What does a Babywise schedule look like from birth to six months?
The Babywise sleep schedule revolves around the eat wake sleep cycle and daily routine. Reading On Becoming Babywise is a game changer for implementing sleep training and helping baby sleep!
Using the Babywise book is super helpful but seeing a sample baby routine can help to really implement the sleep schedule.
Wake times and sleep cycles vary from the newborn stage through the time of being a six month old.
In this post, you will find my personal Babywise schedule and all of my sample schedules from birth to age six months!
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When referring back to posts in order to help people with their schedules, I have a hard time finding my kids schedules at different ages.
So I thought I’d combine them all in one post to make it easier to reference.
If you go back and read old stuff (which I find it as such a big compliment that some of yall are doing that!) I HIGHLY recommend using Brittlynn’s schedule over Kye’s.
As a first time Mom I was doing my best to follow Babywise, but I think I do WAY better now and have done better from the beginning.
So her schedule is a better reflection of what I would recommend someone using.
Getting Started With Babywise
Babywise truly helped shape how I parent and has allowed all of my four children to have the gift of great sleep. Each of my babies
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When my babies are born I start implementing some of the groundwork for Babywise, even while in the hospital! You can read my tips here.
At two weeks old I started scheduling
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It takes time to tweak things a bit and figure out the best routine for your baby and your family.
When I first came up with Britt’s schedule at two weeks old I decided to make a few changes by the time she was three weeks old.
I recommend starting with what I did for Brittlynn at three weeks rather than the two week old one as it incorporates some of The Baby Whisper techniques and I liked it MUCH better!
But I’ll post them both anyway! Happy scheduling 😉
Posts You’ll Find Helpful:
Sample Babywise Schedules:
Sample Babywise Schedule: 2 Weeks Old
- 7:00: Wake up for the day, 1st feeding. We change her diaper after each feeding and have some awake time with her during the day.
- 8:00-10:00: Nap (put down for
napat first sign of sleepiness)
- 10:00: 2nd feeding
- 11:00-1:00: Nap
- 1:00: 3rd feeding
- 2:00-4:00: Nap
- 4:00: 4th feeding
- 5:00-6:30: Nap
- 6:30: 5th feeding (Here I went 2 1/2 hours instead of three because this is a babies toughest time of the day and the fussiest)
- 7:30-9:00: Nap
- 9:00: Massage/Bath bedtime routine (I reversed the bedtime routine to be before she ate her last “meal” so she could go straight to bed after and I would nurse her to sleep basically at that feeding.
- All other feedings I made sure to keep her awake and have awake time after the feeding! For the night feedings we change her diaper before she eats so she could go straight to sleep after eating)
- 9:30: 6th feeding then straight to bed
- Whenever she woke up (typically around 3:30 or 4): 7th feeding, then straight to bed
What To Watch For At This Age:
The first few weeks with a new baby are filled with moments of bonding, times of exhaustion, and learning all about this new little human in your life and helping this little baby learn about you!
Often newborns struggle with staying awake for a full feeding and can have issues with being confused between night and day.
These two items can make starting to establish sleep routines a struggle. Then you add gas pain to the mix?
Don’t Worry, These Posts Can Help:
Babywise Sample Schedule: 3 Weeks Old
- 7:00: start of the day, eat
- 8:00-8:30: awake time then down for
- 10:00: eat
- 11:00-11:30: awake time then down for
- 1:00: eat
- 2:00-2:30: awake time then down for
- 4:00: eat
- 5:00-5:30: awake time then down for
- 6:00: eat (this is what Hogg calls a cluster feed, I would feed her close together in the evenings to help her load up on food and stay full for the night time. The evenings are also THE fussiest time of the day at this age so it makes sense to feed her and keep her happy!)
- 7:00-7:30: awake time then down for
- 8:00: do bedtime ritual (massage or bath) then eat. Put her straight to bed after this feeding
- 10:30: wake her up for her “dream feed” (this is one extra feeding before we go to bed
to, again, help her stock up and hopefully sleep through the night).
Things to Expect at This Age:
As you get started with Babywise you may have questions! It can be overwhelming at times and can be a struggle to figure out the “right” timing for your baby as you map out their daily routine.
You may also be debating about sleep props. Do you want your baby to use a pacifier?
Could it help their sleep or hurt it?
