Practical Baby Routine Samples For Stay at Home Moms

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:-

Support System

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.

Finances

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.

SAMPLE 2

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.

SAMPLE 3

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 …

49 replies »

  1. My life seriously changed after I got my baby on a routine that works for him. I think a big mistake first time moms make is to try to fit baby around their life when it really has to be the other way around.
    My baby doesn’t nap well, but sleeps pretty solid at night, so the majority of the mom things I get done are in the evening and morning, but I do use first nap for blog related activity and the second one to spend time with my older child or household clean up.

  2. Oh my heavens!! So excited to have my schedule change a bit!!! Love how you have laid out dedicated time to keep your day going smooth.

  3. This post brings back memories of when my kids were little. Chaos and messes mixed with laughter and fun made up our days. Routine was very important, especially during meal times and bed time. Kids have to learn to stick to a schedule too!

  4. Its been a while since my daughter has grown up, can relate all the detail routine you given. It really is quite memory to go down that lane now….thanks it was pleasure reading the post.

  5. Routines are so important for babies and even older kids. Will definitely share this with New parent friends.

  6. Sounds like what i do , its regularly listed and the things is usually do even right now some changing is while the time goes by.. its reminds my memories and all the things as a mom..

  7. It’s very good to have a routine for your baby. The only problem is that it always depends on the baby! You kind of have to play it by ear in the beginning a little bit based on how they are.

    • I absolutely agree first six months you have to follow baby’s cues. Routine is more important once baby starts on solids, even then you can’t stick on one note. Routine should change and evolve as per baby’s need.

  8. I had to laugh at your routines because it was a flash back to baby days. My youngest is heading kindergarten next week. My routine was very slimier to your first one 😉

  9. Such interesting samples. I really need to pass these on to my sis-in-law. I love how you segment the day into sections. That way you get time for yourself too. Cheers!!

  10. I love your good different sample of timetable:) my sister’s daughter she sleep at 7:30pm too

  11. I love that you gave multiple ideas for the day. I also will say that it’s okay to change things up either as they grow up or if you need a little break. On Mondays we went to the library – it was different and the kids enjoyed it. Now school is back in session so things are changing again. I do miss the time with just the babies.

    • I feel you. My little one is transitioning from two naps in a day to one and things are changing for me too. May be in future I will write about toddlers’ routine, which in all honestly doesn’t exist. Hahahahaha !!

  12. I love your different options to get ideas. I would say ours is mostly like your friends. Though our kids go to bed at 7:30pm. I always love seeing what others do and trying to get a better routine for us as well.

  13. These are great sample routines! When my kids were babies routines were everything, it’s so much easier to sit stuff into your day when you know when your kids need to eat, nap, etc.

  14. Creating a routine with a baby can be difficult but it is so helpful. I had two kids and they were both so difficult as babies. I had to adjust and have different schedules for each of them.

  15. Wow, these such a good baby routine samples. Being a parents is really hard most especially to those first-time parents out there and having a routine is really useful and important.

  16. What a wonderful article about routines and very thorough. I loved how you included various same routines.

  17. It is key for sanity to have a set scheduled when your little ones are tiny, babies crave and need structure. It helps make the day for organized, and having four kids I need all the help I can get.

    • Wow four kids!!! Hats off to you. How do you get anything done. Hahahah!! I am always running after my little one. Thanks for reading

  18. These are really great! My niece follows something similar to sample 1. I do have to say though that maybe switching around the bath time would be really helpful as she is currently throwing a fit around the time for her afternoon nap..thanks for sharing!

    • Growth transition phases are the toughest. I am going through something similar right now. Thanks for reading 😊

  19. I love that these routines include “me” time for mom. It’s so important to have some time to do what you want to do in the day when you are spending most of your hours doing things for others.

  20. I salute you for sticking up to your routines, I myself wishing to have a child someday. It feels good to read other mom’s insight or style of parenthood. My sister has similarities with your routines.

    much love

  21. This is going to be a great helpful post for so many new parents out there. I found routines such a great help for me when mine were small.

  22. These are great examples of schedules. I tried so hard to get my baby on a schedule prior to going back to work but it was so hard! She still does not have a very good schedule except for at night.

  23. Such a great post and I do love reading this article. I am sure this will be a great help to all first-time moms.

  24. This is such a great post and your sample routines are such a great help most especially to those first time moms.

  25. I don’t have a baby so I am unable to relate much. But taking care of baby comes up with a lot of responsibilities. If asked to chose one, I would definitely chose the one you are following. Very helpful post for new mothers.

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