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12 Month Old Sleep Schedule

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Adjust baby's wake-up time:
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Adjust baby's wake-up time:
WakeUp BedTime

Note: These are general guidelines based on the recommendations of our pediatric sleep advisors. All babies are different and your child may not be able to strictly adhere to this schedule. Always use your best judgment as a parent when setting your child's schedule.

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Note: These are general guidelines based on the recommendations of our pediatric sleep advisors. All babies are different and your child may not be able to strictly adhere to this schedule. Always use your best judgment as a parent when setting your child's schedule.

The 12 Month Schedule

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Wake and Milk Feed

Your baby might be hungry if they're not getting nighttime feeds, so this feed will be a big one.

Breakfast

Your baby will love this solid breakfast especially as you get more and more creative with different flavors and textures. Maybe try out oatmeal, toast fingers with butter, roasted cherry tomatoes, scrambled eggs, avocado on toast fingers, or whole wheat pancakes cooked with blueberries (great brain food for your baby!).

Naptime

This nap's timing may be different from day to day — your baby may be ready to snooze between 15 and 30 minutes later than this time. Just make sure they're up within half an hour of this time, if they don't wake up on their own.

Milk Feed

Cut back on milk if your baby is feeling less hungry for milk and more comfortable with solid foods.

Lunch

Your baby's getting a little more independent, which means they should be fairly comfortable with a variety of solid foods, flavors, and textures. They're likely feeding themself more and more. Yay!

Naptime

If your little one had a longer morning nap, they may be resistant to this nap, so you may want to start the nap a little later. Take some time for yourself while they rest.

Milk Feed

Your baby will probably be hungry for milk once they wake up from their nap.

Dinner

Your little one is more independent now, and may feel comfortable feeding themself a solid dinner, featuring a variety of flavors and textures.

Bath

Splish-splash! It's time for a bath!

Bottle and Book

Now that your baby is more comfortable with solid dinners, they may be less hungry for milk before bed. Offer a calming song or story before bed to encourage a consistent routine.

Bedtime

Time for bed. Sweet Dreams!

12 Month Old Sleep Schedule

12 Month Old Nap Schedule:

At this age, your baby is probably taking two naps a day fairly consistently. All babies progress at their own rate, depending on their unique preferences and growing bodies, so if your baby is starting to resist one of these naps, hang in there!  Around 12 months, they’ll probably be napping for 2-4 hours during the day, but you may be starting to notice a shift in their napping patterns. If your baby is fighting one or both of their naps, it may be time to shorten each nap slightly and push back the start time of each nap by 15-30 minutes.

12 Month Old Feeding Schedule:

Not all babies take to solid foods as quickly as others. If your 12 month old baby is having trouble with solids, there’s no need to worry. It’s certainly not a cause for concern at this age. All that matters is that you help them attempt 3 meals a day.

Babies this age are nearly always able to make it through a night without a feeding. Feeding at night should be over; what you’re baby needs is a good night’s sleep. As far as milk feeds though, around 4 breast or bottle feeds is normal. Some parents switch to cow’s milk between 12 and 14 months, which is totally fine. However, you are more than welcome to continue breastfeeding at this point if you wish.

How Long Should A 12 Month Old Sleep?

Very little changes between 11 and 12 months for most babies. In all likelihood, your baby will be sleeping the same amount of time as they were a month ago. Expect 11-12 hours each night.

Your baby’s motor skills and social/linguistic awareness will continue to increase. Consistency is the name of the game now. A dependable routine provides important support as your baby continues to develop. Physical and mental development are taxing and will tend to push your baby toward sleep.

Milestones, such as learning to crawl or stand, can be exciting for everyone in the family. Unfortunately, they can lead to sleep disruptions. Again, consistency in your baby’s routine and environment will be the key to helping your baby to manage these disruptions. Just be careful to keep your helpful guidance from turning into a game where you baby stands up just to get you to rush over and to sit them back down. Teaching your baby to sit down on their own and letting them practice during the day is going to help them through any milestone related sleep disruptions.