Daily Routines for Babies: 1 to 12 Months Old

It can be a big help for Safety Parents to see what other moms and dads are doing, to establish a correct routine of eating, sleeping, and playing that meets the baby’s needs and works for your family.

It will also enable for a much smoother and easier transition for the Infant, into the care of his future Foster Parents.

™Sample baby schedules for 1- and 2-month-old

As you’re creating a schedule for your baby, keep in mind that at 1 and 2 months most babies need:

  • Six formula bottle feeds, of 125ml in a 24-hour period, though this amount may be higher.  Please follow the instructions on the formula container carefully, as the formula substances differ.
  • About 15.5 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period — this includes night time sleep and naps. Three naps during the day (morning, afternoon, and evening) is typical.
  • Time for playing, developing important muscles, working on new skills, and interacting with you. Try reading to your little one, giving your baby a massage or bath, or going for a stroller walk.

Schedule: A formula-feeding mom of a 2-month-old

5 a.m.              : Baby gets 120ml to 15oml of formula. Falls back asleep.

8 to 9 a.m.      : He wakes up and gets another bottle

9 a.m.              : Playtime. Babies love to be held very close and be cuddled.

12:30 p.m.      : He gets a bottle and falls asleep

4 p.m.              : Baby gets a bottle

4:30 p.m.        : Playtime

6 to 7 p.m.      : He has his bath

7 to 8 p.m.      : Baby gets a bottle and sleeps

12 a.m.            : He gets a bottle

3 a.m.              : Baby gets a bottle

Sample baby schedules for 3- and 4-month-olds

As you’re creating a schedule for your baby, keep in mind that at 3 and 4 months most babies need:

  • Five formula bottle feeds, of between150ml – 175ml feeds in a 24-hour period, though this amount may be higher.  Please follow the instructions on the formula container carefully, as the formula substances differ.  Some parents start solid foods like rice cereal when their baby is 4 months old.
  • About 15 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period — this includes night time sleep and naps. Three naps during the day (morning, afternoon, and evening) is typical.
  • Time for playing, developing important muscles, working on new skills, and interacting with you. Try reading to your little one, giving your baby a massage or bath, or going for a stroller walk.

A formula-feeding stay-at-home mom of a 3-month-old

6:30 a.m.         :  Baby wakes and has a 175ml bottle.

7:15 a.m.         :  He’s awake for about ½ a hour and then takes a 45-minutes.

9:15 a.m.         :  He has another bottle, and then we play for about an hour.

10:30 a.m.      :  He goes down for a nap and sleeps until noon or so.

12:15 p.m.      :  He has a 175ml bottle.  We do errands, and He usually sleep for about 30 to 45 minutes in his car seat.

3 p.m.              :  He has another 175ml bottle.  Then it’s playtime for ½ an hour.

4:30-6 p.m.     :  Baby goes down for a nap in his crib at around.  I’ve been concerned that this is a late long nap compared to other babies, but it’s when he’s tired and it works for us.  After waking up, we have playtime.

7:45 p.m.        :  He gets a bath, has a 150ml bottle, and sleeps until morning!

™Sample baby schedules for 5- and 6-month-olds

As you’re creating a schedule for your baby, keep in mind that at 5 and 6 months most babies need:

  • Four formula bottle feeds, of between175ml – 200ml feeds in a 24-hour period.  Please follow the instructions on the formula container carefully, as the formula substances differ.  Most babies start solid foods at this age, though they’ll still get most of their nutrition from formula.
  • About 14.25 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period — this includes night time sleep and naps. Two naps during the day (morning and afternoon) is typical, though many babies will still take three naps.
  • Time for playing, developing important muscles, working on new skills, and interacting with you. Try reading to your little one, giving your baby a massage, or going for a stroller walk.

Schedule: A formula-feeding stay-at-home mom of a 5-month-old

6 a.m.              : Baby wakes up and has an 2o0ml bottle.

6 to 7 a.m.      : Playtime.

7 a.m.              : Cereal and pureed fruit (baby food).

8:30-10 a.m.   : Naptime.

10 to 11 a.m.  : Playtime.

11 a.m.            : A bottle of 175ml formula milk and and a jar of fruit (baby food).

Noon – 2 p.m. : Naptime.

3 p.m.              : 175ml – 250ml bottle.

3 to 6 p.m.      : Playtime.

6 to 6:30         : We go for our evening walk.

6:30 p.m.        : Baby Cereal and veggies.

6:45 p.m.        : Bath time.

7 p.m.              : Prayers and formula feed.

7:15 p.m.        : Bedtime — Baby sleeps until the next morning.

™Sample baby schedules for 7- and 8-month-olds

™As you’re creating a schedule for your baby, keep in mind that at 7 and 8 months most babies need:

  • About 14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period — this includes night time sleep and naps. Two naps during the day (morning and afternoon) is typical.
  • Solid foods two to three times a day, 700ml to 800 ml (four bottle feeds of 200ml each) of formula in a 24-hour period.  Please follow the instructions on the formula container carefully, as the formula substances differ.  Now’s the time to start increasing the amount and variety of your baby’s foods and to introduce finger foods and perhaps a Sippy.
  • Time for playing, working on new skills, and interacting with you.