As you get rolling with a daily sleep schedule for your baby, you begin counting down to the nights when you’ll finally know what it’s like to sleep solid again!
Find Mom Tips for These Things and More in These Posts:
Sample Babywise Schedule For Around 6 Weeks Old (anywhere from 5-8 Weeks):
- 7:00: start of the day, change
- 8:00-8:30: change diaper, awake time
- 8:30-10:30: nap
- 10:30: eat
- 11:30-12:00: change diaper, awake time
- 12:00-2:00: nap
- 2:00: eat
- 3:00-3:30: change diaper, awake time, special alone time with Mommy while Kye sleeps
- 3:30-5:00: nap
- 5:00: eat (I did 3 hours here rather than 3 1/2 because we eat dinner as a family at 6. While this means I can’t actually cook the dinner, we can at least eat it together once Zach cooks it haha)
- 6:00-6:30: change diaper, awake time, family dinner
- 6:30-8:00: nap
- 8:00: awake, bath, ready for bed
- 8:15-9:15: eat
- 9:15-10:30: put to sleep straight from eating
- 10:30-11:30: dream feed (wake her up to feed her then put her right back to bed)
- She was waking up around 5:30 for a middle of the night snack then right back to sleep
Bumps in the Road You May Experience This Week:
I personally have battled with postpartum depression and it’s typically around the 6 week marker when I start to notice the signs and symptoms.
I was able to overcome my own PPD experience without using any medication, and I hope my walk through that dark time can help others who may be feeling the same.
If you are feeling down or struggling to feel the joy you want to feel, remember you’re not alone. MANY mamas have faced these same feelings!
Don’t keep those concerns in, just by speaking them out loud it can be a HUGE step in helping you feel better!
Also during this time breastfeeding struggles may arise, especially regarding supply dips.
Many mamas return to work six weeks after giving birth and it can be tricky to balance the schedule and pumping!
This is also a common time for Wonder Weeks to start creating chaos in the sleep routine for a baby.
Cloudy periods when your baby is reaching milestones and developmental leaps can be rough for their sleep.
Be Sure to Read All of These Helpful Posts This Week:
Babywise Schedule for 9 Weeks Old:
- 7:00: start the day, change diaper, eat
- 8:00-8:30: change diaper, get dressed, awake time
- 8:30-10:30: nap
- 10:30-11:30: eat
- 11:30-12:00: change diaper, awake time
- 12:00-2:00: nap
- 2:00-3:00: eat
- 3:00-3:30: change diaper, awake time, alone time with Mommy
- 3:30-5:00: nap
- 5:00-6:00: eat
- 6:00-6:30: change diaper, awake time, family dinner
- 6:30-8:20: nap
- 8:20: awake, bath, put
- 8:30-9:30: eat, last feeding of
- 9:30: put directly to bed after eating
What to Expect During This Week:
As your baby falls into their solid Babywise schedule they are starting to have longer awake times.
While it’s exciting to have this chance to spend more time with your baby, it can also be a struggle to decide how to spend that awake time with them.
What can you do with your baby during the “wake” portion of their routine? And how can you make sure those activities don’t mess up all your hard work with their sleep?
One of the great things to do during the baby’s wake time is to introduce independent playtime with them.
Independent playtime teaches your baby to entertain themselves. The younger you establish independent playtime as part of their daily routine, the more they will enjoy it and the sooner you’ll be able to take advantage of some free time!
The most common issue Babywise mama’s face around this age with their little ones is the dreaded 45 minute intruder.
Your baby goes down for
Hello 45 minute intruder issues!
Helpful Posts for You During This Stage:
Babywise Schedule For 3-6 Months Old (4 Hour Schedule):
This is VERY detailed and includes what I do with my 3-year-old son too as I find it helpful to see how to manage a schedule with more than one kid!
- 7:00: start the day, change
- My three year old eats breakfast with my husband while I nurse her.
- After breakfast: tummy time (10 minutes per awake time, three times a day) or independent playtime (15 minutes per awake time, three times a day)
- If Kye (my son) doesn’t have
schoolthey will have sibling time together in the pack and play after independent playtime.
- During morning awake time I get her dressed and change her diaper. If Kye has school and I take him then we do rush a good bit!
- 8:45-9:00: Down for nap. I sing to her, swaddle her, turn on her fan and put her down. She will usually “talk” and “babble” for a few minutes before falling asleep.
