A while back, I posted about the schedule we had developed for my son who, at the time, was around 9 months. As to be expected with babies, things have changed! Rowan is now almost 17 months and his schedule has changed quite a bit since then, especially since he is no longer nursing.
While he kind of just “fell into” the 8-10 month schedule naturally, we had to do quite a bit of encouraging in order for this new schedule to take. His sleep had gotten to a point where I needed to make a change. He was waking up earlier and earlier everyday (sometimes before 5 am) and I knew there was something that needed fixing.
The Key To a Better Night’s Sleep
For him, it appears the key was moving his nap later. We found a very weird correlation between his nap and morning wake times. The later he woke up from his nap in the afternoon, the later he would sleep the next morning.
The issue then became that he was waking up pretty late from his afternoon nap – between 3 and 4 pm – and would have a hard time falling asleep in the evening. This is something that we still haven’t quite figured out, but we’ve resolved that we’re just going to let it be for now. He goes down happily in his crib at 7:30 pm and plays until he falls asleep, usually somewhere between 8:30 and 9 pm. That seems crazy late for a baby his age, I know…but he wakes up between 7:30 and 9 am, so he’s still getting all the rest he needs.
Parenting is all about doing what works for your family, and this is what works for us right now. I enjoy the extra time in the morning I get to drink my coffee, check emails, work a little…sometimes even shower and a have an adult conversation with my husband!
Here’s what has worked for us for the past few months. If you’re searching for a solution and nothing else you’ve tried has been a good fit, try this schedule out for a few weeks and see if it’s right for you.
P.S. We don’t do a bath every night (who has time for that!?) and “diaper time” is basically just having him play in his room with just his diaper on before we put on pajamas. It’s just so cute to see him running around with his little baby belly hanging out. We’ve done this since he was really little and it’s our favorite time of the day and it helps him wind down before bedtime!
Toddler Schedule For A 15-18 Month Old
8:00 AM – Wake + milk in sippy cup + book
9:00 AM – Breakfast : oatmeal pancakes + fruit
10:30 AM – Snack : crackers + yogurt drops
12:00 PM – Lunch : pasta + yogurt + fruit / veggie
1:00 PM – Nap time
3:30 PM – Wake + milk in sippy cup + book
4:00 PM – Snack : crackers + fruit
6:00 PM – Dinner : vegetarian protein + potatoes + veggie
6:45 PM – Bath + diaper time
7:30 PM – Bedtime
**We are vegetarian so our menu might look different that what you typically feed your baby. Of course feed your child whatever he/she is used to eating!