typical routine/13 months

Samantha - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I am trying to get my 13 month on some kind of routine during the day. Right now we are all over the place(with feeding ecspecially) What is a good routine for eating and naps that will put her in bed between 8 and 9?

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Amanda - posted on 11/28/2009

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My 14 month old wakes at 6am and has breakfast, then has a cup of milk and goes down for a sleep at 9am. Has lunch at 12 and then goes down for a second sleep around 1.30. Dinner is at 5.30 and then a cup of milk and bedtime at 7pm. Some days he only has one sleep.. depends on what we are doing that day.

Anna - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

Wow! I notice a lot of parents here are able to get their child in bed btwn 8-9pm and they sleep all night! That is amazing! My son is 15 months old and his daily routine is like this.

7-8:30am Wake up for bottle
9:30am Yogurt time/breakfast
*He'll play and snack until he's tired or hungry.
1-2pm Nap time (nap ranges from 30 mins to 3 hrs!)
Depending when he wakes up I'll give him snacks.
He'll then play until Daddy gets home and we prepare for dinner.
After dinner he'll play more until around 9pm for bathtime.
Usually he'll sleep after a bath but for the past few months he's been staying up after bathtime until midnight and sometimes even later!
If he takes a bottle before bed he'll sleep till 7am, but if not he'll wake up anytime btwn 2am to 4am for a bottle and then fall back asleep until 11am.
Am I doing something wrong? Why is my child not sleeping through the night?
I also wonder, what do you feed a 15 month old?? How much should he be eating??


NOOOO more bottles...number one!! let him cry...go in and check on him change his diaper and put him back in bed..do not give him a bottle...walk out he is ok...he is used to feedings...a persons stomach is the size of their fist...so just offer him a balanced meal chicken cut up and steamed veggies..and maybe some kind of bread...I try and give it at the end...so they fill up on the good stuff... you have to understand its not something you are doing its just that he needs to know your in control. He is used to that bottle at  2am...you have to let him no he is not getting it...

Kelly - posted on 11/27/2009

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My routine

My child wakes up at 6am.... she has a bottle of milk and hangs around while we wake up... at 7am she ahs breakfast.

9-10 she will have a nap... depending on the night shes had... if she woke up during the night or something disturbed her it could be and hour or more... if it was a good night maybe about 45min. When she wakes she will have a snack and some water or tea ...



I normally take her outside and do active play...in a shaded area... then her lunch time... 1-2pm she will start getting clumsy and that is time for a nap again... she will sleep until 3pm... and then snack again. (snack is a few pieces of cheese, or acrackers,or one or 2 slices of ham...she also loves rasins...) If she seems hungry at this point I will give her something more substantial ((My child is on target for weight...she is 9.8kg's))

And then at 6pm she sits at the dinner table with us, her high chair right next to us, and she will nibble and mess around with her own small plate of dinner.



Hubby runs her bath and plays with her while I clean the kitchen... I bath her and hubby takes her out and dresses her. While she is being dressed she has a bottle of Milk again... and then she normally will lie with her dad and then 8pm she gets put into bed.



I went to a baby seminar and they suggested if you want to get your child to sleep, put them in their cot in their room, say good night and close the door (there is no difference confining them in a cot than closing a door on them) if they protest and cry go in hug and kiss then leave them for 10min...even if they cry... and repeat that ,

It was really hard the first day... she cried for about 40min... but the next day only 15min and now 2 weeks later she even points to her cot when she is tired and takes my hand and walks me to her room!!!



Some people prefer only one nap by now... but it is your choice and I try to keep the lunch time nap,t if my becaus eonce your child starts pre-school and they are half day... you can keep that part of your schedual.

A well rested child is a happy child. I found that she sleeps a bit more than other children but she NEVER gets sick...she will get a bit of a cold but will brush it off withing 48hrs...She stays good humoured and the naps allow mommy to recharge. On weekends we don not have a particular schedual... we go out she goes along. If we get visitors I do allow her to tell me when she wants her naps... normally she will go to sleep at 9pm even if there are kids her age.