- If Kye is home he will go upstairs for his room time (45 minutes) and will enjoy his movie time while I nurse Britt at 11:00.
- 11:00: Wake Britt up, change the diaper, nurse.
- If we need to run an errand we do it during this awake time. I will pump at bottle at 10:00 and wake Britt up at 10:40 then hop in the car and go.
- I will feed her the bottle once we arrive at the location for the errand, run the errand and be home before her next nap time!
- If we are home then following her nursing session at 11:00 we will do the same routine as the morning awake time. Including tummy time and independent playtime.
- While Britt is doing her independent playtime I’m able to get lunch prepared for Kye!
- 12:00: Kye has his lunch (on school days he doesn’t get home until closer to 12:30). This is the trickiest time of the day!
- Once Kye finishes lunch we all read a book together and pray together. Kye will then go potty and put his PJs on while I’m putting Britt to bed.
- 1:00: Both kids down for a nap! This is my big chunk of alone time each day to get things done.
- 3:00: Britt’s up to nurse. Usually, Kye sleeps until 3:30 but if he’s awake at 3 I just let him get up. If he’s up he will sit and play nicely while she nurses.
- After Feeding: We go in and wake up Kye by 4:00 if he’s not already up. Then we cuddle and play in his bed just the three of us for a bit.
- Kye then puts back on his clothes and Britt has her tummy time and independent playtime.
- 5:00: Zach gets home from work, Britt goes down for her evening nap. This naptime is nice as it allows me to cook dinner!
- 6:00: Dinner time. Britt usually wakes up at this time crying (usually this is her only tough nap of the day, which is typical at this age).
- We let her fuss until 6:20. If she isn’t back to sleep by then, we go ahead and get her up. It’s normal for babies to experience a “witching hour” which is their most fussy time of the day and it is typically in the evening time.
- 6:40: If Britt is still sleeping, Zach and Kye get her up for bathtime. I clean up dinner so Zach can have quality time with Britt during the bath.
- After bathtime, I go in and do a baby massage with Britt before getting her ready for bed.
- 7:00: I nurse Britt for her bedtime feeding. Zach gives Kye his bath.
- Kye was going to bed at 7:15 but we bumped it up to 7:45 and it’s allowed him to have longer baths and have more time for stories and cuddles before bed and is helping him sleep better at nap.
- We all say prayers together (I’m typically still nursing Brittlynn when Kye is heading to bed!)
- Brittlynn usually finishes her nightly nursing session sometime around 8:00.
- When she’s close to finishing I will go ahead and swaddle her then top her off and put her straight to bed!
- Often she is asleep when I lay her down but if she’s awake then I sing a song to her and say a prayer with her too.
- 1030: I usually pump before going to bed to avoid being super full in the morning (although I usually still wake up pretty full).
Things You May Encounter at This Age:
Of my four children, only ONE has dealt with the four-month sleep regression but, oh boy, it was a rocky period for sure!
It can be hard to avoid comparing your baby with other babies… not just their siblings but friends’ babies and other babies in your family.
In the Babywise community, it can be tough to see other moms posting #babywiseforthewin pics on social media while your baby is struggling to sleep through their naps and even possibly waking at night.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as the “perfect Babywise baby.” Every baby is different and unique and faces different moments of smooth sailing and different moments of rough waters.
Keep working hard. Keep being consistent. It WILL pay off. And when it does? Your baby will reap the benefits… but so will you!
Babywise has been a gift to my children but also to myself as a mom. It’s given me a LIFE outside of motherhood!
Posts to Read During This Stage:
Babywise Schedule: 5-6 Months Old
- 6:45-7:15: Wake up, change diaper, nurse (no solids yet…still just nursing her!)
- After nursing: Independent Playtime
- 8:35ish: Bible Storytime
- 8:45-9:00: Down for nap (Kye has room time during her nap)
- 10:45-11:15: Up from nap, change diaper, nurse (Kye usually watches movie while I nurse her for this feeding)
- After nursing: Independent Playtime
- 12:45-12:55: Down for nap
- 2:45-3:15: Up from nap, diaper change, nurse
- After nursing: Independent Playtime
- 4:45: Down for nap
- 7:00: Nurse
- 7:20: Family story time, family prayers
- 7:35: Brittlynn down for the night
- 7:45 Kye down for the night
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What to Expect in the Months Ahead
It is best to wait to introduce solids until six months old. Once we introduce solids I like to use the Baby-Led Weaning Method.
