07.11.2015
This article outlines the average 4 month old baby schedule, including feedings, solids, naps and night sleep. Pediatricians disagree high and low about when a baby is capable of sleeping through the night and only a handful of parents who reach this page will have a 4 month old that sleeps all night without even a single feeding (those that do are LUCKY!).
At this age, if you are not lucky enough to have a baby who sleeps through the night, many 4 month olds are still waking 1-3 times to eat at night and many will continue to eat 1-2 times until 9 months old. Keep in mind that one of the biggest sleep challenges families face around 4 months is the 4 month sleep regression. Obviously, all babies vary, but here are some sample (loose) schedules you can use to make your own for your unique baby. Note: This schedule follows the eat-play-sleep routine, however, it is sometimes hard to do at this age when the amount of time between naps is not long enough and your baby wakes too early from his nap because of a feeding. Read how they helped Abigail learn to sleep longer stretches at night and take better naps – and how they helped to change those sleep associations that were keeping her awake! If you’re looking for ways to get your baby or toddler into a healthy sleeping routine during the day, I encourage you to explore Mastering Naps and Schedules, a comprehensive guide to napping routines, nap transitions, and all the other important “how-tos” of good baby sleep. For those persistent nighttime struggles, check out The 3 Step System to Help Your Baby Sleep. If you are looking for a more customized solution for your unique situation, and want plenty support along the way, please consider one-on-one baby and toddler sleep consultations. Join over 200,000 parents around the world & sign up today to receive the guide and our Baby Sleep Newsletter absolutely FREE!
She will then sleep until midnight – we try to get her to go back to sleep but she ends up screaming the house down.
4 month old baby boy (has always been a good sleeper) He stoped the night feedings one at a time from 8weeks on. My baby boy (breastfed) will be 3 months next week and I have been working really hard on a schedule.
The last few nights we’ve been down to just one feeding with one baby (around 2 am) and the other is sleeping through the night. My twins just turned 5 months on March 18 but were born 5 weeks early so we work with them based on their adjusted age which is about 4 months.
I have 3 month old twin boys they were born at 35 weeks and we have no schedule they basically eat every 2hrs, but usually only take about 3onz.
However, you may find these articles about newborn sleep to be helpful to you now and as a part of starting to teach good sleep habits. 8:30ish He tends to need a nap about an hour and a half after he gets up, but will only sleep for 30 min.
Though it might seem like the question "How much sleep do you need" gets a new answer every other week, the The National Sleep Foundation says its new chart breaks the question down like never before.The National Sleep Foundation asked 18 scientists and researchers to review more than 300 sleep studies. During a recent sleep consultation, I was contacted by a mom of a 6 month old who was only giving her baby two naps per day. One thing to keep in mind is that all babies aren’t the same and some transition to two naps at 5 months while others still have 4 shorter naps, at the same age. A very popular sleep book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Weissbluth, says that only 17% of babies need a third nap after 5 months old.
In my experience with countless parents, more than 17% of 5 and 6 month old babies still need three (or four) naps. Having said that, keep in mind that your baby might not take longer naps until she has transitioned to just two naps. Take a look at our sample baby sleep and feeding schedules and decide whether it looks realistic to put your 6-month old on the 9-month old sample schedule (sleep-wise only, excluding amount of food). My personal story is my eldest son (who inspired this site) still took four naps until a bit over 7 months old because he was extremely sensitive to being overtired and CRANKY to show it.
Custom Schedule-Maker (unlimited access – make as many schedules as you’d like! She transitioned to 1 nap at 14 months and for the most part has done much better on that schedule.
My daughter is nearly 6 months, she naps for about 45-90 minutes in late morning and early afternoon, then snags a quick 30min nap around 6p. Natalie will be 6 months tomorrow and I have been working with Nicole for about a month and a half.


