What is your 4 month old child's schedule like?

Gina - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 months old, and I am trying to put her on a routine schedule.



She gets a bath two times a week, and usually her schedule looks like this;



Callie wakes up at around 7am for a feeding, then I play with her and keep her occupied. Then after a while of playing she will get tired and go down for a nap again.



Then close to noon, she will wake again, and we'd play for a few minutes before her feeding so it gives her an opportunity to wake up, and I'd feed her.



Around 4pm, she gets another feeding. Sometimes she will want a nap so I put her down again.



Then around 8 30 I wake her up (if she's already napping), to play for a while before she eats. Then at 9 she is fed, burped, and has the last diaper change by 9 30 then Callie's out for the rest of the night til 7pm.



Just wondering what your schedule is like with your babies, ladies... I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing, because I know at this age they are to eat 4 or 5 times a day and I'm afraid if I feed her too close to each feeding time if any of you could know what I mean?



Thanks so much in advance, I would appreciate hearing any comments, your stories, your experiences, and most of all-- feedback! :)

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8am-wake up,change,feed,burp
8:30-10 play
10-11-nap
12 change diaper, feed, burp
12:30-2 play
2-3- prep for nap...I read to her then i play a video I made of my mother in law telling her that grandma loves you enjoy your nap (I do this so my daughter can see her grandma everyday even though she isnt physically in the house) then I give her a massage and she eats then she will sleep
5:30- wakes up diaper change play
6 feed, burp
6:30-8 play with me and her daddy
8-9 daddy daughter time
9-bedtime routine-book,bath,feed,bed.

she sleeps through the night,

Nicole - posted on 02/04/2010

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My daughter Jaylynn, is 5 1/2 months old and her schedule is...

She wakes up at 7am and breastfeeds for about 15 mins. Then gets changed and we play for about ann hour. So then around 8 830ish she eats breakfast, which is baby cereal and some fruit. Then I change her into her cloths for the day, and she then breastfeeds for about 10 mins till she falls asleep. She takes a nap from 9-10, for about two hours. Then she wakes up and I change her and we play a little then have lunch. We play a little more after that and do stuff around the house. She will breastfeed again. Then around 2 or 3 ish she will take another nap which is another two hours. Around 5 or 6 she eats dinner. Then I give her a bath every night, then breastfeeds and go to bed by 7 8ish. She will sleep all the way till 7am the next morning. I'm BIG on giving her a bath everynight. I think it calms her down and with all the germs goin' around I think a bath is a great thing. I don't think I could go one day without giving her a bath

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2010

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my daughter is 4 1/2 months old and this is her schedule:

Bree wakes up for the day at about 8am. She will get a diaper change and have her 5oz bottle. Than I keep her up for a few hours and then she will go down for a nap for about 30-45 mins. Then she will wake up aroun 12ish and have her lunch (veggie , fruit with very little cereal, & about 1 oz formula to wash it down) . Then after the feeding she will stay up for about a half hour and then take her long nap , which is usually from about 12:45ish til anytime between 2:45 -3:45.. then she will eat another 5 oz bottle.. than usually she stays up until her next feeding which is about 6-7pm. then at about 8:30 she will go back down for about 45 mins to an hour and then wake up and take a bath (she gets a bath every night because it calms her down and makes her ready for bed) then bedtime lotion and getting dressed.. and then we feed her the last bottle of the night at about 10ish which is about a 7oz bottle with rice cereal in it, and she will sleep until about 5-6am and then the day starts all over!

I actually live by baths and bedtime schedule every night, it helps babies relax and put her to sleep. Some parents will say not to do a bath everyday , but you dont have to wash their hair everyday! I hope that helps :)

Becca - posted on 02/03/2010

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When my son was 4 months I could count on him to only be awake for 2 hours at a stretch before he went down for his next nap but our schedule varied a little because he wasn't napping a consistent duration (I'd just time his next nap from when he woke up last).



I found that to stay on more of a regular schedule I had to wake him up in the morning by 7:30 if he hadn't gotten up yet (usually he was up at 7am). I would also get him up at 6pm if he was still napping (even when this meant he'd only gotten 15-20min sleep) because if I let him sleep any later he would cry or fuss for nearly two hours at bedtime and wouldn't go down until 9 or 10pm vs. his usual 7:00-7:30pm. He would sleep through the night for me most of the time except for one feeding either between 9-10pm or 4-5am but these night feedings were always very brief and business only and he would put himself back down after only a few minutes of "talking" in his crib.



I found that besides getting him up in the morning what really worked to stabilize his schedule was to develop a consistent bedtime and nap routine (a shortened version of the bedtime routine).



With regards to feeding I was told by my health nurse that normal was 6-7 feedings a day (no more than 4 hours apart through the daytime hours) for a 3-6 month old. My son would usually do 7 total, clustering them in the morning and evenings but stretching them out during the middle of the day.

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2010

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Jayden's schedule is very similar to your dausghter's. I think it's a very good schedule.

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