While expecting our second child, we told ourselves that we would be more organised this time. Gina Ford’s books would be our bibles; the baby would be put on a more regular schedule and we would all be able to get more sleep.

It’s still too early to tell how successful we are. For sure, our baby is responding well to a schedule. But more could be done…

Given that at work, we have started to assign RACI (roles that decide who is Responsible, Accountable, to be Consulted and Informed), I decided to draw up┬ásomething similar at home. Otherwise, if something is everyone’s responsibility, there is a risk that nobody will think they have to do it.

So I now have a very busy Shared Calendar which not only lists the task that needs to be done (e.g. feed/wake/put baby to bed) as well as the exact timing (thanks to Gina Ford), but also who in the household is responsible (i.e. me/husband/helper) and for busy periods, who will be the backup support.

This may sound like overkill, but given that we also have an active toddler to take care of concurrently, plus relatives visiting, things need to run like clockwork. Let’s see how this goes…