Babywise Sample Schedules: The First Month


Sample Babywise Schedules for your baby’s first month. Babywise newborn schedules to help you get baby sleeping and eating well. Starting early creates a great routine for your newborn.

Baby sleeping in basket

The first month of baby’s life is the least scheduled overall in your Babywise journey. You “take the clock and turn it around” as the book says. In other words, you don’t worry so much about times as you do getting the whole family more acclimated to life with a new baby. There will never be a return to “normal.” There is a finding of a new normal. Here are some sample schedules from the first month of life. These are from me and you blog readers. Please feel free to add your own schedules in the comments.

Before you go further, please be sure you have read My Sleep Hierarchy For Newborns. You need to know what your primary and secondary goals should be for a newborn so you keep priorities straight. It will make your newborn life much less frustrating!

Babywise Baby First Month Overview

During this first month with your Babywise baby, aim for the following:

  • Feed 8-10 times per a 24 hour period.
  • Feedings should be 2.5-3 hours apart typically.
  • Cluster feeding can be helpful for a very hungry baby in the evenings or for a baby who needs to get more feedings in the 24 hour period.
  • There will be a growth spurt around 3-4 weeks old. This will mean your baby will eat more often during the day and sleep less. It won’t last forever!
  • Baby will nap 6-8 times per day.
  • Naps should be around 1.5-2.5 hours long each time.
  • Your baby can go up to 5 hours between feedings at night. Some will wake up more often than that, others will need you to set an alarm and wake them up at five hours to stay on track.

For a full year overview, see this post: Your Babywise Baby: First Year Overview. Read the entire On Becoming Babywise book here (affiliate link).

Click to watch me talk out what to expect in this first month.


Babywise Sample Schedules for Baby’s First Month

Week One

While the book says to not worry about a schedule during this week, we had one with all of our girls. I am really big on “begin as you mean to go on.” I also found it hard to not do a schedule since that was ingrained into me by the time my girls came along. Another driving factor for me was that my girls didn’t wake up on their own most of the time. I needed to wake them up so they would eat. If I left them to guide the way, who knows if and when they would have tried to eat.

My first focus was on an “eat/wake/sleep” cycle idea. I was aware, however, that often for  a brand new baby, “wake” and “eat” might be one in the same. Newborns are sleepy and might just eat, sleep, eat, sleep, with little to no actual wakefulness in between. For help on proper expectations for awake time lengths, see this post (including an infographic on waketimes!).

Another big focus for me was having a consistent time of day that we started each day. I started it when I hoped my baby to start as she got older. My babies did not all end up starting the day at my ideal start time–they were naturally inclined to start at a different time. Adjust your expectations as needed. Wake baby up at this same time each day to eat and start the day. If baby is waking up in the night close to this time, see my night wakings post for help to navigate that.

I also really wanted my babies to be able to fall asleep independently from the beginning. I didn’t want to teach to fall asleep one way and then teach a new way later. My favorite way, a no-cry solution, is the Four S’s.

I also focused on our last “day” feeding to be around the same time each day as well as our dreamfeed. Here is an example of what to aim for, with naps starting basically right when the feeding was over:

9:00–nurse (dreamfeed)

Then you would have baby waking twice during the night to eat.

Read: When To Move Baby To Own Room

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Here is a breakdown of what my third child’s first week was like:

Night One:
McKenna ate at 10:15 PM, 12:00 AM, 2:15 AM, 4:45 AM, and I woke her at 8:15 AM. What a night! Why so many feedings? One, she is small. She is under 6 pounds, so I definitely wasn’t going to try to hold her out at all if she was hungry. Also, my milk was still colostrum and I don’t think that was holding her over. Finally, she had awful gas pains that night, so she woke frequently.

Night Two:
McKenna ate at 9:50 PM, 1:30 AM, and 4:00 AM. I got her up at 7:45 AM. This was much better. She did have a gas pain situation this night, also, though.

Night Three:
McKenna ate at 9:50 PM, 1:45 AM, and 4:45 AM. I then woke her at 7:45 AM. This was the night that I first had to wake her for a night feeding. I woke her at 4:45. I could let her go up to 5 hours, but I want to keep morning waketime as consistent as possible. I also need to have at least 8 feedings in her and she does better with a longer schedule in the day–resulting in needing two night feedings right now.

