Schedule for 4 month old triplets and 2 older kids (I have a 7 year old and 5 year old. At the time I logged this, the kids were 6 and 4.)
This was a day I logged back in January 2016. A couple of caveats:
- This was during the school year.
- This was a day I had help. On days that I don’t have help during the school year, I load all 5 kids into the car to wait at the bus stop and then take my preschooler to school. Loading 5 kids into a car is a separate post in and of itself.
- My kids wake early no matter what I do. Some people argue that putting kids to bed early creates early risers, but in my experience with my 5, no matter what time they go to bed, they will rise early. Don’t be discouraged when you see what time I wake up, because it is dictated by my early rising kids. Your kids could wake up much much later! (I hope they do.)
- We feed the triplets a combination of formula and breastmilk. They were very premature, so in addition to breastmilk, the doctor wanted them to drink a specialty high calorie formula that has extra nutrients for preemies. You’ll notice that the schedule includes lots of pumping, but also bottle feeding the babies. I can breastfeed my triplets, but I often bottle feed them expressed milk. This is just a personal preference, because I can feed all three breastmilk at once if they are drinking from bottles.
5:15am alarm wakes me up, I shower
5:30am choose which 2 babies are fussiest and warm those bottles first. While bottles are warming, change those 2 babies diapers. Then prop the first two up with bottles, start 3rd bottle heating and diaper change the third. Prop the third, feed with all 3 babies facing me so I can watch bottle position.
6am big kids come into the nursery and slowly wake up. We play with the babies and I start pumping once all 3 babies are well situated. I burp the babies while still pumping.
7am I direct the big kids to start getting dressed for school. I take the squirmiest baby downstairs and put them on an activity mat while going back upstairs for the last 2. Bring the last 2 babies downstairs. By now, I’m dressed, my big kids are dressed, and the babies are changed and fed
7:15am load the dishwasher with the last bottles just used, start it. Give the big kids breakfast. Watch the babies play while I drink coffee. Switch them to new activities if they are bored.
7:30am a helper arrives. Big kids and I go upstairs to brush teeth, do hair and get socks or last minute clothes
8am big kids and I leave. We drive to 6 year old’s bus stop and hang out waiting with her. Once her bus arrives, I continue in the car to preschool for the 4 year old.
8:30am return home. Babies have their second bottle. Before they eat, we change them. It takes about 25 minutes to feed all 3 when 2 people are feeding at the same time (one of us takes 2, one of us is solo).
9am I pump while the babies sleep
10am babies are awake, we play
11am diaper change, third feeding. Babies go down for nap
12 noon. I pump and eat lunch
1pm babies wake and we play
2:30pm babies are changed and have their fourth bottle. Sometimes they have another nap
3:30pm I leave to pick up the 4 year old from school. We return home by 3:45, when my 6 year old’s bus arrives. We all go in the house together. The big kids are to immediately change their clothes and wash their hands before touching the babies.
4:30pm my helper leaves. I play with the babies. The big kids have a snack and play downstairs. Sometimes the 6 year old starts homework early.
5pm take the babies upstairs. Change their diapers, heat the bottles and feed all 3 simultaneously.
5:40 pm babies are down in their cribs. Some nights this takes longer. If I’m lucky, I can pump before I have to make dinner.
6pm start making dinner. Call the 6 year old downstairs to do homework while I cook.
7pm big kids take a bath, read a story, and are in bed by 7:30pm
If I didn’t get to pump before dinner, I pump then
9:30pm last pump of the day, prep bottles for first thing in the morning.
10:30pm my bedtime.