Sample Schedule: Newborn

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Having a set routine is wise. It doesn’t mean that you never ever deviate from that schedule, but it does help to maintain a somewhat basic routine each day. Kids feel safer and more secure when their lives are predictable and they know (generally) what is coming next. 

It's especially important for babies because it's easy for them to get overstimulated and over-tired. Having a predictable wake and sleep routine will benefit everyone!

6:30-7 // Wake up and feed

7:30 // Nap

9:30 // Feed, diaper change, *play

10:30 // Nap

12:30 // Feed, diaper change, play

1:30 // Nap

3:30 // Feed, diaper change, play

4:30 // Nap

6:30 // Feed, diaper change, play, evening bath

7:00 // Change into jammies and put to bed for the night

**10:30 // Dream feed (while still swaddled) and put back to bed

When they wake up through the night, feed them. For us, it’s typically every 3 hours.

*Play for a newborn can simply mean being un-swaddled on a playmat, in a swing or bouncy seat, or just hanging out. Keep in mind that babies can get overstimulated quickly.

** Some people LOVE the dream feed and it works great for them. With all 4 of my kids, it has never worked out for me. They either naturally wake up around that time to eat, or they will sleep longer if I don’t bother them.

 

Other tips for that Newbie:

+ Swaddle for naps and sleeping at night.

+ Yawning, rubbing eyes, staring off into space, tugging ears are all signs of tiredness. Crying is a sign of over-tiredness. If you wait until they are crying before you put them to sleep, then it’s pretty likely you’ll have a baby that can’t get to sleep on their own.

+ Use white noise and a darkened room.

+ Keep your baby awake long enough to get a full feeding. Babies LOVE to fall asleep while eating. But if they fall asleep before they get a full tummy, they won’t sleep as long. A full tummy = better sleep

+ Begin a pre-nap and bedtime routine. It might seem silly to start a “go to sleep” routine with a newborn, but it’ll pay off down the road. A small routine before putting your kiddo into bed cues him for sleep, and over time your little one will learn that sleep follows the nap/bedtime routine (Choose something simple, and that anyone putting your babe to sleep can do. An idea would be closing the curtains, turning on white noise, rubbing your little ones back and saying “night night, I love you, see you in a little bit”).

+ Don’t rush in when your baby stirs or cries. Wait a few minutes before going to get your baby, because chances are she will fall back asleep on her own. Babies, just like kids and adults, will wake up at night. When adults wake up, we typically just change positions and fall back to sleep. We can create a bad habit by quickly going to them and trying to get them back to sleep. Just wait and see first.

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Posted on October 16, 2017 and filed under schedule.

Sample Schedule: Preschoolers and a Baby

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Right now I have 3 kids in preschool and a baby that stays home with me. Life can get simply crazy if we don't have a predictable plan for each day. I haven't always been a shedule person, but after 4 kids I have realized that having a set routine is wise. It doesn’t mean that you never ever deviate from that schedule, but it does help to maintain a somewhat basic routine each day. Kids feel safer and more secure when their lives are predictable and they know (generally) what is coming next.

Here is a sample schedule if you have a preschooler(s) and a baby:

7:00am // Everybody up and out of bed

7:05am // Baby gets a bottle

7:15am //  Breakfast

7:30am // Everyone gets dressed/Play time

8:00am // Hair done/teeth brushed

8:10am // Load up in the van

9:00am // Preschool drop off

9:30am // Baby takes First nap

11:30am // Baby wakes up and gets a bottle

2:00pm // Pick up preschoolers

2:30pm // Preschoolers eat snack and watch something/Baby takes Second nap

3:15pm // Outside play time

3:30pm // Baby wakes up and gets a bottle

4:00pm // Creative Play time (coloring, play dough, puzzles, etc)

4:30pm // Music and dance (getting all the wild out before needing to clean up)

4:45pm // Clean up time

5:30pm // Dinner

6:00pm // Clean up/Bath time

6:30pm // Bedtime Routine (go potty, brush teeth, jammies; stories and songs)

7:00pm // Baby gets last bottle/All kids in bed

 

 
Posted on October 9, 2017 and filed under schedule.

Sample Schedule: 4 kids under 5

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Currently I have 4 kids, a baby to a 5 year old. They are not all doing exactly the same things all day long because of their different ages. However, with a routine in hand, I can manage them all and maintain my home without it getting out of control. It does get chaotic. And it is pretty loud. But there is order to the madness!

Having a set routine is wise. It doesn’t mean that you never ever deviate from that schedule, but it does help to maintain a somewhat basic routine each day. Kids feel safer and more secure when their lives are predictable and they know (generally) what is coming next.

Here is a sample schedule for 4 kids (5 years and younger):

7:00 // Everybody up and out of bed

7:05 // Baby gets a bottle

7:15 // Breakfast

7:30-8:30 // Play time in the house

8:00 // Baby goes down for First nap

8:30 // Play outside (if weather permits)

9:30 // Play date (leave the house if possible)

11:00 // Baby gets a bottle

11:30 // Lunch (back at home or out if feasible)

12:30 // Naptime/Quiet time (younger two nap in their own rooms, older two have quiet play time in the playroom)

1:30 // Older two have quiet time watching a movie or tv show

2:30/3 // Younger two up from nap

3:00 // Snack time/Baby gets a bottle

3:15 // Outside play time

4:00 // Creative Play time (coloring, play dough, puzzles, etc)

4:30 // Music and dance (getting all the wild out before needing to clean up)

4:45 // Clean up time

5:30 // Dinner

6:00 // Clean up/Bath time

6:30 // Bedtime Routine (go potty, brush teeth, jammies; stories and songs)

7:00 // Baby gets last bottle/Everybody in bed

This is just a general idea. Adjust the times according to when your kids go to bed and wake up in the morning. And adjust the days activities to fit your family.

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Posted on September 25, 2017 and filed under schedule.