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Having a kid and a baby is no joke.
With two little bodies to take care of, you spend your days holding two children at the same time while you breastfeed, cook meals, and try to keep your house from looking like the aftermath of a tornado.
AnnaYou can't remember the last time you went a day without spit or food stains on your clothes.
(And now that I think about it, did I brush my teeth today?)
girl i was thereSeveraltimes, actually.
I gave birth to my second child when my oldest was only 14 months old. And then before I knew it I had 4 kids aged 4 and under. While I'm still teaching college classes at night
I know how crazy it can be with a baby and a toddler.But I've found that one of the best ways to stay organized and have happy kids is to establish a schedule and routine that works for you, your baby, and your baby.
That's what this post is about: Deploying astay home mom schedule example for a toddler and a babyAnd helps you customize it to create your own schedule that works for you.
And best of all: there is oneprintable for freeYou can download both have the exampleChildren and baby planas well as a customizable oneDaily schedule templatewhich you can fill out individually.
(Just want the printables? You can get them at the bottom of this post!)
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Creating a schedule for the child and the baby
It is important to note that no 2 children (and no 2 mothers) are the same. So it's important to find out what works for you and your kids. therefore, theSample plan for toddler and babyis just to give you an idea of how to create a schedule that includes:
- Breastfeed/feed baby
- meal and snacks
- Baby and toddler sleep
- Tours and Activities
- cleaning tasks
- everyone gets enough sleep - including YOU
Also, I don't believe in sticking to strict schedules with kids. Because it really doesn't work when your number one goal is to meet your children's needs. Nap and feeding times change, appointments come up and crap happens. Literally.
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But predictable routines and patterns make life easier for everyone.
Children and babies crave predictable patterns to anticipate. So while I don't believe in rigid schedules, I do believe in creating a basic schedule and usually sticking to routines at the same time. This keeps the kids happy (since they always know what's going to happen next) and keeps life running smoothly.
Creating a daily plan for everything you want to achieve will also help YOU stay sane. Because schedules and routines make the day organized and productive. And seriously, I'm obsessed with routine!
Routines are not only great for toddlers and babies, but also for moms. Because when we have set routines in our lives, it's easy to just go through the motions and follow our "muscle memory."
When we create daily routines that include everything we need to do, we can achieve great things every day. As a busy and often tired mom, you can just go with the flow while sticking to the routine without having to exert too much effort or willpower.
And with the free printables, sample plans, and tips and strategies below, you can create an awesome toddler and toddler day plan that's perfect for you.
So let's dive in!
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PROGRAMMING EXAMPLE FOR MOTHER IN HOUSEHOLD FOR CHILDREN AND BABIES
This is an example schedule for a stay-at-home mom with a young child and a nursing baby around 3-6 months old (e.g., a baby who takes 2-3 naps a day).
With this schedule:
- Mom can sleep 8 hours and do housework.
- The baby takes 2-3 naps, 5 meals and about 15 hours of sleep
- The child takes 1 nap (or quiet time) and about 14 hours of sleep
You can customize this schedule and routines to suit your specific needs. For example, if you start later in the day, you can easily move all activities to the front. Or you may need to add or take a nap or feed. This is just to give you an example plan that has worked for other moms (including me).
6:30 Wake up and get ready
Wake up and have some time to prepare for the day before your kids wake up. I am a firm believer that waking up before the kids helps them be happier and more organized. Even if it's only 15 minutes.
This is a great time to get dressed, plan the day, and focus before the kids wake up and you don't have time to yourself.
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7:00 Pick up baby
You've gotten up, brushed your teeth and dressed for the day, and now it's time for the real action! Time to get the baby up and ready for the day. After waking the baby, change the diaper, get dressed, pet and feed.
It is good to pick up the baby in front of the toddler so that you can cuddle one by one.
7:30 Pick up baby
After you've taken care of the baby, it's time to keep your little bee busy and ready for the day. After you've got your little one up, take him to the potty or change his diaper and get dressed for the day. This is also a good time to make sure the room is ok.
(In fact, research suggests that starting tidying up at a young age is more likely to be helpful later in life!)
