I just became the parent of two newborn twin girls on April 9th. I also have an 19 month old son. I knew this was going to present a challenge so I decided that I better sit down and devise a plan and schedule for how I would be able to best care and meet all three of my children’s needs. Here are something I took into consideration when creating a schedule.
1. I needed some personal down time away from the kids to check email, nap, shower, or just get some chores down around the house.
2. I needed to keep my son occupied when I was putting the twins down for their nap.
3. I also needed an activity for my son to do while I tandem nursed my twins.
4. I needed some one-on-one time with all three of my children so that I could bond with them.
Here is what I ended up creating. It is not a set in stone schedule, but it helps to guide my day. There may be days when the twins wake up early and need to eat sooner or my son needs my attention at different times. That is okay. The schedule should serve you and not the other way around.
I am able to have some alone time when the twins are sleeping and my son has independent play time at 11am-12pm and again when all three kids are napping from 2-3:30/4pm.
|Twins (2 week)||Cooper (19 months)|
1-on-1 time with Mommy (Molly)
|10am||Eat/ Activity||Blanket Time|
|Sibling Play & Story Time|
|11am||Sleep||Independent Play Time in Room|
|12:40pm||Potty, Get Ready for nap|
1-on-1 time with Mommy (Anna May)
|3:30/4pm||1-on-1 time with Mommy in Bedroom|
|4pm||Eat/ Activity||Snack in highchair & watch DVD|
|5:10pm||Structure Learning/ Play|
|5:30||Free Play (either outside or inside)|
|7pm||Eat/Family Play||Family Play|
|8pm||Sleep||Bath & Bedtime Routine|
|10pm||Eat/ Put Right back to sleep (Treat like dream feed)|
|???||Middle of the Night Feedings|