What is a good schedule for a 6 month old

Heather - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 months old and before I was letting her make her own schedule..but it seems as though it isnt working anymore. What is a good all around schedule that has seemed to work for you? (wake up, nap, eat, bedtime routine). Examples of bedtime routines would be wonderful as well :)



She usually wakes anywhere from 7-8 and goes to sleep anywhere from 830-1030

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Jenna - posted on 09/21/2009

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My daughter is 8 months old and i have had the same schedule for her for about 3 months now.

wake up

bottle if she wants it some days she wait about an hour to eat "breakfast"

I let her play alone so i can do dishes

playtime with her

nap time between 9-10:30

usually wake up between 11 and 12

lunch time

more playtime

sometimes another nap around 2 or 3

I dont let her nap after 4:30 otherwise she wont go to bed on "schedule"

Dinner between 5 n 6 the later I can get her to eat the better since then she will sleep longer :)

playtime

bath time between 7:30 and 8

bottle then bed! I usually get my daughter in bed around 8:30

oh n done forget all the diaper changes during the day!!!

It has worked for a few months now! I love our schedule!

I hope this helped!

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Hailey - posted on 12/17/2012

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6month old baby girl, she pretty much has her own schedule. Which isn't really working anymore. She wakes up anywhere between 6am-8am usually, and falls asleep anywhere between 7pm-10pm. No set schedule for eating either. After she wakes up in the morning she plays in the crib for about an hour, then plays for about 2 hours then eats either 3-6oz of formula, and falls asleep while eating (that's an issue because she falls asleep in someone's arms and gets transferred to crib, but that wakes her up every time!) sleeps for either 20mins-3hours. Then plays in crib for another hour after the nap, plays on floor or walker, then eats and sleeps again.

Would LOVE to create a schedule! And to also get her to fall asleep on her own without me or the formula putting her to sleep. We have an awesome nanny Mon-Fri 8am-5pm in our house, who is willing to follow a schedule as well.

Please help? (:

Missy - posted on 09/21/2009

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best advice i ever got as a new mom... from the pediatrician. he said "put the baby to bed at 7 p.m." i said "yea right." he said try it. bathe her, feed her, change her, put her in the crib; get her up at 10 or 10:30 before I got to bed (or dad), and stick a bottle in her mouth; change her and put her back to bed. To my shock, it was the best thing I could have done. She never woke up for the late bottle or changing, and then slept all night. it was wonderful!!! i share that with all new moms - hope it works for you.

Leslie - posted on 09/21/2009

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You may want to consider writing everything down for a week or two. I just started watching my friends' little 5 month old and had to do this for their information at pick-up...but I found it helpful for planning my day and finding the time to still interact with my toddler. They say recording what your baby does is a great idea and now that I've done it for my friends' baby I don't know why I didn't do it with my own! (Definitely something I plan on doing with my next baby!!) But it will help you map your baby's natural pattern so you know where to begin to change things or adjust things if you want. I found that my son, at that age, needed to nap three times during the day and he slept great at night. Napping amounts and times really vary from one baby to another and getting to little sleep is just as bad as getting too much. Nap times after 4:30 or 5pm never seem to work well for anyone that I know...so try to keep your's awake from that point until bedtime and it should work out great. My son's bedtime routine has been the same for a loooooong time now:
5:30-dinner
6-time to wind down(reading together, snuggling, letting him play with his cars one more time)
6:30-bath, brush teeth and read a bedtime book
In bed by 7-7:30 and he sleeps until 6:30 now. When he was younger, your baby's age, he would sleep until 5:30am and wake up to nurse, but he would fall asleep again until 7 or so.

Stehanie - posted on 09/21/2009

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It is hard all children are different so what works for one may not for another, but my son who started this at 7-8mths wakes up around 6am has his milk, then some toast baths then has a rusk with milk then he will go for a sleep for about an hour, when he wakes he plays we go out..... lunch time he eats around 12-12.30. about 2pm he will sleep again for about an hour. He will have dinner about 5pm then he will get ready for bed and i go and put him in bed with his music box on give him a kiss then eave the room with the light off, he may make noises for a few mins, but unless he's crying i leave him he goes to sleep and only wakes at 6am the next morning to start it all again, as long as you stick to the same routine at the same times every day your child will get used to this and eventually she will be happy to do it does take time but keep at it and you'll get there.

