I love routines. Yet, I’ve never really been able to keep to one. That was until I became a mom. Sure I tried breastfeding on demand and keeping my little one up with us until 9/10 p.m. and while it worked for the first 4-5 months, I eventually suffered the consequences of having a baby that didn’t sleep well at night and didn’t nap at all. So a routine it was. I needed a WAHM schedule with children at home.
I looked up lots of baby schedules to find the right fit. This is one that I’ve adapted and it seems to work for us at the moment. The key phrase being “at the moment.” That’s another thing I’ve learned as a mom: everything changes. When you find something that works, suddenly the next thing you know it isn’t working so well anymore. Such is life with a baby (and I’m sure toddler, kid, preteen, teen, etc.)
10 Month Old Routine / Schedule for a Breastfed baby with a Work at Home Mom
7-7:30 a.m.: Wake up, nurse, change diaper, dress, then have indoor learning— we read, practice counting objects, and use fine/gross motor skills
9 a.m.: Breakfast. We do BLW or baby led weaning, so I usually try to get LO to eat toast, cereal, or yogurt with small pieces of fruit, but we haven’t had a ton of success lately (teething?).
I shower while LO plays in the pack and play (or whines, depending on her mood). Hey, I used to stress over it, but having a showered Mamma means a happier Mamma, so this is a fair trade. Don’t let Mommy guilt get to you. You deserve to feel clean and have a moment to yourself.
9:30/10 a.m.: I wrap her in a woven wrap carrier and get ready (makeup, hair) then do the dishes/laundry if applic. She usually falls asleep within 30 min and has nap time for 1-1.5 hours. This is work time for Mommy.
11/11:30 a.m.: Nurse.
12 p.m.: Lunch. She likes to try a wide variety of foods, so it varies daily. I’ve been giving her small pieces of turkey or chicken, fruits and veggies, and cheese and bites of yogurt but most of it ends on the floor. The nutrition experts say it’s all about exposure to tastes and textures anyway. I’m sure she’ll get he hang of it soon.
Early Afternoon: Go outside for an activity, to the library, or to run errands.
2/2:30 p.m. Naptime, usually in the car seat or stroller while we’re out for 1-1.5 hours. I usually stay in the parked car and work during her nap.
3 p.m.: Nurse
3:30-6p.m.: Indoor play time with mom and dad— we listen to music, dance, sit and grab toys, play ball, walk, and crawl around.
6 p.m.: Dinner attempt. She tries small pieces of whatever we’re eating. Again, most of it ends up on the floor, so our dog Loki gets an extra big meal.
7:30 p.m.: Bath time every other night. Otherwise quiet cuddles/play.
7:30-8 p.m.: Nursing, story time, and bed time in her floorbed. She is currently waking up once to nurse in the night (trying to night wean her by decreasing this 1 minute each night). Dad also goes to bed at this time as he wakes up early for work.
8-11 p.m. Work time for Mommy.
As you can see, naps and an early(ish) bedtime are how I get 6 hours of work time in each day, equaling roughly 30 hours a week. Now some days are better than others. Sometimes she fights naps harder and sleeps much lighter, but for the most part we are finally getting a routine down!
Here’s a PDF download of a streamlined version of this routine.
What’s the routine you try for? Please share in the comments.