Here’s various stay at home mom schedule that you can get inspiration from to create your own. Some have 1 kid while most have 2 or more.
Have you ever felt unproductive even though you were busy the whole day?
I was like that when I was taking care of my newborn back then. I felt like I did a lot of stuff because I was exhausted at the end of the day and yet, how come I feel like I didn’t accomplish anything?!
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I felt so unproductive, so overwhelmed, and so frustrated. It probably contributed to my depression. I didn’t know then that what I needed was a suitable stay at home mom schedule.
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Importance of a Stay at Home Mom Schedule
There are many reasons why creating a routine or a schedule is important. It’s not just for work or business, or for school or for your baby. As a former SAHM, now a WAHM, here are my top reasons:
Better time management
It helps me organize my time for activities. I create a to-do list for the day (and week!) on my phone, in a notepad app.
Since I usually list down activities that I do almost everyday, I have a good sense of how much time I spend on each activity, making it easy for me to understand where my time goes and how I can manage it better.
Helps you to focus and prioritize
I get things done smoothly and efficiently when I have my schedule.
I know what to prioritize, what to do next and so on. I rarely sit, look around and think, what do I have to do next, which just makes me feel more stressed and anxious.
There’s less stress when it comes to work deadlines, or when I see the laundry piling up, the dishes in the sink, etc. Because I know when roughly, I’ll be able to tackle it and for how long.
By the time I finish even just half of my work or chores, it already gives me that sense of accomplishment, knowing that I got some shit done at least, and I didn’t waste my time on seemingly endless chores.
Gives me a sense of control
You know that feeling of not accomplishing anything even though you felt like you did a lot of work that day?
I stopped feeling that way when I finally had a sense of structure to my day.
If I don’t finish some tasks for the day, I just list them for the next day. I don’t worry about it that much. It gives me a sense of control and I don’t feel overwhelmed and helpless anymore.
Tips on Creating Your Stay at Home Mom Schedule
Break it down to the 3 different parts of the day
It’s usually morning, afternoon and evening.
Think of what you usually do during those times
What are the major activities or top priorities that you do on an almost daily basis? List them down and spread it accordingly, on the 3 different parts of the day.
I printed a daily routine during the semi-lockdown before but we never strictly follow it. It only serves as a guide to structure and break down our day.
I always allow for some flexibility whenever I plan anything with my kid because no matter how established our routine is, one can never know what might happen on any given day.
My kid might get distracted with a toy and might decide to delay naptime (which always happens, btw). Or she might prefer a quiet time during our supposed to be outdoor/ exercise time.
Whatever the case might be, I always allow for some wiggle room in our schedule.
Just start out with the priorities for the day of the week. Don’t overwhelm yourself by listing down every little thing you feel like you need to accomplish within a given timeframe. Figure out your top daily priorities and necessities and then maybe, add in some extra tasks if you think you’ll have enough time for it.
Schedule your “me-time”
You won’t do it unless you see it on your calendar. Trust me, when you’re thinking and writing your to-do list, the last thing you’ll think of putting in is some self-care time or at least, some alone time, for yourself.
It’s easy to forget our needs and wants but remember, you can’t give anything if your tank is empty. And when your tank is empty, you tend to be irritable, resentful and most of the time, impatient with your children.
So remember to always schedule some time for yourself every day. Even 15 minutes of downtime will do wonders for your mind. Heck, do it when your baby is having a nap! Exercise, put on a face mask while listening to a podcast, read, whatever will fill your tank, schedule that “me-time” in.
Think of “quiet time” activities
This is mostly for families with toddlers or older kids. If they have stopped napping, introduce some “quiet time” activities for them. Put that in your schedule as well.
This is a great way for you to rest and have some downtime or maybe get some work/ errands done without your kids clinging on to you. Here’s everything you need to know about “quiet time.”
Print and put it up your schedule somewhere visible
If you have a new routine, print it and put it up in an area where you’ll always see it every day. Get familiar with it, ingrained in your mind and after a while, I guarantee you, everything will be second nature to you. You won’t even be looking at that printout anymore!
12 Examples of Stay at Home Mom Schedule From Real Moms
If you want to get some ideas on how to create your schedule or maybe tweak it a little bit, check out samples of stay at home mom schedules below.
Some have one kid under the age of 1, some have 2 kids (toddler and a baby) and the rest have 3 or more, some even with elementary kids.
I’ve sorted them out for you so you can easily check and get some inspiration on how to make your own stay at home mom schedule according to how many kids you have and their ages.
I edited and shortened most of the schedules here but it’s still an accurate version of what their routines look like.
Scroll to the last one to check out the daily schedule we used to have when the semi-lockdown happened and our daily routine after that.
