NINE TO TWELVE MONTHS
Between nine and twelve months of age, babies should ideally be sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night and be having two naps a day for about one to two hours each. Babies at this age can be awake for 3 to 4 hours at a time but it is wise to watch for tired signs and don’t let your baby get overtired. It is a transitional time for them and they are probably starting to crawl and walk so they can get very tired very quickly. Eating well is vitally important for routine and sleeping, and babies should now be eating three solid meals a day plus morning and afternoon tea ...view middle of the document...
Routine and ritual enable a child to understand what’s coming next, what they can expect and what is expected of them. It helps them make better sense of the world around them. So be very conscious of the routine and ritual that makes up your’s and your child’s life and if you don’t have a routine as yet, it is a great time to start one.
24 HOUR IDEAL ROUTINE
6am – 7am Breast or bottle feed (If baby wakes at 5am she may go back to sleep for an hour or so after her feed, this is okay) Breakfast Give a drink of water (cup or bottle) or a little milk in a cup
7am – 9am
**If your baby wakes late and doesn’t have an early morning feed, they can have their milk feed after breakfast 9am – 11am 11am 12pm – 1pm Morning Sleep – this can obviously be flexible if you need to go out etc, but while starting the routine it is good to stay at home and get this sleep established. Morning tea snack – this is optional, if baby is asleep or not interested, don’t worry. It is good though to use to distract them if they are looking for a milk feed. Lunch time Breast or bottle feed
1.30ish – 3pm Afternoon sleep. 3pm – 4pm 5pm – 6pm 6.30pm 7pm Afternoon tea snack – same as morning tea. Dinner You can also give water or juice with the meal or a small cup of milk. Bath time, then some quiet play time Breast/bottle feed
7.15 – 7.30pm Bedtime Bedtime ritual must always be the same.