I’ve started to try to post the schedules the girls use. I really like reading other people’s schedules for their kids. I like to see if I can be more efficient in anything, and if they have any good ideas I should try to implement in our lives. It can be comforting during times of mommy-doubt to see that other people are doing things similar to what we are. (If other people’s days look like ours, I can’t be the worst mom ever, right?) It also helps when things are just not working to see what works for others and get some new ideas. When the kids are little, the schedule is soooo important. A good routine can be the difference between everyone being fussy and crying all day, and having a great day. I also know that in the early days of a new baby everything can be so chaotic. Having some form of routine to follow gives me a sense of control (even though it is usually all in my head), which makes me feel better about our days.
In the hopes of helping out other moms googling away like I have (and probably will do in the future), here are the schedules I used for the girls in their first few months. These are the bare bones, eating and goal nap times.
Honestly, it was still on demand nursing and sleeping. We had a lot of people coming to visit, so I didn’t try to implement anything. We did have a daily wake time of 8am for the first nursing of the day, and loosely followed a 2.5-3 hour schedule after that. I didn’t let the girls go longer than 3 hours between feedings. Naps were all in their bouncers and whenever the girls wanted to sleep.
Babywise moms will probably notice I took some liberties with the eat, play, sleep cycle around the middle of the day. I knew I wanted the girls to nap at the same time as Ben as soon as possible. In order for that to happen, I set that afternoon nap time and worked nursing around it. I made the middle of the day nap a shorter one, and did nurse the girls right before the longer afternoon nap. That middle of the day time is also when we usually get out of the house, meaning the girls got catnaps in the car. Not always ideal, but it got us closer to the goal of everyone having the same afternoon nap time.
So there it is! Three months of how we tried to go about our days. Of course every day wasn’t perfect. If the girls were hungry earlier I fed them earlier. If they were tired the slept more. If they really were not having naps I got them up and tried to help them sleep by using the bouncers. Having a routine helped make those first few months of having twins so much easier. I knew when they would be hungry, which made being able to get out of the house possible. The girls also started getting into the rhythm of naps and started taking longer naps. It takes effort to try to use a schedule, but those efforts are so worth it. We are already seeing it pay off with good naps and happy babies!