Monday, July 26, 2010

Reader Sample Schedules: 12-24 Months Old

Comment on this post to add your individual children's sample schedules. Please include the age for the sample schedule. As you comment, I will organize the sample schedules into the main body of this post. Add them for any age; you don't have to do all of them.

12 Month Old
  • Anna said...
    12-15 Months

    6:30 wake
    milk/breakfast
    8:15 morning nap
    9:30-10:00 wake
    snack/play
    12:00 lunch
    1:00 afternoon nap
    2:30-3 wake
    snack/play
    5:00 Dinner
    bath
    books
    6:00 Bed

  • Marysol R. said...

    12. 5 month old

    7 am - wake & breakfast
    (this awake time we get dressed/bathe & have independent play)

    9:30 am - nap (this month the nap shortened from 9-11 to 9:30-11)

    11:00 - lunch, milk feed
    (this awake time we run errands or go to play group or for a walk, the park, its not very structured, its out & about time)

    1:45/2:00 pm nap for 2.5 hours
    (ever since the morning nap shortened up a bit, this nap has become a solid 2.5, sometimes 3 hour nap!)

    4:00 milk or snack
    (this awake time is sibling time, free play, and playpen time while I make dinner)

    5:30 dinner with family

    6:30 jammies, diaper, milk bottle, brush teeth, story, prayers, wind down

    7:00 pm bedtime

    7:15 (mop flops on to couch exhausted! ;)
13 Month Old
  • MA Mom said...
    13 month old BOY


    7:30am wake up and breakfast
    8:30am playtime with sibling (4yo)
    9:30am books then nap
    12:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm out and about (errands, playground, park, library, walk)
    3:30pm books then nap
    5:30pm dinner
    6:30pm playtime with dad and sibling
    7:30pm bath
    8:00pm books with mom (sometimes sibling)
    8:30pm bed
  • ajkhurdle said...

    13 month old


    9:00 - wake, breakfast, 8 oz milk*
    9:30-10:30 - playtime
    10:30-11:00 - learning activity
    11:00- nap
    1:00 - wake, lunch, 8 oz milk*
    1:30 - errands
    3:00ish - nap
    5:00 - wake, snack
    5:30-6:30/7 - play with daddy or ride in jogging stroller or watch mommy/daddy exercise
    7:00 - dinner, 8 oz milk*
    7:30/8pm - bath, brush teeth, relax with mommy in room
    8:30 - bed

    *she actually does not drink all 8 oz of milk at her meal. she usually takes the entire 2 hours between meal and nap to drink 8 oz. we are working toward the goal of drinking it at the meal only


Alex said...

13.5 month old boy

7:30 wake, breakfast, etc.
8:30 IP
9:00 get dressed and ready for the day, then play with Mom and reading time
10:00 nap
11:15 wake him
11:45 lunch
some combo of run errands, help Mom with simple chores, play time
2:15 nap
4:00ish he wakes, snack
a bit too much unstructured time here :) then Dad gets home and he plays with Dad
6:00 dinner
7:30 bedtime

    14 Month Old
    • Katy said...
      14 Month Old Girl

      8:00 Wake, Nurse, maybe play for a bit
      8:30 Breakfast
      9:00 Play at home or go on a walk (independent play, books, quietish acitivities). Bath 2x a week (unless she gets covered in something sooner than that!)
      10:00 Nap
      12:00 Wake, nurse if she'll sit still for 1 minute!
      12:15 Lunch
      12:45 Out of the house--errands, pool, meet friends...usually more active things
      3or4 (depending on day) Nap
      5or6 (depending on start of nap time) Wake & play while mom makes dinner
      6:30-7ish Dinner
      7ish Play with Dad! Her favorite time of the day!
      8-8:30ish Bedtime. Read books, hugs for everyone, snuggle for a minute, then lay down & lights out.
    • Lindsay said...

      14 month old daughter

      (Side note: I am a full-time working mom and so is my husband, so she spends a chunk of the day at a caretaker who keeps her on a great schedule)

      6:30 - Wake, Diaper Change, 8 oz whole milk
      7:30 - Breakfast - cereal, fruit, toast, yogurt
      8:30 - At Babysitters -- playing!!
      9:30 - Nap
      12:00 - Wake, 8 oz whole milk
      1:00 - Lunch
      2:30 - Nap
      3:30 - 4:00 Wake, snack and play
      4:30 - Pick up my princess!!
      5:00 - 8 oz of whole milk while mom makes dinner
      5:30 - Play with mom and dad
      6:00 - Dinner with family
      6:45 - Bath
      7:00 - PJs, stories, bed
    • Katie {My Paisley Apron} said...
      14mo girl

      6:30 wake, bottle
      7 dress, breakfast, play
      8:30-8:50 bottle, nap
      9:15-9:30 asleep
      10:15 I wake her
      11 lunch
      12:45 bottle, nap at 12:55
      1:15-2 asleep
      3-4:15 wakes
      5 dinner
      6:10 bath, bottle, stories
      6:45 bed
    15 Month Old
    • LKD said...
      15 Months

      Wake 7am/8oz milk
      Breakfast 8am
      Play
      Nap 10:15am
      Wake her up at 11am
      Lunch 11:30am
      Play
      Nap 2pm
      Up 4pm/8oz milk
      Dinner 6pm
      Bath 7:15pm
      Bed 7:30pm
    • Matt, Rebekah, and Micah said...

