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Routine for a 10 month old

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Routine for a 10 month old

Postby victoriat » Thu 13 Jun, 2013 4:58 pm

My daughter is 10 months old tomorrow and we currently have a routine that works well for us but I am wondering if it may be time to make some subtle changes.

My daughter (Lacey) usually wakes between 6.30-7am after 11 or 12 hours of sleep. Our current routine goes like this:

6.30am Wake-up and 180ml of formula.
Lacey then likes to be back in her bed for a nap after an hour of being awake.
9.30am Breakfast (usually porridge and fruit) followed by a bottle of formula. (180ml is offered but very rarely taken)
Lacey will have a 30 min nap in here somewhere, which has been 12o'clock ish lately
1.30pm Lunch (which I feel is quite late) This meal varies but is always a proper meal followed by a 180ml bottle
5.30pm Tea (again various options)
Bath / shower
6.15pm 180ml bottle
7.00(ish) Bedtime

Should we be having breakfast first thing, cutting out the 4th bottle (by itself and not with a meal), bringing lunch and tea forward and having morning and afternoon snacks?

Lacey is usually a serial cat-napper but upon tweaking her routine yesterday I saw instant changes. I decided to keep Lacey up until after her breakfast and was then awarded with a 1.5 hour sleep and another 1 hour in the afternoon.

I don't feel Lacey currently eats much food and therefore try and insist she has as much of her 4 bottles as possible but im just wondering if this is causing her not to eat much! One of my friends recently saw the local child health nurse with her son (who is 7 hours older than Lacey) and was told the feeding guidelines have recently changed and that milk is now the main food source until 10 months old after which time food becomes the main thing.

Thanks in advance... any suggestions would be helpful.
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Re: Routine for a 10 month old

Postby NgalaOnline » Fri 14 Jun, 2013 4:30 pm

Hi Victoriat

Thank you for your post. Your routine does sound like a good pattern for you and your baby, and if it is working well for you then there is not a particular need to change the pattern. If, however, you have found that with some experimentation the other day you were able to get your baby to sleep for a longer period then it may be worthwhile continuing to experiment with making some changes to the routine to see if it is possible to help your baby to be able to take longer naps. It is quite common for babies to want to go back to bed after only and hour or so of awake time in the morning. Usually, keeping babies awake past their tired signs actually seems to have a negative effect on sleep meaning that the baby will often become overtired and then be more difficult to settle. This can lead to the baby not going into a deep sleep and therefore only having a catnap. All babies are different, however, and there are some babies for whom a longer awake time might mean a longer nap. If this seems to be the case for your baby then it is worthwhile trialing this new pattern again to see if she will have longer naps rather than catnaps. It can be a little bit of trial and error to work out a pattern that seems to suit your baby and family best.

Whether to stick to a timed or clock based schedule or not is an individual choice for every family. Some families find that they are happiest with a predictable order and schedule to their day, and that their baby adjusts to the schedule well. Some other families feel that trying to adhere to a timed schedule can be stressful for them or that it may cause them to miss their baby's tired signs, and for these families a more flexible approach to the day can be beneficial. It is useful to know that there is not a right and a wrong way to approach these things, as different approaches work for individual families and babies.

At 10 months of age it is a good time to be working towards your baby taking more of her nutrition from food and less from formula. This is often a slow transition between around 8 - 12 months of age. After 12 months of age babies no longer need to be given formula or special toddler milks. Instead it is best to move them onto 3 serves of dairy or less than 600mls of cow's milk per day from a sippy cup, and eliminating bottles. Toddler milks can be expensive and contain a lot of sugar, and excessive consumption of cow's milk can cause iron deficiency anaemia as well as reducing a toddler's appetite for foods. Bottles in the second year of life can contribute to teeth decay and also can cause the child to overconsume fluids. As the recommendation is to cease formula and bottles at 12 months of age, at 10 months of age it makes sense to begin reducing your child's current consumption and this is likely to bring an increase in her appetite for food. You may like to cut one bottle out now and then cut another bottle out as she gets closer to 12 months. Which bottle is cut out is not important, you may like to just pick the one which seems the easiest to remove from your daytime schedule or the one she seems least interested in. The times of her lunch and breakfast are fine if they are working well for your baby and your family. You may find that if you eliminate either of her morning bottles she will be hungry earlier, in which case it would be appropriate to offer her her meals earlier. Some children do need morning and afternoon snacks especially if they do not eat much at mealtimes. Other children are less interested in these snacks, especially whilst they are still having bottles as part of their nutrition during the day. It is helpful to keep the snacks healthy and reasonably light (such as some cut up fruit and maybe some cheese or a cracker with little salt in it) so these snacks do not impact too much on her mealtime appetite.

I hope that this information is helpful. It sounds like you are doing a great job with your baby, keep up the good work.
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