11 Month Old Baby Schedule

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11 Month Old Baby Schedule

 
This article outlines the average 11 month old baby schedule, including feedings, solids, naps and night sleep.

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11 month old’s sleep

At this age, most 11 month olds can sleep through the night, without a feeding, and take two naps for a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours per day plus 11-12 hours at night. A very small percentage transition to one nap as early as 10 months, but not many, so assume 2 naps unless you are certain. My eldest son did transition to one nap one week before his first birthday, so it was in the 11th month that I started seeing his morning nap get later and later. Most babies get very very overtired and sleep can spiral out of control, so I always recommend keeping two naps as long as possible. The average age to transition to one nap is 15-18 months. My younger son seemed to start to transition to one nap around the same time, but went back to two naps within a week or two and continued taking two naps until 15 or 16 months. It makes me think my older son would have gone back to two naps, too, had I given him more time to try. Learn from me. Your 11 month old should be taking 2-3 naps per day for a total of 2-3 hours per day plus 11-12 hours at night. If you’re having trouble with naps, you might be interested in helping your baby nap.

Although many babies can go all night without a single feeding, in my experience, some do better with one feeding after 4 or 5 a.m. and sleep longer than not feed and get an early wake-time. I would need to know your specific situation to make a recommendation, but just recognize that all babies are different. By this age I would not expect more than one feeding, typically, if any at all. I would recommend at least an attempt at night-weaning because it is a chicken and egg problem. It’s hard to encourage more eating during the day when he is eating at night and it’s hard to discourage eating at night when he isn’t eating more during the day.

All babies vary, but here are some rough schedules you can use to make your own for your unique baby. I should warn you that I am in the camp that breast milk or formula should be the primary nutrition for the first year and solids come secondary. Below are the amounts we recommend. For more information on starting your baby on solid food, visit our sister site, Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods. It includes recommendations about how and when to start solids, as well as helpful information on food allergies, recommended products, baby-friendly recipes, and more.

The amount of food at 11 months is very similar to 10 months, but she may be eating a little more.

Amounts per day:

• At least 3-4 nursing sessions per day or 24-32 ounces formula or combination of both
• No more than 6-8 oz of water or juice (to ensure they drink enough breast milk or formula)
• 2 servings (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons dry) baby cereal
• 2 servings grain (1 serving = 1/2 slice bread, 2 crackers, 1/2 cup Cheerios, or 1/2 cup whole grain pasta)
• 2 servings fruit (1 serving = 3-4 Tablespoons)
• 2-3 servings vegetable (1 serving = 3-4 Tablespoons)
• 2-3 servings protein (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons)
• 1 serving Dairy (1 serving = 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup cottage cheese or 1 oz grated cheese)
• You can also offer cooked egg yolk (but no egg whites until 1 year old due to allergans)

The first schedule is what I call a “staggered” approach. My first son did better nursing fully and then having solids a bit in between nursing sessions. He was a little hungry but not famished. He just didn’t do well with stopping nursing mid-way to eat solids.


Sample 11 month old schedule

7:00 – Wake and Breast milk or Formula
9:00 – Breakfast
10:00 or 10:30 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
11:00 – Breast milk or Formula plus snack
1:00 – Lunch
2:00 or 2:30 – Early Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:00 – Breast milk or Formula plus snack
5:00 – Dinner
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Breast milk or Formula and Bedtime (goal to be asleep at this time)

If your baby doesn’t mind a more “consolidated” approach to eating, like my second son, here is another type of schedule:

Schedule 2

7:00 – Wake
7:15 – Breakfast plus Breast milk / Formula feeding
9:15 – Snack
10:00 or 10:30 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
12:00 – Lunch plus Breast milk / Formula feeding
2:00 or 2:30 – Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:30 – Snack
5:00 – Dinner plus Breast milk / Formula feeding
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Small BM/Formula feeding (possibly) and Bedtime (goal to be asleep at this time)

Note: When giving any feedings during your bedtime routine, be careful not to create sleep associations, which we saw become important at 4 months old.

