Example 6 Month Old Feeding Schedule

May 22, 2020


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As you make the transition to introducing foods around six months, life starts to change! The thought of introducing food on top of breast milk or formula and naps can leave even the calmest of parents apprehensive. Here are some things to keep in mind, and a sample schedule to help you wrap your head around what to do!

6 month old feeding schedule pointers

Before we get to the actual schedule, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

Breast milk or formula is still primary

First, at 6 months the main priority is still breast milk or formula. Introducing food is to help them get used to it, form a positive association with food, and to start getting some additional nutrients that they will start to need. 

But it doesn’t all of a sudden switch to now they need three meals a day and a ton of food and eating opportunities! The idea is to start slowly and follow your baby’s lead to introduce more food and eating opportunities. Keep giving breast milk or formula first, and then add in a meal 30-60 minutes later. (On average, but like always all babies are different!) The average baby at this time is usually going to be nursing 5-6 times a day, or taking 24-32 oz of formula. Don’t expect this to change just the the introduction of foods.

They won’t eat that much!

At the beginning, babies take time to learn how to eat. Most babies will need to get the handle of how to get food to their mouth and down their throat. Don’t panic if you’re a few weeks in and they still aren’t getting much down. Give it some time. And if you aren’t sure what to expect when it comes to solids, make sure to grab the Starting Solids course to help prepare you and give you confidence in feeding throughout their whole first year. 

6 months old eating schedule example

The biggest thing to keep in mind is that every baby is going to be different. I generally shy away from giving out specific schedules, because different things work for different babies. But after many parents have asked consistently for it, here is an example 6 month old schedule to help you with a place to start. I’m giving times to help visualize it, but think of this more as a spacing example than an exact example of when you should be doing these things.

Schedule 1

  • 6:30-7:00 am: Wake-up, nurse or bottle
  • 7:30-8:00 am: Breakfast (for specific help on what to serve at meals, head here)
  • 8:30 am: Nap
  • 10:30 am : Nurse or bottle
  • 12:00 pm: Nap
  • 1:30 pm : Nurse or bottle
  • 3:00 pm: Nap
  • 4:00 pm: Nurse or bottle
  • 5:00 pm: Nap
  • 6:30 pm: Nurse or bottle and bedtime

Schedule 2

For serving a meal at a different time, simply aim to have the food 30-60 minutes after you have breastfed. You do not need to serve food at the same meal every day, or at exactly the same time. If your baby sleeps through your normal lunch time, you can absolutely feed them around dinner.

  • 6:30-7:00 am: Wake-up, nurse or bottle
  • 7:30-8:00 am: Breakfast (for specific help on what to serve at meals, head here)
  • 8:30 am: Nap
  • 10:30 am : Nurse or bottle
  • 12:00 pm: Nap
  • 1:30 pm : Nurse or bottle
  • 3:00 pm: Nap
  • 4:00 pm: Nurse or bottle
  • 5:00 pm: Nap
  • 6:30 pm: Nurse or bottle and bedtime


This sample feeding schedule for a 6 month old is by no means something that you should follow to a t. Hopefully it has given you some insight into how you might space things. But at this age, sleeping really is primary! A tired baby isn’t going to want to sit at the table and focus on learning how to eat. So do your best to let sleeping and breast milk or formula be the main concerns, and add in meals in between those.

As your baby gets older, the feeding schedule for 7 month olds really doesn’t change much. They might drop a nap, and will likely start wanting to have more meals. To increase meals to 2 a day, simply keep the same things in mind and add one 30-60 minutes after a nursing or bottle session when they are awake. 

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About the Author

Mom. Dietitian. Food Lover. I find joy in helping others relieve the stress of meal times and feeding their children, from the first bite on!

Renae D'Andrea

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