The six month mark is always a tricky one especially if you’re in a routine and then choose to wean; it’s introducing a major long term change to baby’s routine. Here I walk through the baby routine, 6 months -9 months, I used and how I managed the slow introduction of 3 meals to baby.
To note: the timings were never set in stone – it would all depend on the time our day started – give or take 15 minutes of the below. This is an example based on our regular patterns and what worked for us.
Another note: We were in lockdown and so not a lot of factors ever broke our routine, but I really encourage choosing to do things that break routine sometimes. The few times our routine was out of sync during those younger months, I was nervous and dreaded it but was so glad we did it. Baby got more experiences, I got out, and baby ended up sleeping better! It was win-win-win. I’m looking forward to doing it more with baby number 2 🙂
|7:00||Wake, nappy change, milk feed, play||In this order. I breastfed until 9 months so I fed her while laying in bed and then let her play/kick about while I had a lay in|
|8:30||Breakfast||Usually porridge (sometimes with pureed fruit) When weaning I started by introducing breakfast – it was a no brainer for me as morning was when baby would be most hungry but most settled to introduce a change. I did breakfast only for a few days and then introduced dinner as well.|
|9:00||Brush teeth, play||Myla got her first tooth at 4 months so we started brushing as soon as that came throughThis play time would usually be some playmat time or tummy time on me|
|9:15||Naptime (in cot)||The naptime routine we did majority of the time is: blinds shut/light off, sleep bag on, comforter to baby, white noise on, cuddle, lullaby and then down in cot (basically a shortened version of bedtime routine)|
|10:45||Wake, top & tail, dressed, play||I used this playtime for a more structured activity that I’d plan|
|11:30||Milk feed/Lunch||I kept this as a milk feed for the first week of weaning and then introduced solid lunch. Solids would be a veggie filled puree – I tried to keep the protein and root veg at lunch as they caused most tummy upset/wind in baby|
|13:00||Naptime (in cot)||This is usually a long nap|
|15:00||Wake, nappy change, milk feed|
|16:00||20-30 min walk||In pram or carrier – also a chance for baby to sleep a bit extra if tired or the 1pm nap wasn’t as long as normal|
|17:00||Dinner||A carby/veg loaded puree with a some fruit|
|18:00||Milk, bath time, oil/lotion massage, milk, story time||We split feed the milk before and after bath to make sure baby was settled before bathTry to keep bedtime routine as calm as possible|
|19:00||Bedtime||Sleep bag on, cuddle, lullaby and down in cot|
Hope this baby routine helps you with that big 6 month milestone or getting used to a new routine! Mostly it’s all about going with what you think is right and baby’s signs/signals.