9-12 month old baby routines
Between 9 and 12 months your baby is very energetic and mobile, showing the first signs of independence. Baby now has 3 meals a day, plus morning and afternoon tea with a drink from a cup. They also need 3 milk feeds a day, after meals. Give them finger food at each meal, and a spoon to try feeding themselves.
A typical day - around 10 months
- 7.00am Wake, breakfast
- 8am Breast or bottle feed (180 - 240 mL)
- 8.30am Get dressed for the day
- 9 - 9.30am Play
- 9.30 - 11.00am Sleep
- 11am Morning tea and cup of water or diluted juice
- 11.30pm Shopping or play group
- 12.30pm Lunch
- 1 - 2pm Play
- 2 - 3.30pm Sleep
- 3.30pm Afternoon tea and cup of water or diluted juice
- 4pm Walk to the park
- 5pm Dinner
- 6pm Bath, pyjamas, play with Dad
- 7.30pm Settle to bed
- 8pm - 7am Sleep (approx 11 hours).
Baby is now sleeping about 11 hours at night, with two sleeps during the day (1 - 2 hours each). Remember to approach sleep time in a quiet, soothing way (and playtime in an exciting way), so you cue them into knowing what’s expected. Giving these verbal and physical messages helps your child learn.
- Your baby may now be more active in sleep. If they wake and cry out, wait to see if they resettle — if not, try to resettle them quickly in the cot.
Playtimes are now very busy — baby will be crawling, pulling to standing and cruising around the furniture. It may be a few more months before they actually walk independently, so don’t rush them. (Use soft soled shoes until they’re walking.) Their fine motor skills are now well developed — they can pick up and manipulate small objects.
- An activity board, with buttons to push and interesting sounds.
- Give them a stable push along toy so they can use their legs and gain some independence.
- Go along to a playgroup, as baby now likes being out and about and socialising.
- Cut a slit in the lid of a plastic icecream container and give baby plastic pegs to deposit in it.
- Stock a low kitchen cupboard or drawer with safe utensils so they can help themselves.
- Buy baby his first books, if you haven’t already (stiff cardboard or plastic ones are best at first).
- Read to baby every day. Point to the pictures and describe them.
Babyproofing the house:
- Remove all breakables and sharp objects from baby’s reach.
- Secure bookcases and curtain rods firmly to the wall.
- Put detergents and chemicals in a high cupboard.
- Buy childproof fasteners for cupboards, safety gates for stairs.
- Use socket protectors or install safety power points.
- Have an electrician install an earth leakage detector.
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- Learn more about your baby's speech and language development at 9-12 months
Written for Kidspot, New Zealand's parenting resource for family health
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Last revised: Monday, 1 February 2010
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.