Brinley Toddler Summary {32 Months}

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Brinley checking out some baby ducks.

This is a summary for Brinley from 31.5-32 Months old.



Brinley is still napping each day for about 3 hours. She sleeps for about 12 hours at night. I still find a 1:30 nap start time is ideal for her emotional reaction to nap time, but also still have the internal conflict of nap vs. playtime with McKenna. There are only a couple of months left of school, and after that I think it might be easier to start at 1:30 because everyone will have been home all day. 


Something to note, Brinley can definitely handle skipping a nap some days if needed. She is usually fine on that day, but also a little emotional for the next day or two after the skipped nap. 



Eating is great. We really don’t have an issue with her getting down anymore during a meal. She might sometimes, but it isn’t multiple times a meal and not even once every meal. We have made a huge improvement there. 


Like most toddlers, she has some meals where she eats a couple of bites and insists she is done eating. It isn’t about what we are eating; she does it for foods she normally loves. This is totally normal toddler behavior. You have to kind of judge the moment. Sometimes they are doing it because they really aren’t hungry. In that moment, you let them stop eating. In other moments, they are doing it because they have something they really want to do. In those moments, it is okay to require a certain amount of bites be finished before they eat. For example, this morning, Brinley suddenly decided she wanted to play play doh. She declared she was done eating. I told her she could play play doh after she ate her yogurt all gone. She ate it up and moved on to her play doh. 



Play time is great. Brinley definitely loves to play.



According to Leman, the baby of the family loves to be the comedian, and that is true of Brinley (see 

Birth Order: The Youngest Child). She also loves being “little,” which I find surprising. I expected her to want to do everything like her siblings. She doesn’t complain about them doing things she can’t. She isn’t upset that they go to school without her. My husband told her the other day that she was getting so big and she told him, “No! I am tiny.” She also does not want to move into a big girl bed; she wants to stay, in her “baby bed.” I have never had a kid want to stay in the crib before. I had plans to move her this month, but she is loving the crib so we will stay. I have warned her that when she turns 3, she has to move to her big bed.



The new obsession in her life is Frozen. She was too young to be obsessed a year ago with the rest of the world (and McKenna), so she is doing it now. That is double the obsession time for me! She loves to dress up like Ana. She loves to play with her Frozen mini figures and stuffed animals, and she loves to watch Frozen. 



This is her typical daily schedule.


8:45 AM–Wake up/Breakfast

9:15 AM–Get ready

10:00 AM–TV time

10:30 AM–Independent Playtime

11:45 AM–Help get lunch ready/hang out with me doing stuff

12:15 PM–Lunch

12:45 PM–Learning Activity

1:00 PM–Sibling play with McKenna

1:30/2:00 PM–Nap

4:30/5:00 PM–Wake up and Free Playtime

5:30 PM–Dinner

6:00 PM–Family Time

7:30 PM–Get Ready for Bed

8:00 PM–Bedtime



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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. John
    April 15, 2015 / 8:45 AM

    Hi Val,Love reading what Brinley's up to as she is a similar age to my daughter. My daughter also loves her cot and does not want to sleep in a big girl bed. I am considering taking the side of the cot off and turning it into a toddler bed. My problem is that she loves her baby blanket so much and cries if I try and swap it for other blankets. It is much too small for her. I try and put it on top of other blankets so she can still snuggle it but she doesn't want the other blankets on. Any ideas as to what i can do?Also just wondering with Brinley's schedule if she finishes a scheduled activity early does she have free play like play doh or are there certain activities you allow her to do? If so what are they?Thanks jerusha

    • Valerie Plowman
      April 24, 2015 / 12:25 AM

      Jerusha, For the blanket, I would try other blankets, but it she doesn't want them, just put her in warm enough pjs. If she finished early, then I probably do so a thing with her or she would join me with whatever I was up to. If I couldn't do something, she would do free play but it would be play she could organize herself. So it would be her magnet letters, barbies, or the toy kitchen.

  2. Stephanie Kirby
    April 19, 2015 / 7:00 PM

    I just did the transition myself. My daughter was excited about the switch initially, but when it came time to do it, she was hesitant. It took her about 3 days to get used to it. At first, she was having trouble falling asleep. She's a natural limit tester, so she tried getting out of bed a couple times too, but she's doing great now! We got a bed really close to the ground. We don't need rails or anything on it. She really loves her big girl bed now! 🙂

    • Valerie Plowman
      April 24, 2015 / 12:22 AM

      Brinley is warming up to the idea. She told me yesterday that she wanted to sleep in a big girl bed. But she still vacillates. She loves being the baby!

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