Daily Schedule for 5-Month-Old Twins

by Kristen King

As a continuation of my earlier post about teaching the boys to sleep, let’s talk about the daily schedule. And I don’t mean routine, in which things happen in the same order, but schedule, in which things happen in the same order at the same times throughout the day every day. I was extremely resistant to this idea until I had two realizations (and yes, I love numbered lists this week because they help my mommyfried brain remember what I was talking about):

  1. If I didn’t institute a schedule I might die of sleep deprivation and frustration.
  2. Closer examination revealed that the boys were already ON a schedule naturally and I had just been ignoring it because I was too exhausted and exasperated to pay attention to the right things.

Enter the schedule, which is based on their natural sleep patterns. The big DUH moment happened when I realized that I had to start working toward bedtime from the moment they woke up in the morning. And I don’t mean praying or counting down for bedtime all day, which we have done a lot in this house, but literally setting the stage for a successful bedtime from first morning light to final snuggle. My revelation: If I want them to go to bed, I have to get them up at a reasonable hour and put them down for naps at reasonable times. Yes, I am that brilliant. (Actually, it’s Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child that clued me in.)

Here’s the funny thing. If some other mother had been telling me about her frustration and how her days went, the first thing I would have suggested was a predictable daily schedule, at minimum a morning, afternoon, and evening routine to help her stay sane. Of course I’m really good at knowing the answers to other people’s problems (did I mention the part where at 30 I’m still young enough to know everything?), but when it comes to my own I’m clueless.

Once it occurred to me to structure the day around their natural sleep patterns, an amazing thing happened. I started knowing what was coming next, and so did the Miles and Emmett. Within just a day or two, they were getting sleepy at naptimes and eager to pop into the tub at 5 o’clock sharp to begin their bedtime routine. They were waking with a smile instead of screams. And ohmygod they were sleeping through the night, or at least darn close to it.

It’s an ongoing process. I expect that as they grow, hit growth spurts, get teeth, and any number of other wrenches pop up we’ll have to modify the plan or at least deviate into crisis mode temporarily for the short-term issues. But it’s a start.

Here it is: Daily Schedule for Miles & Emmett – Updated June 2012 (5 months)

Feel free to adapt to your heart’s content. Please leave a comment and let me know how it’s working for you, what you’ve done to change it, and how you’ve created your own schedule. Or if a schedule doesn’t work for your family, tell me about your day without one!

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Kristen King (aka, Mommy-in-Training) is a red-headed, glasses-wearing, wine-drinking, perpetually undercaffeinated twin mom who lives at 10,200 feet in Leadville Colorado, and founder of AmateurParenting.com. She and her husband, Jesse (aka, Daddy-in-Training) have fraternal boys born in December 2011, two dogs, and two cats. They are both endurance athletes. She works full-time from home in virtual training, and he drives the local school bus. Learn more and meet the rest of the AmateurParenting.com team on our About page.

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1 kim @ vegan mama July 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Thanks for posting your schedule! I think we are in desperate need of some structure, so we’re going to give a modified version of your schedule a try! I’m not sure how a 6pm bedtime would fly over here, but I’m curious if she will still sleep until 7am if I move bedtime from 7pm to 6pm…


2 Mommy in Training July 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

We moved bedtime to 5:30 this week because they were tired earlier and they still sleep until 7 or 7:15 one memorable day (Tuesday maybe?) we all overslept and they woke me at 8:15. Earlier bedtime seems to make them sleep longer. HSHHC says this and I thought it was crap until lo and behold, turns out the book was right abut that, too!


3 kim @ vegan mama July 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Bedtime last night was 6:30 and wakeup was 5:30 (oh and every two hours before that – hello 6 month growth spurt!).

I’ll keep trying though – could just be growth spurt related.


4 Jenna December 29, 2016 at 6:01 am

How did you feed both babies in half an hour? Were they just nursing? Just getting bottles? Where do solids fit in?


5 Kristen King January 13, 2017 at 11:43 am

Hi, Jenna,

At 5 months they were not eating solids. Babies can start solids 6-8 months after their due date, when they show all of the physical signs of readiness for solid food (see http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/solids-when/ for more info). My guys were ready on the later end of that spectrum. So this was a mix of single and tandem nursing and bottle feeding. Hope that helps!



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