Brinley Pre-Toddler Summary: 12.5 Months Old

12.5 month old pretoddler schedule and routine. 12.5 month old schedule. Baby schedule for baby’s 54-55th weeks. Baby schedule and routine for the fifty-fourth and fifty-fifth week of life. 53-week-old and 54-week-old baby routine and daily life. Learn about a 12 month old appetite and how much they will eat, moving to a booster seat and out of a highchair, moving to one nap, and weaning from a bottle.

Brinley eating ice cream for the first time

This is a summary for Brinley for age 12-12.5 months old. This is weeks 54 and 55–she was 53 and 54 weeks old. Hopefully that is enough info for however people count 🙂


Eating is going well and normal. She is eating the same as usual. Children around one usually start to slow down their food intake. Hers hasn’t so far–I think one reason is making up for being sick just before she turned one; she has some ground to recover. 

>>>Read: Pre-Toddler Mealtime Expectations

She is not eating purees at all except for her morning oatmeal and prunes. I am not sure why she still likes that each morning, but I am going with it.

enjoying an ice cream cone at a family reunion


We have permanently moved her booster to the table. We hadn’t done it yet and were just bringing out the booster each time, but I decided that was silly. It was time to make it official. She has a new spot. We rearranged some seating at our table and we are nice and cozy now with all 6 of us there.

Do you guys have assigned seating at the dinner table? We totally do. We are strategically placed so people are by people so they don’t goof around (I feel like a school teacher).

>>>Read: Mealtime Booster Seats: When to Move and Good Features


Sleeping was good and normal this week.

Looking ahead, I think Brinley will be an early “one nap” person. I will be thrilled with that! If it happens. I love one nap. The earliest is typically 14 months that a child can move to exclusively one nap a day. So I am planning October sometime. 

>>>Read: Dropping the Morning Nap Transition Time


So…I have a confession. During this time period, it was the last two weeks of summer for my kids. I didn’t want to cut in on her time to play with them since she is really not a wake a ton, and when you add in eating, play time is limited enough…we didn’t do any independent play! I think it will be okay. This was a time when the schedule was to serve us, and I wanted to enjoy every minute of the end of summer. I wouldn’t give up on it long-term because I highly value it, but we took a vacation.


Her obedience is just getting better and better! It is so great to see improvement. 


One day, I remembered I needed to be weaning her from a bottle! McKenna, you might remember, never took a bottle, so I didn’t worry about that with her. But with my older kids, we were in weaning mode at least by a year. I realized just a couple of days after her birthday, so I wasn’t too far behind, but it took me by surprise.

She is down to sippy twice a day and bottle twice a day. She wasn’t really phased by the sippy. It is a hard-top sippy. She has soft top sippys and she has always had water from those, but they are starting to break in the nipple, so we are transitioning to the hard top for milk. I don’t mind water leaking everywhere but don’t want milk leaking. Her flexibility always astounds me! (for more on how I wean, see 


8:45–nurse with solids (fruit, cereal, yogurt, finger foods). Independent Playtime happens in this block.
10:30-11:00–nap starts
12:45-1:00–wake up, bottle with solids (veggie, fruit, other foods we are eating)
2:30-3:00–nap starts
5:00–wake up, bottle with solids (veggie, fruit, dinner) 
7:30–bottle, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00-8:30.



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