If your child wakes up earlier than you want,this cool alarm clock can help. Tells kids what time to leave their room in the morning by changing color at a preset time. You can teach your child to play quietly with toys in their room when they wake up and to leave as soon as the green light goes off.
Also,blackout curtainsare a game changer if you have young children who wake up with the sun.
They prevent the sun from streaming in through the window and waking up your children at awfully early hours. We got ours from Target and they were the best investment ever. Cheap and super cute.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Now that everyone is ready for the day, it's time to prepare and eat breakfast. Well, you and the kid. The baby is already fed!
I have personally found that preparing breakfast makes a HUGE difference in my mornings. I like to make healthy muffins, whole wheat waffles, or pumpkin and wheat pancakes in bulk and freeze them. Then I just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and BOOM, instant breakfast.
That way I'm not trying to piece something together while trying to manage the little ones. Here you areMy favorite early breakfast recipes.
8:30 Baby nap/child's play
After breakfast, the baby should be ready for the first nap of the day. During your baby's nap, this is a good time to do some housework and give your little one individual attention.
You can let your child play independently and then do some things around the house. I love having toys at home for my son to play with alone so I can get a few things done before we play together.
I recommend doing the following during this time:
- clean breakfast
- Throw in a load of laundry and double up on a load from the previous day
- Play one on one with your child
I've found that a quick clean after breakfast and doing just one load of laundry a day takes very little time, but goes a long way in keeping the house clean and tidy.
Bonus if you can get your kid to join you in cleaning up! I have found that kids love to be helpful and even if it takes a little longer you can bond with your sweetheart, teach her to clean and still get things done around the house.
this is thatsimple cleaning scheduleI follow to keep my house clean with minimal effort.
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10:00 Baby wake up and feed/care
At this point you've cleaned up, played with your child, and maybe even done some laundry. Time to wake up and feed the baby.
10:30 a.m. Snack & Go for children’s excursion
Getting out of the house every day is a big part of keeping you and your kids healthy and happy. And right after a snack (for the child) and baby's nap is a fantastic time to go on an adventure.
Everyone is full and rested. And you're likely to have more energy throughout the day. You can even go for walks that get you out of the house and checking something off your list, such as: B. Exercising or going to the grocery store. You know - two birds with one stone.
Here are a few ideas:
- Go for a stroll
- Go for a run with a double jogging stroller (all my kids haveAmadogo racing.this is the cartI've used it almost daily for the last 5 years)
- Visit the zoo (we always get a zoo annual pass)
- Go to the gym (if they have a good daycare and it fits your budget)
- Do your grocery shopping
- visit friends
The key is to get out there every day.It breaks up the day well and prevents anyone from going mad. Plus, you can use the ride to get things done!
When you visit the supermarket, here are some quick tips:
- Park near the stroller return for easy pickup and storage
- Dress your baby (I lovethis operatorwhen my baby is small andIt iswhen they get a little bigger)
- Have water/snacks ready
After the tour, it's time for lunch! Lunchtime begins with the transition from the busy morning to the quiet afternoon when the two children go to bed/have quiet time. So you can make and enjoy a quick lunch with your little one and then move on to an afternoon nap!
1:00 Baby Nap/Nurse and Baby Nap
After lunch is over and you've gotten ready, it's time for the toddler to take a nap. If he stops sleeping, you can set up quiet periods where the child plays quietly in a designated area for a few hours to give the baby some sleep (and so mom doesn't get mad).
Personally, I like to help my son take a nap by reading a short book and/or singing a song.
When the child is in bed, it's time to feed and put the baby down for another nap.
After the kids are in bed (or have taken a quiet moment), you can take a minute to yourself. When you're feeling exhausted (especially if you wake up in the night with the baby), a short nap will give you a boost of energy and help you get through the second half of your day.
After you've rested (if you must... and let's be honest, you probably do), this might be a good time to start cooking dinner. You can do all the prep work (e.g. cutting, measuring, etc.) or even throw something in the slow cooker and you're done.
Remember that this is your quiet time too. Do something for yourself to give yourself the boost you need to get through the latter part of the day.self care Reallygoes far.
