When my LO (little one) was in her first year I used sample schedules frequently. I wanted to know what other babies were doing so I could know what to expect from my daughter and how best to plan her day. Once she turned one, finding sample schedules seemed few and far between. And the ones I did find seemed unrealistic.
What you can expect from your 12 month old:
- Between 13-14 hours of sleep. For awhile I went crazy trying to make her nap two times a day. I soon began to focus on the amount of sleep she was getting rather than the quantity of naps. If your LO is getting between 13-14 they are sleeping well. WedMD reports many toddlers are only getting about 10. If this is your LO make adjustments to your schedule that allows your toddler the amount of sleep he/she needs.
- 12-18 months is a great time to transition away from bottles (this may take time, but make a plan). If you breastfed up to now you might never start bottles! We are working on this now by slowly limiting the number of bottles until they are gone altogether.
- 3 meals a day. Breakfast , lunch, and dinner with nutritious snacks in between if needed.
- Between 16-20 oz of whole milk a day. This is a big switch from 24-32 oz of breastmilk or formula. Make sure your LO is receiving a balanced diet through nutritious foods. This is what the AAP (American Association of Pediatrics) recommends. If your child is at risk for obesity or struggling with the switch to whole milk, consult with doctor about using something other than whole milk.
This month is full of transitions, having an ideal schedule can be difficult. Mostly, my daughter was down to one nap, occasionally she’ll take two if her schedule is off. Here is what worked for us at 12 months.
12 Month Old Schedule (what worked for us)
8:00 am Wakes up and has 6 oz milk. Cuddles with mommy or daddy.
9:00 am Breakfast.
10:00am Free play/exploration, small nutritious snack, games with mommy or daddy.
12:00pm 6 oz milk and nap (between 1.5-3 hours).
2:00 pm Lunch.
4:00 pm Offered 4 oz milk in sippy cup during milk transition. Usually only drank about 2 oz. Small nutritious snack.*
6:00 pm Dinner.
7:00 pm Start bedtime routine. Bath, brush teeth, jammies, read books, pray, cuddles ‘n kisses.
8:00 pm 6 oz milk. Bed.
*This month we eliminated one bottle with a cup and were working on transitioning away from bottles.
Please feel free to comment and let me know what worked your LO at 12 months and check out the months ahead!