Newborn Daily Schedule

What does a newborn baby’s schedule really look like?

I just had my daughter a little over a week ago, and we’ve started settling into a daily routine. We don’t always follow the same schedule exactly, but as a general rule, we try to keep things consistent as much as possible.


My baby is breastfed on demand, so there are times she cluster feeds, resulting in longer feeding times. There are days we have visitors, or go do something as a family, and that all changes up the schedule, too.


But on any given regular old day, here’s what our newborn’s schedule looks like!


7-8am: feeding, diaper change, & dress for the day


8-9am: Dad plays with baby while Mom takes a shower and eats breakfast


9-10am: playtime with songs, interacting with Mom & Dad, or tummy time


10-11am: feeding & diaper change


11am-1pm: nap while Mom eats lunch (and sometimes naps, too)


1pm-2pm: feeding & diaper change


2pm-3pm: playtime with songs, interacting with Mom & Dad, or tummy time


3pm-4pm: feeding & diaper change


4pm-6pm: nap while Mom eats dinner


6pm-7pm: feeding & diaper change


7pm-8pm: bath or playtime


8pm-9pm: feeding & diaper change


9pm-10pm: last nap of the day while Mom takes a shower


10pm-11pm: feeding, diaper change, get jammies on, sing baby to sleep


11pm-2am: sleep (yay!)


2am-3am: night feeding & diaper change


3am-7am: sleep (yay again!)


And Repeat!


Having a general structure to the day helps me and my baby to know what to expect. It helps us feel secure and develop a sense of normalcy.


We are very blessed to have a baby that sleeps well, in large chunks. Every baby is different, and that means that every baby’s daily schedule will be somewhat different.


Leave your newborn’s schedule in the comments below!


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