Our girls were first put on a schedule when they spent 5 weeks in the NICU. Once they came home from the hospital we tried to follow the same routine. Now that they are 18 months, we still follow a pretty consistent schedule. It has been the key to keeping our sanity this last year and a half.
A consistent routine was one of the most important factors in getting our twins to sleep through the night. Obviously I have to have some flexibility in my day, especially when there is a special event, but for the most part, our days are pretty scheduled. I like the routine of what to expect. I think the girls also respond best when there is consistency. It must be the former teacher in me that craves a schedule.
As the girls have gotten older their schedule has obviously changed. There was a big adjustment went they dropped down to one nap at 13 months. Now they only take one long nap in the late morning with a “quiet time” in the afternoon. The rest of our day is filled with activities.
Here is what a typical day looks like in our house:
Twin Schedule at 18 Months
8:00 – Wake Up and Play in Crib
8:30 – Bottle of Milk
9:00 – Change diaper/Breakfast
9:30 – Play
10:30 – Get dressed. Nap
1:30 – Wake up from nap/Change diaper/Lunch
2:00 – Play/Run Errands/Go Outside/Go for Walk
4:00 – Quiet Time in crib with bottle and book
4:30 – Change Diaper/Play/Go Outside
6:30 – Dinner
7:30 – Bath/PJs
8:00 – Bottle/Bed
Do you have a schedule that works for your family or is your child able to go with the flow? How has your schedule changed as your child has gotten older?