Alright, we are one month into this 2 kids thing! Here’s what it’s like to have a 1 month old and 21 month old at home. This routine for a newborn and toddler should work for anyone trying to come up with a daily schedule with two under two. There is lots of breastfeeding a newborn, and entertaining a toddler throughout the day, not much sleep but lots of love. If you’re looking to see what it’s like the first month with your second baby read on for the hour by hour details.
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Morning with a Newborn 1 month old
2:00 a.m.- Diaper change* and feeding for Baby Brother. Burping and swaddling. All in all about 45 minutes before I can go back to sleep. M, who might have fallen asleep on the couch, or was still up this whole time comes to bed.
5:00 a.m.- Ditto previous. Sometimes M does the changing for me and that’s awesome.
7:00 a.m.- More feeding. This time I stay in bed instead of the glider because from here on out every half hour the kiddo wants to eat a little more. I let him sleep on me in between.
9:00 a.m. Little Boy is up. I go to his room and attempt getting him dressed but usually Baby Brother will cry for yet another feeding and Little Boy runs into our bedroom. I take clothes and a diaper with me and we head to pick up Baby Brother. Little Boy runs around and explores whatever he can find in our room while I feed the baby. We put in a load of laundry.
10:00 a.m. We are finally downstairs eating breakfast. The boys are dressed; I am probably not yet.
10:30 a.m. Morning activity with Little Boy: crafting, obstacle course, baking etc. I pause to feed the baby that was napping in the swing.
Afternoon with a Newborn and Toddler
12:00 p.m. We play outdoors: if things are going well I might be attempting a walk, otherwise we stay in the coto (gated community) and check out the neighbor’s construction workers, play on the grass with a ball, or just wander around. Baby Brother is hanging out in the Moby.
1: 15 p.m. Lunch for Little Boy (leftovers from dinner plus extra fruit and veggies). Generally interrupted by a nursing session.
2:00 p.m. Little Boy goes down for a nap after a diaper change, a couple of stories, and a fuss. I make/eat lunch, attend to the laundry, try to do a bit of tidying/dishes/other task before it’s time to feed the baby yet again. Before I know it Little Boy is up, but sometimes I leave him in his room for another 15 minutes because Momma needs a break!
4:00 pm. Little Boy is up and we get changed and play with his toys until Daddy comes home. Now is a great time to play with his water stand.
Evening with a Toddler and Newborn
5:00 p.m. By now Daddy is home. Thank goodness because Baby Brother starts to cluster feed until he goes down for the night. Little Boy and Daddy play outside.
6:30 p.m. Trying to get dinner together in between feeding and burping Baby Brother.
7:00 p.m. Dinner for the three of us, interrupted of course by a feeding. Daddy does some dishes, while Little Boy plays in the kitchen, and I am on the couch with Baby Brother.
8:00 p.m. The three of us bathe Baby Brother. Then I dress and feed him while Daddy bathes Little Boy. When they finish I go in to put Little Boy to bed while Daddy burps Baby Brother.
9:00 p.m. Little Boy is in bed. Baby Brother sometimes gets a top off feeding, or if he’s already asleep then just a swaddle and to bed. I check in on the laundry, collect my things and get ready for bed.
10:00 p.m. or a bit later- Mommy goes to sleep. Daddy goes to his office/couch to do some work.
*I’m leaving out “diaper change” but just about every feeding time comes with one. Yes, I am changing 15+ diapers a day between the two kids.
How does your routine look in comparison to ours? Do you also have 2 under 2? Has it been crazy?!
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