Kaitlyn Preschooler Summary: Age 3

Daily life, schedule, and routine for a 3 year old toddler. See how the preschooler’s sleep was going and how eating was going.

3 year old at her birthda party

Now that Kaitlyn is three, she has moved into the preschooler category. That makes my heart hurt a little! Kaitlyn is my toddler! Oh sigh.


At the last summary, I mentioned that Kaitlyn wasn’t sleeping well for some naps.

That apparently was an issue of lack of physical exercise. Once the weather turned nice and she could get good play outside, she went back to sleeping well again. So she is once again taking great naps of about 2-3 hours a day and sleeping about 12 hours a night.

Something notable is that her nap starts later than it used to. It keeps her synced up with the other two kids more this way.

Another notable item is that she is sleeping in later. I was having to wake her up each morning so she could eat and get ready before I got McKenna up. Now we all eat together, and I am having us wait and eat on McKenna’s schedule, so Kaitlyn gets up later each morning.

>>>Read: When Do Children Stop Napping and What To Do Instead


Eating is going well. Kaitlyn has always had her issues with foods. Certain foods irritated her reflux. I don’t know if they still irritate her or if she just has bad memories, but she doesn’t like them. These are foods like berries and tomatoes.

I get that.

There are foods I still can’t eat because I threw up so much when I was pregnant with Brayden, so I understand the lack of ability to eat foods that have caused you pain, discomfort, or disgust. Someday she might like them. If not, oh well.


It is funny how something that was a seemingly huge issue three months ago is now a distant memory. Potty training is fabulous. She is fully trained and has no issues. She even wipes herself after she uses the bathroom, which is something I am still working on with my nearly five year old child.


Everything is great on the sibling front. Kaitlyn gets along well with both of her siblings. She looks up to Brayden and nurtures McKenna. She is very patient with McKenna and very kind to her.


Oh boy. The emotions started out high right around her third birthday. I asked around and mothers of girls said their daughters got highly emotional around age three, also. Kaitlyn is currently a month past her third birthday, and she isn’t super-emotional anymore. I am hoping it was a phase that is now over.

Around the same time of the high emotions, my husband and I realized that we had been keeping her up past her bedtime quite often. It was beautiful weather and we didn’t want to burn daylight putting kids to bed. But alas, it is something we must do 🙂 So we have been very consistent with it for the last few weeks.

>>>Read: How To Respond to Your Emotional Preschooler


Kaitlyn has a neighbor friend she loves to play with who is about her age. It is fun to see her developing a friendship.


Her tantrum peak I talked about in the last post is behind us. It has been replaced with emotions 🙂

3 year old schedule pinnable image


Times are approximate for the most part. This is the order of our day, but most times are “ish

7:30-8:00–wake. Take a bath and get ready for the day.
9:00–sibling playtime with Brayden and McKenna
9:15–help me with chores.
9:30-9:45ish–Learning activity.
10:30ish–independent playtime
11:30–Possible TV time. Most days she does independent play until 12:00
12:00–Free time with Brayden
12:30–lunch. We then play outside if it is a nice day. If not, we play inside all together.
1:30 or 2:00–nap
4:30–wake. Free time.
5:30ish–dinner followed by family time.
7:30-8:00–in bed