Thrill and excitement of welcoming your first child can never be explained in words but chaos that follows can totally mar that happiness. Therefore, it is imperative that we have a basic baby routine, irrespective of how spontaneous we were in the past. Different people have different reaction on creating a routine. For me and my husband, it became necessary to follow a routine, as we were doing everything on our own. Routine, we finally designed for our family made things easier and simpler for us. Today, I absolutely love the ease a baby routine brings in life, especially during the first year and specifically once you start solids for your little one. For first time parents, life post baby is like a complex algebra equation and only following basic formula can help us crack and simplify the situation, considering we have to manage everything from baby naps, to feeding, bathing, playing and your own ME time. In my previous post “How to Set Baby’s Routine?” I spoke about basics but I have realized reading SAMPLES of BABY ROUTINES by other moms are a great help.
Baby’s routine depend on following factors:-
what kind of support system do you have? Do you have a full time nanny? Or support of your parents ? Or you have help for household chores and you take care of baby on your own? All these factor play important role in deciding your little one’s routine.
Like everything else in life money is a very important factor in deciding baby’s routine. Finances decide what kind of support system you can afford for yourself and baby. It might not have a direct influence but it plays an crucial role in everything we do.
Are you a Working Mom or Stay at Home Mom?
When you are working you already have some child care system in place, so your and baby’s routine is largely dependent on that. Since, I am a stay at home mom, samples I am providing are more suitable for SAHMs.
Baby Routine Sample 1
Following is the routine that I follow with my baby and it incorporates my chores and ME time as well.
7:30AM – 9:00AM: Wake up & Breakfast for the whole family, I prefer cooking lunch also during this time (I do basic preparation at night so that it saves me time in the morning)
9:00AM – 10:30AM: Play time
10:30AM- 11:00 AM – Play bath. I prefer bathing baby in the morning, I have been doing the same from his very first bath. I prefer morning baths over night baths because my baby naps better and longer during the day and it gives me extra time for myself and household chores.
11:30AM to 1:00PM – Baby’s first nap & I take my bath, work on my blog, or any other important household chores listed for the day. (I make a fresh TO- DO list for myself everyday)
1:00PM – 4:00PM – Lunch, play, or grocery/ market run with the baby. I usually like to catch up with my friends at this time, organize play dates or stay at home and relax with my baby. While playing I prepare for dinner as well.
4:00PM – 6:00PM – Time for second nap and this is what I call my “ME” time. I read, binge trashy TV or nap with my little one. After running for the whole day, this is my time to relax and just be. After I have taken my break and if, I still have some time left, I like to finish preparing dinner.
6:30PM -7:00PM: Early dinner or Evening snack.
7:00PM – 9:00PM- Family time. It usually includes taking little one and my pup for an evening walk to the park. Coming back home and spending time with each other. This is the time I finally finish my remaining household chores, as hubby dear is home and he can look after the little one.
9:00PM – 9:30PM- Getting ready for the bed, which includes light wash up, oil massage and story time. He usually asleep by 9:30 or 9:45 PM.
10:00PM – 11:00PM- Baby is now sleeping and we get one hour for each other. Apart from catching up with each other, I do preparation for morning breakfast and lunch for next day.
Another sample of baby routine that I would like to share with you is exactly opposite to mine. It is followed by my dearest friend. Like I had mentioned in my previous blog on how to create baby’s routine, it totally depends on you and your family what routine suits you.
My friends are my village. Since our babies are of same age group, we often discuss each others’ developmental stages, routines, diets and habits. Following is her routine for her baby girl.
7:00AM – 8:00AM- Wakes up, morning freshen up routine and then milk.
8:30AM – 9:00AM – Breakfast
8:30AM – 10:00AM – Play time
10:00AM – 1:00PM- First nap for the baby. While baby naps, mom prepares lunch and does other household chores, if there is more time.
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Lunch with mom
2:00PM – 4:00PM – Play time or grocery run or catching up with friends.
4:00PM – 6:00PM – Second nap for baby and “ME” time for mom. She likes to read, rest or just simply relax at this time.
6:00PM – 8:00PM – Dinner and family time
8:00PM – 9:00PM – Play bath and getting ready for the bed, with milk feeding. (I remember when I had just delivered, my hospital nurse suggested night baths as well. Giving babies bath at the night time help them sleep better.)
9:00PM – 12:00 Midnight – This is the time my friends likes to prepare for next day, finish all household chores, relax and utilize it as her time.
My brother and his wife were blessed with beautiful twins few years back. I was always in awe of how she managed her household with two little babies, so it was prudent that I asked for her inputs when I was writing this particular blog. When you have twins, everything is double. As they say, double the fun, double the trouble. hahaha!!! Though I would like to mention that my sister in law has a house sitter, who helps her with household chores and little ones. Following is her routine:
6:30AM – 7:30AM – She tries to wake up before kids and prepare breakfast.
7:30AM – 8:30AM – Kids wake up, they get diapers changes and freshen up a little then follows milk.
8:30AM – 9:30AM – Play time
9:30AM – 10:30AM – Breakfast for babies
10:30AM – 11:30AM – Play time, House sitter comes around this time. She starts with household chores.
11:30AM – 12:30PM- Warm oil massage and play bath
12:30PM – 3:30PM – Nap time for little ones and rest time for mom, along with some “ME” time.
3:30PM – 5:00PM – Wake up from nap, freshen up and lunch for all.
5:00PM -7:30PM – Outdoor play time, snacks and family time.
7:30PM – 9:00PM – Fun time with dad, mom prepares dinner and enjoys dinner together
9:00PM – 10:00PM – Bed time ritual and nightie night.
Every family is different, every culture is different. We often try to work too hard or try too hard when the baby comes. We forget to breathe and we forget basics of dealing smallest of situations in our lives, which is one step at a time. I blame sleep depravation and over tiredness first time parents experience. We just need to remember, babies are simple, adults are complicated. When you are overwhelmed take a step back and follow these simple tips. Your little one will have a smooth routine in no time.
Until Next Tuesday …