Quarantine schedule struggles with a toddler

April 14, 2020

Alright y’all, I’m officially in my fifth week working from home. I am not going to lie, it has not been easy!

At first when we were told we were going to start working from home, I didn’t think about it too much. I already do some work from home so I’m pretty used to it... or so I thought!

The first couple weeks were pretty rough. Our schedule was completely off. We have (or had) our daily routine and were pretty good about sticking to it. But now, with me being home 24/7 you already know I went off track!!!

You see, this wouldn’t be an issue if it was just me I had to worry about, if I could go to bed late and sleep in, or just readjust my schedule entirely. NOPE! This means my 18 month old Arian also went off schedule. And believe me, it was not pretty! 

As we were staying up late binge watching Netflix, our young one stayed up too. Of course, not thinking about it too much we didn’t think it was a big deal. A few days went by and next thing we know his schedule is completely off! 

Usual schedule: 
9 am - wake up and play
10 am - eat 
11-1:30 pm play 
1:30-3:30 - eat then nap 
3:30 - some more play 
6 pm - eat 
8 pm - bath time 
9 pm - bed time 
9:30 pm - 9 am - sleeping peacefully 

Quarantine schedule 
6 am - wake up and play (with an extra touch of energy)
8 am - eat
9 am - 12 pm - play time 
12:30 - eat 
12:30-2:30 - nap 
3 pm  eat 
3:30-7 - play 
7 pm - eat 
8 pm - bath time 
8 pm - midnight - play 
Midnight - 6 am - sleep and wake up at least 2 times 

This boy went from sleeping 13.5 hours in a day and sleeping through the night, to sleeping only 8 hours in a day and waking up at least twice at night!!!

And yes, yes! I know it’s our fault for not sticking to a schedule (something we’ve always been pretty good at). But come on, I think everyone has been off schedule with this whole situation! 

Finally, we are getting back on track (except today, as I am typing this at 11:37 pm trying to put him down). But it’s okay, it just takes consistency, patience and lots of love! 

I will be incorporating more Montessori style play starting next week and I am so excited ! I will be rearranging his “baby” play area into a toddler Montessori play area, so stay tuned for that! 

Thanks for reading friends! And remember, one day we will look back and hope we had another chance to spend more time with our little ones. So enjoy it while it lasts !!!! 


  1. Oh no! This is definitely a change for all of us even kids. I'm a SAHM with two toddlers so thankfully their routine has stayed pretty much the same so we haven't experienced any sleep regression issues...but we have in the past when they were younger and I definitely relate to this! Hang in there! You've got this!

  2. Hopefully he gets back on track soon! My son is 9 and we are off our schedule big time too!

  3. I have found that it is VITAL that we keep a schedule especially during this quarantine. I was so bummed because my boys were supposed to start a new school right when this all started making it so that my toddler would have afternoons to himself again. I was hoping I could get him to nap again but there's no way with his brothers at home. One can still dream. LOL!

  4. It’s definitely been a challenge trying to find a schedule that works for everyone. I hope he gets back on track soon. My daughters schedule has been all over the place this last week. So, your not alone.