Sometimes she might fall asleep at around 4pm, but try and keep her busy and rather she slept at 7pm...

My friends daughter, only has one nap and goes to bed at 6pm... I personally want my child to spend some time with dad so they have the quiet time before bed, he isnt always home by 6pm. Make your schedual around your family!





:)



Best wishes and

Susan - posted on 10/23/2009

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6am - wake up & breast feed straight away
7/7.30am - breakfast
8.30/9.30am - sleep any where from 30 mins to 2 hours
10/10.30am - snack if awake
12 noon - lunch
1.30pm - breastfeed & sleep (hopefully 1.5 hous)
3.30pm - snack
5.30pm - dinner
6.30pm - bath
7/7.30pm - story, breastfeed & bed

DONNA - posted on 11/20/2009

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we get up between 645 and 7. get ready to take sissy to school(breakfast change diaper get dressed(have coffee take dog out start car)get other two ready then leave at 810 to get her to school by 820. come home and have snack because she doesnt eat much when she first gets up. play some and clean some. at 11 we have lunch then she lays down for nap(about an hour sometimes 2)then when she gets up we have another snack around one. dinner at about 430-530. snack at about 730. then bed at 8-9. thats also when her big sister goes to bed. hope this helps

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Stephanie - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Anna:



Quoting Stephanie:

Wow! I notice a lot of parents here are able to get their child in bed btwn 8-9pm and they sleep all night! That is amazing! My son is 15 months old and his daily routine is like this.

7-8:30am Wake up for bottle
9:30am Yogurt time/breakfast
*He'll play and snack until he's tired or hungry.
1-2pm Nap time (nap ranges from 30 mins to 3 hrs!)
Depending when he wakes up I'll give him snacks.
He'll then play until Daddy gets home and we prepare for dinner.
After dinner he'll play more until around 9pm for bathtime.
Usually he'll sleep after a bath but for the past few months he's been staying up after bathtime until midnight and sometimes even later!
If he takes a bottle before bed he'll sleep till 7am, but if not he'll wake up anytime btwn 2am to 4am for a bottle and then fall back asleep until 11am.
Am I doing something wrong? Why is my child not sleeping through the night?
I also wonder, what do you feed a 15 month old?? How much should he be eating??





NOOOO more bottles...number one!! let him cry...go in and check on him change his diaper and put him back in bed..do not give him a bottle...walk out he is ok...he is used to feedings...a persons stomach is the size of their fist...so just offer him a balanced meal chicken cut up and steamed veggies..and maybe some kind of bread...I try and give it at the end...so they fill up on the good stuff... you have to understand its not something you are doing its just that he needs to know your in control. He is used to that bottle at  2am...you have to let him no he is not getting it...





Anna, but his cryings increase if you ignore him and I'm afraid the neighbors might call the cops on me.  How long should I let him cry?

Anna - posted on 12/09/2009

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I have a wonderful routine and it works for me! But it might not work for you...you have to be tough..letting them cry is not a bad thing...especially if you know they are not in pain or something. My twin daughters wake up about 8 in the morning..we change diapers, eat breakfast, clean up, and play... and eat lunch at 11:30 we lay down..for a nap..they may cry for about 5 min but then they go to sleep. They sleep between one to two hours..waking up to snack and playing...they sometimes take a small nap at around 3 depending on how fussy they get...then wake up play...eat dinner and take a bath...we start winding down arout 7:30 and by then they are ready to sleep...I usually dont actually put them in bet till eight. You have to be in control now matter what age. I try and assure them how much I love them and say its time to go to sleep. I tuck them in and lay them down. Turn off the light and walk out. i do not go back in there...Crying doesnt hurt them or mean you dont love them...after a while they go to sleep without crying..it works...you just have to be tough..hope this helps you!

Stephanie - posted on 12/06/2009

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Wow! I notice a lot of parents here are able to get their child in bed btwn 8-9pm and they sleep all night! That is amazing! My son is 15 months old and his daily routine is like this.

