Here you’ll find a newborn sleep schedule that’ll suit your baby’s needs.
These newborn days are so incredibly precious.
But, especially if you’re a new parent, they can be mysterious.
But never fear… with a few tweaks you can have days that are predictable with a baby who is happy all day and sleeps all night.
Both of these, plus this newborn feeding schedule and my newborn feeding chart, will sort all your baby woes out.
A Simple Newborn Feeding Schedule You (And Baby) Can Follow!
Let’s dive right in.
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The Biggest Thing You Should Focus On…
I cannot tell you how important this is, no matter if your baby feeds at the breast or bottle.
Especially if your baby won’t sleep.
Watch this video below on why full feeds matter.
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Example Feeding Schedules That Work
After you’ve done that, begin with these infant feeding schedules.
Note: Formula fed babies can probably go longer between feeds while breastfed infants will follow the schedule below.
⭐ Sample Newborn Feeding Schedule #1
- 7:00 am – full feed
- 8:10 am – wind down routine, nap
- 9:30 am – full feed
- 10:45 am – wind down, nap
- 12:00 pm – full feed, “play time”
- 1:30 pm – wind down, down for nap
- 3:00 pm – full feed, “play time”, bath time, family time, etc.
- 4:15 pm – wind down, nap
- 5:30 pm – full feed, family time
- 7:30 pm – cluster feed, wind down, down for nap
- 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm – dream feed (swaddled), immediately back down to bed
- Night feeds throughout the night as baby wakes up
⭐ Sample Newborn Feeding Schedule #2
- 4:30 am – feed baby swaddled (no lights on)
- 7:00 am – wake up, feed unswaddled (here’s why) in well lit area, play time
- 8:15 am – wind down routine, down for nap
- 10:00 am – full feed unswaddled
- 12:45 pm – wind down routine, down for nap
- 2:45 to 3:00 pm – full feed
- 4:15 pm – down for nap
- 5:30 pm – cluster feed
- 7:30 pm – cluster feed swaddled then immediately down for nap
- 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm – feed again swaddled, put immediately down to sleep
- Feed at night as baby wakes up
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Basic Baby Sleep Times
Here are some basic baby sleep times. These will vary by baby, but it’s important to look at these and realize that babies sleep more than you think.
- Newborn to 2 months: 16-18 hours a day | 7 to 9 naps (one after each feed)
- 2-4 months: 15-17 hours a day | 4 to 5 naps (after each daytime feed)
- 4-6 months: 14-16 hours a day | 4 naps or so (probably dropping the last nap before bedtime)
- 6-9 months: 14-16 hours a day | 3 to 4 naps a day (eventually getting down to 2 naps a day)
- 9 – 12 months: 14-16 hours a day | 2 to 3 naps (eventually getting down to 2)
- 12-18 months: 14-15 hours a day | 2 naps a day (eventually getting down to 1 nap a day)
Get Into A Good Rhythm
The biggest thing you can do when you’re trying to get your infant into a good feeding schedule is to make it routine.
You might not like routine, and that’s okay, but your baby most certainly will.
And, like many others more laid back moms, you may find that a routine becomes easier to keep when you see how baby responds so well to it.
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Basic Newborn Tips
- Get on a good sleep schedule.
- Learn the signs of hunger for your baby, and use your routine to anticipate baby’s needs before he needs to cry.
- Set the foundation in the first days after birth by following these strategies.
- Remember that babies go through growth spurts at age 6 weeks of age and again at 3 months, so you will have to feed more (cluster feeding works!) to increase your milk supply to get them through.
- A breastfed baby can also learn to take a bottle on and off, which will help if you have to run errands or need to be away on occasion.
- Your milk supply will ebb and flow throughout the day and is often at its lowest quality by late afternoon early evening, so cluster feedings will help this.
- Pay attention to the signs that your baby is over tired.
- The exact feeding time is not nearly as important as feeding on a routine or schedule. As in, every 3 hours is more important than feeding every day at 7:30 a.m. Both work well together, but if you hate working to a clock, aim for full feeds at set intervals.
- Note that many newborns will feed from 30 minutes up to even 45 minutes. I had one son who would feed for nearly an hour! Less than 15 minutes and that’s considered snacking, so aim for full feeds.
Most Frequently Asked Newborn Questions
Let’s dive in.
“How often do you feed a newborn at night?”
As often as they wake up hungry. Before you go to bed, give a dream feed, then lie down to sleep. Sleep until baby wakes up ready to eat.
“How many days after birth do I start on a routine or schedule?”
I like to start Day One. Your routine will mainly consist of full feeds, snuggling/cuddling, then putting baby down for a nap, but this is the foundation for all sleeping schedules to come.
“How do I keep my newborn awake during feeds?”
Unswaddle them, first of all. Then you can rub their cheeks, the bottom of their feet, and even use a wet wipe to keep them alert during feedings.
“Do I always need to nurse on both sides during each feeding?”
No. If you have a baby who wants to feed for one hour, you’ll likely end up nursing from both breasts. If you have a baby who has a “strong suck” (a fun term from my midwife) then you may end up only nursing from one side.
It’ll depend on your baby, your milk supply, and whether or not baby is truly getting full feeds.
My newborn is sleeping through feedings, what should I do?
So this can easily happen, these precious babies are so comforted by both your physical touch and the breastmilk, that they happily drift off.
This can also, if it happens throughout the day, contribute to significant day night confusion. Baby will sleep through feeds all day, then want to be up feeding or playing all night.
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