Debora - posted on 09/21/2009

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MY SCHEDULE WAS LIKE KRYSTAL HALFHILLS WITH SOME PLAYING ADDED AT 8 PM . THEY STAYED AWAKE UNTIL MOM&DAD WENT TO BED ABOUT 11:30 AND WOKE AROUND 5 AM TO CHANGE AND BE FED ,BACK TO SLEEP UNTIL 7:30. IT STARTED FROM DAY WE GOT HOME FROM HOSPITAL JUST LEAVING OUT BABY FOOD UNTIL 2 MONTHS OLD AS PER ADVISE OF DR SINCE THEY BOTH WEIGHTED OVER 8LBS .

Krystal - posted on 09/21/2009

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Our schedule was as follows:
7 am-breakfast a jar of fruit and cereal
9am-bottle then nap
11am-lunch jar of veggies and cereal
1pm-bottle then nap
3pm-snack
5pm- dinner jar of fruit and jar of veggies and some cereal
7pm- bottle
9pm- cereal and a bottle
9:30 bath and story time
10pm- bottle then bed time
and they would usually sleep till 4am and wake for a bottle then sleep till 7 or 8.

Heather - posted on 09/21/2009

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She usually has up to 3 naps...if she wakes up at 8 she is usually napping at 1030ish for 30 to an hour. Then another nap 3ish for up to an hour and then I think the killer nap is the one she takes around 530-6. Im afriad that If I keep her awake she'll get too cranky and then go to sleep too early and then wake up at 5 am. I need a good bedtime routine. I know Ill probably get some negative feedback on this one, but we co-sleep. She slept in her pack and play til 3 months and then we moved her to crib and she will not sleep in it, and I do not believe in "cry it out", so I rock her to sleep, which can sometimes take forever, so the routine we are in needs to change

Tracy - posted on 09/21/2009

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A good routine is the best way trying to do everything at the same time, especailly bedtime, my daughter has a bath then milk and then stories and bed at 7 xxxx

Sandra - posted on 09/21/2009

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I really believe it always up to and it depends on your life style as well. My daughter is now 8months old nearly nine but has been in a routine since she was 8 weeks old it has just expanded she wakes around 7 or 8 but this always depends on what time she goes to sleep the way i see it you put them to bed around 9 they will sleep right through the night if your baby is waking up during the night its either they are not tired hungry or wet and everything else like teething as well. but you'll find if they are actually tired they will go to bed a lot quicker then just havin a power nap and ready to go again

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Babies should only have naps once a day, and let them sleep during their nap time as much as they want. No waking up babies during nap times. If they have too many naps during the day, ur baby for sure will have trouble going to sleep @ bedtime.

Toni - posted on 09/21/2009

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my daughter is 9months old she is awake by 7.20 every mornin,as breakfast at 8 some milk at 10 and asleep she normaly as 45mins then its dinner at 5 bath at 6 and she is normaly asleep by 7 which she as milk then to an stays there through the night.i think its good to get them into a rountine as they get used to it when they are older i did the same with my eldest she is 3 now and she is also a bed by 7 and up at 8 int her morning,

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Most people say to give them at least two naps a day but my son only took one when he was six months old. So it depends on how long she sleeps at night. They are suppose to be getting at least 12-14 hours of sleep still. And they eat about every three hours. What I did find out was don't sleep in cause then you can put them to bed earlier and have quality time for what ever you want to do before you go to bed. Also scedule it around you. My son naps during my Soap Show. Just keep it consistant. It doesn't take long to form habits so even if she doesn't want to go to bed at 8:30 lay her down anyways.

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What will work best is to set up a time that you want to do all the mentioned above. It won't be easy in the beggining, but she'll get used to the routine. Hint: The earlier she wakes up in the morning, the faster she'll crash @ night.

And if she tends to get a little fuzzy @ bedtime, a little bit of lavender baby lotion and a warm bottle of milk will sure enough get her to relax. Well, it did my boys =)

Emma - posted on 09/21/2009

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My daughter is the same, just turned 6months, her feedin routine is really good but she just dosent like to go to bed, she no longer has night feeds but still wakes!! so anyone with advice would be much appriciated!!

Her feeding routine is

7.30 breakfast

8 bottle then nap

11.30 lunch

12.30 bottle then nap

3 a small snack

5 tea

7 last bottle.



Dont no if this will help you.

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