7-8:30am Wake up for bottle
9:30am Yogurt time/breakfast
*He'll play and snack until he's tired or hungry.
1-2pm Nap time (nap ranges from 30 mins to 3 hrs!)
Depending when he wakes up I'll give him snacks.
He'll then play until Daddy gets home and we prepare for dinner.
After dinner he'll play more until around 9pm for bathtime.
Usually he'll sleep after a bath but for the past few months he's been staying up after bathtime until midnight and sometimes even later!
If he takes a bottle before bed he'll sleep till 7am, but if not he'll wake up anytime btwn 2am to 4am for a bottle and then fall back asleep until 11am.
Am I doing something wrong? Why is my child not sleeping through the night?
I also wonder, what do you feed a 15 month old?? How much should he be eating??

Sara - posted on 12/06/2009

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wow ur babies wake up so early lol ... Madelyn will wake up aroun 930-10 , 1030 breakfast then she plays with her sister pretty much until lunch 12-1230 we have lunch then she will get down and play till about 2-230 and then she lays down for usually 2-3 hrs wakes up for dinner 530 i usually have dinner then free time and then bout 730 I start getting her ready for bed and by 830-9 shes down for the count.

Erin - posted on 11/30/2009

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Routine is key to a happy baby; if we go off, he is really fussy at bedtime.
8:00- wake up
8:30- breakfast
9-12- playtime
noon- lunch
12:30-2- nap
3:00- snack
3-6 playtime
6:00- dinner
8:00- bath
8:30- bedtime

Hope that helps!

Jessica - posted on 11/21/2009

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Routine is very important. Getting started will be hard the first day or two cause your 13 month isn't use to the change yet. But once u get started on your routine and stick with it....it will pay off in the years to come! Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/20/2009

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We've had our 14 month old on a pretty decent schedule for quite a while now. He is starting to shorten his am nap, but not quite ready to give it up completely.
7:30am - wake up
8am - breakfast (cereal, fruit, sippy cup milk)
8:30 - 10:30am - play time
10:30 - nap time (anywhere between 45 min and 1.5 hrs now)
11:30 or 12pm - lunch time (cottage cheese/applesauce, finger foods & milk)
12:30 - 2:30 play time
2:30 - snack (fruit/finger foods & juice or milk)
3pm - nap (again usually around 1 hr)
4pm - small snack of milk/crackers if needed & play time
6pm - dinner (fruit, veggie, protein & sippy cup of milk
6:30 - 8pm play time
8pm - bath/books/bottle of milk (only bottle he gets now is his last feeding)
8:30 pm bedtime

Emily - posted on 11/20/2009

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After some trial-and-error, this is what I found works for me:
Both kids up at 7:00
Breakfast by 7:30
Bath time 8:00
First Snack time 10:00
Lunch 12:30
Nap time 1:00-2:30/3:00 (they don't always wake up at same time)
Second Snack time after both kids are awake (3:30)
Dinner 6:00
Bedtime routine 7:30-8:00
Baby down at 8:00
Toddler Lights out by 8:30 (no exceptions).
Note: A balance of active playtimes and quiet playtimes works best for me. If they go outside in the morning then in the afternoon it's inside. Or vice versa. And my errands are always well before naptime so that they do not fall asleep in the car - this will always screw up your routine! And healthy snacks are the way to go (fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.)

Jenny - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

It's so nice to see that all babies are sleeping differently. Emma only naps for max of 1 hr at a time at home with me. At daycare she's been sleeping 3 hours...not sure how she gets her to do that! But Emma's sched is along the lines of the others:
7 (sometimes 7:30) - wake and nurse
8 - breakfast (cereal, milk, yogurt, fruit etc)
10 or 10:30 - snack
try for a nap at 11 or 11:30
12 or 12:30 - lunch (if she didn't sleep)
try for another nap between 1 and 2
2:30 or 3 - snack
5 or 5:30 - dinner
7 - bedtime (bath first every other night)


This is my schedule with my daughter also and if you stick to it they eventually get used to it

Jael - posted on 11/16/2009

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I found out that when Garnette got off schedule it was often because she was hungry. I quit giving her toddler size portions and gave her a full plate and let her eat until she was full for her meals. She eats a lot but is finally in a growth spurt again. Hope things work out for you!

