Naomi has had a good routine and schedule ever since she was a newborn. Anthony and I are pretty organized and it’s important for us to have somewhat of a schedule as a family to keep us sane and adaptable to any changes like growth sprout, teething, etc. I also think that it’s good to give Naomi a bit of structure in her day so she doesn’t feel overwhelmed and lost.
Obviously we have to be flexible with her routine especially now that she’s on solid food and require more sensory and educational play. We also decided to put her at Twyla nursery at The Pearl 3 times a week from 7am-2pm to give her a change in scenery from home and establish social skills with other babies and adults. We also wanted her to develop her motor skills through educational activities and sensory play that we wouldn’t necessarily do at home, like finger painting or playing with colored spaghetti.
As a mom, we often talk about our babies’ schedule with each other, exchanging notes and tips. In hopes to get a conversation started, I thought I’d share with you Naomi’s schedule and routine. I’d love to know your baby’s routine too in the comment section below.
NAOMI’S ROUTINE AND SCHEDULE:
6:00 – 6:30 AM: Wakes up on the dot (Do they have a built-in alarm clock? And if so, is there a switch off button I’m not aware of?). She talks and plays in her crib while I finish getting ready. I go to her room, nurse her and we cuddle and play a little bit.
6:30 – 7:00 AM: Get her ready for nursery including packing her lunchbox then I walk her to the nursery, which is only a 5-minute walk from our house, so it’s super convenient. Walking her to the nursery is one of my favorite times of the day; the weather is beautiful in the morning these days and I get to engage in small talk with Naomi.
7:00 AM: I drop Naomi off to Twyla where her lovely teacher Danielle greets her. As a mom who constantly worries about leaving her kid, I feel at peace leaving her knowing that she’s in a safe environment and with people that genuinely love her and take good care of her. She immediately beams with excitement when she sees her favorite teacher, Ruth.
7:30 AM: Breakfast. The teachers and assistant in her class follow her schedule and also respect specific wishes of parents. Naomi is doing Baby-Led Weaning, which they respect despite of the very messy aftermath. She’s also using reusable diapers Bumgenuis, which can be quite a hassle, but thankfully they’re very accepting of that as well.
7:30 – 9:00 AM: Story circle time. I really do believe that Naomi’s love for books developed during her time at the nursery. Her teacher Danielle says that she’s very observant and listens intently during storytelling time, an activity, which we now emulate at home. She now knows how to turn each page and even opens any book flap.
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Nap time. The Cheeky Cheeks room has its own nap room and Naomi has her designated crib with her blankie and her favorite Jellycat bunny.
10:00 AM: 5oz expressed breast milk. When Naomi first started going to Twyla, she wouldn’t drink her milk for about 3 weeks (she used to go only twice a week back then) and after a number of patient attempts, she finally took the bottle and I remember that day because her teacher Danielle, sent me a picture right away through the app HiMaMa. They apparently all high-fived and cheered that day!
10:30 AM: Snack
10:30 – 12:00 PM: Playtime. Moon gets to engage in different things everyday at nursery. I love receiving a weekly activity planner on my e-mail to check out the fun activities lined up for her. This week, the class went in the gathering hall to engage with the older kids and also went for a stroll at the esplanade, just outside the nursery.
12:00 PM: Lunch, Baby-led weaning style. Her typical lunch is either avocado pasta, quinoa balls, or sticks of chicken with steamed carrots, sweet potato and broccoli.
12:30 – 1:30 PM: Nap time. On good days, she naps for 1-hour max.
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Playtime inside Cheeky Cheeks class usually with her best friend Baby Sunshine, Sophia.
2:00 PM: I pick her up and she nurses right away.
2:00 – 3:30 PM: We go for a nice stroll around The Pearl and we either stop at a café so Mommy can have coffee and she has her favorite cereal snack. Sometimes, she accompanies me in running errands like grocery shopping or meeting friends.
3:00-3:30 PM: quick nap either in the car or at home.
3:30 – 5:00 PM: Playtime. This is usually our family time. Naomi and I spend our time together reading books or playing in her Montessori playroom while we wait for Anthony to come home. Once daddy is home, it’s all fun and games, as she loves chasing him around the house or climb on to things to stand up.
5:00 – 5:30 PM: Dinnertime.
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Nighttime routine. This is usually when I take over to put her to bed. Her routine is bath (only twice a week), PJ, nurse, bedtime story, lullaby. One of the special things we do at night is both of us look out the window and say goodnight to the moon and stars and say what we’re grateful for, like her fun day at nursery with her friends, her yummy food, etc. Then I kiss her good night and put her to bed and she falls asleep on her own.
9:30 PM: Dream feed.
She doesn’t sleep through the night yet but wakes up only once and normally goes back to sleep on her own right away.
That’s a day in a life of Baby Clumsy Chic. Super busy with eating and napping. I’m curious to know what your baby’s schedule is like, if they also go to the nursery, and what special routine you do at home? Comment below!