As a new mom, getting into a routine can be a challenge. Apply this sample 2-month-old schedule for feeding and sleeping.
When I was a new mom, I was a mess.
My baby wasn’t sleeping well and I had no idea what to do.
I read ALL of the baby books out there. I mean ALL of them.
And afterwards, I felt even more confused. Should I let my baby cry or should I nurse her on-demand 24/7?
I enjoyed some aspects of Babywise which is a popular sleep training method, but it still didn’t feel right for my family.
Finally, I stumbled upon The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.
This book completely changed everything for me. It helped me understand how to keep my baby on a routine while also listening to her cues.
I finally learned how to help my baby sleep better and not use nursing as a sleep crutch!
The following schedule and recommendations are based on The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. This book is a must if you haven’t checked it out yet.
What Is the EASY Sleep Method?
The biggest takeaway from the Secrets of the Baby Whisperer is following an “EASY” Schedule.
EASY stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep, and You time.
Basically, your entire schedule is broken down in this order.
Eat: As soon as your baby wakes up, you feed your baby.
Activity: Next, it’s time for an activity during the rest of wake time.
Sleep: After an activity and when your baby is showing signs of sleepiness, it’s time for a nap.
You Time: While your baby sleeps, you get a chance to focus on yourself whether that’s napping, eating, or taking care of house duties.
I love this method for a number of reasons. First, it ensures that your baby is getting a full feeding and not snacking all day. This will help her go longer stretches without nursing throughout the day.
Second, it helps to eliminate nursing as a sleep crutch. Your baby nurses right when they wake up so they’re alert and ready for any activity afterward.
Lastly, this schedule ensures that you sneak in some time for yourself! As a new mom, your time matters too. It’s so important to focus on your well-being and carve out you time!
How Often Should a 2-Month-Old Eat?
At 2-months-old, it’s important to be flexible with your baby. “Schedule” is a loose term at this age.
For breastfeeding mamas, you can expect 7-9 nursing sessions per day at this age. On average, 2-month-old babies nurse every 2-4 hours during the day (Source: CDC.gov).
However, babies may be hungrier some days than others. This is especially true if they’re growing through a growth spurt or not feeling well.
As I mentioned before, always remain flexible with eating schedules.
Follow your baby’s cues and feed them as they need it.
The most important thing to remember with all baby schedules is that every baby has different needs.
Always console with your healthcare provider before making any major changes to your feeding schedules. If your baby is underweight or not developing on track, speak with your healthcare provider prior to restricting or changing feeding schedules.
Sample 2 Month Old Baby Feeding and Sleep Schedule
When you’re planning your baby’s schedule at 2-months-old, the day is based off of the first feeding.
The schedule should be adjusted around your ideal wake time and what works best for your family. For me, I have to leave the house by 8:00 AM on workdays, so a wake time of 6:00-6:30 works best.
This will be the first eat time for the day. After your baby finishes nursing or eating, then it’s time for an activity.
By 2 months of age, babies can stay awake around 60-90 minutes at a time.
So when you make your schedule, start with your ideal wake time and prepare for naps every 60-90 minutes.
Naps typically last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours at this age. If you’re struggling with getting your baby to sleep, make sure to read my baby sleep tips.
- 6:30 AM Wake up and Feed
- 8:00 AM Nap 1
- 9:30 AM wake up and feed
- 10:45 AM Nap 2
- 12:00 PM wake up and feed
- 1:30 PM Nap 3
- 2:30 PM Wake up and feed
- 4:00 PMCat Nap
- 5:00 PM Wake up and feed
- 7:00 PM Bedtime
- 10:00 PM Dream Feed
This sample schedule will allow for about 60-90 minutes of awake time throughout the day.
Always make sure to listen to your baby’s hunger cues and sleep cues though.
If your baby is ready to nap before the 90 minute mark, then go ahead and put them down early.
Babies are still adjusting to life outside the womb at 2-months-old and may change each day.
However, babies do thrive on routine, especially as they get older, so try to implement a routine early on.
Make sure to check out this post on 2-month-old development for activities and tips for your 2-month-old.
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