Morning Routine With A One Year Old | Just Add Ginger

I don't know if this is just Eric or if it's the case for other babies out there but he doesn't and hasn't ever really had a set routine. I touched on this a little bit in his one year update but what we do instead is anticipate each day's routine based on the night before. Quite a good sleeper, Eric normally gets 11-12 hours so - if he goes down at 7.30pm - we know we're looking at a 6.30am - 7.30am wake up window. 

baby boy smiling with a toy in his mouth

So, for the purpose of this post, and to give an example of what our routine looks like, let's say that Eric has gone down at 7.30pm the previous evening. Provided we have no classes, this is what our mornings consist of...


Eric wakes up 

7am - 7.30am 

Nappy change. 
Get dressed. 
First bottle (7-8oz) 

7.30am - 8am

Independent play / Outside play (weather dependent) 

8am - 8.45am 

Songs, rhymes and stories 
Brush Teeth 

8.45am - 9.45am 

Play time 
Movie (let's be honest - it's usually Moana) 

9.45am - 10.15am 

Play time (and I observe for nap cues) 

10.15am - 12.15pm 

Nap time (although Eric may not necessarily sleep for 2 hours) 

12.15pm - 1pm 

Nappy change
Songs & rhymes 

Eric's naps have always been inconsistent so again this is something we always have to work around because he is a baby who needs sleep because he is so active. If he doesn't go down, you have a grumpy, antsy child on your hands who is just impossible to please. Naps must take precedent so - if this was a day where we have a class and Eric was asleep - we would skip the class.

Fellow mummies I'm curious... does your baby have a set routine or do you keep things flexible? I'd love to know about your experiences in the comments.

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