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New Parent? This 6 Month Old Schedule Will Help You

Do you ever just wish you could just ask someone a simple question and…

Poof!

…get the exact answer you needed, sans the  opinionated mumbo jumbo?

Starting right now…

Wait…

NOW…

…I’m launching a special “Ask Heather!” segment.

I will take one of  my beloved subscriber’s questions and lift it up (kinda like Simba) and display it for the entire of  central Africa cyberspace to read.

The lucky reader this month is……..

*rolling the bingo ball cage*

Lida!

Lida wanted see the daily rhythm for her baby’s age group (6-9 month olds).

Since I live to serve (and drink coffee), I boldly poured a massive cup of God’s Favorite Bean (sorry, cocoa) and dug up this answer.

This article is a sibling to three other scheduling posts I’ve written. One is for newborns, one is for 2-3 month olds, and one for babies 9-12 month old. (Why nothing for 4-5 month olds? Because that’s a major regression time. You lucky parents get this article on surviving sleep regressions instead!)

The Funny Thing About a Baby Schedule…

…is they are incredibly unreliable.

As in, United Airlines unreliable.  The one thing you can count on is that your baby is going to be late for 50% , early for 25%, and skip the other 25% altogether.

So why in the #%!@$! should you follow this schedule in the first place?

Because, although your baby may not follow the exact time schedule, the rhythmic routine is essential.

Babies need predictability. 

She will be happier, healthier, and more rested when you create a predictable routine.

This means, for the time being, your daily schedule of tasks and errands needs to be structured around your baby’s waking/sleeping patterns, and NOT the other way around.  (This “baby’s schedule is first” theme isn’t forever, don’t worry.)

The more predictable your baby’s day, with a steady rhythm of sleeping and eating, the better everyone’s sleeping at night. (Oh, and btw, if your baby snacks all day, she’s going to snack all night too.)

The best thing I can do for you is not to TELL you what your baby’s 6 to 9 month schedule should be, but to teach you how to discover your child’s daily rhythm on your own, using your baby’s cues and a reliable clock.

So download your free worksheets for babies ages 6 to 9 months and start discovering your child’s natural daily rhythm!

If You Get Stuck…

You know what’s a beautiful word?

Options.

Options mean that there’s always something you can try, something you can do to get back on the right track. As a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, “options” are my bread and butter. I ALWAYS have options and suggestions.  There are ALWAYS new things to try and tiny items to tweak.

So if you feel discouraged about your baby’s daily routine, whether that’s in napping, or those persistent nighttime wakeups, keep me nestled into your back pocket.  Worst case scenario, I can analyze your sleep logs, talk with you on the phone, and help you create a strong sleep plan to move forward with.

We will get there. Success is guaranteed.

The calvary is coming! 

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173 thoughts on “New Parent? This 6 Month Old Schedule Will Help You

  1. My son just turned 7 months old and is up every two hours at night! I could count on one hand the amount of times he has slept a 5 hour stretch. He wakes up screaming and does not stop until he is fed, and then falls asleep, but wakes screaming again once I put him in his crib. I’ve tried to let him “cry it out”, but he ends up winning and getting rocked because I have a two year old in the next room and don’t like leaving him to cry long (it is not just a fuss or wimper, but screaming) Please help!

    1. Mel, I’m so sorry to hear this! It’s exhausting to try to chase down a two-year-old AND a 7-month-old when you’re well-rested, let alone when you’re getting no sleep whatsoever! I would recommend setting up a Sleep Session with Gentle Sleep Coach Amy Potts for next week. This will allow her to ask you some more questions, get to know your situation better, and then help you create a workable sleep plan on how to get him sleeping better – without disrupting your toddler. There are lots of different methods we could try, besides cry-it-out. Getting to know you better will help her recommend one that may be a better fit to your situation. 🙂