There are many benefits to Baby-Led Weaning and I have many tips and tricks to help get you started.
Ready for Solids? Here Are My Most Popular Baby-Led Weaning Posts:
Hopefully, this is helpful to some of you as a reference when scheduling your babies!!!
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So helpful! Thanks! Emma will be three weeks old on Friday, so I am starting the 3 week schedule today with the cluster feeding. So far, so good – here's hoping for a good night!
Okay, my question is not BW related…but…how in the world do you keep your house so clean? I clean ALL day every day it seems and it never looks like your…and yours is way bigger! I'd love to relax while Preston naps, but I am always stuck doing something that is chore related :/
Thank you! Thank you! We just had our first child 3 weeks ago today and I've been thinking about and struggling with schedules. I remember reading your blog about Baby Wise and scheduling and thinking about how I'd love to be able to do that when our son arrived. So anyway- thanks again for writing this post. I really needed it right now!
I started using babywise late, even though my daughter is 4.5 months, I can still see the benefits of it. So far we have our night routine down, but naps are something else. She does sleep 10-12 hours a night, but I haven't mastered a daytime routine schedule. Would you recommend me waking her up at the same time each morning? So far I let her wake up on her on.
I tried Babywise, and pretty much just incorporated the EASY routine, but if you want a consistent daytime, then waking her probably be necessary to establish it. We woke my son up at the same time each morning, and then he got consistent at waking around the same time each morning. We had a great nighttime sleeper, like your daughter, but our days SUCKED! I eventually stopped stressing about it, and accepted that he was that kid who cat-napped. I learned to expect for him to wake at around 45 minutes, and if it lasted longer, then that was a bonus. By 6 months, he worked into a consistent schedule on his own and his naps miraculously lengthened!
I love you for this!!!
BOOOOOORING. Kidding. Not.
I've tried to follow this schedule with my son who is 11 weeks old and he just can't seem to sleep longer than about an hour by himself during the day. Unless I hold him he is horrible at taking naps, does anyone else have this problem? So it's hard to keep to the feeding schedule because when he gets up he usually wants to eat. He does fine at night, sleeps in about three hour stretches. That my other question, when will he drop the 2-3am feeding? Thanks
Hello…I just purchased this book for my Kindle yesterday. I have a soon to be 5 week old and I started routine within the first few days of bringing her home. I'm just curious what you do if they sleep past the time? Do you wake them up or let them sleep. I was waking mine up every 2 hours the first few weeks home from the hospital to try to keep an every 3 hr schedule and to not confuse her days and nights. Any tips?
Thankyou sooooo much…I am about to become a first time mum and was about to write up a schedule from scratch but needed some guidance- your post has helped a lot to give me a starting point. Bless you!
So…between 3-6 months baby B didn't wake up for feeds in the night off breast milk alone? My son is still taking 4 ounces at 1 and 4 a.m. Should I let him cry through it? 🙁 I'm breast feeding exclusively as well. Hope someone answers by today bc I am wanting to start a new routine tonight! I'm desperate!! -Veronica
I have a 4 week old and I am having a hard time sticking to the schedule. What happens when you feed him (he feeds longer than most babies for some reason) and his awake time is fussy time? I still don'tknow wxactly why he fusses when he's awake. Sometimes he wants to be held and others he has gas, etc.But sometimes he goes over the 3 hour mark with crying and by the time I put him down it's 30mins from the next feeding. Do I still wake him up 30 mins later or do I let him sleep?
Hi, I am soon to be a mom in the next few weeks, and I was looking at your feeding schedule because I would really like to follow the Baby-Wise plan. May I ask, since I didn't notice any midnight feedings for the baby at three week schedule…did you feed the baby at anytime during the night after 10:30 pm or did your baby sleep through because of the earlier back to back feedings? I'm trying to plan my schedule like you did, but want to be sure I'm not missing any steps…first time mom. ;)-Faye Adams
Great schedule! Love having a real example to reference – thank you!
