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Child-Led Schedule (16 Months Old, 1 Nap)

2010 June 18
by MieVee @

Notes about this schedule:

  • Since Vee was about 12-13 months old, he was more energetic and started taking one long nap a day. If he wakes up early, we have a long day out or he is unwell, he would take two naps.
  • We follow his cues, that is why this is a child-led schedule. It is common that we shift 30-60 minutes away from it.
  • Our diet is primarily vegetarian, which explains the lack of meat. With proper meal planning, Vee still gets his entire range of nutrition needed.
  • He still wakes up to breastfeed several times through the night, especially at midnight and in the morning.
  • This is a mock-up schedule based on our actual schedule.

8a.m. Breastfeed

9a.m. Rise and shine, bath

10a.m. Breakfast:

  • Grains & cereals
  • Milk & yoghurt (~4oz)
  • Multi-vitamin & mineral

11a.m. Homeschooling lessons, including Shichida Method™ home practice

12p.m. Lunch:

  • Porridge, pasta or starchy food such as sweet potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Peas or beans
  • Fruit

1p.m. Free play

1.30p.m. Milk feed (~4oz)

2p.m. Nap

4p.m. Wakes up from nap

4.30p.m. Tea break, includes milk & yoghurt (~3oz)

5p.m. Free play

6p.m. Dinner:

  • Porridge, pasta or starchy food such as sweet potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Peas or beans
  • Fish and/or egg yolk
  • Fruit

7p.m. Quiet play

8.30p.m. Milk feed (~5oz), change

9.30p.m. Sleep

11p.m. Breastfeed

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Eunice permalink
    December 3, 2012

    Most suggest a bath in the evening to distinguish day and night time (for small babies). How do you distinguish the 2 for baby to know it’s time to sleep longer at night? Is routine a most to help baby differentiate or go through the day?

    • December 5, 2012

      Evening bath: depends… I read that some babies may be stimulated by a bath, others find it calming. Also, if bathing is a very fixed part of the routine, I read about a baby who needs a bath in the middle of the night (!!!) to calm down and fall back to sleep again.

      So, for my boys, I bath them when I’m free. Haha… for young baby, usually bath him upon waking up. For evening, simply a wipe down and change into pyjamas.

      Bedtime routine is important. Choose something you and baby are comfortable with.
      Vee: fussy, has a super-long routine, even until now, almost 4 years old. He needs a long time (1-2 hours) to tune down. Books, songs, chit chatting, cuddling, etc.

      Jae: more easy-going, sleeps when he’s tired even without a proper routine. Simply change, lights out, songs, carry him for a short while and he’s asleep. Or if he’s ok, he can also fall asleep by light patting.

      Nap-time: I draw the curtains but we can still see well in the room.
      Night-time: Draw the curtains, 1 tiny night light, very dark in the room. So I think this helps him to differentiate.

  2. TsueyShya permalink
    March 18, 2014

    Hi MieVee,

    Do you mind sharing the type of mattresses you use for your 3 kids?
    Thank you.

    • March 21, 2014

      Baby cot: we use Safe and Sound mattress (Malaysian baby brand) with breathable holes
      Vee & Jae: each on a super-single thick (13″) mattress, placed on the floor. Think the brand is Getha, also Malaysian brand.
      Hope this helps… 🙂

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