A mum-of-eight with twins and triplets has offered a glimpse into what the night-time routine looks like in her busy household.
Chloe Dunstan, 27, from Perth, and her husband Rohan had three children by the time she turned 22 – Evan, 8, Otto, 7, and Felix, 6 – swiftly followed by triplets Rufus, Hank and Pearl, nearly 5.
Two more babies joined Chloe’s family in late October. All of her children were conceived naturally.
The young stay-at-home mum detailed her evening routine in a video on her YouTube channel, and revealed she starts the night-time prep at 4.30pm.
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Mother-of-eight Chloe Dunstan (pictured with her eight children) has offered a glimpse into what the night time routine looks like in her busy household
The twins were born in late October 2020 and Chloe reviewed the evening routine in a video on her YouTube channel (all the kids pictured)
At around 4:30pm, Chloe starts preparing dinner while the children help each other tidy the play areas – such as the LEGO room, playroom and drawing table.
‘The babies have a nap in their rockers, while the others do some tidying up,’ Chloe said in the video.
‘At the same time, I’ll cook the dinner for the kids.’
On this occasion Chloe cooked pasta for dinner using San Remo pasta, eggplant, zucchini, baby spinach, diced tomato, onion, pasta sauce and textured vegetable protein (TVP) as a meat replacement.
She favours quick and easy meal solutions that are simple to make, but also nutritious for her big family.
The children are all under the age of ten and many can help out by tidying the playroom while Chloe prepares the dinner (the children pictured)
In the video the children can be seen tidying the multiple play areas (pictured)
At 6pm, the kids sit down for their dinner.
Chloe said sometimes she and Rohan join them, and at other times they eat later when the kids are in bed.
Once dinner is finished, the children take turns having baths and put their pyjamas on while Chloe bathes and feeds the newborn twins.
The kids like watching Sylvie and Cosmo having their baths, and they then brush their hair and teeth in preparation for bed.
‘We read a night time story before bed,’ Chloe said.
On this occasion Chloe cooked pasta for dinner using San Remo pasta, eggplant, zucchini, baby spinach, diced tomato, onion, pasta sauce and textured vegetable protein (TVP) as a meat replacement
Chloe tucks the children into their beds at 8pm and says goodnight before relaxing for an hour watching television with her husband (the children pictured in their pyjamas)
Over the years Chloe has collected more than 1,000 books for her family, which are colour coordinated on the shelf.
The children’s favourite at the moment is The Gingerbead Man.
Finally, Chloe tucks the children into their beds at 8pm and says goodnight before relaxing for an hour watching television with her husband.
‘It’s definitely gotten easier over the years with the night-time routine as all bar the twins can now dress themselves,’ Chloe said.
‘With the triplets there for a bit when they were young, it was a lot of work. But I think with big families you have to do whatever works for you.’
The kids like watching Sylvie and Cosmo having their baths, and they then brush their hair and teeth in preparation for bed
While the couple run a full household, the children seem very well behaved and help keep the house in order
‘We home school so there are a lot around, but we keep it really relaxed,’ Chloe told FEMAIL
Before the twins were born Chloe told FEMAIL that her children were both excited and delighted to hear the news for the first time.
‘They love being part of a big family and can’t wait to have more siblings,’ Chloe told Daily Mail Australia.
The mum also shared an insight into the Dunstans’ busy home lives.
‘We home school so there are a lot around, but we keep it really relaxed,’ Chloe said.
‘The kids do a bit of school work, and then mostly focus on doing the things they enjoy like drawing, art projects, science projects, playing and spending lots of time outside.’
Before the twins were born she said the will be the ‘perfect addition’ to their huge family, and the kids were delighted to hear the news for the first time
The 27-year-old added that she and the kids usually spend lots of time with friends at home school activities and excursions, but this hasn’t happened recently due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in place around the country.
A typical day sees the busy mum get up, get her kids started on some work and run her own successful online toy store business with her husband from home.
‘It’s all about teamwork in this household,’ Chloe said.
‘It can be a lot with a career, home schooling and homework, but we manage it well together and doing all of this means we can maximise family time, which is really important to us.’
This post was first published on DailyMail.