Baby's First Year

A Day in the Life: Daily Routine with Baby (9 Month Old Edition!)

My original post on my daily routine with baby girl when she was just 4 1/2 months old has received quite a bit of attention, which I’m really thrilled about since my primary goal in starting this blog was to help make life a little easier for other new moms!

But my daughter is now 9 months old, and so much about our day-to-day lives has altered over the last five months. For example, we discovered the joy of implementing Montessori philosophy in the home, which has translated into a shift in how she spends the majority of her awake time. She is also capable of staying awake for much longer now (about 3 1/2 to 4 hours), which means she’s taking less naps. We have been practicing part-time elimination communication after waking up in the morning and after naps since she was 5 months old, so that’s become a normal part of our routine now. And finally, we’ve been following the baby led weaning approach to eating solid foods, so she now has several “meals” plus snacks in between her usual nursing sessions. This is all to say that our daily routine has greatly changed! So I thought I’d give a little update on what our days together look like now.

WAKE UP FOR THE DAY- 6:30 am:
Wake up, nurse, and morning cuddle time with Mommy and Daddy in bed for about 20 minutes. Try for a pee or poo on the potty (this is the one we use), followed by a diaper change. Brush teeth (she has 8 of them now!). Play and exploration time in her Montessori playroom (and the general entire downstairs floor now that she’s crawling like a maniac and pulling up on everything in sight) while Mommy has a cup of coffee and supervises and/or plays alongside her. (Sometimes baby goes into the carrier to “help” Mommy walk the dogs, but lately Daddy’s been in charge of the dogs in the morning ;)). About 1 – 1.5 hours after waking up, Mommy makes breakfast for everyone and we eat together. Then we clean up and have more play and exploration time while Mommy tries to sneak in a household chore or two nearby. Sometimes we have a small snack between breakfast and nap time.

SLEEP (NAP 1) – 10:15 am:
Start nap routine as soon as “sleepy signs” begin (staring into space, “the slow blink”, rubbing eyes, or fussing). Nurse and down for a nap in her floor bed. Baby naps anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. While she naps, Mommy tries to get a household chore done, or checks email, relaxes, works on the blog, etc.

AWAKE TIME – 11:00 am:
Wake up, try for a pee or poo on the potty, followed by a diaper change. Play and exploration time in her playroom and the rest of the house (most of the time Mommy plays with baby, but on occasion she needs to sneak in a household chore nearby). Around noon, Mommy makes lunch and we eat together. Baby goes into the carrier to “help” Mommy walk the dogs. We also try to go for a 20-minute walk together outside at least once during the day, but it’s winter in Colorado right now, so this is highly weather-dependent. Sometimes we go to Story Time at the library and check out a few new books. This is also the time of day that we sometimes go run an errand to the store, if necessary. More play and exploration time before her nap.

SLEEP (NAP 2) – 2:45 pm:
Start nap routine as soon as “sleepy signs” begin (staring into space, “the slow blink”, rubbing eyes, or fussing). Nurse and down for a nap in her floor bed. Baby naps anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. While she naps, Mommy tries to get a household chore done, or checks email, relaxes, works on the blog, etc.

AWAKE TIME – 3:30 pm:
Wake up, try for a pee or poo on the potty, followed by a diaper change. Play and exploration time in her playroom and the rest of the house (most of the time Mommy plays with baby, but on occasion she needs to sneak in a household chore nearby). Sometimes we have a small snack shortly after waking up. About two hours before bedtime, Mommy starts cooking while baby plays nearby. We always aim to eat dinner together at least an hour before our bedtime routine begins. We also feed the dogs somewhere during this time. Then some more play and exploration time until baby is ready for bed!

SLEEP (BEDTIME) – 7:00/7:30 pm:
Start bedtime routine about 3 to 3.5 hours after last wake-up. Baby has bath time, so we change her diaper and get into PJs at that point. (Daddy usually walks the dogs while we’re doing our bedtime routine, but sometimes Mommy helps with this after baby has gone to bed). Immediately after bath time, we read three books together in baby’s room, nurse, and go down to sleep for the night in her floor bed. After baby is asleep, Mommy cleans the kitchen, finishes any last-minute tasks, showers, and generally just spends quality time with the hubby until it’s time for bed. (Baby is still waking up at night anywhere from 2 to 4 times, I think mostly due to the fact that we nurse to sleep every night, and also due to her recent development-related onset of separation anxiety. However, a quick nursing session usually gets her back to sleep fairly quickly, so we’re just managing things for now.)


How did YOUR daily routine change as your little one got a bit older? Please share your experience in the comments below!

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