I recently did a story on Instagram with pictures on how our routine looks like at 4 months old. I received heaps of messages from mum’s, who enjoyed this little insight to our daily rhythm very much, so I thought I should share it on my blog too! Here are the main highlights …Before we start, 2 things:
- Anika has recently started on solids. More on that in the next post 🙂
- This is not the “ideal/ recommended” 4 month old routine nor have I set it. After we got the day/night circadian rhythm going, I gave Anika the choice to lead her own routine by following her cues. Every baby is different and has different needs for rest and activity time, here is what works out for mine 🙂
“A child should be permitted to go to sleep when he is tired, to wake up when he is rested, and to rise when he wishes.”- Maria Montessori.
This is how most of our weekdays currently look like…
6 am: we cosleep. She wakes 2-3 times at night, feeds and sleeps right away. Then wakes at 6 am and wants to be held for her last nap. I listen to my audiobook.
8.15 am- 9 am: She wakes up at 8.15 am and while I shower, eat breakfast, make the bed, put washing on etc, my husband changes her and puts her on tummy time before he leaves for work.
9 am to 10 am – we leave for our local reserve on most days. We stop heaps on the way and enjoy all the beautiful trees and flowers. Once in the reserve, we find a tree, do tummy time, back time, feel the grass/bark while laying on my legs, feed and start walking back home. The days when it rains, we go to the end of our street in my carrier and with an umbrella.
10 am- 11 am: Anika usually falls asleep in the stroller (recent development yeye) few minutes before we reach home. She stays asleep for an hour, while I get our meals + chores done.
11 am-11.30 am: is brunch time for Anika.
12.30 pm- 3.30 pm: she naps in my carrier, while I catch up on my emails, blogs, reading etc.
3.30 pm- 4 pm: is our reading + cuddles time 🙂
4 pm- 4.30 pm: We chat and I fold laundry + eat afternoon tea while Anika is watching me on her tummy.
4.30 pm- 5 .45 pm: Anika usually plays with her mobile but on this particular day she wanted more cuddles. So she saw me cook till 5 pm, feed and slept in my carrier till 5.45 while I finished cooking dinner.
5.45 pm -6 pm: Short tummy time.
6 pm- 6.30 pm: Dinner time. We do a variety of boiled mashed vegetables each night.
6.30 pm- 6.45 pm: Anika plays while I eat dinner.
6.45 pm- 7.30 pm– Anika enjoys a full-body massage followed by a warm bath. She loves splashing in her bath 😉
7.30 pm- 8 pm: Is the last nap while Dad comes back home eats dinner.
8 pm- 10 pm: We enjoy time dancing + reading + singing on ukelele as a family of 3. Bedtime is 10 pm 🙂