Inside: A 6 month to 9 month schedule routine for your baby.
- Newborn Sample Routine
- 3 to 6 Month Routine
- 6 to 9 Month Routine
- 7 Month Sleep Schedule
- 9 to 12 Month Sample Schedule
- 18 Month Sample Schedule
- 2 Year Old Routine
- 3 Year Old Sleep Schedule
Congratulations, you’ve survived the newborn phase!
Around 6 months is truly one of the best baby phases. They are still babies, but smiling all the time. Learning to sit up and move and getting their own personality.
I hug my baby every day and say, “Don’t grow up… no wait you have to. But I just love you so!!”
Very nauseating around here…
Anyway, here’s the 6 to 9 month routine I recommend (as a certified baby and toddler sleep consultant and mama of 5) for 6 month old babies.
A 6 to 9 Month Sample Routine:
Note: These are the times to aim for. If they don’t happen because baby is hungry earlier, then adapt and try to get back to this when able.
- 7:30 am – wake up, feed, solids for breakfast
- 8:15 am – play (floor time on a play or development mat, sibling play)
- 9:00 am – down for nap
- 11:00 am – wake up, feed, solids
- 11:45 am – free play (floor time, practicing sitting or standing, sibling plan)
- 12:30 pm – down for nap
- 2:30 pm – wake up, feed, solids
- 3:14 pm – free play (floor time, sibling play)
- 4:30 pm – down for nap
- 6:00 pm – wake up, feed, bedtime snack
- 6:45 pm – bedtime routine (bath, singing, cuddling, putting on lotion, etc.) We use this for the kitchen sink and absolutely love it.
- 7:30 pm – quick feed, bedtime (some cluster feeding here too)
- 10:00 pm – dream feed right before you go to bed
Get my cheat sheets (newborn up to elementary aged kids) and find your family’s groove.
Use them for:
- nap times
- meal times
- chore times
- play times
- AND more!
Some Thoughts on the 6-9 Month Age
Routine or Rhythm?
Research overwhelmingly supports a good routine for young ones. A routine does not, however, necessarily mean you follow the clock per se.
If you prefer to have a rhythm where you do one thing after the other, but not necessarily watch the times and that’s fine. Pick whichever works best. And either way, you’ll have to be mindful of wake windows. Read on the wake windows vs nap schedule thoughts here.
Babies can’t be up for 3 or 4 hours at a time at this age without getting really cranky.
At any rate, using a routine will be a sanity saver for both you and your baby. Here are some sample routines with different times that also have baby/toddler combinations.
Eating & nutrition is very important
Whether you waited until the 6 month mark to introduce solids, or started in the 5th month gradually, solids are very important.
At 6 months of age if your baby has trouble napping… they are likely hungry. If your baby starts waking up frequently at night, check the amount of solids.
Getting Ready to Drop a Nap
Right now your baby likely takes 3 naps a day, the third perhaps being the shortest.
- The goal is to shorten the third nap so the first two naps of the day remain until around 15-18 months.
- If you notice your baby naps shorter during the first or second nap, but longer on the third, you can wake the baby early in the third nap.
- Too long of an evening nap may mean getting to sleep at bedtime is harder, so best to shorten the nap that will drop soon.
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I waver between giving the baby a bath in the morning or in the evening. Some days it’s the morning, some days it’s the evening. I try to just fit it in when I can or when it’s most convenient.
A growth spurt often happens at this age so make sure the baby is getting enough milk. I’ll often feed, give solids, let the baby play, feed again briefly before putting him in the crib (awake but drowsy).
This is called a split feed.
This helps make sure they’re getting enough to eat during the day.
While an infant seat is a minimalist must have, in my opinion, I like to give my babies any and every opportunity to be on the floor. They’ll roll, sit up, commando crawl, and start spinning in circles.
The Key to a Good 6 to 9 Month Routine:
This may be so simple it goes without saying… but the key to a good routine is keeping the routine. It can be tricky to remember everything in order when you’re beginning, but once you get the hang of it, routine will be second nature.
It can seem very difficult to get started doing or keeping a routine when you do not have one at all.
Here are 3 ways you can learn to keep your routine:
1) Hang it Up
In my Rhythms, Routines, and Schedules ebook 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.
You can hang the routine cards as well and pretty soon you won’t need to reference anything, it’ll be second nature.
2) Set Alarms or Notifications
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.
3) Practice and Keep at It
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 visual routines to hang up?
If you want routines and schedules for not only the 6 to 9 month age, but for the 12 month, 18 month, and on I’ve got great news. I’ve created a book chock full of routines that work.
Routines that keep babies 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.
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Got a question?
2.5 to 4 hours is the general window. If baby is taking 3 naps still, it can be 2.5 hours more or less during the day, and the longest span (from the last nap before bed) shouldn’t be more than 4 hours.
So, if baby wakes at 7 am, then by 9:30 am have a nap. Baby sleeps until 11 am, then by 1:30 pm is another nap. Baby wakes up around 3 pm, then bedtime no later than 7 pm.
6 months is actually the perfect time to formally sleep train. I have a whole post on why it’s the best age.
They’re not newborns anymore, they can go longer between naps, they are a little more aware and they catch on much more quickly than at a later age. It’s too early for extreme resistance that can accompany toddler years, and baby can’t walk yet.
When you wait to do formal training when a child is in a bed and can stand up and get out, there are a lot more variables.
Absolutely. Sleeping through the night is typically defined as 7 to 8 hours at a time. So even if your child still has a dream feed, but sleeps from 10 pm all the way until morning, then that still technically counts as sleeping through.
You can wean night feeds or combine them at this age without much trouble.
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