What is a typical 4 month old's schedule?

Mei - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Can you tell me what your 4 month old's schedule is like? How many times and how long is his wake time and nap time? And how many time do you feed him? Thanks for your help!

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Starting around 4 months babies can handle about 2 hours awake time in between naps and can go 4 hours between feeds so a four hour routine works well. They should be having 3 naps a day, 1.5-2 hours in the morning (9-11), 1.5-2 hours in the afternoon (1-3), and a catnap in the early evening (between 5-6), then bedtime around 7-7:30. With 4 hours between feeds they would feed at 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm, plus a dreamfeed at 11pm.



Check out The Baby Whisperer books and/or babywhisperer.com for how to establish a good 4 month old schedule. It has worked really well for us, we started with the 4 hour routine and then as my son has gotten older we've been able to adjust it so that he has more awake time.



Good luck!

Merrilee - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi. I'm an Infant teacher as well as a parent of 2 school age girls. 4 month old schedules (I've observed) usually have them awake for no more than 3-4 hours of time during the daytime and can (in many cases) sleep up to 7 hours overnight (depending on if you're nursing, where the baby sleeps, and other factors). This breaks down to infants having up to 4-5 short naps during the day; sometimes less if they sleep for longer periods. Typically, that is the extent of a 4 month old's "schedule" -which they make themselves, for the most part.

As far as feeding, the general "rule of thumb" is 24 ounces in 24 hours. Feeding every 4-5 hours apart at the maximum for this age. By 4 months of age they should be showing different cries (i.e., hunger cry, tired cry, bored/ready to change positions).

Hope this helps some in creating a 4 month old schedule...

Kiera - posted on 04/27/2013

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I would also recommend the baby wise schedule. I just recently stopped breastfeeding and my milk supply was fine and my son (who was even born with heart problems ) definitely is not and never has been failing to thrive. (4 months and he is 17 pounds and 28 in) It just had him sleeping through the night by 2 months. It really helped him distinguish day and night. Also, everyone in my family with a child has used baby wise and none of them had milk problems or under fed babies. They had the same result of a sleeping baby at night and a happy well rested baby during the day. I have never heard anyone who has used baby wise say bad things about it. Only the people who don't use it are the ones to say how terrible it is.

My son is on a schedule much like martina's down at the bottom.

I know this is 4 years too late, but for anyone who is curious now. That is my opinion

Allison - posted on 03/18/2009

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My kids haven't really been on an established routine - I just follow their natural body rhythms. I wear my babies in either a sling or wrap at this age, so they sleep when they are tired and nurse when they are hungry. We play when they are awake and alert. At night neither of my kids have been good sleepers, so they nurse every 2-4 hours or so.

Crystalyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hey here is my 4 month old's schedule: He goes to bed around 10 and sleeps till exactly 730 everyday. Then I feed him 6 ounces and he goes right back to sleep till 11. I feed him after that every four hours and he takes a nap that is about 2 hours long in the afternoon. Hope this helps!!

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Allison - posted on 03/18/2009

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Just a big caveat with the Baby Wise method - if breastfeeding, using the suggest feeding method has a high risk of causing Failure to Thrive and making mom lose her milk supply. Breastfed babies really do need to eat at least every 2 hours and can nurse for up to 20 minutes per side. Not a method I recommend for a huge variety of reasons, but this one is pretty important. I think (but may be mis-remembering) that newer editions of the book include a breastfeeding routine change.

Tiffany - posted on 03/18/2009

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My current (3rd baby) is 14 weeks old right now and his routine is as follows:



First feeding (breastmilk) is at 7am, awake for 1-1.5 hours and then sleep, this is the same for each cycle of feeding. Second feeding is at 10:30 or 11am. Third feeding at 2:30 or 3pm. Fourth at 5:30 or 6pm and last feeding of the day is at 9:30pm and after this feeding I do not keep him awake, he goes right back to bed and sleeps for the night.



I've used the routines suggested by the BabyWise method for each child and it has worked wonderfully, I've been quite happy with it and continuously refer back to the book at my babies move into a new phase. Good luck setting your 4 month old's schedule!

Kimberly - posted on 03/18/2009

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I would recommend the book "Baby Wise" for your 4 month olds schedule....you may not agree with everything in it...but the schedule pattern they recommend is terrific! My first son's days and nights were mixed up during his 1st month, but after two days and nights of following their schedule he was happier and sleeping better at night!!

Victoria - posted on 03/18/2009

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my daughter gets up ever morn at 430 and is changed and packed up to go to day care, doesn't have her first bottle of the day till around 9am. take a nap around 10-11 for about an hr hr and a half. wakes up and plays and looks round has another bottle round 3pm and then i pick her up and she naps from usually bout 4 to 6, then up and play and last bottle of the night between 7-8 and in bed between 8-9, and sleeps all night long. took a couple of weeks to get the routine down and it has been like this since she 41/2 wks old.. and all her bottles are 6-8 oz.

Tiffany - posted on 03/18/2009

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My current (3rd baby) is 14 weeks old right now and his routine is as follows:



First feeding (breastmilk) is at 7am, awake for 1-1.5 hours and then sleep, this is the same for each cycle of feeding. Second feeding is at 10:30 or 11am. Third feeding at 2:30 or 3pm. Fourth at 5:30 or 6pm and last feeding of the day is at 9:30pm and after this feeding I do not keep him awake, he goes right back to bed and sleeps for the night.



I've used the routines suggested by the BabyWise method for each child and it has worked wonderfully, I've been quite happy with it and continuously refer back to the book at my babies move into a new phase. Good luck setting your 4 month old's schedule!

Kimberly - posted on 03/18/2009

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I would recommend the book "Baby Wise" for your 4 month olds schedule....you may not agree with everything in it...but the schedule pattern they recommend is terrific! My first son's days and nights were mixed up during his 1st month, but after two days and nights of following their schedule he was happier and sleeping better at night!!

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