Here is another installment of a sample routine or schedule. Know that these samples take into account “optimal” meal times and nap times according to common wisdom, but of course, every family is different.
- Newborn Sample Routine
- Sample 6 Month Schedule
- 9 to 12 Month Sample Schedule
- 18 Month Sample Schedule
- 2 Year Old Sample Schedule
- Ultimate Newborn Sleep Schedule: Week by Week
My surprise caboose baby is nearly 4 months old. Every time I look at him I cannot help but smile and rush over for cuddles. This is good because – as we know – cuddling is good for babies’ brains. He is yummy and smiley and sweet and squishy and it’s just All Too Much.
This can also be a time where the pressures, late nights, and stresses of both labor, recovery, and subsequent life changes can take their toll. You might be struggling with feeling like some of these things:
Don’t guilt yourself. Don’t be hard on yourself. Know that you are normal, you are not alone, you are not crazy, and you are a good mom. It takes time to adjust to changes. It takes willpower to remain calm when you’re so tired you want to faint for relief.
You’ll get there.
3 to 6 Month Sample Routine
Of course, no two babies are alike and you will do whatever schedule works for your own home and the needs of your family. That said, this is a typical schedule I’ve used with all 5 of my kids at this age. Yes, I have 5 kids and they are all close together in age.
5:00 am | An early morning feed (don’t change diaper) just put right back down to bed
7:30 am | Wake up and feed, bathe baby (I use this in the sink and it’s amazing)
8:30 am | Go down for a nap
10:30 am | Feed baby, snuggle, special tummy time mat
11:30 am | Go down for a nap
1:30 pm | Feed baby, go for walk, carry baby around house to do chores, read to baby or hold baby while you read
2:30 pm | Go down for a nap
4:30 pm | Feed baby, put in infant seat (this is ours) or on a blanket while you cook, let siblings play with baby
5:30 pm | Quick nap
6:15 pm | Feed baby if desired (a cluster feed), play with daddy, play with siblings, play on mat, bathe if you didn’t in the morning
7:30 pm | Feed baby and put to bed, you can rock gently to drowsy then in the crib, or I find that mine often feed to sleep and sleep the whole night through
10:30 pm | Dream feed (if they aren’t yet sleeping through the night)
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Basic Tips for Babies Ages 3 to 6 Months
Here are some basic tips for babies at this age.
- How to get your baby to sleep later. Try this tip so you aren’t up at the crack of dawn.
- Feeding babies until one year of age. When do you give solids?
- How to avoid getting your baby overtired. Overtiredness means they fight naps.
- How to get good naps with loud older siblings. Sometimes you have to protect the nap.
- 11 tips to get baby to sleep well for the long run. These include how to change diaper best at night.
- Swaddling tips (though you’ll wean within this time)
- 28 things to try if baby won’t sleep. Honestly, they work.
The Key to a Good Routine
This may be so simple it goes without saying… but the key to a good routine is keeping the routine. It can be difficult to remember everything when you’re just starting out, but once you get the hang of it, routine will be second nature. Here are some ways you can learn to keep your routine.
Hang it up.
In my Rhythms, Routines, and Schedules ebook (see more below) I have 25+ sample routine printables from babies age 6 weeks to 5 years. You can take these printables and hang them in your nursery, on the fridge, or keep them in your planner. Whatever works.
While you don’t need to live and die by the clock, setting your phone, watch, or a timer will help you keep aware of routine transitions. We can often get so wrapped up in what we’re doing we forget we’ve let the baby sleep 4 hours. Why is that bad? Because 4 hours is a stretch littles ones should only sleep at night! I set alarms on my phone that show on my watch and this works for us.
As with anything, if you want something to work then work it. Keep pushing what you’ve decided to do. If it doesn’t work then change it up a bit and keep going. Move forward. I assure you 100% that a routine will work if you keep at it.
Want Routine Printables to hang up?
If you want routines and schedules for the 3 to 6 month phase, but also for 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, and beyond, and on I’ve got great news for you. I’ve created a book chock full of routines that work. Routines that keep babies and toddlers well rested, happy, and content. Routines that account for all the things you need to do and they are mom tested. The best part? The book comes with printable routines (3 choices for each age) that you can hang up and use! So instead of having to reinvent the wheel every few months, you’ll have tried and true mom tested routines right at your fingertips.
Get your own routine book and printables here!
This is such a precious age. Baby is still little and tiny but is getting a bit of personality. Is awake more, smiles a lot, and even starts laughing. Enjoy this precious time, mama!
I’ve created a free email series just for you! If you struggle with creating an easy flowing routine or rhythm in your home… this is it. I’ve gathered all my easiest routine hacks into one free series and, best of all, you can get a big sneak peak into our book that has over 25+ routines for babies ages 6 weeks to 5 years. This series will help you:
- find a routine and rhythm for your child
- learn how to juggle multiple routines (for 2 or 3+ kids)
- know what is and isn’t working so you can make one tweak that’ll change your day
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