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5 Examples of Toddler Schedules from Real Moms

5 Examples of Toddler Schedules from Real Moms

There are different types of parents out there. Everyone has their own form of parenting and ways they go about caring for their children. We are blessed to have the freedom to raise our own children in our own way! Some parents are very fluid in their child’s daily routine while others, like myself, prefer a little more structure.  I truly believe toddler schedules are great but I am not one to put down those who choose not to have a set schedule.

My twins are getting closer and closer to the 2 year mark and I could tell that they were ready for another shift in their daily routine. So I went to my trusty companion, Google, and some friends for a little research. I came up with these 5 examples of toddler schedules from average moms. Moms who, like me, are taking things day by day, caffeinated drink by caffeinated drink.

Keep in mind, just because I like to have a schedule doesn’t mean that those times are strict. Some days, the schedule goes out the window and we just go with the flow. Usually when we are running errands for the day or going somewhere special.

5 Examples of Toddler Schedules from Real Moms

5 Examples of Toddler Schedules from REAL Moms

Quick note: I use the word real because these schedules are from normal moms and not from a book or website written by someone on what they think you should do.

This schedule is what I’m currently using for my 20 month old twins.

7:00am – Wake
7:30am – Breakfast
9:30am – Snack
11:30pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Nap
3:30pm – Snack
5:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Bedtime Routine (Bath, brush teeth, pajamas, story time)
7:30pm – Bed

This schedule is for a 2 year old with working parents.

6:30am – Wake
6:45am – Breakfast
7:00am – Drop off at Daycare (At daycare, she has a mid-morning snack, lunch, and mid-afternoon snack between lessons and play time. Nap time is after lunch for 1-2 hours.)
4:30pm – Pick up from Daycare
5:30pm – Dinner
6:30pm – Bedtime Routine (Bath, story time, set out clothes for next day)
7:00pm – Bed

This schedule is for 3 year old twins with working parents.

6:30am – Wake
7:00am – Daycare – Learning centers
8:00am – Breakfast
8:30am – Group meeting
9:45am – Learning centers
10:00am – Outside play
10:45am – Wash/Lunch prep
11:00am – Lunch
11:30am – Wash/Nap prep
12:00pm – Nap/Rest (2 hours)
2:30pm – Snack
3:00pm – Outside play
3:45pm – Wash/Learning centers
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner time varies daily
6:45pm – Bedtime Routine (Bath, snack, brush teeth, story time)
7:45pm – Bed

This schedule is for a 3 year old and 1 YEAR old with a stay-at-home mom.

8:00am – Wake, get dressed, have breakfast
9:00am – Activities vary day to day – Library story time, the park, splash pad, outside play, etc.
11:30am – Lunch
12:00pm – Nap time
2:00pm – Snack and various activities – reading, painting/coloring, Pre-K work or free play.
6:15pm – Dinner
7:00pm Bath time
7:30pm – Bed

This schedule is for a 20 month old with a stay-at-home mom.

7:00am – Wake, eat breakfast
8:30am – Free play
9:30am – Snack, play groups
11:30am – Lunch
12:30pm – Nap
3:00pm – Snack
3:30pm – Outside play
5:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Bedtime Routine (Bath, story time, set out clothes for next day)
7:30pm – Bed

This website also has great examples of schedules for little ones who take two naps, one nap, or no naps.

How to incorporate daily routines into your toddler’s schedule.

If your toddler is not currently on a schedule but you’re looking to create a more structured day, create a routine. Start with a specific series of steps before an activity, meal time or bed time. Toddlers, like any other child, learn what is expected of them with daily routines and feel a sense of control over their daily activities. Check out this sensory bottle activity that we recently created together.

Here are two ways that we incorporate routines daily.

  • Morning Routine (wake up, change diapers, eat breakfast, play)
  • Bedtime Routine (bath, pajamas, story time, songs, bed)

Do you have any great tips on creating or updating a toddler schedule? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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