      15 Month old boy:

      7:00 Wake up, breakfast
      7:45 Room Time
      8:00 Play outside, go for a walk
      9:00 Nap Time
      10:30/11:00 Wake up
      11:00 Lunch
      11:30 Run errands
      1:00 Nap Time
      3:00 Wake up, Snack, Play/Pool
      5:00 Daddy time
      5:30 Family Dinner Time
      6:00-7:00 Walk, Park, Bath
      7:15 Bed
    • Dale said...

      15 month old daughter

      5.30am - Wake and chat in crib
      6.00am - I go in and get her - 4 oz milk
      6.30am - walk
      7.00am - breakfast - cereal, toast, yog, fruit, egg
      Play
      9.40am to 10.00am Catnap
      10.00am - 4 oz milk
      Out and about
      12.00pm - lunch - meat, fruit, cheese, sandwich
      1.30pm to 2.45pm - Nap
      2.45pm - 4 oz milk
      Play/ Songs/Books
      5.00pm - Dinner - pasta, green veg, orange veg, beans, fruit
      Dad time
      6.00pm - Bath/ PJ's/ 4oz milk/ book/ song
      6.30pm - Bed

    • Kristy Powers said...



      15 months old

      7:30 eat breakfast w/7 oz. milk, free playtime, get dressed
      8:00ish independent playtime
      8:45 drive brother to school
      9:15 I jog with him in stroller (or errands)
      10:00 nap
      11:00 lunch w/ 7 oz. milk
      11:30 outside playtime
      11:45 pick up brother (gets water)
      12:10 arts and crafts
      12:30 help me with housework
      12:45 structured playtime
      1:15 sibling playtime
      1:45 read aloud to him, quiet toys
      2:00 nap
      4:00 snack w/ water
      4:15 outside playtime
      5:00 independent playtime
      5:30 dinner w/ 7 oz. milk
      6:00 free play
      6:45 bathtime
      7:15 brush teeth, read books
      7:30 bedtime

      Nicole said...

      15 month old girl

      7am Wake, breakfast, and free play while I make my husband and myself breakfast. She has finger foods while we eat and then "helps" me clean up the kitchen.
      8:30am Help me start laundry, brush teeth, get dressed and play quietly until naptime.
      9am Nap
      11am Wake, lunch, room time
      1pm Coloring/structured play or errands
      2pm Nap
      4pm Wake, snack, outside/pool, structured play while I make dinner
      5:30pm Dinner
      6:15pm My husband gives her a bath, brushes her teeth, and reads books to her, play in room
      7pm Bed

      Colby~Megan~Hayden said...

      15 Months- Girl- this has been our schedule since she was 8 months old! It has been so nice to have the consistency!
      8:00 Wake up- milk- breakfast
      8:45 get dressed and Pac n play time
      9:30 play with mom
      10:00 Nap (woot woot)
      12:00 Wake up- milk- lunch with mom and dad
      12:30 Play with dad till he goes back to work
      1:00 Run errands or play outside
      2:30 Nap
      4:00 Wake up- milk
      4:30 Snack
      6:00 Dinner
      7:15 Bath time
      7:45 Milk
      8:00 Bed time

      Kelly Grant said...

      This is our Routine Monday-Friday. My Little one is 15 months now. We have been on this routine since about 12 months.


      MONDAY
      8:00-8:30 Wake up, make bed, get dressed
      8:30-9:00 Breakfast, clean up
      9:00-9:30 Independent Play Time
      9:30-10:00 Walk in stroller, playground
      10:00-10:30 Walk in stroller, playground
      10:30-11:00 NAP
      11:00-11:30 NAP
      11:30-12:00 NAP
      12:00-12:30 Learning activity
      12:30-1:00 Lunch
      1:00-1:30 Free Play in Living Room
      1:30-2:00 Blanket time
      2:00-2:30 Structured Play Time with Mommy
      2:30-3:00 Read then NAP
      3:00-3:30 NAP
      3:30-4:00 NAP
      4:00-4:30 NAP
      4:30-5:00 NAP
      5:00-5:30 Free Play in Living Room
      5:30-6:00 Dinner
      6:00-6:30 Structured Playtime with Daddy
      6:30-7:00 Outside Play
      7:00-7:30 Outside Play
      7:30-8:00 Bedtime Routine
      8:00 BEDTIME!!!!