3:30 Baby and nurse wake up
Before your little one gets up, feed your baby after their nap to keep them satisfied during the dinner rush and into the early evening.
4:00 Game or Excursion #2
Depending on your energy level and how everyone is feeling after the nap, you can play and engage in activities around the house, or take a second trip to a walk or park (or run to the store to get an ingredient you need). Dinner). This could be a good time for a daily workout!
Here you aresome ideas for a quick workout at home.
5:30 Dinner and family time
It's time for dinner! Luckily you prepared ahead of time so making dinner is easy. If you're like me, you want something quick, easy, and best of all, healthy. This7 recipes are healthy and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
While baby plays in a swing or safe, you can all have dinner together and enjoy family time before bedtime begins.
7:00 Bedtime routine
Start bedtime for your little ones at 7 p.m. This is a great time to share and conquer with your partner. You can shower together and then:
- Read books
- take care of the baby
- Sing a lullaby
For more help on creating a great bedtime routine, click hereTips for an easy, tear-free bedtime routine.
7:30 Clean up the house and get ready for tomorrow
Do some quick clean-up and tidying up with your partner (e.g. load and run the dishwasher) so you can spend a few stress-free hours together.
While you're both probably exhausted, even a quick 15-minute clean will go a long way toward keeping your home tidy. This lowers your stress level. (Nothing makes me more stressed and irritable than a messy house).
This is also a great time to start making all sorts of preparations for the day ahead (e.g. getting groceries out of the freezer to thaw, getting breakfast items, packing the diaper bag for tomorrow's trip, etc.).
8:00 Relax and Relax!
By this point you are probably exhausted. But you're not ready to go to bed yet. Instead, you probably want some time to yourself and some adult conversation with your partner.
While it may be tempting to sit in front of the TV and eat veggies until you get off the couch and go to bed, it isprobablynot the best way to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for a good night's sleep. (Research shows screen time before bed affects sleep quality)
Instead ofCreate an intentional nighttime routineThis makes you happy, relaxed and prepares you for a good night's sleep.
Here are a few ideas:
- Chat with your partner and share a snack
- take a hot bath
- write your to-do list for the next day
Personally, when my kids are in bed, I like to stretch (since I'm always in a hurry and rarely do a good stretch at the gym), shower while reading a book, and visit my husband. Occasionally we'll look at something together, but we have to be careful or it will go on for hours without us noticing.
(Honestly, I avoid TV because I could eat a WHOLE SEASON of a Netflix show without leaving the couch.)
While it can be difficult to force yourself into bed when you have so little time to relax, getting 7-8 hours of sleep is probably the single most important thing you can do for your health and well-being. That means a lot of extra work if another baby wakes up at night.
Personally, I've found that when I get enough sleep, everything seems to fall into place. I feel better, I have a lot more energy, I'm more effective and efficient. That means I'm happier, more patient with my kids, and accomplish more in less time.
CREATE YOUR OWN SCHEDULE FOR KIDS AND BABIES
Hopefully the example abovemother housewife schedule for child and babygave some ideas on how to create a daily schedule and routine that will work for your family.
When it comes to creating your ideal routines, consider building your daily schedule by planning the following activities (in this order, if possible):
- Tempos de sono
- meals and snacks
- A practice
- cleaning schedule
- preparation of the meal
While this stage of life isn't easy, it's full of wonderful drool kisses and the most delicious hugs imaginable. Get your free printable daily schedules (with the sample schedule and some blank templates) for a toddler and a toddler and create your perfect schedule.
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How do I make a toddler routine chart? ›
- 8 to 9 a.m.: Eat breakfast and clean up. ...
- 9 to 10 a.m.: Playtime. ...
- 10 to 11 a.m.: Outdoor time, exercise, etc. ...
- 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Planned activity or errands. ...
- 12 to 1 p.m.: Lunch and wind down. ...
- 1 to 3 p.m.: Nap or quiet time. ...
- 3 to 3:30 p.m.: Afternoon snack. ...
- 5 to 6 p.m.: Family dinner and cleanup.
