Creating a Stay-at-Home Mom Schedule
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Figuring out a stay-at-home mom schedule that works for you can be really frustrating. Each day as a SAHM presents new challenges and headaches! But having a basic schedule is great for both your sanity and your kids’. Check out my best tips for creating a stay-at-home mom schedule that works for you, and read about ours!
Know Your Baby’s Needs
By now you probably know what grinds your baby’s gears. Late nap time? Getting passed to Aunt Linda? Can’t find the binky? (Grab some extras on Amazon before that happens!) Whatever it is, do your best to avoid these things! Chances are trying to force your baby into an uncomfortable situation won’t make them go with the flow – it’ll just make for a really unhappy baby. If you haven’t figured out quite what makes your babe tick, keep a journal (or a note on your phone) of your baby’s inconsolable meltdowns. Include time, location, and what you just did (leave the store, go to Grandma’s house). You may see some patterns soon!
Know Your Own Needs
Don’t forget about yourself! You need to prioritize healing (if you’ve recently given birth or if you’re not feeling well), rest, nourishing food, and basic hygiene. Those things take precedence for both your toddler and YOU!
Getting Stuff Done
It always makes me chuckle to remember how much free time I thought I would have as a stay-at-home mom! In reality, just keeping the kids alive is a full-time job. If you’re expecting to be able to do crafts and hobbies, cook five-star recipes, clean the house top to bottom, and wear a full face of make-up, it may be time to lower your expectations! If one or some of those things is a priority to you, that’s great and will give your SAHM life some excitement. But expecting too much of yourself can lead to burnout real quick. It’s okay to be in survival mode and put things on the back burner for this season of your life – give yourself grace! Check out my tips for getting stuff done with a baby.
A difficult part of being a stay-at-home mom is staying in the house all day. Try to get out, to a friend’s house for a playdate or even to the grocery store, as often as possible! If the weather’s nice, enjoy the outdoors. And don’t forget to take time to get on the floor with your kids and play. It’s a great way to find out how they’re feeling and connect.
A consistent bedtime, for your kids and you, is super important! Us moms are already exhausted enough – knowing that there’s an end to the day can keep us going! And kids do best when they get a full night’s sleep every single night.
We spend all day giving to others, and by the end of the day it’s easy to feel empty. Take some time to do something just for you, whether it’s finally getting a hot shower, or reading a book. Taking care of yourself is so important to being the best mom you can!
I put together a printable schedule for you! Emma’s schedule as both a baby (two naps) and a toddler (one nap) are available for you in my Resource Library! Get access here!
To create your own schedule, start with the non-negotiables – wake and bed times, naps, and meals. In the leftover spots, work in time to play, get out of the house, and accomplish some chores. After baby goes to bed for the night, don’t forget to schedule something special for you!
What does your stay-at-home mom schedule look like? Tell me in the comments!
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