Now that my little one is 9 months old I did some research to see if she was in the norm for her age and her sleep patterns.

Typically we put her to bed at around nine o’clock everynight and she typically will sleep till 9 the next morning if we don’t wake her. Since me and my wife work through the week we wake her up around seven in the morning. So, a typical evening sleep routine is 10 hours.

Her naps are a little different and depends a lot on her mood, appetite, and surroundings. In an ideal setting she’ll have two to three naps a day averaging about an hour to an hour and a half a piece. There are some days that she sleeps longer and others where she gets in little power naps.

With knowing her pattern I did some research and found that the typical 9-12 month old should be sleeping anywhere between 10-14 hours at night. Also, they should be having at least 2 naps a day averaging an hour or more. The biggest hurdle that most parents have (especially those who breast feed) is night time feedings. There are some techniques that one can use to help wean your little one off of the bottle or breast at night. I’ll cover these in a future article.

Also, from personal experience you have to balance keeping a calm atmosphere that is conducive to your baby sleeping and not putting too large a damper on your daily activities. When she was a newborn we always walked on egg shells around the house. It made for some very painful naps when the slightest noise happened. At the guidance of my wife we made the commitment to slowly re-conform to our older day time habits while getting her to sleep. At first we had to do the ‘no-no’ things like letting her sleep on us or using a bottle to put her to sleep. As we weaned her off these things she’s grown into a pretty heavy sleeper. A perfect case in point happened in september. We took her to the county fair and she slept through the whole demolition derby! So don’t let anyone tell you that your baby has to sleep in perfect silence!

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I hope you found this helpful. If you wish for me to elaborate on anything by all means let me know!

A First Trip Abroad With A Nine Month Old Baby

Our son Luke was nine months old when we went to Pefkos on the Greek Island of Rhodes for a two week holiday, our first holiday abroad since his birth. At home he was eating three pulverised meals a day, which generally consisted of baby porridge every morning, meat and vegetables for lunch and fruit with rusk for tea. All of these were prepared by us with fresh ingredients and each meal was accompanied by a bottle of infant formula milk, with an additional bottle at bedtime.

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Although we had carefully chosen our accommodation to ensure that we had a kitchenette, we knew it would not be practical to cook and prepare all of Luke’s meals from fresh ingredients with only basic facilities. It would also not have been feasible to pack enough of Luke’s food in our suitcases to last two weeks. We simply didn’t have the space or flight weight allowance to do this. We decided to pack enough baby porridge for two weeks, as this was dried and didn’t weigh a lot. We also packed a full tub of infant formula powder.

This alone took up almost one kilogram of luggage allowance! We also bought some ready-made formula milk, along with a couple of fruit pots, in the departure lounge for use during the journey.

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Once in Pefkos we found that the local supermarkets offered plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Bananas, one of Luke’s favourites and an easily mashed and ready food, were widely stocked in the local supermarkets. As many of these supermarkets were open until around 10pm, this ensured that we always had an available supply of suitable food.

However, without more kitchen equipment, such as a food blender, we found it difficult to prepare many of the other fruits and vegetables to the required consistency. Many Greek resorts have quieter areas where tourist numbers are slightly lower than in the resorts’ centres. We were staying at the quieter end of Pefkos, which had a few smaller supermarkets and a limited stock of baby food. But only a short walk brought us into the more tourist orientated area of Pefkos, where the slightly larger supermarkets offered a small but adequate range of both dried and pre-prepared baby food. Although we preferred to give Luke freshly cooked food, we reasoned that a bit of convenience baby food while on holiday was acceptable when facilities for preparation were so limited.

About 10 days into the holiday we realised that we would shortly be running out of baby milk formula. This was cause for concern, as we had not seen any for sale in any of the supermarkets we had visited. Upon asking one of the supermarket owners, we were directed to the local pharmacy where we were able to buy baby milk formula. It was a different brand from the one we generally use, but this didn’t worry us. The pharmacist spoke excellent English and was even able to instruct us on how to mix it. We didn’t visit any of the larger shops on the island as we would have needed to hire a car to get there.

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Even so, we found that we could manage easily with the items we took with us and those available locally in Pefkos. Of course, all babies have their own individual needs. What works for one baby won’t necessarily be right for another. And the availability of items at other times and in different parts of the Greek Islands may vary.

These are just our experiences from our family holiday in 2010 where we managed to buy the baby food and milk formula on our vacation to a Greek Island.


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