      TUESDAY
      8:00-8:30 Wake up, make bed, get dressed
      8:30-9:00 Breakfast, clean up
      9:00-9:30 Independent Play Time
      9:30-10:00 Outside Play
      10:00-10:30 Free play in Room, Reading time
      10:30-11:00 NAP
      11:00-11:30 NAP
      11:30-12:00 NAP
      12:00-12:30 Learning Activity
      12:30-1:00 Lunch
      1:00-1:30 Blanket Time
      1:30-2:00 Music Time
      2:00-2:30 Reading
      2:30-3:00 NAP
      3:00-3:30 NAP
      3:30-4:00 NAP
      4:00-4:30 NAP
      4:30-5:00 NAP
      5:00-5:30 Learning Activity
      5:30-6:00 Dinner
      6:00-6:30 Structured Playtime with Daddy
      6:30-7:00 Family Walk
      7:00-7:30
      7:30-8:00 Bedtime Routine
      8:00 BEDTIME!!!!

      WEDNESDAY
      8:00-8:30 Wake up, make bed, get dressed
      8:30-9:00 Breakfast, clean up
      9:00-9:30 Independent Play Time
      9:30-10:00 Baby and Me Walk, Playground
      10:00-10:30 Baby and Me Walk, Playground
      10:30-11:00 NAP
      11:00-11:30 NAP
      11:30-12:00 NAP
      12:00-12:30 Learning activity
      12:30-1:00 Lunch
      1:00-1:30 Pool
      1:30-2:00 NAP
      2:00-2:30 NAP
      2:30-3:00 Read then NAP
      3:00-3:30 NAP
      3:30-4:00 NAP
      4:00-4:30 NAP
      4:30-5:00 NAP
      5:00-5:30 Free Play in Living Room
      5:30-6:00 Dinner
      6:00-6:30 Structured playtime with Daddy
      6:30-7:00 Family Time
      7:00-7:30
      7:30-8:00 Bedtime Routine
      8:00 BEDTIME!!!!

      THURSDAY
      8:00-8:30 Wake up, make bed, get dressed
      8:30-9:00 Breakfast, clean up
      9:00-9:30 Independent Play Time
      9:30-10:00 Structured Playtime with Mommy
      10:00-10:30 Playgroup
      10:30-11:00
      11:00-11:30
      11:30-12:00 NAP
      12:00-12:30 NAP
      12:30-1:00 Lunch
      1:00-1:30 Errands, if applicable
      1:30-2:00
      2:00-2:30
      2:30-3:00 Read then NAP
      3:00-3:30 NAP
      3:30-4:00 NAP
      4:00-4:30 NAP
      4:30-5:00 NAP
      5:00-5:30 Learning Activity
      5:30-6:00 Dinner
      6:00-6:30 Blanket Time
      6:30-7:00 Family Walk
      7:00-7:30
      7:30-8:00 Bedtime Routine
      8:00 BEDTIME!!!!

      FRIDAY
      8:00-8:30 Wake up, make bed, get dressed
      8:30-9:00 Breakfast, clean up
      9:00-9:30 Independent Play Time
      9:30-10:00 Walk in stroller, playground
      10:00-10:30 Walk in stroller, playground
      10:30-11:00 NAP
      11:00-11:30 NAP
      11:30-12:00 NAP
      12:00-12:30 Free Play in Living Room
      12:30-1:00 Lunch
      1:00-1:30 Errands, if applicable
      1:30-2:00
      2:00-2:30
      2:30-3:00 Read then NAP
      3:00-3:30 NAP
      3:30-4:00 NAP
      4:00-4:30 NAP
      4:30-5:00 NAP
      5:00-5:30 Learning activity
      5:30-6:00 Dinner
      6:00-6:30 Structured Playtime with Daddy
      6:30-7:00 Family Time
      7:00-7:30
      7:30-8:00 Bedtime Routine
      8:00 BEDTIME!!!!


    16 Month Old
    • the Shipe's said...
      16 month old boy Sample Schedule


      7:30am wake, cuddle/tv time
      8:00am breakfast
      8:20am diaper change, free play
      8:50am mom time
      9:15am room time (working on extending length)
      9:45am mom time
      10:00am morning nap
      11:00am wake, lunch
      11:30am family time
      12:00pm learning time (usually something like coloring or playdough)
      12:30pm outdoor play
      1:15pm afternoon nap
      2:45 wake, snack
      3:30 errands/pool
      5:00 family time
      5:30-6:00 dinner
      6:30 family time/walk/park
      7:30 bath/ bedtime routine
      8:00 bed
    • The Frosts said...
      16 month schedule - Girl