Jessica - posted on 11/10/2009

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It's so nice to see that all babies are sleeping differently. Emma only naps for max of 1 hr at a time at home with me. At daycare she's been sleeping 3 hours...not sure how she gets her to do that! But Emma's sched is along the lines of the others:

7 (sometimes 7:30) - wake and nurse

8 - breakfast (cereal, milk, yogurt, fruit etc)

10 or 10:30 - snack

try for a nap at 11 or 11:30

12 or 12:30 - lunch (if she didn't sleep)

try for another nap between 1 and 2

2:30 or 3 - snack

5 or 5:30 - dinner

7 - bedtime (bath first every other night)

Claire - posted on 11/03/2009

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my sons routine is:-

6am awake/playtime

7.30am breakfask and sippy cup milk or water

9am-snacks with sippy cup water

11ish- bottle and nap time for 30-45mins

1pm-dinner

2pm-nap time for an hour

4pm-tea and sippy cup water

5pm-bath (every other night)

6pm-bedtime

my son had a routine from about a month old. good luck

Tabitha - posted on 10/26/2009

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Obviously all children have their own schedule, but my 13 month old twin boys are on this schedule:
7:30am - wake up/playtime
8:15-8:30am - breakfast and a sippy cup of whole milk
10:30am - small snack with sippy cup
11:30-11:45am - Lunch and sippy cup of whole milk
12:30pm - naptime
3:30pm - snack with sippy cup of whole milk
5:30pm - Dinner with sippy cup of whole milk
7:30pm - Bathtime (every-other-night)
8:00pm - Bedtime

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730/8am - wake up
830/9am - breakfast (depends on when he wakes up) and a sippy of milk
1pm - lunch and another sippy of milk
2/230pm - naptime
7pm - dinner and another sippy
9pm - bedtime

He gets a bath between dinner and bedtime. He drinks water throughout the day as he wants it (we have a sippy floating around lol), and if he's particularly hungry between meals he'll get a snack. I let him nap for however long he wants, usually it's at least an hour but it ranges from 30 min to 2 hours. Same with waking up in the morning... he's my alarm clock! :)

Angel - posted on 10/24/2009

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well it all depends what time she gets up. I worked for many months to get Jaden on a routine and I think we finally have one. He goes to bed at 8:30pm, gets up between 5-6am. He has breakfast within an hour after waking up usually by 7am. He has play time and then a small snack at 9am and up to his room for a nap, he sleeps about and hour and 20-30mins on first nap then up and some play time and then lunch between 11:30-12noon, sometimes he gets a few yogurt melts and juice to hold him over till lunch, then more playing and tearing up lol,a nap at 3pm which is about an hour long with a 2-2:30snack and drink before nap, up and supper at 5:00pm with or without a few treats to hold him over if he needs them and then play time so tv, and at 7:30pm some oatmeal cereal and then at 8pm he goes upstairs to explore and play and then at 8:15pm in the tub and then after dressed in pjs he gets rocked until he falls asleep for bedtime. For the longest time I did not go by the clock but by when and how long he was up or sleeping. Just start by pasing out the time between wake up and the next feeding. He likes to change things up on me every so often but basically he eats after being awake for about and hour and then stays awake for about 3and a half hours before his next sleep time...hope it helps a little

Amanda - posted on 10/22/2009

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6:15 - wake up & have breakfast

9:00 - snack

11-1:30 nap time

1:30 - lunch

4 - snack

6 - dinner

7 - bed time!

Chelsea - posted on 10/22/2009

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6:45 Wake

7:30 Breakfast

9:15 Nap

10 Wake

10:30 Snack

12 Lunch

1:30 Nap

3 Wake

3:30 Snack

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Bath

7 Dinner

4:30 Am or so Wake to nurse



She breastfeeds on demand roughly 4 times a day.

