Daily Routine of a Toddler Mom (Hourly Guide)
Being a stay at home mom isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. I always imagined a very smooth routine even with chores and my toddler. However, it’s the opposite. If you wanted a happier and stress-free life being a stay at home mom, you need a daily routine.
I am still finding my pace and I always make room for changes because I have a toddler. Flexibility is the key. Kids aren’t consistent. They’re the most inconsistent creatures in the world (aside from my mood and the Internet Connection in the Philippines).
But despite all that, I still try to follow a daily routine to make life smoother, and less stressed.
It will save your sanity and reduce your anxieties.
If you’re not following a daily routine yet, I suggest you start one now.
I am sharing with you how our normal schedule with a 2-year-old looks like. It’s not perfect, it changes from time to time but it works if followed.
6:00 AM — WAKE-UP TIME
Wake up earlier than your kids. Don’t let your day start with your kids’ chaos.
You need silent time.
Make your coffee, sit for a while, read books, write in your journal or blog, anything that makes you feel calm and at peace. ☕️
Embrace the silence.
It is very important to have some time for yourself before you tackle your kids.
I try to wake up earlier than Dreu so I can jump-start my day, and sip my coffee in peace. I am not one of the perfect moms who seem to be so organized every day. I am one of those moms who gets overwhelmed easily every time there are chaos and loud noise. Therefore, my day is better every time I have an hour or two alone.
8:00 AM — DREU’S WAKE-UP TIME
Some kids wake up late but my son’s an early riser. Try to wake your kids early so it will give them ample time to exhaust their energies so they can better sleep in the afternoon.
By this time Dreu’s already waking up asking for his milk. He usually picks up his cars and plays with it while he’s drinking milk. While he does that, I usually prepare breakfast and do some chores – freshen up our home.
9:00 AM — BREAKFAST
If you wanted to save time for breakfast, and you have a microwave, you can always go for sandwiches 🥪 , burrito 🌯 or oatmeal.
Usually, it’s just me and Dreu who eats breakfast if Tee doesn’t comes home early. I just prepare typical Filipino breakfasts like eggs, sausages, tocino, hotdog or spam. 🍳
Sometimes, when Dreu doesn’t like what we have for breakfast, I give him Cerelac and a-a-a-apple 🍎. (That’s how Dreu says it 😂)
10:00 AM — PLAYTIME WHILE RUNNING LAUNDRY
I try not to multitask but when I do, I’m making sure my attention isn’t divided.
Try to maximize your time.
Before I play with Dreu, I let the laundry run. It takes 30 minutes to an hour for a wash so it gives me time to play with him.
We don’t have an automatic washing machine, just the manual washer, and spinner tub and since we live in a condo, I don’t have space to hang clothes so I need to do a small batch of laundry every day or every other day.
I load it by morning so I can rinse and spin it during his afternoon nap time.
11:00 AM — COOK LUNCH
If you want to save money on food, cook lunch. Avoid take-out. Take outs may be useful at times but eats a lot of your budget.
I love cooking and I want to feed my family home-cooked lunch so I always take time to cook food. Aside from it saves us money than takeout, it’s also a stress reliever for me.
I learned a bit about cooking by observing my mom while she cooks but I’m really self-taught. There are a lot of helpful websites to help you cook, like my favorite Panlasang Pinoy.
Pro-tip: When you cook for lunch, try to double up the ingredients so it will last until dinner — that way, you don’t have to cook again later in the day.
12:00 — LUNCH
Tee is usually asleep by this time so it’s just me and Dreu. Usually, Dreu gets another milk by lunchtime so I wash the dishes while he’s having milk. Two birds with one stone. 🦅
1:00 PM — TV TIME/POOL TIME/ACTIVITY TIME
If you allow your kids to have some screen time (which I do), you can set some time for them to watch but make sure there’s a limit.
🚨 Pro-tip: If you’re using an Apple Device, you can set a time limit on the Guided Access feature which we use to limit Dreu’s screen time. The kids will know their time is up when the screen turns black and says, “TIME IS UP.”
Depending on the weather and my mood, it’s either TV Time or Pool Time. We are blessed to get unlimited access at the condo’s pool so I usually bring him there to tire him before his afternoon nap.
But if it’s raining or I’m just a bit lazy, it’s TV time or iPad Time.
2:00 PM AFTERNOON NAP
Depending on how many naps your child takes, make sure they do it in the afternoon to avoid being cranky in the evening. Normally, kids take their naps for 2-3 hours.
I always wanted to let him sleep around 1 in the afternoon, but he just doesn’t so I gave up and let him sleep by 2. Sometimes, it takes a while to put him to sleep but most of the time, he just sleeps on his own. 💤
3:00 PM ME TIME / MY NAP TIME / BLOGGING TIME
I know we have a lot of tasks to accomplish, but you can definitely sleep when the baby sleeps. But if you don’t want to, you can always watch an episode of How to Get Away with Murder or take a shower. 🚿
Once Dreu is asleep, I either use the time to have my last coffee or take a quick nap (or not). Honestly, I sometimes fall asleep with him. However, if I had my last coffee, this is the best time for me to blog because I can think better with a quiet house. I sometimes use this time to hang laundry if needed.
This is also the best time for self-care. I am still in the process but I try to incorporate self-care as much as possible.
4:00 PM DREU’S WAKE-UP TIME
Now he’s awake. Back to reality. 🙄
5:00 PM EITHER WALK OUTSIDE OR COOKING TIME
If there are no leftovers from lunch, I cook dinner. As I said, I love cooking. So it’s either we walk outside and go to the playground, or just stay inside. Lately, we don’t go out in the afternoon due to the volume of dengue cases lately, you just can’t be complacent.
6:00 PM TV TIME/DINNER/TEE’S PREP FOR WORK
This is a bit busy for us. After feeding Dreu, I usually allow him to watch a little TV while I heat Tee’s water for coffee and prep his baon.
7:00 – 8:00 PM CLEANUP
This is where dishes takes place, and this is when I pick up everything from the living room if I’m not too tired. I am making it a habit to clean up the night before so I don’t have to worry about it for tomorrow and it’s the start of a fresh new day! I just want tomorrow to be less stressed. 🧹
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM NIGHT SHOWER/BEDTIME
I know it’s a little late but because he wakes up late in the afternoon, he sleeps a bit late, so this is when I have Dreu his night shower so he can sleep soundly. Then after that, it’s bedtime. 🛌
This is what our normal day looks like.
Though most of the time it’s messed up because I have a toddler, this schedule keeps me sane and I bet my toddler’s happy too because every time I follow this schedule, he’s less cranky and tired. He knows the daily routine he has to follow.
I am a first-time mom so it’s not perfect and I’d love to hear how other mom’s daily schedule looks like. But, if you’re a first-time mom like me, I hope this helps.
Let me know in the comments below.