We love schedules at CloudMom! Here is my guide to getting your 4 to 6-month-old bottle fed baby into a nice daily feeding and sleeping routine that allows you to get some things done, especially if you have older children. I didn’t give formula to my babies at this stage, but I’ve adapted some of the principles that really worked for me and that apply to both formula fed and breastfed babies. Hope this works for you!
At this stage, your baby will likely be eating every four hours, between 6-8 ounces per feeding. You can also multiply your baby’s weight by 2.5 and divide by the number of feedings per day to get an approximate amount (14 lb. baby x 2.5/5 feedings per day =7 ounces per feeding).
Of course, every baby is going to eat and grow at a different rate, but these ballpark figures can help you estimate early on.
Most babies at this stage are napping 3 times a day and eating 5 times a day. I recommend putting your baby down to sleep around two hours after each of your feedings begin. So here’s a typical day, with a 7 a.m. first feeding:
Feeding and Sleeping Schedule:
7 a.m. – 1st Feed
9:30 a.m. – Nap (1.5 hours)
11 a.m. – 2nd Feed
1:30 p.m. – Nap (1.5 hours)
3 p.m. – 3rd Feeding
6 p.m. – Little Nap (1 hour)
7 p.m. – 4th Feeding
8/8:30 p.m. – Bedtime
11 p.m. – 5th feeding (directly back to bed)
Some people do begin to introduce solids before 6 months old, so make sure to watch my video about that and you can just incorporate the solid feedings either before or after the bottles using this schedule. Good luck!