Managing 1 toddler, 1 baby & homeschooling: a typical day
A few Mummies have asked me to share our schedule for homeschooling Vee while taking care of Baby Jae. Previously, Vee and I already had a comfortable timing. After Baby Jae arrived, we worked out a new baby-led schedule.
So here’s a typical weekday:
8.30a.m. Vee, Jae & I – Rise and shine
- Play music in background, Vee plays freely
- Put Baby Jae in cot with Tiny Love mobile turned on / fabric books / toys
- Clean Vee up
- Clean myself up
- Sort out laundry for machine wash (including cloth diapers)
- Bath Baby Jae
10.15a.m. Vee plays (usually cycling or pretend cooking). Baby Jae takes a short nap
10.30.a.m. Lesson time – good morning song, date, weather, relaxation, right brain activities, left brain activities, Montessori work period, good-bye song
If anyone is in a grumpy mood, then no lesson. Just play, sing songs or be silly.
12p.m. Lunch. Baby Jae may take another short nap. Else, watch us from the Fisher-Price rocker or play in the play-pen.
1p.m. Vee plays freely (usually cycling or pretend cooking, again!)
1.30p.m. Story time, tune down for nap
2p.m. Vee & Baby Jae nap. If Vee refuses to nap, he’d lie on the bed and rest until time’s up. I either nap or work on the computer.
4p.m. Vee wakes up, has tea-break. Try to squeeze in special one-to-one time with Vee.
4.30p.m. Baby Jae wakes up
- If we missed lesson in the morning, continue from here.
- Montessori work period
- Play with Vee & Baby Jae
- If the kids can play independently, rotate or prepare new homeschooling materials
6.30p.m. Dinner. Baby Jae takes a short nap. Hopefully, hubby’s back to help take care of Vee.
7.30p.m. Vee plays with Daddy & cousins
8p.m. Feed and change Baby Jae. Bedtime routine, put him to bed.
- Organise laundry into wardrobes, prepare cloth diapers for the next day
- Hubby showers Vee
- Hubby plays with Vee
9p.m. Hubby brings Vee for bedtime snack and cleans him up. I grab a quick shower and complete hand wash laundry.
9.30p.m. Hubby completes Vee’s bedtime routine and puts him to bed.
If hubby works late (very often nowadays!) or is outstation, then I need to settle both boys plus myself. Good luck to me.
- Prepare new homeschooling materials, rotate materials, write articles, clear emails, etc. Catch up on the day with hubby. Then zzz…
- Our actual timing has been adjusted to create the mock-up schedule above.
- Usually, there’re unexpected events like oversleeping, one kid waking up too early, Vee wanting to play longer, etc. So we just go with that day’s flow.
- Throughout the day, I breastfeed and change Baby Jae every 2 to 3 hours on demand. I often babywear him. At night, he feeds about every 3 to 5 hours. It’s great that Baby Jae sleeps well and is easily contented. All thanks to doing Shichida pre-natal education with him since second trimester pregnancy.
- Thankfully, we live with extended family where there’s a domestic helper to cook and clean. If there’s no helper, I’d give up blogging at Mummy’s Reviews and pray hard that hubby comes home early to help out.
- Having the boys take a long afternoon nap at about the same time is the MOST important part of my day. Once that’s successful, I get to rest or get some much-needed peace. This retains my sanity.
- Vee’s mid-day nap at 2p.m. is already a routine. So I ensure that Baby Jae catches a morning nap and is awake during the 1 to 2 hours before 2p.m. This way, Jae can fall asleep rather easily by 2p.m.
- Naturally, Vee would want my attention when I need to focus on getting Jae to sleep. From the earliest days, I showed Vee that when baby is soundly asleep, he gets SPECIAL 1-to-1 time with Mummy. The earlier and longer baby sleeps, the more special time he gets. This incentive works very well on him.
To end off, any tantrum-free day is a good day. May you have a great day too!
P.S. If you have only 1 toddler at home, here’s our schedule when Vee was 16 months old.
P.P.S. Our latest homeschooling updates are posted at MummysHomeschool.com HERE,