I’m continuing my sample schedule series with our routine for the 9-12 month period.
- Newborn Sample Routine
- Sample 6 Month Schedule
- 9 to 12 Month Sample Schedule
- 18 Month Sample Schedule
- 2 Year Old Sample Schedule
- 4 Kids (4 Years and Under)
- Ultimate Newborn Sleep Schedule: Week by Week
Y’all don’t even know.
We’re not supposed to say we have a favorite age, but I mean really…. this 9 to 12-month phase is my absolute favorite. Okay fine, I said that at the 6 month age too…Why? They are sweet, gushy and cuddly, and they laugh a lot. All smiles and no attitude. Need I say more?
Notes about 9 to 12 month olds
- They are less sleepy than they used to be, but should still be taking two naps a day. If your baby takes one super long nap and has an early bedtime they may still get along without being overtired, but if that one nap isn’t at least 3 hours try putting them down twice.
- Solids are super important at this stage. Not only for their nutritional needs, but for sleep. All 4 of my kiddos wouldn’t sleep well or would wake super early if they hadn’t had adequate food throughout the day. Also, I was able to discern my milk supply wasn’t what it should have been due to this very thing.
Here is how to begin showing your baby how to follow their routine so they follow it as toddlers.
- This is when babies start crawling around, making huge messes, trying to empty the trash can, and want to shove everything in their mouths. While you may not need to “babyproof” in a very strict sense of the word, it is a time to practice more vigilance. But hey, you’re already used to being hyper-vigilant aren’t you?
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A sample routine (that I’ve used successfully with 4 babies) for 9 to 12 month old babies
Note: This is the routine I’ve used with all 4 of my babies, more or less at the same times. That’s not to say it’s the only way… there is probably not an “only way” for much in this life.
7:30 am – Milk and solids. If the baby hasn’t had a substantial bedtime snack he’ll wake earlier, but I don’t feed him milk or solids until this time because that encourages him to sleep later, which he will. We’ll eat breakfast, then he will have some free play with is siblings.
9:30 am – Morning nap. My 4th doesn’t take a long nap at this point, maybe 45 minutes, but that’s enough to keep him content and rested until his afternoon nap. If he wakes early, I’ll often put a few toys or board books in his crib and let him play as part of his independent play time.
11:30 am – Milk. I’d nurse him or give him a bottle at this time then let him play a bit more until noon, which is when we all have lunch at the table together. If he’s particularly hungry I’ll give him some finger food in his high chair so he isn’t antsy.
12:00 pm – Lunch at the table with siblings.
4:00 pm – Most days the baby sleeps until at least this time or even 4:30. Yes, this is what happens when you give them enough food! When he wakes up I’d nurse (though he is now 13 months and weaned… sob…) or give him the bottle.
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5:00 – 5:15 pm – Dinner. This is a very early dinnertime, but it works for us. We’ll all sit and eat as a family. I’d like to say it’s calm and peaceful but it’s loud and does my head in most nights. Let’s all be honest together. After dinner we’ll do the baths (though they don’t take one every single night), have free play, and generally get ready for bed. We’ll often read this book after we’ve finished eating together.
6:30 pm – Bedtime snack. I forget this about half the time, but it’s what helps the baby sleep later in the morning. I’ll usually do something like applesauce or yogurt. Just enough to top him off.
7:00 pm – Nurse/bottle and bed. My husband has always been “jealous” that I get to put the babies to bed. Mwahaha, mommy privileges. This is when the baby is calm and sweet and tired. Eyes rubbing, singing, praying, and off to bed.
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