This article is a good reminder that no two babies are alike and that I need to do what works best for my kiddo! My daughter is now 9 months old but when she was 6 months old she used to take 3 naps a day.
I have twin 7 month olds that are taking 3 solid 1.5 hour naps and then a cat nap in the evening. My 7 month old is taking 3 naps a day (sometimes 4 if it is a cranky day) and usually averages 3 hours or so for naps. Scarlett had 3 short naps usually at this age, a couple of times a week one would be longer – 2 hours. Our 7 month takes three 30-minute naps (at best) during the day, and wakes more and more often at night wanting to nurse before going right back to sleep.
With over 45 sample sleep schedules and planning worksheets, Mastering Naps and Schedules is a hands-on tool ideal for any parenting style. Using the same unique approach and practical tools for success, this e-book helps you and your baby sleep through the night. Your consultation package will provide you with the chance to interact one-on-one with a trained sleep consultant, who will create a Personalized Sleep Plan™ for your family and then work to help you implement it at home. My (formula fed) son is 18 weeks old and to be honest, I don’t know whether he is in a good routine or not.
As long as he is happy, growing, and getting about 14-16 hours total sleep, he should be fine! Recently they began to wake numerous times in the night, sometimes only a couple hours after going to bed, and my son especially seems to need to eat several times at night. The times can be lose but basically whatever time they get up sets the course for the day because they only stay up max 2 hours at a time. Some transition to 2 naps at 6 months old and others not until 9 months and I even had a mom with a 12-month old still taking three naps! Too much over-tiredness at bedtime usually sabotages efforts of sleeping through the night. This is because a baby can only sleep so many hours in a day, so as long as she is napping three times, it is possible her other two naps are as long as they can get.
If getting your baby to take a third (or fourth) nap is a fight not worth fighting anymore, then it is probably time to permanently transition to fewer naps. While our Members Area is great for DIY moms who prefer to tackle sleep challenges on their own, we know that other moms much prefer to go straight to one-on-one help. My daughter took 3 naps until she was well over 12 months old whereas my son dropped the 3rd nap around 7 months.
At six months I transitioned my daughter to a 2 nap schedule and since then she has not slept through night, she is now seven months.
However, while I can completely understand bringing him to bed so everyone can get back to sleep, it may, in the long run become a bigger problem for you.
Or laying her back down and then leaving the room to see if she resettle after 10-15 mins and go back to sleep. Since about 4 months old, their naps have become super short, from 30 minutes to an hour at the longest and I was putting them down for 4 catnaps a day until about 7 months old because they would be so tired. I’ve spoken to many other mothers who claim their child took 30 minute naps until they were crawling and walking and more tired. If your baby has recently started sleeping worse, you may want to read my article about 4 month old baby sleep. For more information on starting your baby on solid food, visit our sister site, Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods.
They had gone down to only one bottle a night around3 months so we were disappointed at the setbacks. I gave the average times but the days tend to vary 30 minutes one way or the other if they wake early or sleep in. It is very common for young babes to take short 30-40 minute naps, and this usually lengthens at around 6+ months. Going by their adjusted age, they are quite young, and it’s not uncommon for a baby this age to still need to eat 2-3 times per night as their tummies are still small and 11-12 hours can be too long for them to go without eating.
I immediately recommended she go back to three naps because her baby sounded overtired, and once she is caught up on sleep, she would need to tweak her schedule, in general, to get those longer naps (those in-between schedules can be tricky!).


I very much learned a lot from this book and recommend it often, however, you must still keep in mind that studies are often on very small samples (groups of people) compared to the fact that over 12,000 babies are born daily, in just the U.S.
In this case, you need to use your cool mommy instincts and decide whether she is sleeping well for her age or not.
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When he was about 7 months he just naturally got rid of the third nap – which was a short catnap at around 5pm. This was not obvious to me as she is a very giggly, happy baby for the most part whenever she is awake, and I am an exhausted Mom, not thinking clearly enough to put the clues together!).
This was not obvious to me as she is a very giggly, happy baby for the most part whenever she is awake, and I am an exhausted Mom, not thinking clearly enough to put the clues together!.
At 5-6 months he was still taking 4 naps but right around 6 months his naps started to get better and longer (when he started sleeping on his tummy).
I bumped their bedtime up earlier to make up for the lost sleep during the day but it usually results in an earlier wake time and earlier naps, which still are about 30 minutes on the dot, now 3 times a day, as they are resisting the 4th nap.
If you’re having trouble with naps, you might be interested in helping your baby nap.
It includes recommendations about how and when to start solids, as well as helpful information on food allergies, recommended products, baby-friendly recipes, and more. So download now, and learn why your baby is waking at night – and what you can do about it. That brought me here to the site and I have some tactics we are implementing now so we’ll see how it goes. However, it is a good idea to works towards feeding your baby at night but not feeding him completely back to sleep. Some may be happy, though, and that can make it tougher to tell, but if she isn’t napping at least 2 to 3 hours in the daytime, that is a sign she needs more sleep. So, even though it might feel like you are stuck in the house napping with your 6 month old all day, things change very quickly in the first two years of your baby’s life.
My husband and I think he is getting too much sleep during the day and therefore wakes up early. I would love som input on how to make sure they eat more during the day and less at night and sleep till at least 7:00 in the morning. You need to first encourage your baby to nap longer because a baby who is short-napping most often will need more naps in the day to make it through. Just like your 4-month old went through brain development that affected her night sleep, your six month old needs to go through brain development to help her nap longer (the first nap is generally the first to lengthen). Enjoy it now because before long you’ll have a non-napping preschooler energizer bunny like I do and you’ll want need a nap yourself!
Now at 10 months she has 2 naps, usually 1 long and 1 short, occasionally if she sleeps in she will just have 1 long nap but never more than 1 day in a row.
This will gradually help her get accustomed to sleeping during the night and waking in the morning to a feeding.
Being overtired at nap time can lead to shorter naps, because it’s harder for your baby to get through that first sleep cycle. Missing one nap on one day is one thing, but chronic over-tiredness can make sleep unravel over the course of 3-4 weeks.
He’s taking at least 20-30 mins to go down in the morning and he’s still taking 1-2 hours in the afternoon! I’ll usually try for about an hour to get him back to sleep in his crib with no luck.
I think the need to be held while sleeping is from my husband letting her sleep on his chest. More frequent sleep is better for your 6 month old baby’s development (if she needs it) and to ward off any crankiness, if your baby is prone to that.




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