Sample Baby Schedules: Six-Month-Olds
Schedule for a 6-month-old, formula fed baby girl (submitted by Alice G.)
7 a.m. She wakes up and has a 6 ounce bottle of formula. Then, we play a little or cuddle in the chair.
8:30/9 a.m. Morning nap.
10 a.m. Wake up and have breakfast of fruit with oatmeal in it.
11 a.m. She gets a 6 ounce bottle and afterwards, it’s play time. We usually play on the floor and practice sitting up or rolling over with her toys.
12:30 – 2/3 p.m. Nap time
2/3 p.m. Have lunch of a vegetable and a fruit with a 6 ounce bottle. Afterwards, dad comes home and she plays with him or we go for a walk.
5:30 p.m. For dinner, she gets two servings of vegetable and one of fruit. A bottle is only given here if she wants it; otherwise we play a little, then start her bedtime routine at 7 p.m.
7 p.m. We start her bedtime routine of a bath, lotion, a 6 ounce bottle and bed. She sleeps through the night.
Schedule for a 6-month-old, breastfed baby boy (submitted by Anastasia C.)
7 a.m. Wake up. Nurse him for about 20 minutes, then head downstairs for some playtime.
8:30 a.m. Eat a breakfast of oatmeal cereal mixed with about 2 ounces of breast milk and 2 ounces of fruit. He then snuggles with me and goes down for a nap (either in his swing or his crib).
10 a.m. Wake up and go for a walk outside. I usually walk for about 90 minutes to two hours. He loves to look around at everything in the neighborhood. He falls asleep during our walks and then we head home to make lunch.
12:30 p.m. Lunch is always breastfeeding. After lunch, he loves to play in his jumper. I move it to the kitchen while I clean up the dishes and floors. Afterwards, it’s nap time again.
3 p.m. Wake up and have 3 ounces of vegetables. Then, play time on the floor. He likes to explore and I encourage him to do a lot of it.
5:30 p.m. Breast feed or given breast milk in a bottle and then rest in his swing (he doesn’t always take a nap, just enjoys quiet time in the swing).
8:15 p.m. Dinner time of oatmal mixed with two ounces of breast milk along with another vegetable. In two weeks, we will be introducing meat. After dinner, it’s bath time. He splashes around and laughs the whole time. Once he’s clean, he gets rubbed down with some lotion, gets a new diaper and bedtime clothes. Then he snuggles with his dad until he rubs his eyes at 8:45 p.m.
He has been teething, so he wakes up about 2-3 times a night. I breastfeed him and then he goes back down in his crib.