Toddler Daily Routine with a Sample Schedule

With a toddler at home, a toddler daily routine with a working daily schedule is a must. Not only because toddlers need a daily routine for their healthy development, but also because we as parents need to keep our sanity for everybody’s well-being. And it can get so messy without one. Don’t get me wrong. It can get very messy with a daily schedule too.

But, overall, establishing a routine for your family helps you create a structured and nurturing environment, so everybody stays healthy and happy. However, it’s essential to be flexible and adapt your daily routine as it needs to accommodate changes in your and your toddler’s needs or circumstances.

As a mother, establishing a daily routine for my 2-year-old was indeed crucial for maintaining structure and stability in our day-to-day lives.

Toddler Daily Schedule

Should toddlers have a daily routine? Do 2 year-olds need a routine?

Yes, toddlers need a routine in their daily lives. Firstly, toddlers thrive on consistency and predictability. A working daily schedule makes them feel secure and comfortable because they know what to expect throughout the day.

Secondly, a daily routine helps your toddler to establish healthy habits. Just imagine daily life with a toddler without regular mealtimes, bedtime, and basic hygiene practices. A mess!

Thirdly, having a consistent routine helps your toddler to become more independent. They need to learn not only to anticipate what happens next but also to participate in daily activities. It’s just great when they know that they can get dressed alone, and help with chores. And we need that.

Furthermore, a consistent daily schedule can help regulate your toddler’s sleep pattern. In this way, your toddler will be more rested, in a better mood and probably will listen to you more.

Another benefit of establishing a toddler daily routine is that routines provide opportunities for learning and skill development. It will be so much more easier for your toddler to start preschool or homeschool preschool if you have an established daily schedule at home.

And last but not least, knowing what to expect can reduce anxiety and frustration for your toddler. They will feel more in control of their environment and activities.

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How to establish a daily routine with a toddler?

For me it was not easy at all to establish a working daily routine with my toddler. I work from home, we spend all day together. It felt in the beginning as if I got promoted in life with a few extra jobs – from cleaning our house and cooking healthy meals for a toddler to teaching a little preschooler. I still had the same 24 hours and the same payment though. So, I needed to be very thankful every day for having the chance to be a mom, otherwise, I felt I would go down.

So, here is my best advice – be thankful, consistent, patient, and flexible. Here are some steps to help you create and maintain a routine:

Identify Key Activities For Your Toddler Daily Routine

Firstly, determine the essential activities that you need to incorporate into your toddler’s routine, such as mealtimes, naptime, playtime, and bedtime. Then write down the want ones – that’s where you create a space for yourself – exercise, rest.

Set Regular Times

Establish consistent times for each activity to occur each day. Toddlers thrive on predictability, so when you set times for meals, naps, and bedtime helps create a sense of structure.

Create Visual Cues

Use visual cues such as charts, pictures, or a daily schedule to help your toddler understand and anticipate the routine. You can involve your toddler in creating the visual cues by allowing them to choose pictures or colors for each activity.

Be Flexible

While consistency is essential, it’s also important for you and your toddler to be flexible and adapt the routine as needed. Your toddler’s needs and preferences may change over time, so be open to making adjustments to the routine as necessary.

Start Slowly

If you’re implementing a new routine or making changes to an existing one, start slowly and gradually introduce the new activities or schedule. This allows your toddler to adjust gradually and reduces resistance to change.

Be Patient

It may take some time for your toddler to adapt to the new routine, so be patient and give them time to get used to it. Offer encouragement and praise for following the routine and participating in activities.

Stick to the Routine

Once you’ve established a routine, try to stick to it as much as possible. Consistency is key to helping your toddler feel secure and comfortable with the routine.

Include Flexibility

While it’s important to have a routine, it’s also important to allow for flexibility when necessary. Unexpected events or changes may occur, so be prepared to adjust the routine as needed without causing too much disruption.

Remain patient and consistent, even if it’s not easy at first. This way you can establish a routine that works well for both you and your toddler, providing structure and stability in your daily lives.

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What is a good daily schedule for a 2-year-old?

Here’s a typical routine that works well for us

Morning:

8:00 AM Wake Up

My little one usually wakes up around 8:00 AM. We start the day with our good morning hugs, singing the two Super simple songs This is the way we get up and This is the way we get dressed while getting ready. It helps enormously. Toddlers love songs that make sense and what better way to start the day than with a song?

