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.
- 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?
A sample routine for 9 to 12 month old babies
Note: This is the routine I’ve used with all 5 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.
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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The Key to a Good Routine
This may be so simple it goes without saying… but the key to a good routine is keeping the routine. It can be tricky to remember everything in order when you’re beginning, but once you get the hang of it, routine will be second nature. It can seem very difficult to get started doing or keeping a routine when you do not have one at all. Here are some ways you can learn to keep your routine.
Hang it up.
In my Rhythms, Routines, and Schedules ebook (see more below) I have 25+ sample routine printables from babies age 6 weeks to 5 years. You can take these printables and hang them in your nursery, on the fridge, or keep them in your planner. Whatever works. You can hang the routine cards as well and pretty soon you won’t need to reference anything, it’ll be second nature.
While you don’t need to live and die by the clock, setting your phone, watch, or a timer will help you keep aware of routine transitions. We can often get so wrapped up in what we’re doing we forget we’ve let the baby sleep 4 hours. Why is that bad? Because 4 hours is a stretch littles ones should only sleep at night! I set alarms on my phone that show on my watch and this works for us.
As with anything, if you want something to work then work it. Keep pushing what you’ve decided to do. If it doesn’t work then change it up a bit and keep going. Move forward. I assure you 100% that a routine will work if you keep at it.
Want Routine Printables to hang up?
If you want routines and schedules for not only the 9 to 12 month age, but 18 months, 2 years, and on and on I’ve got great news. I’ve created a book chock full of routines that work. Routines that keep babies well rested, happy, and content. Routines that account for all the things you need to do and they are mom tested. The best part? The book comes with printable routines (3 choices for each age) that you can hang up and use! So instead of having to reinvent the wheel every few months, you’ll have tried and true mom tested routines right at your fingertips.
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- know what is and isn’t working so you can make one tweak that’ll change your day
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