Baby Feeding Schedules

While every baby is truly different, there are certain guidelines for the intake of breastmilk or formula and solids by age. Below is a general framework you can use as a guide. As always, discuss your child’s feeding schedule with your pediatrician or health care professional and adjust as needed for the needs of your specific child.

6 to 7 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breastmilk or Formula: 28 to 32oz per day
Solids: 1 to 2 meals

When you are just starting solids, breast milk or formula should still be baby’s primary source of nutrition with one to two meals of solid food each day. Eating solid food at this stage will mostly be for practice, so don’t worry about consumption. If baby seems overly hungry or fussy when you sit them in the highchair for solid food, try offering a bit of breast milk or formula as an appetizer, wait 20 minutes, then do the solids meal, and then wait another 15-20 minutes and offer more breast milk or formula as a dessert. This can take help edge off and help ensure baby isn’t overly hungry (or too full) for the solids meal. It is also a good idea to offer some breast milk formula in an open cup and a straw cup at this time, alternating the open and straw cup at each meal. You may also offer small amounts of water in an open cup (our strong opinion is that it’s best to limit water at this young age to less than 2oz at each meal, with no more than 4 ounces per day unless otherwise advised by your pediatrician). For more on teaching baby to drink from a cup, see our Cup Drinking page.

8 to 9 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breastmilk or Formula: 30 to 32 oz per day
Solids: 2 meals

At this stage, your baby may be getting more of the hang of solid food. Continue to rely on breast milk or formula as the primary source of nutrition and also offer breast milk or formula (or small amounts of water) in an open cup or straw cup at mealtimes, alternating between open and straw cups for practice. For more on on teaching baby to drink from a cup, see our Cup Drinking page. If baby is still eating just one solids meal per day it’s a good time to increase that to two solid meals per day. At this age baby may still want to breast milk or bottle-feed before bed as well. 

An infographic entitled "Sample Feeding & Sleep Schedule for 6 to 9 month olds" showing wake time of 7am with a bottle, play time at 7:30am, nap at 9am, bottle at 10:30am, play at 11am, solid food at 11:30am, nap at 12pm, bottle at 2pm, play at 2:30pm, nap at 4pm, bottle at 5pm, play at 5:30pm, solid food at 6pm, bath at 6:30pm, bottle at 7pm, bed routine at 7:30pm.

10 to 12 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breastmilk or Formula: 24 to 32oz
Solids: 3 meals

Offer three meals of solid food each day along with breast milk or formula distributed across 4 breast or bottle feeds. Continue offering breast milk or formula in an open cup or straw cup with meals, alternating between open and straw cups for practice. For more on on teaching baby to drink from a cup, see our Cup Drinking page. If baby doesn’t seem hungry enough for solids, is approaching 12 months of age, and is otherwise gaining weight and in good health, consider reducing the amount of time on the breast or the amount of formula in each bottle. Many parents choose to reduce (or drop) the first bottle of the day as baby gets the hang of solids. As always discuss your baby’s schedule with your pediatrician or health care provider.

An infographic entitled "Sample Feeding & Sleep Schedule for 9 to 12 month olds" showing wake time of 7am with a bottle, play time at 7:30am, solids at 8:30am, play at 9am, nap at 10am, bottle at 12pm, solid food at 12:30pm, play at 1pm, nap at 2:30pm, bottle at 4pm, play at 4:30pm, solid food at 6pm, bath at 6:30pm, bottle at 7pm, bed routine at 7:30pm.

12 to 18 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breastmilk: 16oz max
Formula: Ideally none
Solids: 3 meals + 2 snacks

At this point, solid food becomes the primary source of nutrition. Baby should be eating three meals of solid foods each day, along with 2 snacks situated exactly half-way between meals. After baby’s first birthday, start to limit consumption of milk (breast milk, formula, or cow milk) to 16 ounces per 24hrs so that it does not displace solid food. If baby needs a bit more time to reach this stage, that’s fine, but be sure to discuss your feeding schedule with baby’s pediatrician or health care professional. Aim to drop all bottles no later than 15 months of age. If you’d like to continue breastfeed, by all means do so if baby is eating solids well. We suggest starting and ending your day with a breastfeed and serving breast milk, cow milk, or a milk alternative in an open or straw cup at meals. For more on milk, see our Milk FAQs. Note: Many toddlers drop a nap in this age range. Trust your gut and your baby and adapt the schedule as necessary.

An infographic entitled "Sample Feeding & Sleep Schedule for 12 to 18 month olds" showing wake time of 7am + nursing if still nursing, breakfast at 7:30am, play at 8am, snack at 9:30am, play at 10am, nap at 11am, lunch at 12:30pm, play at 1pm, nap at 2:30pm, snack at 3:30pm, play at 4pm, dinner at 6pm, bath at 6:30pm, bed routine + nursing if still nursing at 7pm.

18 to 24 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breastmilk: 16oz max
Formula: none
Solids: 3 meals + 2 snacks

At 18 months of age your child should continue to be eating three meals of solid foods each day, along with 2 snacks situated exactly half-way between meals. Limit consumption of milk (breast milk, toddler formula, cow milk) to no more than 16 ounces per day so that it does not displace solid food. If you are still bottle feeding at this age or if baby doesn’t want to eat solids and only wants to breastfeed, consult your pediatrician or health care professional immediately. If you’d like to continue breastfeed, by all means do so if baby is eating solids well. We suggest starting and ending your day with a breastfeed and serving breast milk, cow milk, or a milk alternative in an open or straw cup at meals. For more on milk, see our Milk FAQs.

An infographic entitled "Sample Feeding & Sleep Schedule for 18 to 24 month olds" showing wake time of 7am + nursing if still nursing, breakfast at 7:30am, play at 8am, snack at 10am, play at 10:30am, lunch at 12pm, nap at 12:30pm, snack at 3pm, play at 3:30pm, dinner at 6pm, bath at 6:30pm, bed routine + nursing if still nursing at 7pm.