In last week’s blog post I talked about WHY having your kiddos on a schedule is beneficial. This week I’m talking about HOW I got my little guy on a schedule and will show examples of our schedules at different ages.
When Jonas was a newborn, I knew that having him on an eating and sleeping schedule wasn’t possible yet since he was so little BUT, I missed being on a schedule myself. As I was adjusting to life as a mom, it felt like most days I was getting NOTHING done (but hey, that’s reality of life with a kiddo, right?!). I needed to feel like we were accomplishing something, so starting when he was 3 weeks old, each Sunday I would put together a “schedule” for the week of things I wanted to accomplish/things to keep us busy.
Here’s an example of our newborn weekly schedule:
Monday: Go grocery shopping
Tuesday: Laundry and go to Target
Thursday: Sweep and mop floors (Jonas loved hanging out in the baby wrap for these tasks)
Friday: Go on a walk
It was SO basic because life with a newborn is so chaotic, but it REALLY helped me settle into motherhood! Around 4 months, I finally had Jonas on a napping schedule which added a lot more structure to our day. The path to get him on a napping schedule involved me tracking his sleepy cues (rubbing his eyes, getting fussy, yawning, etc.) and putting him down to sleep at those times. I would write all of this information down (yeah yeah… I’m THAT person) and was then able to see his sleep patterns. Once I saw what the general pattern was, I would put him down at those times regardless of if he was doing sleepy cues or not.
Once he was on a nap schedule, I found that we were really tied down at home because there were such short periods of time between his naps. I didn’t want to feel like we had to be home all day so typically his morning nap would happen on the go (in the car or stroller) which worked well for us.
As Jonas has gotten older (he’s now 15 months), the schedule has become more complex. Here’s an example of a day in our life now:
Between 7:30 and 8:30 AM – Wake up and morning happy hour snuggles (milk for little man, coffee for mama).
8:45 AM – Breakfast, change clothes, brush teeth, etc.
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Activity and snack (examples of activities: playdate, ECFE, library, run/walk, park, pool, run errands, fun outing, MOPS)
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Naptime (I typically do chores or meal prep while he naps. If he didn’t sleep well the night before, you betcha I’m taking a nap too or relaxing!)
3:00 PM – Snack and playtime or another activity if time permits (naps are anywhere from an hour to 3 hours but generally around 2)
4:00 PM – Make dinner
5:00 PM – Daddy’s home!
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner and family time
7:00 PM – Get Jonas ready for bed. Bedtime routine involves jammies and diaper change, sippy cup of milk, story, and prayers. He then falls asleep on his own by 8:00 (he spends a lot of time talking to his stuffed bear, Bob, in his crib)
I would love to hear about what a day in your world looks like with your child(ren)!