Sunrise - posted on 10/22/2009

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I work M-F so I'm up and out of the house with all three kids by 6:15am. At daycare Kiera, lately, has been taking only one nap. On the weekends Kiera is awake for 3 hours and will go down for a 30-45 minute nap. She will go down again for an afternoon nap (time depends on what we have going on) and will nap again for 30-45minutes. She goes to bed (depending largely on what we have going on) between 8 & 9pm.



Although we strive to stick to a familiar routine and keep naps based at roughly the same time each day, Kiera is good at setting her own schedule and will use the sleep sign or say "nigh nigh" (night night) or do both when she is tired. This has worked out beautifully.

Emily - posted on 10/21/2009

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My son's routine wake up whenever ( between 7:30-8) , then breakfast pancakes, cereal, oatmeal whatever... then plays outside, inside ( we read books or go to see the goats) until he gives me the cue he's tired (slows down starts to whine more, etc.) I give him drink of water or milk and off to bed he goes for at least 2 hours sometimes 3. If he sleeps longer then it's a shorter nap later in the afternoon.. He usually wakes up around 1 he eats lunch, and then we run errands play some more and wait for daddy to come home. I give him his water tippy often throughout the day He has another nap between 3-4 for one to two hours. We eat dinner around 5:30-6. Then tub time at 7:30. 8 o'clock is bedtime and he is out like a light:) And will sleep a good 11-12 hours. However, if he does go to sleep later he will sleep in later and not take as long a nap in the morning, but hey we got to sleep in:) Hope this is helpful:)

Alicia - posted on 10/21/2009

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My son Lucas just transitioned to one nap during the day. I would totally recommend a routine, it keeps Mom sane, and baby happy!!

Wake up 7/7:30, and has a bottle right away
Breakfast at 8, cheerios, rice cereal, apple sauce
Play time between 8:30 and 11:00, then another bottle of milk
Around noon I feed him lunch and shortly afterwards he goes for an afternoon nap, approx 2 hours
When he wake up he gets another bottle/snack, and playtime
Dinner is at 5PM
Then Playtime with Daddy
Bedtime is 7

Good luck

Dana - posted on 10/21/2009

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Routine is very important I've found to my sanity! The baby's as well LOL
My daughter gets up at 7:00 every morning. We have breakfast first and playtime.
She was napping at 8:00am but that is phasing out now...once in a while she'll still get tired enough to take her morning nap for about an hour.
If not, she'll go down for her first nap at around 11:00. Usually she'll sleep for 1-2 hours. If she does take her morning nap, I'll put her down around noon.
She has lunch when she wakes from her afternoon nap then it's playtime, errands, park or a walk.
5:00 it's dinner time for her. Then Daddy takes her for a walk to give Mommy a break :-)
6:30 it's bath time and our bedtime routine...books or quiet activity until she goes to bed at 7:00.
We're in a transistion phase right now so our schedule isn't rock solid. It should work itself out soon though as she's taking less and less morning naps. It helps a lot to know what the schedule is...I hope that you can find one that works for you. Babywise is a great read if you need more help!

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My baby girl sleeps really well. Depending on when she gets up in the morning, which can vary considerably, I usually feed her breakfast then have playtime until late afternoon then I give her a snack and put her to bed for her first nap. Then she gets up, eats lunch, playtime or a walk to the park, then late afternoon I give her a snack and then another nap... she gets up for supper, playtime with Dad when he gets home then bedtime snack and bed by 8pm.

I tend to be a structured person by nature anyway so we seemed to just fall naturally into this routine. But I will say that giving her a snack right before she sleeps helps her go to sleep a lot better.... Good Luck!

Caryn - posted on 10/21/2009

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The older your child gets the harder it will be to develope a routine of any sort. Start now if your wanting one and stick with it.

Our daily routine goes as follows;

7AM- wake up/breakfast

720- take daddy to work, and sister to school

750- home for morning nap

10/1030-wake up/small snack

1030-1145- playtime- single and with mom

1145-lunch

12/1215- naptime

2-wake up/playtime

3-pick up sister

315-errands if any for the day, otherwise home for playtime

430- pick up dad, then home to make dinner

515ish-dinner

6-nap

7- bath/playtime/reading

745-8 bedtime



Yes my son sleeps a lot..lol.

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