The Best 5 Month Old Feeding Chart I Ever Did See. And I Love It.

5 month old feeding chart

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When the swirling chaos of the morning is crashing down on you, it’s difficult to remember if you’ve brushed your teeth, much less just how much rice cereal is appropriate for a 5 month old.

Sleep deprived mama, meet the best ever 5 month old feeding chart and sleep schedule I ever did see.

5 Month Old Feeding Chart

 If you likey, here’s the printable version.

WHAT A FIVE MONTH OLD BABY’S SCHEDULE SHOULD LOOK LIKE

Most babies are ready for a schedule around two to four months. If your ohcrap-o-meter just went off because your baby isn’t on a schedule, relax. Your geriatric 5 month old will be OK but its about time you let him know when to expect the next meal or nap. He’ll be a much happier baby. I promise.

When it comes to the game of baby schedule making, there are essentially two teams, the parent-led team and the baby-led team.

Baby-Led vs Parent-Led SchedulingThe team captain of the parent-led team is Gary Ezzo, author of “On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep.” (On a totally personal note, I kind of hate this book.) Whether a parent-led routine is based on a baby’s instinctive rhythms or an expert’s advice, it is uber consistent, down to the minute, with baby’s day wholly dictated by the pre-determined schedule.

Co-captains of the baby-led team are attachment parenting authorities William and Martha Sears. The baby-led routine relies solely on baby’s cues for when eating and sleeping should take place, regardless of what the clock says.

The thought of joining either team kind of gives me a mini-panic attack. In reality, most parents match.com these two approaches to come up with a system that works for them. I cannot speak highly enough of Tracy Hogg’s book “The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood.” It is parenting gold.

The two sample schedules in the 5 month old feeding chart above are just to give you a jumping off point for developing your own schedule and an idea of what other 5 month old babies’ days look like.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STARTING SOLIDS

And we’re back to the practical stuff……solid food can be introduced as early as 4 months, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The American Academy of Pediatrics, World Health Organization, UNICEF, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, Australia National Health and Medical Research Council, and Health Canada ALL recommend babies be exclusively breastfed the first 6 months.

Personally, we wait to introduce solids until 6 months. When choosing between nursing the baby or trying to scrub mashed peas out of my clothes, I choose the first a thousand times over.

However, I have included solids in the 5 month old feeding chart above in case your baby is showing the following signs that he is ready to start solids:

      • can sit unsupported for several minutes at a time.
      • has developed the “pincer” grasp, meaning food can be picked up between the thumb and forefinger.
      • has lost the tongue-thrust reflex, and instead uses the tongue to bring food to the back and sides of the mouth.
      • seems hungry even after 8 – 10 nursing sessions or 32 oz. of formula per day.
      • is willing and able to chew.
      • begins to watch you eat like a hawk.

When introducing foods follow these guidelines:

  • Introduce new foods in the morning in case of allergic reaction. I thought this step to be excessively overprotective until the below happened. Ellie’s first taste of eggs resulted in my first 911 call. Freaked. me out. Good thing she’s cute ’cause I do miss me some omelettes.

Try new foods in the morning in case of allergic reaction

  • Mix food with breast milk, formula or water and then progressively increase the thickness as baby gets better at swallowing.
  • Wait 3 – 5 days before introducing a new solid. The allergy thing again.
  • Tell hubby he is the best husband ever and smile sweetly before you request that he bathe your pea-covered bambino.

HOW A BABY SCHEDULE CAN TRANSFORM YOU HEART

There’s the obvious, if your baby is on a schedule, you can be assured your expectations for the day will probably be met. If you get a sitter, you can relay to her what baby will need while you’re out.
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BUT have you considered that getting your baby on a schedule frees you up mentally to enjoy the present moment. <Tweet This>

In his article “The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas For More Output and Less Overwhelm,” Tim Ferris talks about two truths:

“1) Considering options costs attention that then can’t be spent on action or present-state awareness.

2) Attention is necessary for not only productivity but appreciation.”

And now you’re wondering what the heck that has to do with your 5 month old???

By the simple, mundane act of sticking my 5 month old feeding chart on my fridge, I’m reminded that Lena will probably wake up around 3:00 PM. So at 2:00 PM, I can 100% focus on writing and being productive.

But even more valuable to me, I can wholly enjoy, appreciate, and be fully, mentally present for our family walk at 5:30 PM, without having to be the consummate clock watcher, worrying needlessly that she might be getting hungry. I know her tummy probably won’t start rumbling until around 7’ish.

Around 8’ish I can snuggle her close and inhale her sweet scent, knowing the last thing she’ll feel before she drifts to sleep is my breath on her cheek.

I can be grateful for the present when my mind is freed from the future. And a baby schedule helps me do just that. <Tweet This>

And did you know, gratefulness truly is the secret to happiness.

Now I’m looking for some input! Are printables like the above helpful? What would you add, take away, change? What other kinds of printables might you find helpful?

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2 Comments

  • Amanda

    May 23, 2014

    Poor girl with the egg allergy! (And poor mama, too!)

    I love the printable feeding chart – with my first kid I read all of the books and was on top of what to do, but with my second I was all, wait, what am I supposed to do when again? :)

    • Brooke

      May 23, 2014

      Thank you, Amanda! We’re on our third baby in three years so I feel like I shouldn’t be forgetting the essentials (like when to start solids), but my memory for sure fails me more often than not these days! Perhaps it will come back to me one day, but I’m not holding my breath for that day to be too soon =)…..