A fixed timetable for a mother is something out of fiction. The baby has always some alterations to your plan, which you cannot ignore even if you really want to. Baby’s feeding and sleeping schedules always change, and all you can do is to be on your guard and be ready to raincheck.
Creating a timetable for maternity leave is difficult and yet possible! It is the only way you can see the world in bright colors again. Time managing will let you feel in control and as a result – in high spirits.
The best timetable for a child up to 3 years old:
7am – 10am: waking up, washing-up, morning gymnastics, breakfast
10am – 12pm: stroll
12pm – 1pm: lunch
1pm – 3pm: nap
3pm – 4pm: afternoon snack
4pm – 6pm: games or a second stroll
6pm – 7pm: dinner
7pm – 8pm: calm games
8pm – 9pm: bathing, sleep
Okay, but where am I in this timetable? In order to squeeze your needs in there, mother needs to have energy to perform them. A key to obtaining energy is a combination of physical activity and a good night sleep.
Leave the first one to the baby, but the second one is totally up to you. Most moms change their sleeping pattern in a way that they can do their personal things while the baby is asleep (during the day and in the evening).
It is a well-known scientific fact that the time between 9 PM and 1AM is the best period to recharge. Note, that in most cases, babies wake up after 1AM and can rob the house of sleep for a whole night. Therefore, plan your timetable in a way, so that you can get a maximum of your night sleep and feel good and energetic during the day.
Indeed, it really is difficult to have some time for yourself, for a husband, for a favorite TV show or a good book. You have to understand, that the baby cannot fend for itself and therefore it needs an energetic and healthy mother. This period will not last forever, you just need to take care of yourself and the baby so that both of you are happy.
Besides, when your child goes to a kindergarten, the amount of chores will not lessen. The best decision for you will be to alter your sleeping pattern. Not only will it help you with the baby, but it will also let you be productive in almost everything you are doing.
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