What’s Your Mom Schedule?

 6 months old 

At this age, babies need up to 32 ounces of milk every day. They should also start trying solid foods. Taking two naps a day is typical, though some babies will take three. They need a total of about 14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. While your babe is awake, you might read together, take him for a walk, let him play with toys, or give him a massage.

Here’s one sample routine of a nursing mom who stays home during the day.

7:30 a.m. Wake up, nurse, change his clothes and diaper.
8 a.m. Breakfast – cereal with fruit (baby food).
8:15 to 9 a.m. Play with toys, sit in activity saucer.
9 to 11 a.m. Nap time.
11 a.m. Wake up, nurse, change diaper.
11:30 a.m. Lunch – one jar vegetables (baby food).
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Play with toys, go on a walk if the weather is nice.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nap time.
2:30 p.m. Wake up, nurse, change diaper.
3 to 4 p.m. Play.
4 to 5 p.m. Nap.
5 p.m. Wake up, nurse, change diaper.
6 p.m. Dinner – vegetable and fruit (baby food).
7 p.m. Nurse, then read a book and go to bed.
10:30 p.m. Wake up for final feeding (optional)

 

15 months old

Between the ages of 1 and 18 months, your little one will need about 15 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, including one or two naps. Many mamas have weaned their littles ones by this point, which means they’ll be wanting regular snacks throughout the day. Activities at this age might include reading, dancing and singing to music, tossing a ball, blowing bubbles, or finger painting. 

Here is one example of a routine for a 15-month old taking two naps:

7 a.m. Wake
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Light snack if she needs it
10 a.m. Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
12 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:30 p.m. Afternoon Snack
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Begin bedtime routine
7 p.m. Bedtime

2 years old

Toddlers take in a lot of new information every day. It can be overwhelming. A routine adds predictability and gives them a sense of comfort and control. Your two-year-old needs about 11-14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period and probably just takes one nap. His growing body still needs nutritious snacks to keep going between meals. A solid bedtime ritual can help his brain get used to settling down and preparing for sleep.

Here is one example of a two-year-old's routine:

6:45 a.m. Wake up, play in the crib or your bed
7:30 a.m. 
Breakfast
8 a.m. 
Get dressed, brush teeth
8:30 a.m. Read books and play
10:30 a.m. Morning snack
11 a.m. 
Arts and crafts
11:30 a.m. 
Listen to music
12 p.m. 
Lunch and cleanup
12:30 p.m. 
Naptime
2:30 p.m. 
Afternoon snack
3 p.m. 
Outdoor play/walk
5:30 p.m. 
Dinner
6 p.m. 
Playtime and cleanup
7 p.m. 
Have a bath/brush teeth
7:30 p.m. 
Pajamas, story time, lullabies
8:15 p.m. 
Bedtime

Is it helpful for you, too, to see a visual of what a typical schedule looks like for a certain aged child? If you're looking for more sample schedules for infants and toddlers, here are some here, here, and here.