Have you ever wondered how a stay at home gets it all done without going crazy?
I often wondered how a stay at home mom got it all done before becoming a mom myself. It all seemed so simple to me- take care of baby and work on making money from home.
If you’re a stay at home mom, you’re probably laughing right now. Trust me, I’m laughing at myself, as well!
I had no idea just how difficult it would be to take care of a baby, keep up with the house, keep up with myself and working on building a business.
But, you know what? I’m getting it done!
Are there days where I just want to crawl back into bed after feeding my baby? Heck yes!
As a matter of fact, I did that very thing this morning before working on this post!
It’s called balance. You hear it all the time, and it’s so important; especially as a stay at home mom.
Although my days are not perfect and my house is most definitely not always clean, I wanted to share my daily routine as a stay at home mom.
My routine may not work for you, but I’m hoping you will leave this post with a little inspiration to implement a few things into your routine!
I would like to preface this routine by saying that my baby girl has been sleeping through the night since she was two and a half months; she is currently five months old. Yes, this has helped tremendously!
She is down to two really good naps a day!
Now, let’s jump right in!
I will typically set my alarm for 6:00 am and do all the normal things we humans do in the morning. 🙂
Once I’m done, I take out my bullet journal to get my day all planned out.
If you haven’t started bullet journaling, I highly recommend it! It can seem quite daunting when you open up the journal to blank pages, but I love being able to organize my tasks the way I want to.
Every day is not always the same, but for the most part, my daughter has been waking up between 6:30-7 am.
Once my baby wakes up, I will change her diaper, feed her and leave her in her sleeper. Right about this time is when I’ll make the bed in our room.
Tip: I’ve made it a point to not let myself leave the room until my bed is made. Don’t talk yourself out of this! My room feels put together just by having the bed made.
Once the bed is made, we head out to the kitchen/ dining area and I place my baby in the bouncer with some toys while I start breakfast.
I’ll usually sit down at the dining table and check emails/ notifications while eating my breakfast and playing with my baby.
Let me tell you something, Mama. You don’t need a fancy desk to have a successful business; I don’t even have a desk! I have been working hard on my blogging, and my ‘desk’ has been anywhere in the house I can plug in my laptop charger.
Seriously, if you’re considering starting a blog, or anything work at home for that matter- don’t feel discouraged just because you don’t have an office.
If my baby is not quite fussy yet, I’ll put her in her stroller and we’ll take a walk around the block to get some fresh air. This also allows me to get a little exercise in!
Right around this time is when my daughter starts to get a little fussy and is ready for her nap.
It usually takes me about ten minutes to rock her to sleep and lay her in her Snuggle Me.
Let me tell you, if you have not yet purchased a Snuggle Me, you’re missing out!
I really feel like it is what has been contributing to my baby’s great sleep!
She will usually nap anywhere between half an hour to forty-five minutes which is when I will start manual pinning.
I was a huge Tailwind fan up until I started noticing my traffic increasing every time I’d manually pin.
I’m experimenting with manually pinning all of my pins! I’ll keep you updated on my progress in a few weeks!
If I have enough time, I will browse UserTesting or UpWork to look for any opportunities.
Baby’s awake! She usually wakes up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after taking her little cat nap.
I’ll feed her, change her diaper and get her ready for the day.
She absolutely loves sitting with her boppy behind her for support and playing with all of her toys!
I’ll usually sit on the bed and play with her while manually pin from my phone.
I can tell when she is ready for her nap because she’ll start blowing bubbles! 🙂
She loves it when I sing while rocking her to sleep! After about ten minutes she is down for the next two hours or so.
This is when I’ll dive deep into getting work done! I’ve got close to two hours to get as much done as I can before my baby wakes up.
I always start the next couple of hours working on my blog. Whether it’s getting a few paragraphs for an upcoming blog post that needs to be published, or updated previous blog posts.
After about forty-five minutes, I will heat up leftovers and eat my lunch while doing some keyword searches for future posts I will be working on.
Once I’ve finished eating and cleaned up, I will set a timer for 30 minutes and get some household work done.
This could be putting a load to wash, picking up the living room or sweeping.
If my alarm goes off and I’m still working on a household task, I’ll finish up what I’m doing and get right back to working on my blog while manually pinning until my baby wakes up.
Around this time is when it’s time to feed baby, again! After feeding, I’ll change her diaper and play with her for about twenty minutes before taking her to play with her activity gym.
Now that my baby is five-months, I’ve really encouraged independent play. She is doing great with this; especially now that she is rolling!
I’ll sit and play another five minutes or so, then it’s back to work!
This is usually when I’ll open up Facebook and participate in any Social Media posts where I’ll share my pin and pin someone else’s.
I also like to do market research for upcoming posts by interacting with the Facebook groups I’m a part of and asking related questions.
Naptime, again! This is another short catnap. This gives me just enough time to design new pins for the next day so I’m ready to start manually pinning the next morning.
If my baby is still napping, I’ll take a break from working and set another timer for fifteen minutes to get another household task done.
My daughter is usually baby talking to her cradle waiting for me to go and feed her, again!
Side note: My daughter is currently feeding every 3-4hrs a day and sleeping eight hours at night.
If I have any work left for the day, I will finish up what I can before my husband gets home at 5 PM.
I do believe the one thing that has really kept me sane as a stay at home mom is the fact that I only work up until 5 PM unless I have a deadline to meet.
Family time is extremely important to me; if it’s close to 6 PM and I have not completed my work, I will hop on the laptop after my baby has fallen asleep for the night.
There you have it, Mamas! This is the routine I have been using to get things done as a stay at home mom!
Please keep in mind that every day is different as far as my baby’s feedings; yes, there are days that I stay in bed all morning and cuddle.
Again, this is called balance and I have found that it’s crucial to have in my life!
Now, would you mind sharing a synopsis of your routine? Leave me a little note in the comments! I’d love to know what is and isn’t working for you right now.
Do you know someone that just had a baby?
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