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How to Make a Schedule for Your Toddler
Between cleaning, working online, running errands and trying to get some alone time, planning your days can be a real pain. I personally struggled to make sure I was spending enough 1 on 1 time with my daughter but now with a daily schedule worked out, I never forget the laundry in the washer or lose out on time with my daughter.
First thing is first, decide what needs to be done daily. Obviously your little one needs to eat, possibly nap, sleep, have a bath and one on one time. You probably need to do laundry, dishes, clean the bathroom, vacuum, etc. Decide how often everything needs to be done, make a laundry day (or do it everyday like me), a vacuuming day, a moping (or Swifter :D) day.
I like to keep Friday's reserved to vacuum to Friday night the house is all in order and I can truly relax like I should. Remember you can multitask, you can vacuum while your little one eats (so long as it doesn't scare the wits out of them) or you can do laundry while they are napping.
Workout your day so your not doing loud things while it's nap time. Give yourself some time too, being a stay at home mom can make it hard to remember you should actually dress in something other than pajamas all day.
Start off planning breakfast, start some laundry if you are going to do it this day or everyday. Get yourself dressed and any messes from bedtime cleaned up (ex. soiled sheets,make the bed,nightlights turned off, music turned off). Now you have until your little one is done eating to get a few things done, do you have a diaper pail that needs to be emptied or trash and recyclables that need to be taking care of? If you have extra time, try to get things set up for some play time then clean up everything from breakfast and get your little one dressed and ready for the day.
While they play, if you have them in a secure location where they cannot hurt themselves you should be able to check on the laundry and if it's done, take care of it. This time of day is perfect for vacuuming, dusting, mopping, etc. Get the bigger jobs done while your child is happy and carefree. The last thing you want is a child yelling at you while you are mopped into a corner.
After that if you work online like I do, you can now go manage accounts and work! After that is lunch time, checking the laundry again, clean up, 1 on 1 time then hopefully nap time! Utilize their nap time to get any phone calls done, any small tasks (organizing files, throwing out old leftovers in the fridge, etc.). Once naptime is over you can set them up to play again and you can work or you can spend more 1 on 1 time with them.
After that should be getting supper ready and then supper itself. Then clean up, bath time and reading to your little one. Try to spend at least 20 minutes every night reading to your toddler, it is very important for their development as well as this being some more 1 on 1 time. After reading, if you didn't read them to sleep, it is bedtime and a shower for yourself if need be. I personally take a monitor into the bathroom so I can keep an ear out for her while I get myself cleaned and relaxed.
You can tweak this schedule to your needs, maybe you want a day or a time of day to be a play-date or you need to run to the store. Good luck in making your schedule and let me know if you have any other good suggestions for creating a toddler schedule.