I hope the schedules below can give you an idea on how to structure your time:
Stay at Home Mom Schedule with 1 Kid
SAHM with 1 toddler
Rachel from The Moms at Odds has now 3 sons but below was her schedule when she only had 1 toddler:
WAHM with 5 month old
This mom works from home with a 5-month-old and is more of a night owl, preferring to work in the afternoon until the wee hours of the morning. I saw her schedule on an online parenting group.
- 7:30am to 10am – breakfast, playtime
- 10am to 12pm – naptime
- 12pm to 2pm – feeding time, playtime
- 2pm to 4pm – naptime, work
- 4pm to 5:30pm – feeding time, playtime, cook dinner and baby food for storing in freezer, household chores
- 5:30pm to 6pm – feeding time, bath
- 6pm to 8pm – naptime, dinnertime for mom and dad, work
- 8pm to 10pm – bonding time with whole family
- 10pm to 3am – work, baby wakes up for dreamfeed, work again
SAHM with 6 month old
I saw this schedule from one of the parenting forums, her child is just shy of 6 months
- 6am to 7am – wake up, bottle feeding
- 7am to 10am – playtime, half-hour nap, prepare lunch and dinner, tidy house
- 10am to 2pm – breakfast for mom, lunch for baby, bath, tidy up, go out and run errands, naptime, playtime, housework
- 2pm to 6pm – snack and bottle feeding, naptime, lunchtime for mom, household chores, playtime
- 6pm to 7pm – story time, last bottle feeding, bedtime
SAHM with 17 months old
Saw this schedule too from the same parenting forum. This is roughly the schedule of this mom with 1 kid, age 15 months old
- 7am to 9am – feeding time, 30 min TV time
- 9am to 11am – outdoor playtime, run errands
- 11am to 1:30pm – naptime, feeding time
- 1:30pm to 4:30pm – run errands, do chores, playtime
- 4:30pm to 6pm – cook dinner, 30 min TV time, do chores
- 6pm to 7pm – bathtime, prep for bedtime
- 7pm – bedtime
Stay at Home Mom Schedule with 2 Kids
SAHM with 2 toddlers
Katie from the Daily Mess is a former special ed preschool teacher turned SAHM with 2 kids. Below is her schedule:
SAHM with baby and a toddler
Allyson from The Mundane Moments has a 3 year old and a 7 month old. Below is how her daily schedule looks like:
SAHM with 2 school kids
Jenn from Home By Jenn has 2 daughters and here’s how here daily schedule looks like:
SAHM with a 1 yr old and 3 yr old
Holly from Learning Momma has 2 little girls and below is her daily schedule:
Stay at Home Mom Schedule with Multiple Kids
WAHM with 3 kids
Emily from A Mom Creates has 3 kids – 1 child in kindergarten that she drops off in the morning, a 3 year old that doesn’t nap anymore but does “quiet time” and a 1 year old. This is her schedule:
- 4:50 am to 6:30 am – work
- 6:30am to 8am – breakfast, shower, get kindergarten to school
- 9am to 12pm – outdoor or indoor playtime, run errands
- 12pm to 1pm – lunch
- 1pm to 3pm – 1 year old has naptime, 3 year has quiet time then snack, work
- 3pm to 5pm – outdoor playtime
- 5pm to 8pm – cook and eat dinner, prepare for bedtime, bedtime
- 8pm – work, bonding time with husband
SAHM with preschool and elementary kids
Becky from Your Modern Family has 4 kids and she came up with this schedule when her youngest is in preschool and her 3 older boys were in elementary school.
SAHM with 3 kids
Allison from Small Hours has 3 little boys and this was her schedule before, when her kids were toddlers:
SAHM with 3 kids
Jenni from The Mommyhood Club has 3 kids and her schedule before, with a 1.5 yr old, 4 yrs old and 6 yrs old looked like this:
My Stay at Home Mom Schedule
This was our semi-lockdown daily schedule, when we couldn’t freely go out for more than 2 months:
It’s not pretty I know, but it did its job.
I made it this way, not only for my own sanity but to also expose my kid to the basic concept of time, teach her days of the week, etc.
We don’t strictly follow this, it’s just a guideline for me to structure our day.
Her morning Chinese lesson and afternoon playtime includes TV time, where I get to have a breather and work for my part-time job. But most of my work and some of my chores and errands are done at night.
After the semi-lockdown ended and my kid can go to childcare again, my routine became like this:
Our weekends at home then will be scheduled like this:
Yes, I make my daughter watch TV for more than an hour on weekends. But only on weekends.
Weekdays, we have a no TV rule. I want to implement that as early as possible so she’ll get used to not watching TV on school days and just focus on school work and free play.
Takeaway on Stay at Home Mom Schedule
I hope these examples can give you an idea of how to structure your day. These can just serve as a guide on how you can do your own scheduling, especially if you’re still trying to figure out how to break down your day.
Remember to take it easy on yourself and learn how to manage your expectations (especially if you’re a new mom)
I hope these stay at home mom schedule examples has given you some idea to structure your day, to help you feel less stressed and less overwhelmed.