I have grown to learn that schedules are necessary, especially for toddlers. Having a daily schedule for your toddler will help your day run so much more smooth.
To be perfectly honest, I have no clue how parents can manage day in and day out without a schedule. Schedules help you know what to expect our of your day. The older I get the more I need to write stuff down, organize and create schedules to not only give me a smooth day but to also keep me on task to get stuff around the house done.
As a stay at home mom, I am forever squeezing tasks in and waiting for my next free moment to rush and complete what I need to have done. But when I have a schedule, and actual written toddler daily schedule, I feel a bit more relaxed as my day goes on because I know when I should have a few minutes of free time.
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Nobody said having a toddler terrorizing your home was a simple or easy thing to do, but a daily schedule for your toddler can make it just a bit more easy on you.
Landon is pretty predictable. He has created his own toddler sleep schedule. He wakes, eats, and takes naps at a similar time every day. As a mom, I have been able to manipulate his daily schedule just a bit. I didn’t want him taking his nap through the entire lunch hours. I also didn’t want him going to bed too early and waking when the sun rises.
Each day our morning looks a bit like this:
7am: Landon wakes up, plays for a few minutes in his crib, then I get him out, change his diaper and clothes for the day.
7:15(ish)am: I go ahead and let him watch a bit of morning cartoons like Mickey Mouse or Seaseme Street while I prepare breakfast. I like to offer Landon mostly healthy options. One of his favorite breakfast meals is my flourless Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins.
8am: We sit down to eat breakfast.
9am: I allow Landon to play with his toys around the house. We usually still have cartoons on TV and he goes from room to room playing with assorted toys while catching a bit of TV. I take this chance to pick up around the house and do my daily chores.
10am: I usually try to give Landon a small snack around this time if he seems like he is hungry. If not I skip it all together.
11:30am: This is the time that I serve Landon lunch. I offer him a variety of different items. This is one of the times that I have manipulated in Landon’s schedule. A few weeks ago he was taking a 10am nap and sleeping through lunch. Moving lunch time up and nap back has helped him not skip his lunch.
12-12:30: After lunch Landon lays down for a nap. This nap can last anywhere from 1-2.5 hours. I take this time to catch up on my online activities like blogging, pictures, or DIY projects.
Out toddler schedule for the afternoon and evening is very hands on. Landon has always seemed to be more energetic and stimulated in the afternoons. It might be an understatement to say he is a handful in the afternoons. I am grateful for Landon’s toddler sleep routine. He always goes to bed around the same time every night and sleeps through the night.
Our afternoon and evening toddler schedule looks like this:
2-2:30pm Landon wakes from his nap and is ready to hit the ground running.
2:30pm I take this time to try to get Landon involved in a sort of learning or sensory play activity. I have been reading and researching information for learning activities for 1 year olds. I have found a few activities that Landon really enjoys.
3:30pm Getting Landon outside to burn off some of his energy is essential to my own mental well-being. When I take him outside, he loves to explore, inspect nature, and run. I can’t say run enough! The more he runs, the more energy he is burning off.
4pm: When we come back into the house, I pull up YouTube and find videos of songs that we can sing and dance to. Another way I get Landon to burn off his bottled up energy.
5:30pm: Landon is usually ready to eat dinner around this time. Preparing a complicated dinner has proven itself to be my biggest challenge as a mom of a toddler. So our dinners consist of quick, simple, or crockpot meals. I serve Landon the same meal that we are eating when possible.
6:30: I allow Landon’s dinner a bit of time to settle before he jumps into a lavender bath.
8pm: After his bath, I really try to make the house calm, turning the lights down, TV’s off, and do relaxing activities, like reading books with my toddler.
9pm: Relaxing really helps Landon fall asleep before 9pm. He usually doesn’t stay up any later than this.
I know I have searched the web, asked my Facebook mommy friends, and wondered if our toddler routine was similar to others. I hope I have helped you get activity ideas and shared enough about our daily toddler schedule that you can create your own. Remember, when you know what to expect your day will run a whole lot smoother.