Baby Routine 6-8 months

What to expect when your baby is between 6-8 months establishing a routine:

Sleep & Awake Times

Time Sleep or Awake
6.30 am (ish) Start the day with a milk feed
7.00 am (ish)
Breakfast cereal
After feeding spend time, playing and/or go for or a walk in the pram
1¾ to 2 hours later Watch for tired signs
Some quiet time
8.30 am (ish) Sleep time varies around 2 hours
10.30 am (ish) Awake and ready for another milk feed About half an hour after milk feed offer some early lunch
followed by more play time
1¾ to 2 hours later Watch for tired signs
Quiet time for 10 minutes or so then sleep time
12.30 pm (ish) Sleep time varies from 1 to 2 hours
2.30 pm (ish) Awake and ready for another milk feed
Play time.
4.30 pm (ish) Sleep time (often just a short nap now)
5.00 pm (ish) Awake and a drink
5.30 pm (ish) Dinner
Bath time
6.30 pm (ish) Cuddle time, book time and quiet time
7.00 pm (ish) Feed time before bed
7.30 pm (ish) Bed time
10.00–11.00pm Dream feed.  (Some babies love this feed – some don’t)
3am onwards
An overnight feed may or may not be needed depending on your baby’s ability to gain adequate fluids during the day
6.30am  Start the day with a feed

Stevens H. (2012) Safe Sleep Space 3rd ed. Rebus Press Australia. P. 90)

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