Night Four:
McKenna ate at 10:15 PM, 2:15 AM, and 6:15 AM. I woke her at 8:15 AM. I woke her for all four of these feedings listed.

Night Five:
McKenna ate at 10:00 PM, 1:35 AM (she woke for this), and 5:15 AM. I then woke her at 8:00 AM.

Sample Babywise Schedules for your baby's first month.

Week Two

The same rules and goals of week one apply to week two as applied in week one.

Here is the schedule I used with McKenna (my third) as a newborn:

9:30–nurse. This actually can vary from 9:30-10:00 PM.

I then went to bed. She typically woke on her own somewhere around 2 AM. I then woke her around 5:30 AM so she would still be hungry enough to eat at our first feeding in the morning.

Week Three

This is when you might run into a growth spurt. If so, feed more often. If not, stick with your basic rules.

Morning Routine Cards
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Overcoming the Mental Load of Motherhood
Chronicles of a Babywise Mom Book of Logs
The Babywise Mom Nap Guide
Morning Routine Cards
Ultimate Back to School Planner
Overcoming the Mental Load of Motherhood
Chronicles of a Babywise Mom Book of Logs
The Babywise Mom Nap Guide
Morning Routine Cards
Ultimate Back to School Planner
Overcoming the Mental Load of Motherhood
Chronicles of a Babywise Mom Book of Logs
The Babywise Mom Nap Guide

Week Four

If the growth spurt didn’t happen in week three, it will in week four. Feed as often as baby needs this week.

Here is a sample of my fourth child at week four:









7-7:30 (time varies here)–feed, then bedtime


then night feed(s).

Here is a sample from a reader at one month old:

6:00am Bottle
6:50 Nap
9:00 Bottle
9:50 Nap
12:00pm Bottle
1:00 Nap
3:00 Bottle
4:00 Nap
6:00 Bottle
6:30 Bath / Bedtime routine
7:00 Bed
10:00 Bottle
2:00 Bottle

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Read Further Sample Schedules as Your Baby Grows

Babywise Schedules for the First Year

This is a compilation of sample schedules for baby's entire first year!

Baby Sleep Help

Need help getting baby to take great naps? Get my eBook The Babywise Mom Nap Guide here to establish great naps!

Helpful Schedule Posts

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22 thoughts on “Babywise Sample Schedules: The First Month”

  1. This is so timely! We just had our fourth baby 8 days ago. I'm finding following a "schedule" from day one so much more important this time around because this is the first time we've had to juggle and new baby along with school & other obligations with our older kids. I'm struggling with getting this baby to sleep anywhere but in my arms. My old backups- swings, or putting him in the bassinet right next to me with my hand on his tummy- just don't cut it with this kid. With past kids I would have success when I timed things well (getting them in bed when they were drowsy but not quite asleep) but this guy is so tired he's pretty much always asleep. Lol. Anyway, I'm finding a bit of incremental success with focusing on what I can control. I can establish the waketime, the wake (eat)/sleep pattern, the nap/bed routine. Then I always try the crib, and sometimes it works and sometimes I resort to my arms or being carried in a baby wrap. Hopefully there won't be too much long term trouble. So far we've gone from not sleeping at all without me to about 50% success with a crib/bassinet. I'm hoping things will continue to improve so I can get some more ZZZs!

  2. Thanks for the very informative post! I’m getting ready to have my second Babywise baby and was wondering how you juggle “begin as you mean to go on” with holding your newborn (say, younger than 2 weeks old). Babies sleep most of the time; do you always put them down to sleep and if so how do you ever get a chance to hold them? Thanks!

    • I often did put my little ones down for sleep. I might start a nap holding them or end the nap holding them. At the dreamfeed, I would snuggle the baby a lot then. I found with a child not quite two, it was hard to sit and hold the baby because the toddler needed attention!

  3. My son will be three weeks tomorrow. His awake patterns are not consistent. He will be wide awake for about an hour after a morning feeding and about an hour after a night feeding. The other feedings he falls right to sleep. How can I help him get into a good pattern?
    Also, do you feed at those times regardless or do they vary by 20-30 minutes?

  4. I’m wondering if you have any advice on extending babes sleep. I’m trying to establish a 7AM wake time. We start the bedtime feed at 8 and he’s usually in bed by 8:30. His night wake ups aren’t consistent yet so sometimes he wakes around 11 and sometimes it’s 1. Then another time between 3-4:30. What does stay consistent no matter what time the second wake time is is he will ALWAYS wake at 6. So I’ll feed him and then wake at 7. He’s 4 weeks old.