      6:30-7:00- wake
      If wakes before 6:30, she is left in bed until 6:45 (7:00 if still happy).
      7:00-7:10 - free play with toys in living room; loves this chance to roam, and "rediscover" her toys
      7:15-7:45 - breakfast
      milk, oatmeal with PB/yogurt; toast; applesauce; pancakes; fruit; bran cereal; low-fat/low sugar banana bread
      7:45-8:00 - play
      8:00-8:15 - diaper and dressed
      8:30-10:00 - walk outside in stroller/errands
      10:00-10:30 - independent play time
      10:45-11:15 - read/check mail/play
      11:15-11:45 - lunch
      cheese, fruit, cheese toast, leftovers, milk
      12:00-12:30 - read, diaper change, play outside
      12:30-3:00 - nap
      varies depending on day (sometimes 1-4, sometimes 12:30-3:30, sometimes shorter); generally at least a 2-hr nap
      3:15 - milk
      3:30-4:45 - walk in stroller outside
      5:00-5:15 - play during supper prep
      5:30-6:00 - supper
      6:00 - outside play with Mommy/Daddy; cleanup etc.,
      6:25 - bath
      6:30-6:45 - jammies, milk, teethbrushing, book
      7:00 - bed
      (sometimes as early as 6:30 if teething/overtired etc.,)
      thesieberts said...
      16 month old - Boy

      7:30-8am - Wake, cuddles & cartoons
      8am - Breakfast
      8:30-9am - Play in bedroom
      9-10:30am - Free play, read, play in the backyard, help mom vaccuum :), etc.
      10:30am - Snack
      11am - 1/1:30pm - Nap
      1:30pm - Lunch
      2-5pm - Run errands or activity like going for a walk, go to the pool, park, play date, etc.
      5-6pm - Free play while Mom cooks dinner
      6pm - Dinner (and Daddy gets home - yay!)
      7:30pm - Bath & bedtime routine
      8pm - Bedtime
      Stephanie said...
      16 mo boy
      7am wake, milk
      7:30 breakfast
      8 run in jogging stroller
      9 nap if we're home
      10:30 snack errands, playdates
      12 lunch
      1pm nap
      3pm snack
      3:30 mommy play time
      4pm independent play
      4:30 sibling play
      5:30pm dinner
      6:30 bath
      7pm bed
      Beth said...
      16 month old girl:

      7:00-7:30 wake and play in crib till daddy comes in around 7:30. 7 oz. milk in bed with mommy while she is waking up.

      7:30 Play while mommy gets ready

      8:30 Breakfast- usually yogurt with added fruit puree, cheerios, fruit

      Certain days we go to the gym, dance class, a friends house, or mommy is picking up the house.

      11:00 Lunch

      11:30 Nap

      2:00-2:30 Wake up

      Half hour or so after she wakes she eats a snack. I was giving it right away but she stopped taking it, so I waited a bit till she woke up more.

      2:30 Snack (cheese, cheerios, fruit, rice cake, some combo of these)

      Mondays and Wednesdays we do swim lessons in the pm. Other days we run out to get her out of the house in a cool environment during the summer. Too hot outside at this time of day.

      5:00-5:30 Dinner

      6:20 Bath

      6:35 Bottle, books, brush teeth, sing songs and cuddle, pray

      7:00 Down


      After writing this out and looking over her schedule, I see there are a lot of open gaps with too much playtime in there. I think she really needs a lot more structure than I'm giving her.
    17 Month Old
    • Erin said...
      17 month old

      7:00-7:30am Waketime
      8:00am Breakfast
      8:30am Independent playtime in room
      9:15am Playtime with mom/also helping with laundry!
      10:00am Snack
      10:15am TV time
      10:30am outside/playgroup/library/errands (depending on the day!)
      11:30am learning activity (if we're at home)
      12:00pm lunch
      1:00pm-4:00pm nap
      4:00pm playtime with mom
      4:45pm free playtime
      5:30pm dinner
      6:00pm free playtime with mom & dad
      7:00pm bathtime, reading
      8:00pm bedtime

    • Laura said...



      17 Month Boy (He drinks 4-8 ounces of milk with each meal. So far he has not seemed to need a snack.)

      7:00 - Wake up, eat breakfast
      7:40 - Individual play time
      8:40 (mon, wed, fri) - walk outside
      8:40 (tue, thu, sat) - structured playtime
      9:40 - nap time
      11:00 - wake up, read books with mom
      11:30 - play with dad while mom fixes lunch
      12:00 - lunch
      12:30 - blanket time
      1:00 - free playtime
      1:45 - naptime
      4:00 - wake up, run errands or go see friends and family
      5:30ish - dinner
      6:00 - family time
      6:40 - bath time, pjs, read a book
      7:00 - bedtime

      D & H said...

      17-month old boy

      6:30 or 7am wake up
      7:00 breakfast, morning prayer, independent playtime (30-45 min), free playtime
      9:15-10:30 nap 2-3 days of the week or sometime in the morning we will go to storytime, playgroup, the park, or church. Still in the process of dropping this nap. Free play or activities with mom after nap/morning activity.
      11:30 or 12pm lunch
      1pm song, story, nap
      3:30-4:30 wake up, time with mom, free playtime
      5:00 play with Dad while Mom makes dinner
      5:30 Dinner then family time
      7:15 Put PJs on, sing song, read scriptures, say prayers, milk, and then in bed by 7:45
      Katie {My Paisley Apron} said...
      17mo girl

