Toddler Morning Routine

Bash has pretty simple morning routine. His morning routine has looked the same for months. I think Bash appreciates knowing what to expect in the morning. I will say, when we have an early morning appointment, and our routine is off, Bash is significantly more grumpy.

We use two different routines depending on Will’s morning availability. As a pilot, his schedule changes from week to week and he’s not always available in the morning.

Full Family Morning Routine

5:30-6:00 a.m. – Bash wakes up.

5:30-6:15 a.m. – Bash plays in his room. Since he has a floor bed, he sometimes stays on his bed and plays with stuffed animals, and sometimes he’s out of bed, roaming and exploring.

6:00-6:15 a.m.- Will gets Bash up. Will says, “Good Morning,” and they have a cuddle. Before they leave the room, Bash gets a fresh diaper.

6:15-6:30 a.m. – Bash gets his teeth brushed. Dental hygiene is important!

6:30-6:45 a.m. – Will gets Bash his morning milk (we recently said goodbye to bottles, so he gets this in a sippy cup). Bash and Will hangout.

6:45 a.m.- Will heads to work and I pick up with breakfast.

6:45-7:00 a.m. – I prep Bash’s breakfast and offer it up. While Bash eats, we read a breakfast poem.

7:00-7:30 a.m. – I workout while Bash eats.

7:30-8:30 a.m. – After I get water and breakfast, Bash and I read books, and work with his shelf materials.

8:30-8:45 a.m. – We prep for our outdoor time. This might be swinging and exploring in the back or getting out the water table.

8:45-10:45 a.m. – We stay out as long as we can deal with the Florida heat. Depending on Bash’s interest, I might offer a snack while we’re outside.

10:45-11:15 a.m. – Midmorning rinse off and getting dressed for the day.

11:15-11:30 a.m. – Prep for nap.

11:30 – Noon – Start nap time.

Solo Parent Morning Schedule

5:30-6:00 a.m. – Bash wakes up.

5:30-6:30 a.m. – Bash plays in his room. Since he has a floor bed, he sometimes stays on his bed and plays with stuffed animals, and sometimes he’s out of bed, roaming and exploring.

6:30-6:45 a.m.- I get Bash up. We play in his room for a bit and before we leave the room, Bash gets a fresh diaper.

6:45-7:00 a.m. – Bash gets his teeth brushed. Dental hygiene is important!

7:00-7:15 a.m. – Bash has his morning milk and I prep breakfast.

7:00-7:10 a.m. – While Bash eats, we read a breakfast poem.

7:10-7:40 a.m. – I workout while Bash eats.

7:40-8:40 a.m. – After I get water and breakfast, Bash and I read books, and work with his shelf materials.

8:40-8:55 a.m. – We prep for our outdoor time. This might be swinging and exploring in the back or getting out the water table.

8:55-10:45 a.m. – We stay out as long as we can deal with the Florida heat. Depending on Bash’s interest, I might offer a snack while we’re outside.

10:45-11:15 a.m. – Midmorning rinse off and getting dressed for the day.

11:15-11:30 a.m. – Prep for nap.

11:30 – Noon – Start nap time.

Flexibility in Scheduling

While we love having a rhythm so Bash knows what to expect, it doesn’t always work this way. Doctor’s appointments, play dates, camps, and work meetings all pop up. Weather gets too hot or has too much lighting to get outside. Bash is grouchy and needs to go down for a nap sooner. The times on here are in case you’re curious. But, most of our mornings do not include very much time looking at clocks.

I want to hear about your morning routine! What do you do with your toddler before lunch?

Any tips for routine changes when Bash starts school?

Please, feel free to share your top tips in the comments.

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