Mom Life,  Toddler

2 Realistic Daily Toddler Schedules At Home + FREE Printable

Hi friends & welcome back to the blog! Today I am going to share with you our daily toddler schedule at home for my son Harrison, who is 2.5 years old (will be 3 in November).

I have had so many requests for this post! I understand it though – especially during a time like COVID-19 quarantine, it’s so helpful to see how other moms are handling their days with their toddlers.

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Now, let’s get in to the schedule!

toddler schedule at home

2 Realistic Daily Toddler Schedules At Home + FREE Printable

I do want to tell you – so there are basically two different days Harrison has at home – one is his M-W-F toddler schedule when he is not in preschool, and the other is his T-Th schedule when he is in preschool. I’ll start with the M-W-F toddler schedule.

I also want to say that, while I am typing out his toddler schedule to the fifteen minutes, know that not every day looks the same. There are days when he sleeps in, days when he wakes early, days when I am more or less tired, etc. – and these all play a factor in what the day looks like.

I am very flexible with our toddler schedule – I’m a firm believer that having a schedule and routine is important, but being flexible is equally as important, especially when dealing with toddlers!

One more note – my son is 2.5 years old and is still napping for 2-3 hours in the afternoon. So this schedule may look different if your child is no longer napping or napping at different times.

Non-Preschool Days Toddler Schedule

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Harrison does not go to preschool – so we are home (or around the house) most of the day. Here’s what our schedule looks like:

  • 8:00AM: Harrison wakes up, nurses in my bed for about 15 minutes
  • 8:15AM: Head downstairs for breakfast
  • 8:45AM: Finish breakfast and either play (free play along with one guided educational activity) or start a show
  • 9:30AM: Finish playing or watching show and start watching a show or playing
  • 10:30AM: Snacktime
  • 11:00AM: Head outside
  • 12:00PM: Lunchtime
  • 12:30PM: Start nap-time routine (books, calm down time, milk, etc.)
  • 1:00PM: Nap-time
  • 3:30PM: Wake from nap & nurse for about 15 minutes in nursery
  • 3:45PM: Head downstairs for a show while waking up
  • 4:15PM: Finish show & head outside, sometimes snack during this time *this is the time when we head to the park, beach, etc. if we are going anywhere during the day*
  • 5:30PM: Dinnertime (sometimes we eat outside during the summer time, in the midst of playing!) *this is the time when we get back from going somewhere during the day*
  • 7:00PM: Head inside for show & calm down time & milk
  • 7:30PM: Head upstairs for bath
  • 8:00PM: Head into room for bedtime routine (pj’s, books, songs, etc.)
  • 9:00PM: Asleep

Preschool Days Toddler Schedule

On Tuesdays & Thursdays, Harrison attends preschool from 8:30AM to 12:15PM. Here’s what our schedule looks like for these days:

  • 7:30AM: Wake Harrison up, nurses in my bed for about 15 minutes
  • 7:45AM: Head downstairs for breakfast
  • 8:15AM: Finish breakfast and head to preschool
  • 8:30AM: Preschool drop-off (He has snack at 10:30AM and lunch at 11:45AM)
  • 12:15PM: Preschool pick-up
  • 12:30PM: Start nap-time routine (books, calm down time, milk, etc.)
  • 1:00PM: Nap-time
  • 3:30PM: Wake from nap & nurse for about 15 minutes in nursery
  • 3:45PM: Head downstairs for a show while waking up
  • 4:15PM: Finish show & head outside, sometimes snack during this time *this is the time when we head to the park, beach, etc. if we are going anywhere during the day*
  • 5:30PM: Dinnertime (sometimes we eat outside during the summer time, in the midst of playing!) *this is the time when we get back from going somewhere during the day*
  • 6:30PM: Head inside for show & calm down time & milk (we head inside earlier on preschool days because he is typically more tired these days)
  • 7:00PM: Head upstairs for bath
  • 7:30PM: Head into room for bedtime routine (pj’s, books, songs, etc.)
  • 8:30PM: Asleep

Takeaways

So friends, tell me, does this look anything like your toddler’s schedule? If not, what is different about it? I’m curious! Let me know in the comments below!

toddler schedule free printable

For those of you interested, I have a FREE printable which goes along with this post perfect. It’s a daily toddler schedule that is COMPLETELY customizeable!

I made it after many of my VIPs were interested in one, and they absolutely love it!

To use it, simply print out the blank schedule, print out the clipart, and laminate both. Then, use Velcro or magnets to attach clipart to the schedule so that you can customize it based on the day.

Visuals are so important for learning – and especially for toddlers who cannot yet read. This chart really promotes a toddler’s critical thinking skills and vocabulary & also gives them a sense of security by knowing what is coming next in their routine.

Head here now to grab your FREE printable schedule!

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Donna
3 months ago

Schedules are so important! I really didnt know how effective they were until I put them to use. What a game changer. Love the schedule that you have and of course the printable!! Thanks for sharing these great tips and ideas!!

Surabhi
3 months ago
Reply to  Leslie W.

Great schedule! Educational Activities are do important to keep them away from screen.

Catherine
3 months ago

Thanks for sharing. I really need to get back into our pre-covid routine with my little ones.

Eva
3 months ago
Reply to  Catherine

Such useful tips! I have a 2yo at home so this comes handy! Thanks so much for sharing these.

Tiffany S
3 months ago

This is wonderful! Schedules are so important. My little one is now a grown adult, but this is definitely good advice. Wish I had resources like this when she was little.

Amanda
Amanda
3 months ago

Great schedule! A routine is so important to get into, especially right now. Thanks for sharing!

Morgan
3 months ago

These are incredibly great schedules to use as a guide throughout the day. I am incredibly wishy-washy some days with what I want (or can) do since I’m pregnant now with our 4th and I suffer from terrible nausea. It’s really nice to have a template to base they day off of though, so thank you for providing such a wonderful resource!!

Annie Ruiz
Annie Ruiz
3 months ago

Love this! It’s such an overwhelming time for parents, this was helpful!

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