Summer Morning Routine with a Toddler

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I love mornings. I love how she snuggles up against me, still tired-eyed and barely awake. We grab one of her favorite books and cuddle together on the couch or the bed. She flips the pages as I read aloud to her. It’s definitely my favorite part of my morning routine with a toddler.

I just want to take a moment to sulk in the fact I am now calling my baby a toddler. This is my first toddler post! Ugh, what is life guys?! So crazy. Anyways…I digress.

Our summer morning routine isn’t really all that different from our winter routine, except that we incorporate the outdoors now, which has been so nice.

Now, I love mornings, but I haven’t quite mastered them personally. I don’t wake up at 5 a.m. like all the productive moms tell you to do (although I really should). But while I might not get up the earliest, we still have a really great system in place that works for us.

My husband participates in a good chunk of our morning routine before he goes off to work, which is amazing.

My goal for this post is to give you some ideas for how your husband can help you in the mornings. It’s also to provide stay at home moms ideas for how to go about your mornings with a toddler. And lastly, to just give you a little glimpse into part of our day!

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Our morning routine with a toddler

6:00am: Brendan gets up and gets ready for work and starts prepping Hadleigh’s bottle of almond milk and breakfast

6:30am: Hadleigh wakes up, Brendan changes her and takes her out of the her sleep sack, they cuddle up on the couch and read a book

7:00am: Brendan puts her in her highchair and makes her breakfast (check out some of these meal ideas for babies/toddlers). I wake up and make myself coffee

7:30am: Brendan leaves for work, we video chat with grandparents (we live out of town so we like her to be able to see them as much as possible)

8:00am: Hadleigh plays with toys while I write or edit photos and sip my coffee

8:30am: we snuggle up and read another book. She starts to get tired around this time

9:00am: she takes her morning nap, I get ready for the day and make myself breakfast

10:00am: Hadleigh wakes up, she drinks a bottle of almond milk while watching Word Party on Netflix and I prep her a snack

10:15am: we go on a morning walk around or neighborhood in the stroller while she eats her snack

11:00am: after our walk we play outside for bit or run errands

I am so grateful that my husband participates as much as he can in our morning routine. That extra 30 minutes of sleep I get really does help! God knows I need all the energy I can muster when I have a full day with a toddler.

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For more ideas of how dad can help in the morning, watch this weekend routine video by mom blogger, Tara Henderson. She makes amazing routine videos.

Brianna K also shares a great summer morning routine with two toddlers video.

So tell me, are you a morning person too?!



  1. May 29, 2019 / 9:34 pm

    That sounds so peaceful! Not to mention productive! My little lady dropped her morning nap quite early on so our mornings are much more active!

    • laurashelighblog
      May 29, 2019 / 9:57 pm

      yes I am definitely lucky she still takes a morning nap! but her naps sometimes only last 30 minutes (an hour if I’m lucky)!

  2. May 29, 2019 / 10:31 pm

    Very helpful! Always nice to see how others spend their mornings!

    • laurashelighblog
      May 30, 2019 / 7:50 am

      yes I love seeing other people’s routines too! 🙂

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