8:30 AM Breakfast

After getting dressed, we head to the kitchen for breakfast around 8:30 AM. I try to make something nutritious and quick like oatmeal with fruit, a smoothie, or oatmeal pancakes.

9:00 to 10:30 AM Playtime, Early Math & Reading

From 9:00 to 10:00 AM, we engage in educational playtime activities and reading simple books together, such as puzzles, building blocks, or imaginative play. You can get plenty of ideas from this list of 99+ daily toddler activities. This is a fun and interactive way for my toddler to explore and learn.

10:15 AM Snack

Around 10:00 – 10:30 AM, we have a healthy snack break together. It could be a smoothie, sliced fruits, yogurt, or cheese.

10:30 to 12 PM Outdoor Time

Weather permitting, we venture outside for fresh air and outdoor play around 10:30 AM. Whether it’s a walk to the park, playground or simply playing in the backyard, outdoor time is essential for our physical and mental well-being.

12:00 PM Lunch

We return home for lunch around 12:00 PM. We prepare simple and healthy meals, that are easy to make and quick to prepare.

1:30 PM Naptime

Around 1:30 PM, it’s time for a nap. While my little one naps, I take advantage of some quiet time to catch up on work, and household chores, or simply relax and recharge.

3:00 PM Snack

After waking up from the nap, we enjoy a light snack together around 3:00 PM.

3:30 to 6:00 PM Gross Motor and Fine Motor Activities, Outdoor & Free Play

From 3:30 to 6:00 PM, we engage in more free playtime activities indoors or outdoors depending on the season and the weather. This may include gross motor activities, fine motor activities, arts and crafts, sensory play, or dancing and singing.

6:00 PM Dinner Preparation

We prepare dinner together and my little one helps me with simple tasks like washing veggies, peeling with a safe peeler, or stirring ingredients in a bowl. The good thing is that healthy meals are usually quick to cook and easy to prepare. Our family weeknight meals take about 15-30 min to prepare.

6:30 to 7:00 PM Dinner

We sit down for a family dinner around 7:00 PM and talk, my toddler wants to watch a cartoon like Bluey or Peppa Pig.

7:45 PM Bath Time

After dinner, my little one has their night-time routine with a bubbly bath and some songs.

8:30 to 9:00 PM Bedtime

By 8:30 PM, it’s time to start the bedtime routine. We read a bedtime story or two, sing and try to fall asleep. Goodnight!

What should a 2-year-old be doing every day?

To sum it up, your toddler should get enough gross motor exercise, eat healthy meals, practice self-care, help at home, play, laugh and learn. These must-do activities make sure that your little one thrives.

Toddler Daily Schedule

What is a typical schedule for a 2-year-old?

A typical schedule for a 2-year-old may vary depending on the child’s individual needs, preferences, and family routines. However, here is a general outline of a daily schedule for a 2-year-old.

Morning

  • Wake Up: Between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM
  • Breakfast: Around 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM, consisting of a balanced meal with foods like cereal, fruit, yogurt, or toast.
  • Playtime: From 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, engaging in activities such as free play, puzzles, coloring, or outdoor play in a safe environment.
  • Snack: Around 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, offering a small, nutritious snack to keep energy levels up until lunchtime.

Noon

  • Lunch: Between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, having a healthy meal.

Afternoon

  • Nap lasting 1 to 2 hours, usually starting around 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM.
  • Afternoon Activities: After waking up from the nap, engaging in quiet activities like reading books, playing with toys, or going for a walk.
  • Another small snack around 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM to tide over hunger until dinner.

Evening

  • Dinner: Between 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM enjoying a family dinner
  • Bath Time: Around 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, having a bath or shower as part of the bedtime routine.
  • Bedtime Routine: Starting around 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, engaging in calming activities like reading a bedtime story, cuddling, or singing songs.
  • Bedtime: Typically between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

It’s important to note that every child is different. Your schedule may vary based on factors such as individual sleep needs, appetite, and temperament. Additionally, flexibility and adaptation to changes in routine are essential to accommodate growth and developmental milestones.

Sample Toddler Daily Schedules

If you need some inspiration or help check out our Sample Toddler Daily Schedules or visit our shop where you can find free and fillable Daily Toddler Schedule Templates.

Hope that helps and you find your own way to establish your own happy toddler daily routine!