Hi…I'm a mother of a 8 month old. I'm having difficulty knowing what I should do about schedule, naps and feeding. I nurse each feeding but only do solids maybe once a day. Also he sleeps through the night but goes to bed at 9/9:30 after last nursing. I would like for him to go to bed earlier but unsure how to do it. Help please 🙂 thank you
How old was Britt when you switched to the four hour schedule? I have an 11 week old that I think is ready.
My girl is 7 weeks old and i try to do the baby wise schedule, her first feed of the day is always different because she is not sleeping more than 3-4 hour spurts at night, but it is usually closer to 3 hours… After she gets up in the am she always takes a 2 hr nap then wakes to eat, is usually up for 1.5 hours at most then takes another 2 hour nap, sometimes a half hour more or less.. she eats then this gets us to about 3 or 3:30 in the afternoon, she usually likes to sleep after this feeding til between 5-6. She gets fussy at 6 and tends to want to eat 2 hours instead of 3 and then gets tired again, my question is do i let her go back to sleep for an hour or so or do i keep her up. Ive noticed that if i let her sleep she tends to not sleep well at night, and im not ready for bed at 7 or 7:30 but if let her sleep from 7 or 7:30 til 9 shes still only sleeping 3-4 hour spurts and im exhausted. Once we get closer to 4 or 5 am shes up almost every 1.5 hours or 2. How was your daughter sleeping 6+hours at 2 weeks old?
I have an 9 week old on the 4 hour schedule he put himself on it too.
I have an 11 week old and just heard about Babywise from friends at church, I love it and have been trying to implement even though I know we are starting late. I am starting him out on a 3 hr schedule. He is not sleeping through the day yet, and with this 3 hr schedule I am feeling like I am not getting to see him at all awake. He takes 30 minutes to eat and then he is only awake for 30 or so. Is this a problem for you? Also he only takes 15 minutes or so to cry out for naps, but he sometimes wakes up after 45 minutes or so. should I leave him to cry it out and go back to sleep or should I get him up? Any advice for naps or sleeping through the night would be appreciated.
Hi there- so at 5 months old how many ounces per day does Britlynn eat? Right now my baby girl is still the 3 hr schedule and averages 26-28oz/day of breastmilk. Hard to measure breastmilk but I think this is pretty close
My LO is currently 7 wk. I have been doing babywise for the last month or so. I am in the routine of eat, wake, sleep. He naps for 1.5 to 2.5 hrs. I tried the dreamfeed once and he wouldnt wake up enough to eat.. then was fussy so i didnt try again. So the last 3 wks or so he goes to bed at 9.. then gets up around 2:30, i feed then put him back down, then feed at 5am, then start of day is at 7. I am wondering how to get rid of the 3am feed, and when? Should i let him CIO? and when?
I have a 6 week old whose schedule has started at 8. Im working on moving it to 7:30 by moving 5 each day. But she usually wakes on own between 6:30 and 6:50. I feed her just a few ounces then (so still eat first feed) and change if needed and then put her back in bed. She will fall asleep again sometimes but then I wake her up just 45-hour later to start the day. Should I just shift the schedule to 6:30 or 7 right away or should I keep doing what I'm doing? (She usually wakes at 1:30 and 3:45ish also-sometimes has skipped the 1:30) I cluster feed at night and do a dream feed between 10-11 but she only takes 2 oz usually
I’m emotionally drained right now from trying to figure out what is going on with my 6 week old schedule
2:30-3:30 nap (3:30-4:30swing)
This is where I’m at right now in the day.
He will not go down for this last nap. The 2:30-3:30 was constantly going in and calming him down and then walking out the door.
He gave all the signs for nap and initially he laid down for about 20min then right awake.
At 6 weeks what is the ratio of sleep to wake I should be trying w him? 2hr nap 1.5 hr awake?
Up to this point I was doing 1hr awake/feed and 2 hr nap. I don’t know how to handle these waking points – do I just put him in the swing till next feed time?
Major points: feed every 3 hrs? Eat, wake, sleep. And how about those naps when he doesn’t want to take them or take long ones at all . Please help!
This was really helpful! Do you have any tips for figuring out awake time for a baby who doesn’t show any sleepy cues? She’s 11 weeks and naps are just an awful mess. I can’t figure out when to put her down!
My rule of thumb is when in doubt put ’em down earlier! Go by the clock and bump naps/night time earlier in 5 min increments. Hope this helps!
Thank you for sharing these timelines for sure they are very valuable especially for first time mom and even more when talking about baby sleep.