 

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  1. Brandi says

    My son will be a year in less thn 1 month. He sleeps through the night (between 10.5 to 11.5hrs), takes one 2 hr nap a day and 2 one hour naps (about every 3 hrs). I am home with him and not working. My question being, will the fact that he doesnt go to bed until usually around 11pm affect his brain development or growth in any way?? He is quite used to this schedule with no problem. Gets plenty of sleep, eats great,has been walking since 9 months, talks a bit as well, but is slightly small for his age (21lbs 25 or so inches). .Just wondering if this sounds as okay to you as it does to me. His father seems to think tht him going to bed so late is causing a problem. Any info would help. Thanks!!

  2. Debbye says

    @ Preston – Thanks for sharing your schedule, it looks good! A website that has been very useful to me on baby food is this one: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com. I also like the book “Super Baby Food”. Both have great and easy food and nutrition ideas. Another tip for sneaking in some cereal is to mix it in with a puree that she may like, or switch to Cheerios or another low sugar iron fortified finger food.
    Good luck!

    @ Brandi – As long as he is getting enough sleep, the times that he sleeps should not affect his growth and development. You may want to adjust his schedule at some point, so he can be awake to go to school when he starts, and it will be easier sooner than later. Another thing to consider is that her gets enough sunshine (full of vitamin D) through out his days. If he goes to bed late and wakes late, be sure that he being exposed to enough natural sunlight? Please talk to your family doctor if you or your husband are concerned about his development/growth, but generally, if it is working for all of you…Great!
    Best wishes!

  3. Nancy says

    My son is 11 months and is not sleeping through the night nor is interested in solids. His schedule is usually up at 7-ish in the morning and he gets his formula (6oz, he won’t take more than that)
    then i try to give him breakfast about an hour later and sometimes takes that, usually just cereal or fruit. He then goes for a nap around 9:30 and up around 10:30\11, formula, snack or lunch around 12 (sometimes skips this entirely not interested or too busy playing) then naps around 2, formula at 4:00, dinner at 5/5:30 then another bottle around 7/7:30 and bed. Then he usually wakes an hour after and sometimes i let him cry it out or rock him back to sleep. then is up at 10:30 and again at around 2:30/3 (both times with a formula feed) and then up at 7-ish for his day again. We have tried following a sleep schedule, feeding schedule, crying it out and nothing seems to work! He is very different from my first born who slept like an angel! What are we doing wrong if anything and what can we do to get him to sleep through the night, we are sooo tired!!

  4. Nicole says

    My daughter is almost 11 months old and sleeps between 11-12 hours at night with 2 naps that average about an hour and twenty minutes each. This is her schedule:

    7AM–wake up
    7:15–breakfast (waffle, fruit, cheerios) and 6 oz. bottle
    9:15–9:30 nap 1
    11AM–6 oz bottle and small snack
    12:30PM–lunch–yogurt, fruit, cheerios
    2:00-2:30–nap 2
    3:45–4:00–6 oz bottle and small snack
    5:30PM–dinner–chicken or pasta, veggies, cheese slice
    630–6:45–4 oz. bottle
    7:00PM–in bed, usually sleeping by then

    I know that it is early for her to be transitioning to one nap just yet, she naps great now but my concern is the actual transitioning time. I know that most babies usually are down to 1 single nap between 15–18 month, but does this transition not happen until that time or do you start seeing a change earlier?

