How to keep your one year old happy all day

Manuela Castellanos

Nathan means gift from God.

And honestly, that’s exactly how I feel every time I have the opportunity to hug, feed and spend time with my baby! A quality many people highlight in my son is his tenderness and the peace he carries.

People have asked me if he is always so calm and happy, to which I always answer, “as long as he’s eaten, slept, and played a little, everything goes well!” Although I am no expert in parenting, I have understood that children need routine. They like to know what is going to happen next and enjoy repetition.

Today, I’d like to share what a regular day looks like for me with my one year old baby. Not every day is the same, but it’s just to give you an idea, especially to those who are expecting their first child! 😀

A day in the life of Nathan

7:00 am: He wakes up very happy waiting for mom or dad to walk into his room.

7:30 am: He eats breakfast with his brother Noah, eggs are his favorite!

8:00 am: He is ready for his day’s first activity. He likes to move around and play with his brother. If we have enough time, I like to take him to the park for a bit.

9:00-10:30 am: This is when he usually takes his first nap, especially if we’ve had some type of activity before. We have a baby-cam in his room, so we can work peacefully and keep an eye on him from wherever we are.

10:30 am: He is ready for his first snack of the day. Nathan currently has two teeth, and two more on the way. We usually give him yogurt, cheese, fruit, baby food, and cereal bars for kids.

11:00 am-1:00 pm: More play time with his brother. He loves to explore everything and his hobby is taking his older brother’s toys.

1:00 pm: Lunch time!

1:30 pm: He takes his second nap, usually for about 30-45 minutes.

2:00 pm: He wakes up and is ready for the third activity of his day. He had his first birthday party a few days ago and received many gifts from his friends. Although, if I’m honest, he loves to play with cables, plastic cups, and things that have not necessarily been designed for babies. At this age, Nathan loves to play with water!

4:00 pm: By now, he usually eats his second snack.

5:00-6:00 pm: If I’ve been at the office or focused on ministry things, this is the time I usually dedicate exclusively to my children. We try to go to the park and change the scenery. Getting out of the house at least once a day relaxes the children, and the parents!

6:30 pm: It’s time to bathe him, put on his pajamas and get him ready for bed.

7:00 pm: He is ready for his bottle and bed!