      7 wake, milk, dress
      7:45 breakfast
      8 free play inside
      8:30 play outside
      9 milk, then rest time / room time / possible 15-20 min nap
      9:45-10 up and out, free play or play outside
      11:15 lunch
      11:45 free play
      12:20 milk, nap
      12:30 usually asleep
      2:30 wakes, plays quietly
      3:00 out of crib, play outside
      4:30 movie time or play inside
      5:00 movie time over
      5:15 dinner
      5:45 free play
      6:10 bath
      6:20 milk, brush teeth, stories, bed
    18 Month Old
    • roberjen said...
      18 month old:

      Wake; 6 oz milk and breakfast - 7:30/8am
      Get dressed, brush teeth
      Free Play
      Roomtime (still working on) - Not going so well right now - can only do about 5 minutes
      Structured activity (10 minutes or so)
      Outside time
      Free Play
      Lunch + 6 oz milk - 11am
      Nap - 12 to 2/3
      Snack + 6 oz milk - 3pm
      Roomtime - 5 minutes (see above)
      Outside or Errands
      Free play or errands
      Supper - 5:30
      Bedtime routine - 6:30
      Bed - 7pm
    • rachelhockey said...

      18 Month Old Sample Schedule

      8:15 Wake up, change clothes and nappy
      8:30 Breakfast
      9:00-10:00 Free and structured playtime, playtime with mom
      10:00-10:20 Blanket time (working on upping the length)
      10:30 Play outside/take a walk/play group with friends
      11:30 Lunch
      12:00-1:00 Free playtime and playtime with mom (reading books)
      1:00-3:30 Nap
      3:30-4:30 Snack, structured playtime
      4:30 Movie
      5:00 Dinner
      6:00 Playtime with dad
      7:00 Bedtime routine including bath
      7:30 Lights out
    19 Month Old


    Brent, Hannah, and Madison Hall said...


    19mo old girl

    7am wake (snack/breakfast)
    9am sometimes naps but only if we are home or that I feel she needs it
    10am wakes from nap
    11:30am Lunch
    12:30pm Nap
    3-3:30pm Wakes up and snack
    5:30pm Dinner
    8pm Bed

    20 Month Old
    • Ashley said...
      Sample Schedule for 20 month old


      7:30am Wake and snuggle for a few minutes (may read two books)
      7:45am Breakfast
      8:30am Help Mommy clean up breakfast stuff
      9:00am Independent/Room play time
      10:30am Small snack such as Cheerios (may finish milk from breakfast)
      10:45am Library/Park/Playdate/Grocery store/anything outside of the house about two to three times per week, the other days we stay in and work on skills or crafts, she may help with laundry,etc
      12:00pm Lunch at home
      12:30pm Bath time and then read about 5-15 books
      1:00pm Nap time
      4:00pm Wake and watch a little TV while “helping” Mommy make dinner
      5:00pm Daddy home and dinner
      6:00pm Family Time/Ice Cream/Bookstore/Pool time
      7:30pm Read some books and into bed!
    • Sarah said...
      20 Month Old girl-
      7-7:30am--Wake up, Breakfast, Get Dressed.

      Morning varies but has structure based on the day's activities: Free play, outside play (if cool), community classes (ie library, swim, yoga, PAT playgroups), craft/color, sing songs, house chores, or run errands.

      9:30a or 10a-Snack (if needed), diaper change.

      11:30 or 12-Lunch

      12:30-Diaper change, Read books

      12:30-2p or 2:30p-Naps

      3pm-Diaper change, Snack

      Play inside or outside. Some days 20 min of Elmo.

      5p-Diaper change. Free play while Mom preps dinner or playtime at the KidZone at the Y while Mom works out.

      6:15pm-Dinner with mom and dad.
      Playtime.

      7:15-7:45p-Bath on bathnights, get jammies on, read books.
      8pm-Bed
    21 Month Old


    Mollyanne said...


    21-month-old boy

    7:00 - wake, milk, tv time
    8:00 - breakfast
    8:30 - Room time (independent play)
    9:30 - Free play
    10:00 - Outing (errands, playdate, etc.)
    12:30 - lunch
    1:00 - nap
    3:30 - milk, reading time, sometimes a snack
    4:00 - outside time
    5:30 - play time with Daddy
    6:30 - dinner
    7:30 - bath then bed

    Ellyn said...

    21 month old boy

    6:30 wake and nurse in bed
    (Can't seem to ween him out of this one and only feeding; pure laziness out of my part) and then read books in bed with Mommy and Daddy
    7:00 free play
    (Each night I put out one new rotated toy on his table so he gets excited every morning)
    7:30 breakfast
    8:00 IP - roomtime
    (I exercise and get a quick shower in)
    9:00 dress, brush teeth, then I eat breakfast on the go
    9:30 get out of house-library, swim, play date, shopping
    10:45 come home and eat lunch
    11:30 or noonish nap for 2 to 2.5 hours
    (My work time-I work from home as a Web designer)
    2:00 or 2:30 TV (Signing Time or Baby Einstein)
    3:00 snack
    3:15 go for a walk or play in sandbox outside
    4:00 books or structure time
    4:30 supper prep for me, music time for him (he lays on floor, listening, and plays with cars)
    5:30 Daddy comes home--dinner
    6:00 Daddy time while I work from home
    7:00 bath
    7:30 books
    7:45 bed (Lately won't fall asleep until 8:30 due to summer I think but it's been very frustrating. I'm in the process of troubleshooting).

