Back in June of last year (how weird is that to say?) I hit publish on a post that I wasn’t sure people would really care about. You know, why would other people want to read about my daily routine with my 1 year old? Well, turns out a LOT of people do. In the short 6 months since I started Because I Said So Baby, My 1 Year Old’s Daily Routine post has been viewed almost 2,500 times.
Most parents know that the key to success with little ones is simple: be consistent, brush off the little stuff, and always have cheese. While routines are important at any age, they are especially important for toddlers as this is how they learn the “daily programs” of life: when to walk the dogs, do the dishes, put on shoes, etc. Whether you are a stay-at-home-or-working-parent, it’s important that your toddler knows what to expect from their daily life.
If you’re thinking you can’t stick to a routine because life is hectic and unpredictable (which it is), think again. A routine is meant to be flexible. We’re not talking about a strict schedule, we are on toddler time here after all, people.
Of course your daily routine will depend on what programs are available to you and your individual child’s needs, but here is a sample of what Harper and I do on the regular. I listed times just to give a general idea, but, like I said, it’s all about flexibility.
My 18 Month Old’s Daily Routine
5:30-6:30 AM – Harper wakes up (WHY??)
6:30-7:30AM – I make breakfast while she plays in the kitchen
7:30-8:00AM – Clean up breakfast, load/run dishwasher, get dressed
8:00-9:00AM – Take dogs on morning walk, play outside afterwards
9:00AM – Pick up around the house, get diaper bag packed for the day, morning snack
9:30AM-12:00PM – This is generally our golden time to get out and do something (before lunch and naptime). Typically we will go to storytime, sometimes baby gym. On other days I’ll use this time to grocery shop or run errands.
12:00PM-1:00PM – Let dogs out back/play outside and have lunch
1:00PM-3:00PM – Harper will take her nap somewhere in this time frame, typically for about an hour and a half (I know, big improvement from her 1 year old schedule). This is when I will work on the blog, put away laundry, clean the floors, etc. You know, mom stuff. Lately I’ve been throwing on Fuller House for background noise (TEAM MATT).
3:00-4:00PM – Afternoon snack, read books, play inside
4:00-6:00PM – Dad gets home, prep dinner, family dinnertime!
6:00PM-7:00PM – Take dogs on bedtime walk, play outside afterwards
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Bathtime, Storytime, Bedtime Routine (this doesn’t typically take an hour, it really just depends on how long we play outside or if she wants to play in the tub for longer – she is usually in bed by 7:30/7:45).
After Harper goes to bed, Eric and I retire to the couch. We are currently watching Season 3 of Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime (highly recommend!). We are both also trying to finish up books; he’s reading The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten and I’m reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (strangely addictive). The dogs are also immensely tired by this point, because as you can tell, they’ve had a rough day.
What’s your daily routine like with your little one? Share below! I always like new ideas.
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