A formula-feeding stay-at-home mom of an 8-month-old

8 a.m.              : Wake up and have an 2o0ml bottle.

8:30 a.m.         : Breakfast — baby food — a large jar of fruit.

9 a.m.              : Playtime on the floor, crawling, & following around.

10 a.m.            : A bottle of 175ml and nap time.

Noon               : Wake up.

12:30 p.m.      : Lunch — baby food.

1 p.m.              : Playtime and outside time.

2 p.m.              :  175ml bottle and nap time.

4 p.m.              : Wake up, have 120ml bottle, story time, and play time.

5:30 p.m.        : Sit in highchair watching Mommy make dinner.

6 p.m.              : Dinner — baby food — a half jar of veggies and a half jar of fruit.

6:30 p.m.        : Playing.

7:15 p.m.        : Bath time.

7:45 p.m.        : 2o0ml bottle and down to bed for the night.

Sample baby schedules for 9- and 10-month-olds

As you’re creating a schedule for your baby, keep in mind that at 9 and 10 months most babies need:

  • Solid foods two to three times a day, 700ml to 800 ml (four bottle feeds of 200ml each) of formula in a 24-hour period.  Please follow the instructions on the formula container carefully, as the formula substances differ.  By now, your baby will likely be eating a variety of different foods and taking an active role at mealtimes by self-feeding and drinking from a Sippy cup.
  • About 14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period — this includes night time sleep and naps. Two naps during the day (morning and afternoon) is typical.
  • Time for playing, working on new skills, and interacting with you.

A formula-feeding stay-at-home mom of a 9-month-old

9 a.m.              : Wake up, babble in crib for about 15 minutes “talking” to toys.

9:15 a.m.         : Diaper change and head to the living room to play.

9:30 a.m.         : Breakfast — cereal, small pieces of fruit, and about 175ml of formula.

11 a.m.            : Down for an hour-long nap.

Noon               : Up and ready to play.  Depending on the weather, we go outdoors.

1 p.m.              : Lunch — two cubes of frozen veggie puree (homemade baby food), a scrambled egg, half a piece of toast, and fruit cut into small pieces.

2 p.m.              : 175ml of formula.

3 p.m.              : Down for another hour- or hour-and-a-half-long nap.

5 p.m.              : Dinner — small pieces of veggies and chicken, sometimes another portion of cereal, and 175ml of formula.

7 p.m.              : Playtime to burn off any leftover energy.

8 p.m.              : Bath time.

8:30 p.m.        : 175ml of formula.

9 p.m.              : If he hasn’t fallen asleep after her bottle, I rock & sing him to sleep.

™Sample baby schedules for 11- and 12-month-olds

As you’re creating a schedule for your baby, keep in mind that at 11 and 12 months most babies need:

  • Solid foods three times a day. By now your baby should be eating a variety of different foods and taking an active role at mealtimes by self-feeding and drinking from a Sippy cup.
  • Before 12 months: Baby would have 700ml to 800 ml (four bottle feeds of 200ml each) of formula in a 24-hour period. At 12 months, your baby can transition to whole cow’s milk and should drink about 240ml to 600ml a day (more than this can reduce your child’s appetite for other healthy foods and can lead to iron deficiency anemia).
  • About 13.75 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period — this includes night time sleep and naps. Two naps during the day (morning and afternoon) is typical, though some babies will move toward just one long nap each day.
  • Time for playing, working on new skills, and interacting with you.

A formula-feeding stay-at-home mom of an 11-month-old

7:30 to 8 a.m.             : Baby wakes up, has an 200ml bottle.

9:30 to 10 a.m.           : Breakfast — oatmeal mixed with yogurt or pureed fruit, plus finger foods like small pieces of bagel and cheese or dry cereal.

10:30 a.m.                  : Nap, usually for two hours.

12:30 p.m.                  : Lunch — things like small pieces of ravioli, Mac and cheese, chicken, veggies, toasted cheese sandwich. He also has 120ml of formula.

3 to 5 p.m.                  : Between One or Two hours Or he may skip it entirely.

3 to 4 p.m. : A 175ml bottle of formula if he’s awake.

6 p.m.          : Get’s a 175ml bottle (if he didn’t have one earlier) and a snack of small crackers or pieces of fruit.

7 p.m.                          : Dinner — Baby shares what we have for dinner

7:30 p.m.                    :  Bath time

8:30 p.m.                    : He has a 175ml bottle.

8 to 9 p.m.                  : Bedtime. Take him to his room, change his diaper, brush his teeth, and read to him. Put him down in his crib and he falls asleep on his own.  He usually sleeps through until morning.

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About Helouise Steenkamp

I'm a 45 plus, Devoted Wife and Mother. Adonai has blessed us with two Amazingly Wonderful Sons. We have had the privilege of being Place of Safety parents for 1 1/2 years and there after foster parents to a Darling Princess for 5 years. She was reconciled with her biological parents in Dec'14. Our hearts are still aching from the loss, but we know that as we trust Adonai with our salvation, so we can trust Him with her future. We welcomed our new 4 year old foster child on 05JUN'15.
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