!
|7:30 AM||Change/Nurse baby||Wake/Nurse||Wake/Sleeping|
|8:00 AM||Play/snuggle with kids
|9:00 AM||Get ready for the day and get kids ready||Get ready for the day(first)
|Get ready for the day|
|9:30 AM||Leave for morning activity or start home learning activity||Sleeping||Leave for morning activity or start home learning activity|
|10:00 AM||Morning activity/Errands||Sleeping||Morning activity/Errands|
|12:00 PM||Make Lunch/Nurse||Sleep/Nurse||Play or help with lunch|
|1:00 PM||Read books/ Get ready for naptime||Read books/ Get ready for naptime||Read books/ Get ready for naptime|
|1:30 PM||Clean up house/ Blog/ ME TIME!!!||Naptime||Naptime|
|3:30 PM||Play/Nurse/Errands/Clean up together||Play/Nurse/Sleep||Playtime/Errands/
Clean up together
|5:00 PM||Make dinner||Sleeping||Screentime/Playtime|
|6:15 PM||Dishes/Play||Playtime||Play with daddy!|
|7:00 PM||Bathtime/Reading Time||Daddy Time||Bathtime/Reading Time|
|7:30 PM||Snuggle/Sing/Get toddler to bed||Daddy Time or Join in with us||Snuggle/Sing/
|7:45 PM||Get baby to bed/Nurse||Nurse/Sleeping||Sleeping|
|8:15 PM||HUSBAND TIME!!!/
|10:00 PM||Late night blogging or Sleeping!||Sleeping||Sleeping|
Feel free to use my schedule or come up with whatever will work for your family. It will evolve as baby grows and has a set nap schedule but also keep in mind that baby can sleep on the go.