Are you sick of your days at home with your toddler feeling like a whirlwind? Having a simple toddler daily schedule is a lifesaver for stay and home moms and will help your child too! Check out these tips for starting a toddler schedule.
How to Have and Keep a Toddler Daily Schedule
Did you know that toddlers and even older kids LIKE structure? I’m serious. It may seem like they are a tornado running through your home, but having a routine and a schedule for them makes them feel happy and confident about how their day’s look.
This means they’ll be more willing to try new things, more patient, sleep better, and hopefully will have fewer toddler tantrums!
Schedules for Toddlers for Stay at Home Mom
If you’re hesitant about scheduling out your days with your toddler, stick with me! Schedules come in all shapes and sizes. You can choose to plan out every minute or you can choose to have a less structured broad plan for the day.
Having a schedule doesn’t mean you can’t be flexible or switch things up. In fact, it’s a good thing to teach your toddlers to be flexible every once in a while.
For the most part, though, having even the most basic schedule for you and your toddler will help both of you have better days.
You Are In Charge
So you’ve got full control over how you want your schedule to look. Once it’s in place, you’ll have a predictable routine that will free up more time and take the stress of planning the day off your plate.
When I don’t have a schedule I always feel like my days feel so much longer. I’m just counting down the minutes until bedtime instead of taking the time to enjoy my toddler!
Knowing what’s on our schedule and setting time apart to get things done and to be with my little ones means I can take a breath and start to enjoy every moment!
Benefits of A Toddler Schedule for Your Toddler
A very important part factor in toddler development is consistency. Repetition and structure help toddlers learn and they build trust and confidence in knowing what to expect each day.
Your toddler’s little brain picks up so much new information, and it can be a little confusing when things are always in motion. This may be a contributing factor to some of those toddler tantrums!
A toddler schedule can help your little one feel a little bit more in control. They’ll sub out those tantrums for more patience and happiness!
Not only that, but schedules and routines will help your toddler sleep better, find more time for learning activities, and strengthen bonds with you.
Something that I love about my toddler schedule is that my toddler always gets more mom-time! When I’m feeling stressed out and out of control during the day I rarely take the time to have some special time with my kids. I love that my schedule is a daily reminder to take that time.
Benefits of a Toddler Schedule for You
Having a toddler schedule isn’t just great for your toddler, it’s also a big help to you!
The main benefit for me is that it helps me be more prepared. Do you ever have those days where you feel like you’re running around all day but somehow accomplish next to nothing? I have found that even with a huge to-do list I always find so much more time in the day when I plan it out beforehand.
Being more prepared also means that I can do more fun activities with my toddler! I can set up learning activities, fun games, or exciting outings instead of sticking with the usual playtime activities.
Of course, a great benefit of having a toddler daily schedule is that I’m less stressed and much happier. I feel like I can take the time to enjoy my toddler because I’m not worried about finishing my list.
What to Put in Your Toddler Schedule?
It’s completely up to you how you decide to structure your days. Your life is unique and so are your needs!
You may have just one toddler, or you may have other kids to factor into your schedule. You might have to add part-time work into your schedule. You might have different errands or activities that you like to do.
So to make your schedules for toddlers for stay at home moms, start by making a list of the essential things you do each day. These would be things like grocery trips, work, meals, bedtimes, repeated appointments or activities, etc.
Once you fill those in, you can add in other things like play time, mom time, down time, etc. that you’d like to fit into your day.
If you don’t feel like you can fit everything into your toddler schedule, try rotating your activities and doing something different each day. Having a schedule doesn’t mean each day has to be exactly the same!
The important thing is to be reasonable and realistic with yourself. Make sure you budget enough time for your essentials and make it as flexible and broad as you need for you and your toddler!
Things you Don’t Want to Forget on Your Toddler Schedule
There are a few things that you definitely don’t want to leave off your toddler daily schedule!
I am the biggest believer in quiet time. Whatever age my kids are, taking some time to relax and quietly read, play or sleep is so important. We all need this time to take a little break during the day.
Don’t feel bad if this is a bit of a mom-centered choice. You need a break during the day and that’s okay! Wrangling a toddler is a lot of work, and having time to refresh can help you be the best mom you can be.
I know I’m talking a lot about structure and how it’s important, but kids also need some unstructured playtime.
This time where they can pick and choose their toys and activities helps build creativity and other important developmental skills. Learning activities and other mom-guided things are great but don’t forget to leave time for some fun and basic play!
I like to add a little time in my toddler daily schedule for some special mom and toddler time. I really want this to be a priority with my kids but between everything else on my list, it seems like it always gets pushed aside!
So I schedule out a little time, even if it’s just a few minutes, to read a book, snuggle, look at family pictures, play a game, or do something where we can focus on each other.
Example of a Toddler Daily Schedule
If you need some more help getting started, here’s an example of a toddler schedule. Don’t forget that it’s OK if yours look different!
7:00-8:00 Wake Up / Free Play
8:00-9:00 Breakfast time / Screen time if time allows
9:00-10:00 Learning activity
10:00-11:30 Mom errands / Outside time
12:00-2:00 Nap time / Quiet time
2:00-2:30 Snack / Free play
2:30-3:30 Coloring / Creative project
3:30-4:30 Playdates / Free play
4:30-5:30 Independent Play / Mom dinner preparation
6:00-7:30 Family Time
7:30-8:00 Bedtime routine & Bedtime
What’s a must-have activity on your toddler schedules? Share in the comments!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!