how should i keep track of my 9 month olds schedule?

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Katherine - posted on 09/03/2011

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My daughters slept when they were tired, ate when they were hungry and played in between.
I mean it was pretty much the same time everyday. But I didn't keep them on a rigid schedule.

Sherri - posted on 09/04/2011

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2 naps a day, 3 meals a day play time in between bedtime by around 7pm. We didn't lose the two naps a day until he was 19mo's and then we switched to 1 3hr nap a day with the rest relatively the same.



We live on schedules and my kids actually function a thousand times better knowing what to expect. When we don't follow our normal schedule bedlam takes over.

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Alexlv05 - posted on 09/05/2011

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Since time does not seem like reality when you have a newborn (or even moreso with multiples) I think the best thing to do is get a whiteboard and make a table and mark down the feeding/diapers/sleep (in hours) each time.

Kate CP - posted on 09/04/2011

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Ditto Lisa. My daughter is five so she has a set bedtime because of school. But my 7 month old son sleeps when he's tired and eats when he's hungry and plays or snuggles when he feels like it. He HAS fallen into a natural rhythm but I never push it.

Minnie - posted on 09/04/2011

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No schedules for us. I don't eat, sleep, play like clockwork. I don't expect my daughters to. Like Katherine, they sleep when they're tired, eat when they're hungry. I feel that's most respectful of their own persons.



They tend to fall into a natural rhythm, but it isn't an expectation of them.

Stifler's - posted on 09/04/2011

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Logan at 9 months used to wake up at 7, breakfast some water, bottle and then nap at 9am. Wake up play a bit have lunch then nap at 12 wake up snack play nap about 3 until 4 or 5 and then dinner at 530-6 and bed at 6-630.

Kellie - posted on 09/03/2011

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Naps plural? Lol my 9 month old thinks she's a toddler and has moved herself into one nap a day. I've allowed her to create her own routine, ATM it's wake 8:30/9:00am have a bottle, change nappy, get into clothes for the day have solids at about 10am, play, change nappy at 12:15pm (obviously before then if needed), bottle about 12:25pm asleep and in bed 12:30pm, wake at 2:30/3:00pm, change nappy, get ready for walk, 3:30pm go for walk home by 4:00pm (just starting to exercise so working up to a longer walk), bottle at 4:30pm, then play while I cook dinner, she has her solids at 6pm then a rusk (teething biscuit) while we eat dinner, play, bath, play, bottle at 8pm and is asleep and in bed buy 8:15pm.



This schedule is baby led, its what she's worked out for her little self and hasn't been implemented by me, essentially I follow her lead, it's her schedule made by her and respected by me.

Sylvia - posted on 09/03/2011

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Well, my question would be, why do you need to? ;)

Although I guess by 9 months my DD had basically settled into a routine -- she napped around the same times most days, and got cranky around the same times, and went to bed around the same time (and probably woke around the same times during the night, but fortunately since she slept with us I didn't need to really notice that). She nursed when she needed to, and she ate when we ate, or when she was hungry. She played ... when she wanted to play, I guess. How can you schedule playtime for a baby?

I had a routine, too, more or less: I got up when DD was up and needed a dry diaper, ate when I was hungry, and took a walk every afternoon (usually about 3km) during which I ran one errand, to make sure we got out of the house every day. Oh, and I think sometimes we went to the park, but maybe that was later. (DD is 9 now, so it's all a bit fuzzy.)

I get organized and schedule stuff when I have to, but I didn't find that it was necessary when I was home on mat leave with a baby. It was really nice, actually, not to have some strict feeding and napping schedule that we had to organize the rest of our lives around. With a toddler, every time you go out of the house you have to pack snacks and toys and books and heaven forfend you forget the favourite stuffed animal of the week!! With a baby, you just stick some clean diapers in a Ziploc bag, fill up your water bottle, grab your baby sling and your backpack, and go.

Lisa - posted on 09/03/2011

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We don't schedule because we're not a scheduling type of family. I tried it once and it pretty much lasted until we got home from the hospital with our first child. The nurses told me I needed to feed her every two hours and I thought bull-larkey am I waking a perfectly content sleeping child. I look at it as I'm allowing my children to learn to listen to their bodies or minds (or something all philosophical like that).
My 4 1/2 YO is starting school in a week and our schedule will be bedtime at 8 pm, up at 7 am, dress, breakfast, teeth, bus. She'll get home at noon and we'll have lunch. I know we’ll have a snack in the afternoon and everyone may or may not take a nap depending upon their ages (4 ½, 2 ½ and 7 months old) and current state of mind…or my current state of mind. We’ll have dinner around 6 pm and baths and family time before bed at 8.
The best way to schedule is do what’s best for your family. If having a schedule works, then plan out your days, just know that as your baby gets older, you’ll have to adjust your schedule periodically. If you’re not a schedule type family, just know that you’ll have to fit three meals, a couple of snacks and lots of activities in throughout the day.

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My girls were on a schedule from birth. My son pretty much never had a schedule cuz whatever he needed/wanted had to fit in w/ what his 6 year old sisters needed/wanted as well. He ate and slept on the go a lot. ;)

Katherine - posted on 09/03/2011

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Well it is now. But when my kids were little it was fly by the seat of my pants. Now they're 2.5 and 5.5 so they have a schedule.
Plus my older one is starting first grade in, ohmygosh 2 days.
So yeah they have a routine.

Elfrieda - posted on 09/03/2011

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Katherine, don't you get tired when you never know what to expect? I've never been much for routines, but ever since I became a mother I'm appreciating them more and more. It's so much easier, for example, to say, "Oh, it's time for morning snack. You get fruit, cheese, and a cracker, same as always, and then you go down for a nap." and it's the same thing every day, rather than go, "Oh, why are you whining? Are you hungry? What's in the fridge? Should I feed you a big meal now, or just a little one? Or is it that you're tired? When did you last have a nap, I can't remember?"



Maybe it's just that I'm kind of disorganized, so having the same thing happen every day lets me be disorganized (I call it "creative") still, but have about 6 fixed points in the day that I can rely on. Is your experience very different?

Elfrieda - posted on 09/03/2011

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Do you mean to tell a babysitter, or just to get your day in some kind of order?



My son didn't have a good schedule yet at that age, but at 10 months I finally implemented one and it worked really well. Two naps, one morning and one afternoon, and then I put him to bed at 7, fed him again (without really waking him up) at 10 or 11 o'clock, and then he'd sleep until 7ish the next morning. At 11 months I switched him to one 3 hour afternoon nap, which worked better for him to be happier, and me to be able to get out of the house in the morning.



I did the order where I fed him immediately when he woke up, then he'd play, and then it was time to sleep again.



The best I can say is to write down when he does those things, and after a few "normal" days, take a look at your notes and decide on a schedule that suits both you and the baby.



For example, my son would go to bed anywhere between 6 and 9, so I just decided that bedtime would be 7 o'clock, and it was close enough to his natural schedule that it worked.

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