    22 Month Old

    23 Month Old
    • Tracy said...
      23 month twins

      7am wake, 8 oz milk
      8am breakfast
      830-10 playtime - unstructured or with sibling
      10-1130 snack and structured playtime with mommy or on a playdate
      1130 lunch
      1200-200 nap
      200 unstructured/independent playtime
      300-400 structured playtime and snack
      400 free time/sometimes we watch TV at this time
      500 playtime with daddy
      530 dinner
      600 more playtime with daddy
      630 bedtime routine, including bath
      700 lights out
    24 Month Old

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    Plowmanators said...

    Thank you everyone for adding your sample schedules!

    I have added them to the body of the post and will now be deleting your comments.

    Readers are still welcome to add sample schedules!

    Plowmanators said...

    Thank you everyone for all of your sample schedules! I have put them into the post. Thanks!

    hanoimom said...

    I have a question about milk and breakfast time. I am trying to sync my 12 month old with his older sisters who are in elementary school. We all wake at 6:30am. He nurses a hungry nurse (which I hope to make into an 8oz bottle or sippie of milk soon!) and then he's not ready or hungry for breakfast when the girls eat breakfast. Instead he gets hungry when we are taking the girls to school. The trip to and from school takes about an hour so when he gets hungry for breakfast that ends up being another nursing session as it's not easy to eat solids in the train (we live in the city).

    I know with my other girls we did milk first then an hour later breakfast solids but does it work as well to switch that and do family breakfast then a bottle afterwards? That may seem like a really dumb question but I'm not sure how to fit everything in in the mornings and maybe i'm a little brain dead.

    But I'm wondering which is more important, the breakfast foods or the milk?

    Thank you so much for your help!
    Becky

    Plowmanators said...

    Becky, I think I would do breakfast and then milk. At 12 months, I actually gave it at basically the same time, so you could do that. I would probably do family breakfast, then bottle during the drive if it is close enough to breakfast time.

    Sunk Costs said...

    Help me Val! I've read every sample schedule I can get my hands on for a 1-nap baby, and we don't seem to fit any of them. My daughter is 13.5 months and 2 weeks ago dropped to 1 nap. I feel very sure she made this drop on her own and we're at 1 nap for good; there was no transition time or effort on my part; she just stopped sleeping at the 2nd nap (which had been about 4-5:30pm) cold turkey.

    She goes to bed about 9pm, wakes around 8am (I know a late bedtime is frowned upon, but the late bedtime means a later waketime and since I'm pregnant with #2 and sleep best in the morning, I haven't wanted to push up bedtime and therefore waketime). She gets sleepy by 11:30 or 12pm most days, so I am for no later than a 12:30 start time to the nap; sometimes it begins as early as 11:30am. She usually only takes 10ish minutes to fall asleep, but raaaaarely makes it past 90 minutes of naptime (sometimes only 60 minutes). She then wakes up cranky and becomes woefully cranky around 5pm each day. Twice I've tried putting her down for a short 2nd nap to make it to the late bedtime to no avail. Today I left her for 2 hours after she woke to make sure she wasn't going to fall back to sleep- no luck. She simply won't nap a second time, so we're just stuck with a cranky baby all evening. Three times since starting a 1-nap routine has she had a 2.5+ hour nap, so I know she's capable, but those days weren't aberrant from the rest so I don't know why they were randomly good ones.

    I know we haven't been doing 1 nap for all that long yet, but I feel certain she can't get by on just 1.5 hours of daytime sleep, right? And I'm going crazy. How on earth do I get a consistent 2+ hour nap? Do I stretch pre-nap wake time? Put her to bed super early (like 7:30? I don't see her making it to 8am with an early bedtime, and won't an earlier wake time require an earlier nap start time and perpetuate the need to go to bed earlier, then wake earlier, so we can never establish a schedule?) Do I just wait it out and pray that after another week or two she adjusts and takes a longer nap?

    Plowmanators said...

    Sunk Costs,

    So on a one nap schedule, you should have at least a two hour nap, but most will sleep around 3, some even four hours.

    My guess is she needs to go down for her first nap a little earlier than she is going down and then still have another nap. Since sh is waking at 8, she should be able to make it until at least noon if she is really ready for a one nap a day thing.

    Most babies her age who are ready for not always having a second nap do the one nap some days, two other days. It is a weaning process rather than a dropping.

    At this point, if she isn't napping well still, I would look into an earlier nap with adding a second nap in, also. Good luck!

    thetam said...

