Best Morning and Evening Routines for Toddlers

Morning and evening routines are important for toddlers for several reasons:

1. Establishing predictability and structure: Toddlers thrive on predictability and routine. Having a consistent routine helps them feel more secure and confident in their environment.

2. Promoting healthy habits: Establishing healthy habits early on can set the stage for a lifetime of good health. Morning routines that include healthy breakfasts and hygiene habits like brushing teeth and washing hands, and evening routines that include a consistent bedtime routine can help promote healthy habits.

3. Supporting development: Morning routines that include educational activities and outdoor play can help support a child's cognitive and physical development. Evening routines that include quiet play, reading, and a consistent bedtime can help support a child's emotional and social development.

4. Improving sleep: A consistent bedtime routine can help a child wind down and prepare for sleep, improving the quality and quantity of their sleep.

Here are some ideas for the best morning and evening routines for toddlers.

Routine Morning Evening
Waking Up & Going to Bed Give a cuddle and a greeting, change diaper if necessary Help them brush their teeth and get ready for bed
Nutrition Offer a healthy breakfast with a mix of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs Serve a light meal or snack to prevent hunger before bedtime
Playtime Encourage active play or provide educational activities to stimulate their minds Encourage quiet play or calm activities to wind down
Outdoor Time Spend at least 20 mins per day outside, weather permitting. Even on cold or rainy days, dress appropriately to get some fresh air. Avoid stimulating activities like screen time at least 1 hour prior to bed time.
Nap Time Provide a quiet, comfortable space for them to nap. Change into appropriate sleeping clothes, if necessary. Follow a consistent bedtime routine, including a set bed time, bath, story time, and cuddles
Hygiene Help them wash their hands and face, and brush their teeth Help them bathe and change into clean pajamas


Establishing morning and evening routines for toddlers can help promote their physical, emotional, and cognitive development, while also providing them with a sense of structure and predictability that can contribute to their overall well-being.

It's important to note that each child is unique and may have different preferences and needs. Parents should adapt these routines based on their child's individual needs and schedule.

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