8 Week Old / 2 Month Old Routine / Schedule

8 week old 2 month old routine schedule example

 

Here are two routine samples for around the 8 week – 2 month mark. While some babies still won’t have any recognizable routine by this age (don’t panic!) some are starting to fall into a pattern. This pattern isn’t always predictable and can change day by day, but if you pay attention you may notice:

  • Awake times are about an hour to an hour and a half long (although some are shorter so don’t keep your baby awake if they are showing tired signs).
  • Feeds are starting to space out more evenly, and feeds will occur around every 3 to 3 and a half hours (again, if your baby is hungry don’t make them wait for the clock).
  • There is a longer stretch of sleeping at night. Some babies drop the feed that used to occur at about 1am first, and others drop the early morning feed first (the 4-5am feed). But again, if your baby hasn’t started stretching between feeds at night yet, don’t panic. A lot of babies do this all of a sudden and on their own.

 

Sample Routine for an 8 Week Old

This is a sample routine for an 8 week old. They are awake for 50 minutes to an 1 hour and 20 minutes before falling asleep again, are breastfeeding roughly every 3 hours, and mom is doing a classic cluster feed of a night. Cluster feeding can stop around the 8 week mark, so this little one’s routine will change fairly soon.

The dreamfeed (or sometimes called a rolloever feed) is a great way to get a good stretch of sleep in those early hours of the morning (usually the hardest and most tiring time of night for mom to get up for a feed) and you can keep up the dreamfeed until around the 9 month mark. If you can drop it earlier, then do so, but there is no harm in keeping it going if it is working for you.

 

Awake Time
1 hour 15 mins
Time Between Feeds
3 hours
Naps Per Day
4
  • 7:00 Awake & feed
  • 8:00 Nap
  • 9:55 Awake
  • 10:00 Feed
  • 11:00 Nap
  • 12:45 Awake
  • 1:00 Feed
  • 2:00 Nap
  • 3:30 Awake & feed
  • 4:30 Nap
  • 6:00 Awake & feed
  • 7:00 Bedtime routine &  top up feed
  • 10:30 Dreamfeed
  • 4:00am Feed

 

Sample Routine for a 2 Month Old

This is a sample schedule for a 2 month old. They are staying awake for about an hour and a half, feeding every three and a half hours and doing a nice night time stretch without waking between the dreamfeed at 10:30 and the first feed of the day at 5:00.

If you have an early waker, such as this one, the best thing to do is a quick feed, then straight back to bed until it’s time to get up. {You can either decide what time you want to start the day and wake your baby then, or just leave them to wake naturally, it’s totally up to you. The benefit of waking them is the ability to start your routine at the same time every day, and it also helps to regulate their body clock (which is  still forming) with your own. The benefits of letting them wake naturally is a happy baby on waking, a sleep in for you, and letting your baby find their own natural rhythm}.

 

Awake Time
1 and a half hours
Time Between Feeds
3 and a half hours
Naps Per Day
4
  • 5:00 Feed
  • 7:00 Awake and top up feed
  • 8:00 Sleep
  • 9:30 Awake
  • 10:30 Feed
  • 10:50 Sleep
  • 1:30 Awake
  • 2:00 Feed
  • 3:00 Sleep
  • 4:30 Awake
  • 5:30 Feed
  • 6:00 Catnap
  • 6:45 Woken after 45 minute catnap
  • 7:30 Bath and bedtime routine
  • 8:00 Feed
  • 8:30 Sleep
  • 10:30 Dreamfeed

Photo by Tatiana Vbd

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