    My daughter is almost 19 months old and has been on one nap for a while now. I can't get her to nap for more than 2 hours. She wakes up by 2:30 maybe 2:45 no matter what time I put her down so she can never make it to her bedtime of 7:30 without getting overtired. I need help tweaking her schedule. How do I get to a longer naptime?

    thetam said...

    My daughter is almost 19 months old and has been on one nap for a while now. I can't get her to nap for more than 2 hours. She wakes up by 2:30 maybe 2:45 no matter what time I put her down so she can never make it to her bedtime of 7:30 without getting overtired. I need help tweaking her schedule. How do I get to a longer naptime?

    liamsMom32 said...

    WORKING PARENTS
    4 months - 3.5 hour schedule

    6:30 am Wake
    Feed
    Play
    8:00 am nap time
    9:30 am Wake
    Feed
    Play
    11:00 am nap time
    12:30 pm Wake
    Feed
    Play
    2:30 pm nap time
    4:00 pm Wake
    Feed
    Play
    6:00 pm Nap time
    7:30 pm Wake
    Feed
    Bath
    8:30 pm Bed time

    We have adjusted to fit what works best with out LO. Obviously, every baby is different and may require more or less nap time then ours but this has worked wonders for us. He is up with us when we have to get ready for work and his schedule is perfect for our afternoon of getting home from work, cooking dinner and having quality time with him before we all go to bed for the night.

    I swear by baby wise and have recommended it to all of my parent friends.

    liamsMom32 said...

    I should have mentioned how his schedule works with ours

    6:30 wake/feed/play
    7:15 drop off at day care
    8:00 nap
    9:30 wake/feed/play
    11:00 nap
    12:30 wake/feed/play
    2:30 nap
    3:45 picked up from day care
    4:00 feed/play
    6:00 nap
    7:30 wake/feed/bath
    8:30 bedtime

    Plowmanators said...

    thetam, have you tried an earlier nap time?

    Also, is there something happening at that time that could be waking baby up? A certain noise? The way the sun hits his room?

    Plowmanators said...

    Sorry, "her" room

    Plowmanators said...

    thanks liams mom!

    Jessie said...

    21 Months
    It's summer right now, so our awake times are a bit relaxed :)
    6:45-7:15 Wake
    7:15 Up for the day, get dressed
    7:30breakfast
    Chores, read books, free play, errands, or if it's a hot day, play outside
    9:00-10 Independent play
    11:30-12:30 Make, eat, clean up lunch and read books before nap
    12:30-2:30 nap
    3:00 snack
    Play outside, go for a walk, to the pool, if it's really hot, a trip to the library or inside fun
    5:00 play time with Daddy, watch some Veggie Tales silly songs
    5:30 Supper
    6:30 Bedtime

    Lindsay and Michael said...

    17 Months Old:

    8:30 Wake Up, Change Diaper, Breakfast and watch Sesame Street

    9:30 Swimming/Play!
    11:00 Lunch
    11:30 Bath
    12:00 Bottle and Nap
    4:00 Wake Up, Change Diaper, Eat Snack
    Play!
    6:30 Dinner
    7:45 Get ready for bed
    8:00 Bottle and Bed
    Sleep through the night.

    wuryah said...

    17 Month Old - Boy
    7AM - DWT
    9:30/45AM - Nap time (takes at least 30 minutes to fall asleep)
    11AM - Wake Him
    2:00PM - Nap time (takes 30 minutes to 1 hour to fall asleep)
    4:30PM - Wake Him
    8:00PM - Bedtime

    I think we almost ready to transition to ONE NAP!

    sbcvmi06 said...

    15 month old boy

    7:15 wake up and out of crib
    9:45 nap
    10:45 wake from nap
    2:15 nap
    4:15 wake from nap
    7:30 bed

    About once/twice a week he skips a nap and has slowly been shortening his morning nap. I think in another month or so we will be down to one nap.

    Claire@MyDevising said...

    16 month old boy

    8:30-9:15 Breakfast
    Waketime

    11:45-12:00 Lunch
    Waketime
    Nap

    4:00-4:30 Snack
    Waketime

    6:00-6:30 Dinner
    Waketime

    7:45-8:00 Bedtime

    Around 15 1/2 months, he officially dropped the morning nap. His afternoon nap begins at 1:00 and lasts until 4:00-4:30. His night sleep falls anywhere in the range of 12-13.5 hours, but 13 hours is the average.

    http://www.mydevising.com/2013/02/16-month-old-schedule.html

    Claire@MyDevising said...

    14 month old boy

    8:15-8:45 Breakfast
    Waketime
    Nap

    12:00-12:15 Lunch
    Waketime
    Nap

    4:00-4:30 Snack
    Waketime

    6:00-6:30 Dinner
    Waketime

    8:00-8:10 Bedtime

    At 13 months, we cut out the "bedtime snack." We found that it was contributing to his waking in the night and waking early in the morning. You can read more about those sleep issues here. Ever since then, his sleep (nighttime and naps) have been totally back to normal.

