A Simple Toddler Schedule That Works!
Hey guys! Just another short post for you. Having such a busy little lady on my hands, here is the toddler schedule that helps break up the day and keep me sane. I hope it can work for you too!
6:30 – 7:00 am : Wake up
7:30 : Breakfast
7:45 – 8:30 : Independent play – just because shes itching to do something as soon as she gets up. She tends to bring out her tea party trolley and makes me a cuppa… or 5.
8:30 – 9:15 : Bath, brush teeth, get dressed, do hair etc – I let her get quite involved in this because she’s all about her independence at the moment and she loves it.
9:15 – 10:30 : Outdoors activity – H Loves trips to the park, going for a stroll on her bike, going to play centres, swimming, browsing toy stores so anything goes really. I am itching to start taking her to the cinema too. I wonder how energetic, chatty toddlers manage in cinemas? Hmmm… yeah I’ll keep you posted on that one.
10:30 : Snack – something light like toast and/or fruit. I tend to follow the feeding schedule they use at her nursery as they feed them regularly throughout the day and my daughter just seems to be constantly hungry!
This is when all the fun begins!
10:45 – 12:30 : Arts and crafts time! – She absolutely loves getting creative whether its sticking, painting, play-doh, colouring or all of the above. I dedicate this time to us doing some pretty messy stuff.
12:30 – 1 : Lunch – If we have left over dinner from the night before she might have some of that, or I’ll make something quick like a pasta dish.
1:30 – 2:45 : Nap – They say that toddlers are meant to have 1 nap during the day time that lasts between 1 – 3 hours. Although the duration of H’s sleep differs, she does always sleep within this bracket. (I tend to do some work during this time or have a power nap myself!)
She might ask for some more fruit when she wakes up. She really can eat fruit all day every day.
2:45 – 4:30 : More independent play – This is when I might be cooking or doing other bits around the house. If not I might suggest we watch a movie and snuggle up with some popcorn. More often than not though I’ll mix up a bit of both.
4:30 : Another small snack to tide her over until dinner time.
4:45 : Even more independent play – lego, train set etc. I’m really keen on encouraging her to be able to play by herself as she tends to rely on me quite a lot. It helps if I set her up with something to do then ask her to complete it for me, she quite likes the challenge. I’ll get on with doing stuff around the house when shes playing nicely on her own.
6:00 : Dinner
6:30 – 7:00 : Bed time routine (Part 1) – get into Pj’s and begin to wind down, tidy toys etc.
7:00 – 7:30 : Bedtime routine (Part 2) – have milk, brush teeth and relax with me on the sofa with a story of her choice.
7:30 : Bedtime! – 2-3 year old’s are meant to get between 10 – 12 hours sleep during the night. Luckily for me H sleeps the whole night through!
(To find out more about toddler sleep habits click here)
The rest of the evening is mine woohoooo!
This is just one of the many toddler schedule examples out there and each child is different but if you do try this routine or you have any tips that work for you, please let me know in the comments below!
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