    With that said, should I be trying to move her morning nap back by a 1/2 hour every couple of weeks (ex.now she goes down between 9:15–9:30, in a couple of weeks should I try to move that to 10AM?) until she gets to nap time that will allow for one long afternoon nap? Or do I wait to see if she just drops her morning nap altogether and just put her down for her afternoon nap earlier than she goes down now?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks so much! This site really is so helpful :)

  5. Mandy says

    Hello,
    I love your site. I am coming for help with too early a wake up time. My 11 month son’s schedule is as follows:

    Wake between 5:00-5:30
    Nurse around 6 a.m. (always wait until then or do not go in to him until then)
    Eat breakfast, play, 1st nap 8/8:30 (for 1-1.5 hrs)
    Eat lunch around 12:30
    2nd nap 1/1:30 (1-2 hrs)
    Dinner 5:30
    Bath, nurse, rocking and singing, in bed by 6:30/6:45

    He used to sleep 12 solid hours! Now getting up earlier and earlier. Naps are even getting worse too! Just getting over his 5th ear infection, may have to get tubes. This is killing us though. Any answers? Should I go nurse him at 5 in hopes he would go back down?

  6. anita says

    Hi – great article!
    My 10 month old’s schedule looks almost the same as Mandy’s, and these early wake-ups are killing me! My son sleeps really well during the day, having two solid naps of 1-2 hours each but on a good night is still up at 9pm (no feed), midnight (big feed) and 3am (feed).

    His schedule looks like this:

    5.30am wake, try to nurse back to sleep (no luck! – he’s usually not interested in a breastfeed first thing in the morning)
    6.30am breakfast
    8.30am breastfeed
    9-9.30am nap (1 1/2 – 2 hours)
    11.30am breastfeed
    12.00pm lunch
    1.00pm breastfeed
    1.30pm nap (1-1 1/2 hours)
    3-4pm snack and/or breastfeed
    5.30pm dinner
    6.00pm bath
    6.30-7pm breastfeed & bed
    9pm wakes, but DH settles to sleep (usually)
    12.00am wakes for breastfeed (always super thirsty)
    3-4am wakes, could probably do without bf if I could kick DH out of bed to settle him!

    I’m pretty happy with his day schedule but need to get these early wake-ups and nights sorted out. Any ideas?

  7. Rae says

    I am desperate… I have not had ONE night of full sleep in over a year! This is my third child and you would think by now I would have the role of mom mastered… not true! My little guy will not sleep in his own bed! I was sick for a week and during that time I made it a habit of pullin ghim in bed with me to nurse throughout the night because I was to tired to go out inti the living room. Well, he ended up sleeping with me all night. And now, well you know where this is leading. He now ends up in bed with me EVERY night! How do I break the cycle? I nurse him to sleep every night and am going to wean him soon (how I don’t know). He always wakes up after an hour r two and is in my bed the remainder of the night, nursing or suckling if you will several times a night!!! HELP, I’m desperate for some routine and rest!!!

  8. Rae says

    I forgot to ad he will be one year old in four days. I’ve tried the cry it out approach but I always give in after a few minutes, how long do i listen to him cry! Please help.

  9. Marjorie Mason says

    My daughter is 11 1/2 months old. Lately, she has been having trouble taking naps and going to sleep at night. She sleeps throught the night but I think she has a sleep association of needing a bottle to sleep. Here is her schedule.

    5:30 or 6:00 – Wake up. I give her a 6oz bottle in her crib and then she falls asleep
    8:00 – Wakes and eats breakfast
    10:30 – Bottle (4oz) and then nap
    12:00 – Wakes up and eats lunch and a 6oz bottle
    2:30 or 3:00 -Juice and a snack
    5:30 – dinner and water or juice
    7:30 or 8:00 – 8oz bottle and then sleep
    Lately she has not been taking a 2nd nap unless I give her a bottle but I’ve cut the extra feeding from her schedule.

    My goal is to disassociate the bottle with sleep. Today was my second day of giving her a bottle about 30 mins before her nap time or bed time. I read her a book and then lay her down. She ends up crying for about 30 mins and then falls asleep. I hope this works in a few more days. I hate to hear her cry!

