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With 18month old

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#1 BRB

Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:42 AM

I feel like I'm in a bit of a rut and not sure what to do with DS 18 months all day every day. I'm interested to hear what your daily routines are like with kids around the same age

#2 ~chiquita~

Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:37 PM

I'm in a similar position OP. I'll be stalking this thread for replies.

#3 CherryAmes

Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:03 PM


My bub is nearly 16mths. She still breastfeeds on demand, generally before bed and on waking.

Wake, potty, dress, breakfast.

I put her in her playroom and do the housework. She is happy to play on her own - I usually have a music CD playing, e.g. playschool songs.

I hang out the washing, she comes outside and plays - her favourite thing is "painting" with water - the walls, fence etc. I may add bubbles, or food colouring to the water, or autumn leaves or something. She also has other things to play with outside, e.g. a ball.

We might go for a walk - she brings a little bag or bucket and "collects" things - like rocks, leaves etc. I surreptiously empty these before we go back inside!


Nap - I still feed her to sleep. Now I'm pregnant, I'm napping with her.

Play inside - I read books to her, sing songs, play games (she loves hide and seek), play with her blocks/shape sorter etc. She also enjoys drawing - this has to be carefully supervised!

Play outside - while I get the washing back in.

When her dad gets home, they play while I get dinner going. We eat dinner together, early, at about 6pm.

Bath/Story/Feed/Bed - around 7:30ish.

On some days we might go out to the library, shops etc - this is an example of a home day, like today.

BTW there is a very similar thread to this in the 24mth forum so you might want to check there, it's called "sahm what do you do all day"/

#4 premmie_29weeks

Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:17 AM

Before I had DS2 this loosely was our routine original.gif

Mornings: Nappy Change and Milk
DS1 plays and watches Wiggles while I put on the morning load of washing, tidy bedrooms and make breakfast for us. Breakfast about 7.30am. We chnage into his day clothes and he comes down to the garden to play while I hang laundry. I put him in his cot while I shower.

He has swimming and gymbaroo two mornings a week and is in family day care two days.

We go to the park, he actually prefers to just run these days so we walk in the park rather than going on equipment. Home for lunch about 11.30am, milk and a play in the garden. I make dinner when preparing his lunch.

Sleep 12.30-2.30ish most days.

Afternoons I pop him in the stroller and go for a walk. Or we visit MIL, or his cousins, or his great grandmother. Dinner is 5.30pm, Bath with Daddy and Bed by 7.30pm.

Now I work in DS2 (2 months) too, so slightly more complicated. But same sort of idea. I'm trying to work in DS2's 2nd sleep to coinside with DS1 so I get a short break in the middle of the day.

Other activities we've done - gybaroo, art classes, playgroups, indoor playcentres\.

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