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Sample Baby Schedules: Five-Month-Olds

Moms' real everyday routines — how does yours compare?

Daily schedule for a five-month-old, formula-fed baby boy (submitted by Inette P.)

8 – 8:30 a.m. Wake up and have a 6 ounce bottle. Play in bed in bed for about thirty minutes, get dressed, play in the exersaucer and have some tummy time.

10 a.m. Nap time.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Have a 6 ounce bottle. Go for a walk, run some errands, and have some play time.

1 p.m. Nap time

2 p.m. Have a 6 ounce bottle. More play time.

5 – 5:30 p.m. Have a 6 ounce bottle. Nap for 30 minutes.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Play time.

6:30 p.m. Bed time routine (bath and pajamas).

7 – 7:30 p.m. Have a 6 ounce bottle.

8 p.m. Bed time. He usually wakes up once in the middle of the night. The time will vary, but I change his diaper and give him a 4 ounce bottle.

 

Daily schedule for a five-month-old baby girl, whose mom exclusively pumps (submitted by Andrea)

6 to 6:30 a.m. She wakes.

She’s usually up for two hours, then down for an hour all day long, with a longer wake time in the early evening.

She's not always hungry right away when she wakes, so we typically start with floor time while mommy gets a cup of tea. Then she eats.

When it’s time to go down for a nap, we usually read a book first.

6:30 p.m. The bedtime routine starts with a partial bottle, then bath, then book, the rest of the bottle.

7 -7:30 p.m. She’s in bed.

As long as she drinks between 24 and 26 ounces during the day, with 5 or 6 of them being at her last feeding, she’ll typically sleep through the night. Before last week, I would wake her up for a “dream feed” between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. whenever I got up for my late night pump.

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