Let's talk baby schedules today! We are of course doing Babywise with Finn since it worked so well for us with Kai. However, it's obviously not as simple this time around because we have to consider Kai's daily schedule on top of Finn's. Blending the boys' daily schedules has been like a fun little puzzle for me though and it's not as hard as you might think it would be. So I'm going to share our daily schedule with you today! Kai will be 2 years old at the end of this week and Finn is 8 weeks old. I am currently on maternity leave, too.
Kai + Finn's Daily Schedule
7:00am - Kai: Wake up, drink milk, play
7:05am - Finn: Wake up, diaper change
7:10am - Finn: Nurse
7:45am - Mama: Pump; Finn: Wake time (bassinet hangs)
8:00am - Kai: Diaper change/Breakfast
8:30am - Kai: Play; Finn: Sling nap
9:30am - Kai: Quiet time; Finn: Nurse
10:00am - Kai: TV time/play; Finn: Diaper change/get ready for the day
10:15am - Finn: Wake time (rocker)
10:30am - Kai: Get ready for the day
10:45am - Finn: Crib nap
11:00am - Kai: Outside time
11:30am - Kai: Lunch
12:00pm - Kai: Play
12:30pm - Kai: Clean + cozy time (clean up, diaper change, read a book)
12:45pm - Kai: Nap; Finn: Nurse
1:15pm - Finn: Diaper change/Wake time (outside time, tummy time, read a book)
2:00pm - Finn: Crib nap
3:30pm - Kai: Le goûter (snack)/play; Finn: Nurse
4:00pm - Finn: Diaper change/Wake time (play mat time)
4:45pm - Finn: Crib nap
5:00pm - Kai: Diaper change/play
6:00pm - Kai: Dinner; Finn: Nurse
6:30pm - Finn: Diaper change/Wake time (swing)
7:00pm - Kai: Dessert
7:15pm - Kai: Clean up; Finn: Crib nap
7:20pm - Kai: Bath (every other night)
7:30pm - Kai: Get ready for bed (vitamins, brush teeth, PJs)
7:45pm - Kai: Read, prayers
8:00pm - Kai: Bedtime
8:30pm - Finn: Bottle; Mama: Pump
8:50pm - Finn: Bath (every 3 days)
9:00pm - Finn: Get ready for bed (vitamins, moisturize, PJs)
9:05pm - Finn: Read, prayers
9:15pm - Finn: Bedtime
11:00pm - Finn: Bottle; Mama: Pump
So as you can see, it's a lot. I constantly feel like I'm doing something for a little person but it works. Kai finds so much comfort in sticking to a schedule so we try our hardest to follow this daily routine for him every day. There's always some variation and the timing is never perfect throughout the day, but it's pretty close. The key factors for Kai are his daily wake time at 7am, quiet time at 9:30am, a little bit of outside time before lunch, and a solid nap between 12:30 and 1pm. I've also been very diligent about having Kai clean up all his toys whenever we are done playing in a certain area. I feel like this is teaching him good habits and it also helps me to keep big messes under control all day long. So by the end of the day, the house is pretty tidy and it makes the nightly clean up that Caleb and I do much quicker.
For Finn, I try to stick to these feeding times and nap times as best as possible. If he wakes up early from a nap and it's within 15 minutes of a feeding time I will feed him early because I know he is waking up from hunger. However, if it's before that, which is honestly rare, he usually just needs his pacifier or to get a burp out. Finn has been a very good sleeper so far. He didn't need any help with dropping the middle of the night feedings and was able to merge the 2 middle of the night feedings (1am + 4am) to just 1 middle of the night feeding at 3 weeks. He then dropped the 1 middle of the night feed (3am) at 5 weeks all on his own. He was over 10 lbs at his 1 month mark, so we felt it was safe for him to sleep longer stretches from this point forward. He would barely wake up at 3am and it was really hard to get him to eat at that time. So one night I decided to experiment and see how long he could go. He made it all the way till 7am within 3 days of trying and I never looked back. I'm glad I allowed him to merge early as now we didn't create a habit of him wanting to eat in the middle of night. He clearly doesn't need it and has done a great job at rearranging his ounces throughout the day to ensure he is getting enough milk all day. We bottle feed him before bed and for his dream feed because he was a very sleepy baby early on and would fall asleep at the breast a lot. We found that bottle feeding him for these feeds worked best for ensuring he was getting enough to eat in order to sleep well at night. This definitely helped him find his days vs nights. Plus, we need him to be able to take a bottle for when I go back to work, so we like to offer it to him every day so he doesn't reject it when my maternity leave is over.
Both boys are very familiar with our daily routine now and can tell what's coming next. They both have great days if we stick to the schedule and it also provides Caleb and I a sense of comfort. We know what to do with each of them and when and we also get a nice little window during afternoon nap time to have some time to ourselves. I'm able to get some things done around the house and take a short nap if I need one, too. We get all of our cleaning done after the boys go to bed and this is when Caleb will go to the gym or we'll spend some quality time together. Having the schedule also helps us with when we need to run errands or if we want to go out and do something fun as a family. We know when the boys need to eat and when they need to sleep, so it makes planning things so much easier.
Hopefully this helps anyone that needs help managing two different schedules or if you're about to add a second little bundle of joy to your family, too! Make sure you like the Tiny Dapper Fox Facebook page so you never miss a post!
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