  2. Heather,

    My baby’s routine is almost exactly that, except we have not started lunch yet. The problem I am having is this. She has been sleeping through the night just fine for a few months 7-7, no issues. At about 5 month mark she however started waking up at  5-6 AM and whining. Sometimes she would fall back asleep and sometimes she will not and I end up with a full on screaming baby at half past way too early in the morning. Which makes me think that she probably has reached her point of “sleep saturation” and doesn’t need as much sleep in the daytime any more. But…. if I try to extend her wake times and shorten her naps, I WILL have an overtired baby. It is catch 22, really. She is a week shy of being 7 months now, and I am not sure how and where to shift her schedule. She normally takes an hr and a half nap in the AM, and an hr and a half in the afternoon. She may or may not take a catnap at around 415. Lately it is a struggle, but I make her do it anyway, cause otherwise she ends up being up for 5 hrs before bedtime, which is a no-no. I guess the question is, how long is too long between sleeps at this age. Should I insist on stretching her wake times and drop that catnap or what? Should I push her bed time back and shorten her night time sleep? It does not seem to help though, cause she wakes up early in the AM anyway. No idea what to do and she is driving me crazy with her 5 AM wake p calls.

     

    1. Ekaterina, it’s normal for there to be some sleep disruptions at this age. She’s going through a major milestone shift right now – moving from “newborn” to “baby”. You may notice her appetite increasing as well. At this age, the longest she can go is about 1 – 1.5 hours in between sleeps. 5am is considered “early waking” and can often be caused by her being overtired at bedtime. (Which makes sense, looking at some of the napping issues you’re having.) I would recommend signing up for a Sleep Session with Amy, so she can look over your sleep logs and give you more specific personalized suggestions for handling those naps. There are a lot of different factors that can cause disruptions at this age, I hesitate to get too specific. I could accidentally give you the wrong advice. Talking things through one-on-one would let us get specific answers to specific questions, and get a better feel for what’s going on at home. Then we can help you create a workable plan, and identify what is reasonable to expect for her at this age. Hopefully that makes sense. Click here to learn more about the Sleep Sessions.

  3. Hello!My baby will be 6 months in 3 days. She sleeps very well at night (usually sleeping by 7 or 7:30 pm the latest and goes until around 7 am with one feeding during the night around 4 or 5 am. I wake her up at 7 am if she isn’t already). But naps are something that I can’t figure out. Every day is different. She does sleep on her own, I do a nap routine and put her on her crib awake (she either plays a bit with her lovey and falls asleep easily or cries and I go in to soothe her doing PU/PD until she settles and falls asleep). She used to sleep 1:30-2 hours in the morning and have longer naps during the day, but now she almost always sleeps for 45 min only. I can’t figure out what is wrong, because she falls asleep on her own, I guess she should be able to connect sleep cycles. I try to put her down every two hours, when she is showing sleepy signs, but every day is different, sometimes she will sleep a little longer or she will take more time to settle to go to sleep and this makes every day look different, which is upsetting. What can I be doing wrong?

    1. Naps are often the hardest part of sleep training, Carol. You’re in good company. Also, there’s a growth spurt around the 6 month period, which can be having a factor here. Honestly, I’d need to look over your sleep logs and interview you about your current naptime routine. Then we’d create a plan on how it would be best to approach your specific child and help her stretch those naps. I would recommend that you consider doing a Sleep Session with Amy and she can share various methods you can choose from to help get on a better place. That way we can dive deeper into what’s going on and talk with you about what’s the best option for you, moving forward.

  4. This is how my son has his routine too, but the thing that i question is how much milk does he need to have at each feed. He is Bottle fed and takes 5oz at 4:45 and again at 7am. He then eats breakfast at 8. Naps between 9-10am. Has a 7oz bottle at 11am then again at 2. Has veggies at 5 with a 5oz bottle then a 7oz before bed at 7. Does this seem normal or should I change his bottles?

    1. I think that this is normal, Natasha. Eventually, you could increase the amount to 8 oz at breakfast, lunch, afternoon bottle, dinner and then one before bed. This will get him used to eating at normal times and fill up his belly until the next feeding. It might even stretch his naps out longer. It is also important to feed him his solids close to the time he gets his bottle. Think of bottle/solids like his whole meal. If you give them to him at separate times, he is going to think he is snacking throughout the whole day. The more he gets filled up at mealtimes, the more likely he will give up that 4:45 feeding.

      Hope this helps!

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