11.04.2014
At 4 months of age your baby is making some huge changes in terms of their development and routine.
Many parents become confused and frustrated when sleep problems seems to emerge out of nowhere at about the 4 month mark. There are probably a lot of things going on behind the scenes that are responsible for the 4 month problems, but here are a few of the most common things you can look for so help get your days and nights sorted again.
Tracy Hogg in The Baby Whisperer suggests that a 4 month old should be on a 4 hour routine.
Even though your baby’s awake time (time between naps) might be lengthening, it is important to remember that the first awake time of the day will be shorter than the rest.
Your baby may be having trouble sleeping because they have had a growth spurt and need more calories.
Don’t forget that around 19 week of age your baby is likely to go through a wonder week which will probably throw their routine off for a week or so. Moms and Dads who visit this site are looking for help with their infant's sleeping routines and eating schedules.


Some 4 month olds can only handle an hour first thing in the morning before they need to go down for their first nap. You might have noticed your baby waking for an early feed, or even just waking early and talking to themselves or their toys until you come and get them. Most baby sleep experts recommend 7:30 as the latest time for bed, but somewhere between 6pm-7pm being the best time to go down of a night. This is okay, just go with the flow and do what you need to support your baby through this developmental leap.
They may have read or been interested in The Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg, The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley, Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall, The Contented Baby by Gina Ford, Babywise, or perhaps are struggling practically or emotionally with implementing a routine. Having an awake time that is too long first thing in the morning leads to a restless first nap and a downward spiral of an overtired baby for the rest of the day.
You will probably find that as your baby is coming out of their wonder week (or sometimes a few weeks later) their routine will magically change and fall into place on its own. She says that a lot of problems at the 4 month mark are because babies are still being restricted to a 3 hour routine which they have outgrown.


This early waking at this age is very common, but starting their day too early will create sleep problems.
Sometimes babies don’t naturally move onto a 4 hour routine and need your help getting there. Keep in mind though that not every child is ready for a 4 hour routine by 4 months of age, yours may be able to go 4 hours between feeds but not stay awake for 2 hours, or vice versa.
Trial and error is the only way to find out, but remember, pushing your baby into a routine that they are not ready for will just cause more problems.



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