Read a book, kick a ball back and forth, have your child tell you about their favourite things, set up some blocks and have an impromptu bowling game, have them do some stretching or yoga with you, enjoy some action songs together such as “The Hokey Pokey” or “The Wheels on the Bus,” or sit and colour.How do I get my toddler and baby on the same schedule? ›
Begin a nap and bedtime routine early on to cue the baby to sleep. Involve your toddler in the routine by making him a helper in the routine. Limit how long you work on a nap with your baby. If she's not asleep in 20-30 minutes, get her up and try again 30 minutes later.What are the daily tasks of a stay-at-home mom? ›
This may include taking kids to and from school, after-school activities, and weekend sports. A SAHM may also schedule and coordinate medical and other appointments for the family. Housework. Cooking meals, cleaning, laundry, house maintenance, and grocery shopping are typically seen as stay-at-home tasks.What is the average age of a stay-at-home mom? ›
These affluent stay-at-home mothers, who have a median family income of nearly $132,000, are somewhat older than married stay-at-home mothers with working husbands overall, according to 2011-2012 data. Half are ages 35-44, while just 19% are younger than 35.How many hours a day should I spend with my toddler? ›
While the Family Peace Foundation recommends at least eight minutes each day of one-on-one time with each child, Dr Pruett emphasises how important this time is for children under the age of five. “Children grow at such a rapid pace, particularly their brains.What do you do with a newborn and toddler at home? ›
- look at books and sing songs and nursery rhymes with your child – it's fun and will help them develop language and communication skills.
- use things that you've already got lying around the house.
- get involved yourself – your child will learn more from you than they will from any toy.
- Enroll Your Toddler in a Preschool Program. ...
- Set Up a Toddler Area. ...
- Try to Coordinate Naps. ...
- Tell Your Toddler Stories. ...
- Arm Yourself With Busy Bags. ...
- Wear Your Baby. ...
- Prioritize Quality Time With Your Toddler. ...
- Let Your Toddler Help.
- 7am: Wake up and eat breakfast.
- 9am: Snack.
- 11:45am: Lunch.
- 1:30pm: Nap.
- 6:30pm: Dinner.
- 7:30pm: Watch television.
- 8pm: Read books.
- 8:30pm: Bedtime.
- Evaluate each child's needs.
- Take an interest in their interests.
- Make spending time with each child a part of your routine.
- Schedule a recurring one on one time.
What is a good daily routine for children? ›
School-age children: ideas for daily routines
getting ready in the morning and going to bed at night. doing after-school activities like hobbies or sport. doing chores – for example, setting the dinner table, unpacking the dishwasher, helping with the laundry, or caring for pets.
- Step 1: Identify tasks your child needs to complete to prepare for school. ...
- Step 2: Make chart on large paper or erasable surface. ...
- Step 3: Display Chart and Talk Through It With Children.
- Get kids involved. Some to-dos are non-negotiable (like tidying up her toys or doing his math homework). ...
- Use pictures for younger children. ...
- Don't worry about extra screen time. ...
- Have a couple of back-up activities ready to go. ...
- Be flexible.
How many hours a week should you spend on housework? For busy, working moms it's important to have no more than a total of 11 hours of housework per week (about 1.5 hours per day). This is doable if you spend a little bit of time cleaning each and every day.How do stay at home moms take care of themselves? ›
- Focus on the physical. Getting your blood pumping and getting outside is a great way to feel refreshed. ...
- Give your brain a boost. Write in your journal. ...
- Pamper yourself. Relax in a hot bath. ...
- Find time for your friends. ...
- Take a leap. ...
- Hone your skills. ...
- Get silly. ...
- Prepare to unwind.
- Reduce clutter to make housekeeping easier. ...
- Become a master at meal planning. ...
- Create easy-to-follow routines. ...
- Use smart devices to your advantage. ...
- Simplify your family schedule. ...
- Create a shared family calendar and use it religiously. ...
- Learn to ask for help. ...
- Stop mom guilt in its tracks.
According to a survey from Salary.com, stay-at-home moms should earn upwards of $162,581 per year. All those early mornings and late nights mean mom could be pulling in a pretty nice salary — you know, if she was actually getting paid.