It’s that time of the day and you are literally drowning in all things; chores, work, play time, outside time, eating and feeding, and etc. The kid just won’t take a nap and you just can’t get anything done. This is a 6 month update with how far along I’ve made it with being a mom, (basically surviving) and also how I get crap done during nap time. (When he’s actually taking a nap anyway.)
My son still takes about 3 1/2 naps a day. I put the 1/2 on there because sometimes he takes one at 6/7 PM on days when he’s real tired *inserts shocked face here* in which he still manages to sleep through the night. What do I do during nap time? I feel like it can get super overwhelming because sometimes you simply just have a lot of s*** to do. Honestly.
He’s at that age now (6 Months) where I just chuck him into the high chair and stick a bunch of toys in front of him, and I just race the clock because I know in about 20 minutes he’s going to be ready to get down from there and do something else. So how do we moms do it?
Well prioritize for one, right? What REALLY needs to be done and what can REALLY WAIT till the next time he’s down for the count. I don’t know how you guys prioritize but I put stuff into categories by what is going to make MY life and time easier and more free. What is going to give me that extra 10-15 minutes by myself to do something I want to do or work on? Why would I start on a chore that is going to take up to much of a time window that is unnecessary to what I am trying to accomplish, I can do that at the next nap time window. Or better yet, maybe never? Here’s a little example on what I ALWAYS put first on my list and WHY.
- Dishes/Clean Bottles- If the baby doesn’t eat on time, the baby is not happy, (at least my child isn’t.) Why would I make it harder on myself, because I decided to put dishes last on my to do list. (Yes everyone hates them, but they are kind of crucial when you have a baby.) I try to keep his bottles clean as much as possible. In all honesty it only takes about 10 minutes to do the dishes, so just do it, plus when you see that clean sink it’s like a breath of fresh air. “You need clean bottles anyway!”
- If you are a formula mom, make it ahead of time!! I always make a pitcher that holds (6) 6 oz bottles. I literally take out and pour. I just base it off of how much my son drinks in a day. Formula is good in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Just pour and go. It is a hassle opening up that formula can and scooping, and then stirring and then if you are like me, you warm it up first so the formula doesn’t clump together. I just can’t, it’s the most aggravating to me.
- Okay, now don’t try to be super mom by any means, if the baby has formula made and clean bottles, like honestly you are set. If you want to add in a little spiffiness, you could pick up the toys they played with, but you will just have to get them back out again. Another thing I do is have Little Baby Bum waiting on pause on the TV for when he wakes up because he needs a few minutes to wake up before he gets going again. This sets me up for when he wakes up. It really only takes me about 20-25 minutes max to finish that up so I can do something I really like or need to do.
- Most of the time after I get him set up for when he wakes up, I will turn over some laundry or make me something to eat. DON’T FORGET TO EAT! It’s an easy thing to do, and I am not perfect at it by any means. It can even be something small, but you will feel so much better overall.
- Is this making sense yet? Basically I haven’t included any other chores because honestly, Those are the ones that are the most important. Now you have the rest of the nap to get done what you want or sometimes I even lay down with my son.
- Fast forward to the next nap; Around this time, I just cleaned out the one bottle I just fed him and now my dishes are still done and not piled up and at least I have dry/clean clothes, and I am not that hungry. Now I focus on one more unnecessary chore, like maybe sweeping or straightening up the bathroom. Then I focus on something I want to do.
- IT IS OKAY FOR THE HOUSE TO LOOK LIVED IN! Please keep this in mind mamas.
To keep sane you have really got to take care of yourself. This is something that I try to implement a lot! Especially during nap time. Eat something, cause then you don’t have to share it. Do something as simple as brushing your hair, it will make you feel neat again. Something that helps get my mind in order is cleaning my purse and organizing the baby bag when I have some free time. It makes my life run smoother. Take a bath or a shower, even at 10 minute shower can make a difference with a shower fizzy and a quick playlist. These are the things that help your mental health also!
My checklist above definitely plays off of prioritizing. Sometimes you JUST can’t get to it all. And that’s okay. Just do the important stuff. The rest will follow, especially when you get into a routine. And the result is more time to yourself!
So update on how I’ve been holding it together with a 6 month old and getting stuff done that really needs to be done. I just take it one day at a time. Even if the days start to blur together. I LOVE being a mom, it still feels so unreal. I haven’t really blogged in a long time, the last 6 months have been focused on my son, my full time job, and now I have a new hobby that has turned into my second full time job, which new post coming on that also, it’s very exciting. 🙂
If you have any other tips on how to get things done during nap time PLEASE reach out to me. I would love to hear them, I’m constantly trying to improve on my time management. The biggest piece of advice I am going to give, that works for me, and just because it works for me doesn’t mean that it will work for someone else, but I hope it does, is to REALLY take time for yourself during nap time, and the prioritize the important stuff first. All that other stuff can wait, you got this!