It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’d decided to write about what a typical day has been like lately for me and Baby K. And, truthfully, I’ve been struggling to write it because our days lately have seemed everything but on a typical schedule.
When Baby K was six months old, we seemed to be following the EASY schedule:
- Activities (play)
- Sleep + You time
At almost one year old, our days have not been as “easy.” Not to say that the days are hard. They just haven’t been as predictable. But, I also haven’t been actively trying to stick to scheduled days. 🤷🏻♀️
Hopefully it’s still worthwhile to share what our days are like, though, because I think this is a normal age for the timing and order of eat/play/sleep to shift a little bit.
Soooo … This is my experience lately as a stay at home mom with an almost 1 year old (in one short week!!):
Mornings with Baby K
We let Baby K wake up when he chooses, and lately that can be anywhere between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. On days that he wakes early (5:30 a.m.), we’ll try to lay him down again and see if he sleeps longer. Sometimes he does; sometimes he doesn’t. 😴
Baby K gets cuddles and a diaper change first thing, and then his morning bottle (8 oz.).
After that is play time for Baby K, and he has breakfast about an hour later.
A typical breakfast is oatmeal with pureed fruit mixed in, and pieces of fruit and puffs or Cheerios on his tray that he can feed himself. Or, he’ll have a solid-food only meal of eggs; pieces of toast, pancake or waffle; and fruit (I’ve been trying to do this more often).
After breakfast, Baby K gets to play while I clean up the kitchen. Then, we’ll run errands or go to a story time. Some days, I’ll take him to a local play center for play dates.
Most days, Baby K has two naps, and his first nap will begin anywhere from three to four hours after he first woke up. His first nap can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, and I’ve noticed lately that the length of this nap will determine if he has a second nap of the day or not.
A longer nap of two hours most likely means that he will skip a second nap. Right now, I try to avoid waking him up at any certain length, and let him sleep as long as he wants.
Middays with Baby K
After Baby K’s morning nap, we will usually have a second bottle around 11:00/11:30 a.m. of 8 oz. He will play for a little bit more after that, and if we didn’t get out of the house in the morning, we do in the afternoon before his lunch. Lately, we’ve been taking a walk at the mall (since it’s been cold outside), and I’ll let him play in the mall play area for a little bit. Or, we’ll just run random errands.
Baby K’s lunch can be anywhere from 1 to 2 hours after his bottle. His typical lunch right now usually includes all solid-foods, such as small cubes of cheese; hard-boiled eggs; cooked veggies; pieces of toast or crackers; small bites of pasta; and fruit. Sometimes I’ll include yogurt, and feed that by spoon.
If Baby K takes a second nap of the day, it usually begins about 3.5 hours after he woke from the first one — beginning anywhere from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Afternoons/Evenings with Baby K
I try to give Baby K his afternoon bottle around 4:30 p.m. So, if he wakes up any earlier than 3:30 p.m., I’ll give him a snack with water to drink.
After that, he plays until dinner time. Dinner is usually between 5:30 and 6 p.m. We’ve been giving veggie and fruit purees with a few finger foods for dinner. I think we are close to transitioning to all finger foods for dinner — variations of whatever my husband and I are having for dinner.
Bedtime for Baby K falls between 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. lately.
On days that Baby K has only had one nap, the timing of his last bottle/dinner/bedtime is about a half hour earlier.
Let’s hear from you!
For other parents of similarly-aged babies out there, does this pretty much resemble the unpredictability of your days? Or, does a typical day with your little one(s) look completely different? If you stick to a schedule, what does your typical day look like? Please share with me in the comments!
In the meantime, take care! 🙂