    His morning nap is around 1.5 hours and his afternoon nap is around 2 hours. If we calculated waketime, it would be about 2-2.5 hours in the morning and about 2 hours in the afternoon.

    We put him down for bed around 8:00-8:10. His total night sleep time ranges anywhere from 12-13 hours.

    http://www.mydevising.com/2012/12/14-month-old-schedule.html

    The Atwoods said...

    13 Month Old Boy

    7:00 - DWT
    9:15 - nap 1
    10:30 - Up
    1:30 - nap 2
    3:30 - Up
    7:00 - Bed

    Jessica said...

    18 month old GIRL
    (This is our summer schedule, all play/learning is moveable, but these times stay the same.)
    7:00 a.m. - wake
    7:30 a.m. - breakfast
    9:30 a.m. - snack
    11:30 a.m. - lunch
    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - nap
    2:15 p.m. - snack
    6:00 p.m. - dinner
    7:30 p.m. - bath, snack (if needed) bed (in bed by 8:00 p.m.)

    AmyB09 said...

    15 MO girl
    7:30 wake, drink milk, breakfast with mom
    8:30 roomtime while mom gets ready
    9-10:15 free play, helping mom clean up, reading books
    10:15-11:15 nap
    11:30 lunch with water
    12-2:15 take a walk, playdates, run errands-out of the house
    2:15 nap
    3:45 wake, cuddle, milk, structured activity while mom cooks dinner
    5:00 dinner, dad gets home, then family time
    7:30 milk, bath, books, brush teeth
    8:00 bedtime

    She has never been a very good napper, and will only sleep 11.5 hours at night, but this seems to work for us!

    Mandy Hartley said...

    14 month girl:
    (I'm giving her 10 oz. of milk with meals because she loves milk and she still eats well.)

    7:00 am wake (snacks on dry cereal till mom is awake enough to fix breakfast :)
    8:00 am breakfast then play w/ brother
    9:30 am nap
    11:00 am wake
    11:30 am lunch and play
    1:30 pm nap
    3:30 pm snack and play
    6:00 pm dinner
    8:00 pm bath, book
    8:30 pm bedtime

    The Intellectual Housewife said...
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    The Intellectual Housewife said...

    18 Month Old Girl:

    8:30 or 9:00 - wake up and eat breakfast
    9:30 - 10:45 or 11:00 - independent play in room in pack-n-play
    11:00 - chores with Mama. Usually she "helps" me unload the dishwasher and we feed the dog together.
    11:30 - free play with Mama. Usually reading books or blowing bubbles.
    12:00 - pick up toys and get ready for lunch
    12:15 - eat lunch
    12:45 - 1:00 - change diaper, naptime routine
    1:00 - 4:30 - naptime
    4:30 - 5:00 - snack time (we eat a pretty late dinner)
    5:00 - 6:00 or 6:15 - structured play. Sometimes in the high chair. She will color or play with a whiteboard and dry erase maker (don't worry, they're non-toxic.) Sometimes we do puzzles. It really varies and depends on what I need to finish for dinner prep. My husband comes home during this hour, too, so she plays with him when he gets home.
    6:15 - 6:45 - dinner.
    6:45 - 7:10 - bathtime
    7:10 - 7:30 - play with Daddy. Wind down for the night. Bedtime routine
    7:30 - bedtime

    cherelli said...

    Michelle- mum to 18mth old girl:

    Wake 7-7.15am
    Breakfast - 7.30am
    Indoor play/outside time on a walk til noonish
    Lunch - 12.00
    Nap- 12.45-3.30
    Occasional snack at 3.30
    Dinner- 6pm
    Bath- 6.50pm
    Read books, sleep - 7.30pm

    Unknown said...

    13.5-month-old boy:

    6:15/6:30 - wake, bottle
    7:30 - breakfast (will drop a.m. bottle soon)
    11:15 - lunch
    12 - down for nap
    2/3 - wake, snack
    5/5:30 - dinner
    6:307 bath and bottle
    7 in bed

    Mara Kreiling said...

    17 1/2 month old twins:
    7-7:15 Wake
    7:30 Sippy Cup of milk/breakfast
    8-11:00 Walk, IPT occasionally, Free play
    11-11:30 Lunch w/sippy cup of milk
    11:30-12:15 Clean up, read books
    12:15-2:30/3:00 Nap
    3:00 Snack w/sippy cup of water
    3:30-5:30 Play, outings
    6:00 Dinner w/sippy cup of milk
    6:30-7 Bath and Books
    In bed by 7:15

    Mara Kreiling said...

    I also should mention that our twins nap in different rooms. Our daughter doesn't take as long of a nap as our son does.

    Stephanie said...

    14 month old

    7:00 wake, nurse
    7:30 breakfast
    8:30 get dressed, walk or outside play
    9:15 nap
    10:45 nurse
    11:15 lunch
    1:15 nap
    2:45. Nurse
    3:00 snack
    5:45 dinner
    6:30 play with dad
    7:00 bedtime routine
    7:30 bed

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