Today I wanted to share my son’s current daily schedule/routine at 2 years old. I hope this is helpful to you mamas and maybe even soon-to-be mamas. I know it can be hard at times to imagine what your day will look like as a mom, and I hope this gives you a few ideas… and ultimately I hope this makes you feel better about whatever routine you end up with.
I remember back when I was pregnant I really got a lot out of reading other people’s daily routines with their kids. It gave me ideas for how to structure my day, and really showed me that there are lots of ways to set up your day with a toddler. Different schedules can work for different kids. There isn’t one perfect way. 😉
Ok, before we jump into our routine, one last note … our days don’t follow this schedule to a tee, of course. I have a toddler and that means there are some days of teething or a bad night’s sleep, so I just try to stick to what we can and be flexible about the rest. I’d say the main things we aim for and that act as anchors throughout our days are meal times and nap/bedtimes. Everything else we can play-by-ear as needed.
Ok, here we go!
- 6:30ish – Wake Up. Once Michael is up and starts moving around in his crib, I warm up a cup of milk for him. I love morning snuggles, so I usually sit him on my lap while he drinks his milk so we can snuggle a little extra. 🙂 After this he usually walks over to the office to see his dad and hug him good morning. So cute!
- 6:45ish – I change Michael’s diaper and get him dressed for the day.
- 7-7:45ish – Educational songs/show. This is when I put on either some educational songs or a show for Michael to watch while I prep breakfast, unload the dishwasher, etc. His current fav’s are the “Learning Songs” by Little Baby Bum on Netflix. Highly recommend if you have a toddler!
- 7:45am – Breakfast. Michael’s usually pretty hungry in the morning, so I try to offer lots of options.
- 8 – 11am – Playtime -This is a pretty big chunk of time that I try to break down into different types of playtime – some playtime with me, some solo playtime, and some outdoor playtime.
- We usually start in the kitchen/living room with him playing somewhat independently while I finish up a few things in the kitchen.
- Most days, we end up heading outside to play around 10am (since it’s hopefully a little warmer by then.) I try to get him outside for about 30 minutes to an hour each morning, depending on how cold it is. (In the summer, we’re usually out longer… maybe 1 -1.5 hours since we’d normally walk to the playground).
- Depending on how much time is left in here, we might go to his room to play with his books and toys, or play in our basement for a while.
- 11am – Lunch. Michael eats his lunch around 11am since he goes down for a nap at 12pm. After lunch, we usually play in the kitchen or living room until he starts getting sleepier. At that point, I change his diaper and put him in his crib for naptime. He’s a good sleeper at this point, so I just give him a hug and kiss and place him in his crib. He then calmly plays or rolls around in there for a while, and eventually falls asleep (usually in about 15 minutes).
- 12-2pm – Naptime.
- 2-2:30pm – Wake Up. Michael wakes up between 2-2:30pm and I give him milk once he’s up. We then play in the living room for a bit.
- 3-5pm – Errands/Visit Family/Outside Playtime. This chunk of time depends on what we have planned for that day, so it definitely varies:
- If we don’t have plans to go anywhere, then I try to take him outside for another 30 minutes to an hour depending on the weather. If it’s not a great day to go outside, then I usually try to run him around in our basement as best as I can.
- If we do have errands to do (like curbside pick-up), or we have plans to see my mom or anyone else in our COVID “bubble” then this is when we’d usually do that. This time usually works pretty well for errands and visits since he’s well rested and has a full tummy.
- 5pm – Milk and/or snack. I pop Michael in his high chair at this time and give him milk and possibly a snack to tide him over until dinner.
- 5-5:30pm – Watch show/movie. Michael usually watches part of a show or movie during this time (often in his pack-n-play) while I prep dinner.
- 6-6:30pm – Dinner. Now that Dad and I have eaten dinner and the food has cooled down a bit, Michael is ready for dinner. Cue messy eater! 😉
- 7ish – Bath time. We don’t bathe Michael every single night, but this is his bath time most days. He usually plays in there for a little while, and we’re usually done with bath and getting him dressed around 7:30pm. Bath time is surprisingly pretty fun because both my husband and I give Michael a bath, so most nights it turns out to be pretty fun family time.
- 7:30-8pm – Family time. The three of us usually just hang out in the living room and play until it’s his bedtime. Sometimes we throw some balls back and forth, sometimes he’s sleepier and we just read books together – so it varies. We just try and spend some time together as a family before bed.
- 8pm – Bedtime. Again, Michael’s a pretty good sleeper at this point, so we say goodnight and do hugs, and then we put Michael in his crib. He tends to take a little longer to fall asleep at night, maybe like 20-30 minutes or so… but he just plays calmly in his crib until he falls asleep. I check in on him on the monitor from time-to-time until he falls asleep (just to make sure nothing major comes up) but most nights he’s asleep by about 8:30/8:45-ish.
And that’s a wrap!
If you’re looking for more examples and ideas of toddler schedules, you can definitely find more examples on Pinterest or Google. There’s a wealth of examples out there (especially if you want something specific like daily routines for a toddler plus baby, or for a full-time working-from-home mom, etc.).
If I were to give any advice on making a daily routine with your toddler, it’d be to schedule what you can according to your own energy levels. I know I have less energy in the afternoons than in the mornings, so I prefer to save my morning energy for things like playing with Michael outside and then I save things that don’t require lots of energy, like curbside pickup, for the afternoon because that feels good to me. This has been one thing I’ve shifted over time … and one that’s served me well. I hope it helps you too!
I hope this post has been helpful to you and gave you a few ideas of how you can structure your day, and possibilities for what you may want (or not want ;)) to do.