I don’t know about you, but during this 1st year of my son’s life, I have found myself wondering (on more than one occasion) what a typical day looks like for other babies of the same age. I’ve tirelessly Googled schedules in hopes of finding what has worked for other moms to help their babies eat well and sleep great. There were tons of baby schedules for all ages out there, but for some reason, none of them seemed to line up with my son’s natural rhythm. A few times, I attempted to get him on schedules that others had suggested, but he just wanted to go his own way.
After my attempts at forcing him into a schedule fell flat, I started letting him do his own thing and I followed his lead. From there, a pattern developed. It took some time, but over a period of a few weeks I learned to watch for and pay tedious attention to his cues. Eventually, I noticed he had developed his own personal schedule. A schedule that, most importantly, worked for him.
That being said, while this schedule has worked really well for us, it absolutely isn’t meant to work for every baby. But maybe you’ve tried a ton of others that haven’t worked out and you’ve stumbled upon this one. Give it try, but don’t get too frustrated if your baby isn’t taking to it. In time, he’ll find a rhythm to the day that works for him.
Wherever you are in your journey, be patient, Mama. He’s learning how to navigate this new life just like you are.
Baby Schedule For An 8-10 Month Old
7:15 AM – Wake + nurse
9:00 AM – Breakfast : oatmeal + fruit
10:15 AM – Nap time
11:45 AM – Wake + nurse
1:00 PM – Lunch : yogurt + fruit + veggies
3:00 PM – Nap time
4:15 PM – Wake + nurse
5:30 PM – Dinner : pasta / rice + veggies
6:30 PM – Bottle + bedtime routine
7:00 PM – Bedtime
**You may have noticed I give him a bottle before bed. The reason I do that instead of nurse is because he has had inconsistent nighttime sleep his entire life. Even when he put himself on a schedule, he would still wake up at odd intervals during the night. When he was about 9 months old, I decided to pump right before his bedtime to see how much milk he was getting before he went to bed. I only pumped 3 oz, which explained why he was getting up at least 2 times during the night to eat. I decided to increase my pumping times throughout the day so that I could fill a 6 oz. bottle and rest easy knowing he was getting enough before bed every night. The difference was insane! He began waking only once a night and around the same time every night.
What does a typical day in the life of your baby look like? Share in the comments below!