This month has been crazy! I’m a little late on posting this 14 month old schedule because we were out of our house for almost two and half weeks! That’s a long time when you have a toddler who DOES NOT SLEEP WELL outside of her home, space, or crib. This definitely was not our schedule everyday of this month…but if we had a “normal” day this would probably be it!
OUR DAY – 14 month old schedule:
8:00 am Wake up
8:15am Breakfast (she pretty much wants to eat right away. She will sign for “milk” or “eat”. We give her milk with breakfast in sippy or if time allows practicing with an open cup. I leave her in her PJs knowing she is going to spill a lot of milk when practicing with a cup but she loves it!)
8:45am Playtime. Some mornings are daddy mornings that they play together one-on-one or head to the gym together. Some mornings are both and some are mommy mornings!
11:30am-12:00pm Lunch. She is usually hungry right around 11:30am. Usually it is a smorgasbord of what’s in the fridge. I try to always offer at least three food groups at every meal.
12:00pm-12:30pm Start Nap. If we are at home and she is in her own bed she is good to go! If we are somewhere else good luck with sleep period. She’ll sleep for 2-3 hours.
3:00pm Snack. She will sign “eat” shortly after waking up and have a small snack. Usually fruit and/or crackers.
3:30pm Playtime, errands, visit Daddy. This is a good time for us to run short errands.
5:30pm Dinner. She pretty much needs to eat by this time if not earlier. If I start cooking dinner at this time or anywhere close to this time it just won’t happen. I’m still learning to plan and be prepared! She is training me. Eventually I’ll get it. Maybe by kid #3.
6:30pm Bath. If we are home I do usually give her a bath every night (there are a few nights a week we are gone and it just doesn’t happen). I do this because I let her get pretty messy at dinner (she likes to spike her hair with yogurt or potatoes…gross). We are practicing with a open cup also. Knowing I’m going to plop her in the tub allows me to “let it go” at dinner! We don’t use soap every night sometimes just water!
7:00pm Diaper, PJs, and some playtime with mommy for a little bit.
7:30pm Cuddle time! Bottle with whole milk. Amount varies with how much she drank earlier that day. Anywhere from 5-8oz. This is my only time where she will lay still with me. Lately we watch a short youtube channel together and snuggle!
7:45pm Brush teeth, read 2 books, short prayer to Jesus, grab our blankies and bed by 8pm.
What to expect from your 14 month old:
- Between 13-14 hours of sleep. Remember to focus on the AMOUNT of sleep rather than the quantity of naps.
- 12-18 months is a great time to transition away from bottles (this may take time, but make a plan). We are down to 2, sometimes 1 bottle a day and hoping to completely transition to a cup soon. I offer a open cup as much as I can. My daughter loves it, and really can do it! Practice.
- Three meals a day. Breakfast , lunch, and dinner with nutritious snacks in between if needed. Grains, dairy, fruits & veggies (fresh, frozen, canned), and protein should be included daily. My meal rule:
- Between 16-20 oz (2-2 1/2 cups) of whole milk a day. If you are giving more your child may not be getting other nutrients through foods that his/her body needs. Too much milk can also back up your childs system. Try to stick to no more than 2-2 1/2 cups!
- Offer water in sippy cup or open cup throughout the day. This month we really focused on using a plate and fork or spoon at every meal. All of these takes practice and much attention from you. Surprisingly my daughter is doing great! Are there spills? Yes. Is she soaked sometimes? Yes. Does she spike her hair with yogurt and throw the spoon and bowl on the floor? YES, but she’s learning!
- Allow your child to go barefoot as much as possible to help with balance and coordination. Wear proper footwear when outside.
- Your toddler probably says a few words now. One of my daughter’s first words unfortunately was: Sock. Pronounced, “SAAA”. Why, we don’t know. She loves them. Also, pacifiers can delay this speech so be careful how and when you use them. My daughter never took to them so I kinda forgot about them!
- Temper Tantrums. Yes, unfortunately they are normal and my daughter is the queen of them!
Hope you all are enjoying what works for us and in some way it may help you! Leave on comment on some things you may be going through with your 14 month old or maybe what worked for you!