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My 1 Year Old’s Daily Routine

Who doesn’t love a good routine? For us OCD folk, we are all about the routine. It just so happens that babies also love routines.  This works for me on so many levels. Babies like to know what’s happening, when to expect it, and what’s happening next – and so do I, total win.

For stay-at-home-moms, the importance of establishing a good, solid routine with some built-in wiggle room is absolutely necessary in order to keep yourself from going crazy. Taking care of a little creature 24/7 can and will make you feel super exhausted/frazzled, so without a good routine, you might just feel like an aimless mess in yoga pants. Hey – with a good routine you might feel like that anyways, but at least you’ll have clean underwear (can’t 100% guarantee this).

As Harper has rapidly changed throughout the months, so has her daily schedule. We like to keep busy, and I am an avid proponent of the To-Do List. If I don’t write it down, it simply does not happen. I recently bought The Happy Planner at Michaels (with a 40% off coupon) which really speaks to my inner-obsessive crazy self. Do yourself a favor and get one of these planners ASAP. I see you there and I know you also revel in the simple joy that is crossing something off your To-Do List. Trust me on this. So. Worth. It.


Anyways, back to the routine! Now, your routine will largely depend on what time your baby gets up in the morning, how many naps they take, and what kind of programs are available to you in your area. This is simply to give you an idea of how Harper and I would spend a typical day. Are you ready? Because my girl is an early riser.

5:45AM-6:45AM (I warned you) – Harper will get up somewhere in this time frame. If I’m super lucky she’ll sleep until 7 or 7:30.

7:00AM-8:00AM – I make breakfast while Harper plays in the kitchen (which we have blocked off with baby gates). We eat breakfast together while the puppies watch longingly from the other side of the gate. See my other post here for baby-friendly breakfast ideas.

baby-led weaning breakfast ideas

8:15AM-8:45AM – I push Harper in her stroller while I walk the dogs. It’s more or a less a circus and people walking by will stop to say endearing comments such as “Looks like you’ve got your hands full!” Sometimes I will attempt to power walk or “jog” for exercise. Sometimes.

9:00AM – Throw laundry in the machine, take food out of the freezer for dinner, other random things, etc.

9:15AM-9:45AM – Harper’s morning nap. This time is most certainly an approximation. Some days she naps easily, other days, not so much. She will however, almost always sleep for 30 minutes on the dot.

10:30AM-11:30AMPack Snacks & Head to Storytime at the library

12:00PM – Dog’s afternoon walk

12:30PM-1:30PM – I make us lunch while Harper plays in the kitchen. I also try to prep for dinner while I am already in the kitchen.

My 1 Year Old's Daily Routine

2:00PM-3:00PM – Somewhere in this timeframe Harper will take an afternoon nap. Again, 30 minutes precisely.

3:00PM-4:30PM – Afternoon playtime. We play outside, read books, play with her sensory wall, chase the puppies, etc.

4:30PM-5:15PM – Cook dinner. Eric gets home and plays with Harper in her playroom.

5:30PM-6:00PMFamily dinnertime! No TV and No devices.

6:15PM – Take puppies on bedtime walk

My 1 Year Old's Daily Routine

6:30PM – Bathtime/Storytime/Bedtime Routine

7:00PM – With any luck Harper is asleep and Eric and I become couch-burritos and catch up on Netflix.

Notes: Harper’s schedule is more or less determined by her. If she is tired, I let her sleep. If she wants to play, we play. I don’t try to make her adapt to what I want to do. I adapt to what she wants to do. Now, I understand that this is a luxury of having one child, but this is simply my style of parenting and what works for us. Many people will ask me why I don’t put her to bed later. I put her to bed when she’s tired. End of story. On days where there is no storytime we will head to the park, go wander around TJ Maxx, grocery shop, run errands, etc.

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Practical tips & ideas for what to do with your 1 yr old. If you're a stay-at-home mom, this is a must read. Having a balanced, predictable schedule is a must for babies!

What does your daily schedule look like? Are you a fan of the routine? Share what’s been working for you and your little one!

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  • Shannon Walter
    September 7, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    I was never successful at getting my toddler on a daily routine. I like the idea of dinner prepping during lunch time.

    • Marla
      September 7, 2016 at 9:47 PM

      It somehow makes you feel like you’re in the kitchen less!

  • Elizabeth
    September 7, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    My one year old has a similar routine on the weekends. But like your Harper, she really runs the show!

    • Marla
      September 7, 2016 at 9:47 PM

      Don’t they always!

  • Corina at Now THAT I Can Do, Momma!
    September 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    I love it when moms share a detailed schedule because so many new moms feel a little unsure about their own routines with their babies… I was one of them!

    • Marla
      September 7, 2016 at 9:48 PM

      I was too, which was why I wanted to share this!

  • Kristina N.
    September 7, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    This is great! I had such a hard time doing a routine with my daughter when she was younger. We were both hot messes haha. I just got the Happy Planner from Michael’s too! I can’t wait to use it!

    • Marla
      September 7, 2016 at 9:48 PM

      It will seriously change your life!

  • Suzanne Hines
    September 7, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    This is great! Those nap schedules are sometimes so hard to live with/around! Do you have library story time everyday?

    • Marla
      September 7, 2016 at 9:49 PM

      We have storytime Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday so on Monday and Friday we run other errands or do playdates!

  • Amanda
    September 7, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    I completely agree with you on adapting to your child! My baby’s routine is constantly changing and I find it so much easier go just go with the flow!

    • Marla
      September 7, 2016 at 9:50 PM

      Exactly! 🙂

  • Lauren
    September 8, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    I love reading other moms’ schedules! It motivates me to be more disciplined about having a routine!

    • Marla
      September 8, 2016 at 8:17 PM

      Yay! Glad to help!

  • lovinglittledixie
    September 8, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    A good routine is so critical. I feel bad for my third child because I’m always having to disrupt his routine to cart around his older siblings. When we do stick to it his days are so much better!

    • Marla
      September 8, 2016 at 8:18 PM

      I always think about that for when baby # 2 comes along. Thanks for sharing!

  • birdieandjack
    September 9, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    This sounds like an awesome daily routine! I really need to get my kiddos back on one!

    • Marla
      September 10, 2016 at 12:47 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  • Jehava
    November 30, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Love your schedule! Mine is similar with my 2 year old but we are down to one nap. Schedule is key for me as a stay at home mom!

    • Marla
      December 2, 2016 at 8:04 PM

      Thanks, Jehava! Agreed! Now at 18 months my little one is also down to one nap.