  10. Angela says

    Here’s our schedule with our almost 11 month old. It works other than the fact that he still nurses at 11pm, 2pm, 5am (sometimes he wakes after this and sometimes sleeps until 6:30). I’ve had surgery so I can’t lift him during the day (we live with my parents so they are helping) but even before the surgery he could never focus longer than 5 minutes during the daytime nursing. I eventually had to move his nursing sessions to before nap time instead of after because it was the only time he’d stay still and I was losing my milk. Here’s our routine that we’ve had for months now. He loves his solids and we stick to your suggestions.
    6:00 wake
    7 – breakfast
    8:30 – nurse then nap (we use an ABS so he gets about 4 oz of formula at each daytime feeding and maybe 2 from me)
    10:30 – wake, juice and light snack
    12 – lunch
    1 – nurse and nap
    2:30 – wake, juice and light snack
    4 – bottle (4 oz)
    5 – dinner
    6:30 – bath
    6:45 – nurse and bed
    11pm- nurse (somewhere between 2-6oz per nighttime feed)
    2 pm – nurse
    5 pm – nurse

    We need to moving out of the night nursing! But I’m worried that he still needs to snuggle with me at night because I’m not able to do much during the day. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

  11. Mary says

    First, thank you for your site. My son is 11 months old. I’m wondering if I am breastfeeding him too much and if his sleep schedule is OK or “normal”.
    5-6 am Wakes up and I bring him from his crib to our bed to nurse him. He nurses and usually sleeps for another 30 mins or hour.
    7 am Breakfast oatmeal and fruits
    9:30 am Morning nap (40 mins to 1 and half hour) – I had stopped nursing him before this but lately he’s started again
    11 am Nurse after nap
    1 pm Lunch – purees/finger foods and short nurse
    1:20-2 pm Afternoon nap (40 mins to 1 and half hour) – I don’t let him sleep longer than 4:30 even if his nap is later
    3:30 Nurse after nap
    6:30 Dinner – purees/finger foods and short nurse
    7:30 Bath
    8 Nurse and sleep from 8:30 pm until 5-6 am

    I have a few questions:
    1. Do you see anything wrong with me bringing him to bed to nurse and sleep more after he wakes up at 5 am? It seems to be the only way we get him to sleep longer (we tried later bedtimes, which didn’t work at all).
    2. Am I nursing too much for his age (he eats a lot of solids at meal time) – if so which should I cut out?
    3. A couple times a week he wakes up in the middle of the night and we have to go comfort him (I try very hard to avoid nursing him back to sleep) – is this normal that he still wakes up?
    4. Sometimes when he hasn’t had long enough naps, in the afternoon if he wakes up after 40 mins I will go get him and nurse him in bed and he will sleep for longer. Is this creating bad sleep associations?

    Thanks!

  12. Pmommy says

    Hi

    The usual routine for my two babies at month 10 is as such:

    Wake up around 7am – 8am : Bottle fed 8ozs
    8am – 8.50am : Breakfast (Oatmeal)
    9.30/ 10am – A nap (from 30 min to an hour)
    12.00pm – 12.30pm : Lunch
    Boy – if he misses the 1st nap – he will nap between 1.30pm to 2.30 till about 4.30pm/ 5pm. (at time he cannot nap that long)
    Girl : if she nap in the morning (1hr) she might not nap till 4pm for the next.
    5.00pm to 5.50pm – Dinner
    May take a short 15 min nap around 7plus
    8.30pm to 9pm : Bottle then bed time.

    Their routine has been as such.

  13. Pmommy says

    Hi

    The usual routine for my two babies at month 10 is as such:

    Wake up around 7am – 8am : Bottle fed 8ozs
    8am – 8.50am : Breakfast (Oatmeal)
    9.30/ 10am – A nap (from 30 min to an hour)
    12.00pm – 12.30pm : Lunch
    Boy – if he misses the 1st nap – he will nap between 1.30pm to 2.30 till about 4.30pm/ 5pm. (at time he cannot nap that long)
    Girl : if she nap in the morning (1hr) she might not nap till 4pm for the next.
    5.00pm to 5.50pm – Dinner
    May take a short 15 min nap around 7plus
    8.30pm to 9pm : Bottle then bed time.

