More Schedule Feeding examples

I hesitate to put examples of my feeding schedules up here because I don’t want someone to follow them and then get in trouble. But since so many people are on the web, searching for examples, here are some notes that I took about our four babies’ schedules.

DO WHAT YOUR BABY NEEDS!

Bottle-feeding

(4 to 5 meals a day after newborn stage is over and baby can take 4-8 oz at a feeding)

3,4, 5, 6 months old (or until baby sleeps through night well):

  • (5am- feed (1) and put back to bed–deleted when baby slept through the night)
  • 7.30am- wake up, bath, dressed
  • 9am- feed (2)
  • 10:30-1pm- nap
  • 1pm- feed (3)
  • 3-5pm- nap
  • 5pm- feed (4)
  • 7-8pm- nap
  • 8pm- feed half a bottle (5)
  • 10 or 11pm- feed other half of bottle, back to bed

7,8,9, 10, 11, 12 months old (or until baby gets off formula):

  • 7am- feed, wake up
  • 10-12- small food snack, nap
  • 12noon- feed
  • 3-5pm- small snack, nap
  • 5pm- feed
  • 9pm- feed, bedtime

Breastfeeding

(6 to 7 feedings a day after newborn stage is over and you don’t have to fight the baby to stay awake during most of the feeding)

3,4,5, 6 months old (or until baby sleeps through night well)

  • 4, 5 or 6am- feed and put back to bed
  • 7:30- wake up, feed again
  • 9:30-11/11:30- nap
  • 11/11:30- feed
  • 1-2:30pm- nap
  • 2:30- feed
  • 4-5:30/6- nap
  • 5:30/6- feed
  • 7-8pm- nap
  • 8pm- feed
  • 10pm- feed
  • 10 or 11pm- bedtime

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 months old (or until baby weans or eats enough food to fit in with 3 or 4 meals a day)

  • 7:00am- feed
  • 8/8:30am- feed + breakfast
  • 9:30-11:30am- nap
  • 11:30am- feed +lunch
  • 2:30pm-4/4:30- feed, nap
  • 4/4:30- small food snack (i.e. graham cracker)
  • 5:30pm- feed + dinner (with family)
  • 6-7pm- catnap (quick graham cracker upon awakening)
  • 8:30pm- feed
  • (10pm- feed; deleted around 11 months old when I started weaning)

Remember, these were just my notes. And they are ideals or goals to work towards. Babies are people, so they don’t always fit the schedule, and they need guidance in order to get there. My own schedules take into account our own family’s routine, my personal milk supply (which was often low), and my preference to have babies up later at night but not so much during the day when my toddlers were busy.

Obviously feeding is an art, not a science, and can be flexed depending on your baby’s age, how long they nap, how much they sleep at night, how fast they eat (or if they like a break half-way through), etc. The important thing is that your baby is getting enough (CHECK WEIGHT and THE DIAPER OUTPUT), that you have a rest period to make more milk before the next feeding, and that you give your baby a nap in between feedings. I made an effort to get my babies to nap before they got hungry again, so they would sleep and then be able to feed when they woke up. That would make sure they didn’t oversleep, didn’t get pacified to sleep, and would be happy for the next stretch of time after their nap. Their routine cycled about every 3 hrs when they were small, 4 hrs when they were older. But I always had to take into account their greater eating needs in the mornings and evenings, as well as how they slept the night before. Like I said, it’s an art!

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