  5. Hello,

    My baby is 4 weeks old and is awake most of the time. She will only nap during the day if we are holding her or in a sling and she drifts off and sleeps for very short periods at night. It seems like she eating all the time like she is going through a constant growth spurt. I am concerned since she is getting nowhere near the 15-16 hours per day.

  6. Hi! I have a 3 week old and trying to figure out our schedule. Should feedings be closer together in the morning or late evening? Any benefit to less time between feedings in the morning? Also, do you count your first feeding of the day twice? Example: 7 am, 10am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 Pm, 10, 2 am, 6-7 am is 8 feedings. Is that okay for a 3 week old?

    • Typically feedings are closer together in the evenings than in the mornings, but that is only a “should” if that is what is best for your baby. You only count the first feeding of the day once. I would probably try for some cluster feeding in the evening to help get another feeding in there:

      BUT if you feel like the 7 feedings a day is working great, baby is needing to be woken from naps to eat or is not waking until the scheduled time to eat, baby is happy, and diaper output is great, then what you are doing is probably fine.

  7. Should I wake up my two-week-old from a nap to feed? For example, this morning she ate at 8AM, then was awake (we had “playtime”) until 10AM. Technically, she should eat again by 11AM but I’m not sure if I should wake her to do so, or wait until she rouses … any tips would be great. Thanks!

  8. I just had a baby 4 days ago and I’m so lost. He has had me up 9 times since 12 am today! And it’s only 5 am. How do I get him on a schedule? Should I let him cry it out? This has been since birth. I’ve only slept 6 hours. My health is suffering and my stitches sent healing! I have to do something. How can we fix this?

  9. Hello! I have a 10 day old and trying to get her into a schedule. It is not working out to well, i did Babywise with my first (He’s five now) but this little one is more difficult. It is not often she will wake herself to eat, I wake her every 2.5-3 hrs, but most times since her wake times were longer due to nursing length (too sleepy) or she begins to cry and won’t go to sleep due to burping issues, she gets less sleep which is turning into a vicious cycle. I am trying to figure this out, when do you wake her if her sleep hasn’t been long enough to be rested to awake to eat? I am trying to establish the first morning feed around 7a but it seems like just when I have a chance to make that she has a bad night with crying or a long feed cutting into her nap time length and then the times change throughout the day. Help! I am desperate to try and get something working!! I have read a bunch on your blog but would still like guidance. Thank you!

      • Hello Again! I know that I asked for advice from you already on naps, etc. But would still like some advice, our little one is very early to the babywise scheduling, she is 12 days old now. I am trying to feed her consistently on a 2.5 to 3 hour schedule. There are two things that I am struggling with bad:
        1) I have noticed that I wake her for all or most of these feedings. Sometimes she wakes and eats well other times she is very sleepy. She has a rare time when she wakes about 30 minutes early and I feed her. Are these feedings too close together that she is not waking herself in hunger? The next part may have something to do with this part.
        2) She refuses to sleep in anything but her swing, day and night. I try to do the four S’s technique, but she starts crying, she cries nonstop pushing into her naptime cycle unless I put her in the swing so then at least she is getting some sleep before I wake her for the next feeding. I am very frazzled and do not want to start an extremely bad habit. If I am waking her for all her feedings, how will I know if she is ready to drop a night feeding, etc.? Sorry I just don’t know what to do at this point, I feel very lost and try to read through your blog for what to do but in some ways I keep getting lost in all the information. I could really use some true one on one advice. I want to try and not get too worried and be flexible but I do want to start how I want to finish. And I know that this works, our son may have picked it up way faster, we didn’t start him right away thought like this. Thank you for your time.

        • Hi Christine,

          For your first question, it is very normal for newborns to be very sleepy. They are just very tired.

          see this post for help:

          If she isn’t falling asleep easily, I would look at your waketime length. If you get that down right, naps are much easier. I wouldn’t worry about night so much right now as getting daytime down. If she is waking 1-2 times per night between 10ish and 7ish, that is very normal and won’t change much if at all before 5 weeks old. So you have some time to jus focus on days before worrying about how to know what to do in the future with nights. Here is a post to help you with optimal waketime length:


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