    Their routine has been as such.
    Is this ok?

  14. Katie says

    My baby girl will be 1 year old on June 17th. She’s been a formula fed baby since 8 months. She takes 4-6 oz of formula 2x a day–After waking up and after her afternoon (only) nap. If I offer it to her at any other time in the day, she refuses. If I offer her a bottle before her dinner of solids, she refuses, but is hungry and wants solids only. I add the formula to her food so that she gets 14-18 oz a day, but it’s a struggle. She’s definitely gaining weight, but I am not sure if this is hurting her in some way. Advice?

  15. Debbye says

    @ Mary-
    1. Bringing him to bed may cause some sleep associations, but it is common for some babies to not be able to quite make it through the night, and the 5 o’clock feeding can hang in there until 12 months or so. My son was the same way. You will have to gauge if it is causing problems. By all means, if you are okay with it, keep it up!
    2. As you know, breastmilk is a perfect food for your baby! It looks like your son is still eating a good amount of solids, so nursing as you do should be just fine. Though if you are concerned about your son’s health, please talk to your doctor.
    3. If it is only sporatic wakings, I would not be too worried about it. We all have bad nights. ayou are right in not nursing him back to sleep then, as that may cause more night wakings. Be consistent, and make it “not worth it” for him to wake.
    4. Naps and night sleep are handled by different parts of the brain, so nursing at naps, or one in a while at a nap should not cause problems in the nighttime sleep. It may cause him to want or “need” to nurse for naps, but again if it is only once in a while, it is probably not a problem.
    Good luck!

    @ PMommy- Thanks for sharing your schedule! The most important thing about a schedule is that it works for you and your family! If your babies are happy and growing, then chances are…your schedule is fine!
    My one recommendation would be…I might cut out that 15 minute nap in the evening, and instead put them to bed early for the night.

    @ Katie- A website that has been very useful to me on baby food is this one: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com. You might see if it answers some of your questions about your daughter’s food intake! Many people wean from formula or breastmilk at or even before the one year mark, so it is not uncommon for your daughter to be taking less formula. Have you tried offering her formula or formula mixed another liquid in a sippy cup instead of bottle? Maybe she will take it from a cup?
    Good luck!

  16. holly says

    my son will be 1 year on June 28th.

    His schedule is something like this:

    6-7am- wake- starts his 9oz bottles
    7:30am- banana with yogurt and mini muffin
    8:30am- snack
    9:30am- nap (1 hour sometimes 1.5 hours)
    11:00am- lunch and bottle
    2:00pm-nap (1 hour)
    3:00pm- bottle
    5pm- dinner
    6:00pm bath
    6:30pm bottle/bed

    The problem is is that he is now not really sleeping during his afternoon nap. He will just play in his crib for about an hour or so. Does this mean that I should move his morning nap later and transition to one nap? I

    I thought it may be too early but he really doesn’t want to sleep in the afternoon. Some days he is happy without it sometimes he is a grouch :S but at night he sleeps relatively well.

    Suggestions??

  17. Kimberly says

    My 11 month old is starting to phase out her afternoon nap and her schedule looks like this:

    7:30am – wake up
    8am – Breakfast with milk
    9:30am – Nap (usually about 1.5 – 2 hours)
    12:15pm – lunch
    3pm – snack with milk
    3:30pm – Nap (usually about 45 min)
    5:45pm – Dinner
    6:30pm – Bath
    7:00pm – Bottle
    8:00pm – Bed

  18. Debbye says

    @ Holly and Kimberly-
    Both of your little ones are pretty young to transition to one nap…
    I would try to keep two naps if you can. One trick you can try is, if the
    morning nap is longer than one hour, try limiting it to just
    one hour to allow enough time for an afternoon nap and still have a decently early bedtime. Once a baby starts skipping one nap, no matter what you do, then it is time to look at transitioning to one nap.

    Best of luck to you both!!!