Nine to 12 month baby routine

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.

Play ideas:

  • 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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