6-Month-Old Baby Feeding + Sleeping Exclusive Sample Schedule

Babies change so fast as infants. It can be challenging to keep up with the schedule and routine changes. Every month brings new milestones, schedule changes, feeding times, and nap times. I am sharing this 6-month-old baby feeding + sleeping sample schedule for parents. This is a great resource to compare or foresee what your baby might be doing at five or six-months-old.

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6-Month-Old Baby Feeding + Sleeping Sample Schedule Details

I follow a feed, awake, sleep schedule from early on in my children’s life, to help teach them the difference between day and night. This kind of schedule has worked well to help both of my children sleep through the night, by fourteen-weeks-old. If you would like to read more about the topic of sleeping through the night, I also have an article called Survival Guide for Sleep Deprived Parents: 7 Strategies to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night. Even my son, who was born three weeks early and had many colic-like symptoms was able to thrive on this schedule.

Sample schedule for 6-month-old baby

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Defining the parts of the 5 or 6-Month-Old Baby Feeding + Sleeping Sample Schedule

For the purpose of this sample schedule for 6-month-old babies, when I mention feeding, I am talking about the baby drinking milk (formula or breast milk). You may also be introducing solids at this time in the baby’s life too. That will be something you can insert into the schedule as you and your health care provider decide is appropriate for your child. When I refer to awake time, I am talking about the time the baby is awake. I will also provide ideas for this time, later in the article. Finally, when I refer to sleeping that is the time that the child is asleep.

Sample Routine for a Five or Six-Month-Old Baby

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7:15                 Baby wakes up. Feed and change diaper

7:15-9:15        Awake (see list of ideas below)

9:15-11:15      Sleep

11:15               Feed and change diaper

11:30-1:30      Awake (see list of ideas below)

1:30-3:30        Sleep

3:30                 Feed and change diaper

3:30-6:00        Awake (see list of ideas below)

6:00-6:30        Catnap

6:30                 Feed and change diaper

6:30-8:00        Awake (see list of ideas below)

8:00                 New diaper + Pajamas + Final feeding

Awake time ideas:

Tips for Implementing the sample schedule:

  • This schedule is made as an outline to follow. Please watch and listen to your baby to adjust as necessary.
  • Times may vary by 30-40 minutes on a daily basis.
  • As the baby grows from five months to six months, the awake time may grow also from 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Adjust based on cues from the baby. If they are rubbing eyes, getting fussy, crying, or yawning near the sleep time, then they are most likely ready for bed.
  • If my baby is going through a growth spurt or I did not get the recommended number of feedings in during the day because of extended naps, then I cluster feed at night. An example of what this might look like is feeding at 6:00, 7:00, and then the final feeding before bed at 8:00.
  • Get to know your baby’s cues for when they are hungry or sleepy so you can easily adjust the schedule as needed.

Wrapping up the schedule for a 5 or 6-Month-Old Infant

The overall daily schedule will follow the general flow of eat, awake, sleep, as suggested by this book. It is best to adjust this schedule based on the wake-up time of your baby and his or her hunger and sleep cues. By creating a schedule such as this one, you will be able to predict ideal times for life events like doctor appointments, errands, play dates and more.

Grab your free baby schedule here.

P.S. If you enjoyed this article, you may also like Survival Guide for Sleep Deprived Parents: 7 Strategies to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night.

Please note that this is for informational purposes only. Please consult your health care provider before implementing any changes for your family.

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11 comments

  1. I like your awake time ideas, it's a nice addition to just the regular sample schedules. Getting my kid on a schedule was such a nightmare, he was (and sometimes still is) a 45 minute napper. It was always such a pain, plus I could never "sleep when baby sleeps" or really get anything else done! He's turning one in a few days- it seems like yesterday he was 5-6 months.. I miss it!!
    • Hi Kara, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the wake time ideas. Both of my children also experienced the 45 minute nap. My daughter got through that stage much faster than my son. I really had to work at limiting sleep aids before my son finally outgrew it. One thing I have learned through all of it is how different every child truly is. Wishing you the best!
  2. I used a similar thing with my first born and it worked so well! I was big on creating routine from the get go, I was flexible but liked a bit of structure. My second was a whole different story and wouldn't follow anything! Great ideas as it is so helpful to have some sort of idea of routine and awake time activities. This is very beneficial.
    • Thanks, Suzy. Yes, my second child has learned to be a lot more flexible from the beginning. I guess it comes with the territory.

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