Harper's typical day from 6-12 months old did not change drastically. The major changes were transitioning from 3 to 2 naps and dropping her bottles.
Day in the life of Harper @ 6 Months
At 6 months old, Harper was starting to have early morning wakeups (around 4:30-5 AM yikes!) and her 3rd nap was pushing bedtime close to 8 PM. We decided to transition to 2 naps around then. Out of all the transitions, the 3 to 2 nap was the toughest! It took us a good 6-8 weeks to eliminate the early morning wakings. During the transition (or any nap transition!), utilizing early bedtime is key to ensure your baby does not become overtired, I was not doing this at the start of the transition and I am sure it set us back. It's also helpful if your baby is already taking nice, long consolidated naps or else you will end up at an extra early bedtime and might be pushing your luck stretching wake windows. At this age, we also moved her nighttime bottle from the end of the bedtime routine to the beginning, just to ensure she didn't become dependent on the bottle to sleep. She was already an independent sleeper (as in she put herself to sleep without our help), but to be on the safe side we made this small change.
Day in the life of Harper @ 7-8 Months
Between 7 and 8 months old, Harper finally settled into the 3 to 2 nap transition and her wake up time got closer to 7 AM! She did wake earlier than 6:45 AM some mornings, however we never got her out of the crib before 6:45 AM. This really helped resolve the early mornings! During these 2 months, her schedule stayed pretty consistent with nap times and bedtimes. We were pretty much by the clock for naps. By the clock, means her naps happened at the same time (9:30 & 1:30/2) each day because she was on such a consistent schedule. This is very common around this age.
Day in the life of Harper @ 9-12 Months
Between 9 and 12 months old, Harper was smooth sailing on her routine. You could pretty much predict our day to the minute. It was very similar to her 7-8 month schedule.
Day in the life of Harper @ 13 Months
At 13 months old, Harper had refused or taken a very long time to fall asleep for her second nap a few times, so we are micro-managing her schedule a bit more to ensure we fit both naps in the day! Only 17% of babies transition to 1 nap around 12 months, so we want to hold onto 2 naps for a couple months longer. My plan is to reevaluate the transition to 1 nap at 15 months (if we make it that long!). She loves her morning nap, so I really do not think she could handle 1 nap yet.
I hope this helps guide you with your little ones! All babies are different and may need different adjustments. If they are sleeping well, there is no need to change anything! Harper's ranges were pretty average so these schedules can give you ideas for how to manage your own schedule. If you are finding it difficult to navigate your baby's naps and sleep, let's meet and talk it over!
Nichole @ Little Peach Sleep