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I hope you all enjoyed my newborn sleep tips. I truly believe starting healthy sleep habits and a routine/schedule at a young age helps so much in the long run. If you didn’t get a chance to read the post, click here.
As I am typing this Sophie is officially 4 months old!! These last 4 months have flown by and we can’t imagine our lives without her. She is such a happy, sweet baby that has stolen the heart of her older brother.
Let’s talk about the dreaded 4 month sleep regression. Babies go through what they call a sleep regression at 4 months of age because this is when baby’s sleep patterns become more like an adults. This is the age when sleep training can begin and babies can learn how to put themselves to sleep.
So Sophie is entering into the dreaded sleep regression phase. However, she has done really well because I followed the newborn sleep tips and began teaching her healthy sleep habits young.
Sophie is able to put herself to sleep wide awake for both nighttime sleep and naps. I change her, put her in her Nested Bean or her Sleeping Baby, give her a pacifier, turn on her white noise machine and walk out the door. No rocking, no singing, no bouncing, nothing. She has also been consistently sleeping through the night for about a month now.
This is not a going to be a post about sleep training but I will say we are pretty much doing the “Cry It Out” method. After doing some research it is the one with the quickest results. This is not the method for everyone so do some research and decide what works best for your baby family.
4 MONTH SCHEDULE
6:00-6:30 am Wake up and bottle. Sophie is awake for around 1-1.5 hours before going back to sleep for her first nap. During this “wake” time she either plays in the floor, sits in her swing or I hold her. I always try my best to get in some tummy time but I like to wait at least 45 minutes after she eats before I put her directly on her belly.
7:30-8:00 am Sophie is down for her first nap. On a normal day she naps anywhere from 1-1.5 hours. Some days her naps are shorter or longer in duration but I try to keep her in her crib for at least 1 hour whether she is asleep or not. This teaches her that it is nap time and this is how long she needs to sleep.
9:00-9:30 am Wake up from 1st nap and 2nd bottle. Sophie is taking 6oz of formula at a time but this will vary with every baby. We haven’t started solids yet either. At her 4 month appointment we got the okay to start but I’m just not ready yet and I don’t think Sophie is either. But we will start here pretty soon. Her doctor said to “spoon feed” twice a day. I plan to do one of the feedings in the morning after this bottle.
She is then awake again for about 1-1.5 hours. If you read my last post about newborn sleep tips then you remember me talking about babies needing more sleep to get better sleep at night. We also don’t want to make them overtired by keeping them up longer than they need to be. Keeping them up longer will not cause them to sleep longer at night it will actually make them sleep worse. So…LET THEM BABIES NAP!!!
10:30-11:00 am Sophie is down for her 2nd nap. She always sleeps in her Nested Bean or Sleeping Baby. She always sleeps in her crib in her room. I hardly ever hold her unless we are out and I NEVER cover her with a regular blanket that is not safe.
12:00-12:30 pm Wake up from 2nd nap and 3rd bottle. Awake for another 1-1.5 hours. She spends lots of time with big brother in her face. 😉
1:30-2:00 pm Sophie is down for her 3rd nap.
3:00-3:30 pm Wake up from 3rd nap and 4th bottle.
4:30-5:00 pm This time varies every night. Sometimes she will not go down for another nap, sometimes she won’t.
If she DOES NAP. 6:00-6:30 pm Wake up from 4th nap and 5th bottle. Play for 1-1.5 hours, we do nightttime routine during this time (I will discuss that) then BEDTIME is 7:00-7:30. I will do a small bottle before her bath if it has been awake at least an hour since her last bottle.
If she DOESN’T NAP. I begin bedtime routine at 5:00-5:30 pm with her 5th bottle in that routine then she goes to bed around 6:00-6:30 pm. If she hasn’t taken very good naps that day or seems cranky then this is the schedule I follow. She does not have a set bedtime it all depends on how naps were for that day.
Some days she sleeps more some days less. I do not stress about the number of bottles she takes. Some days she eats more some days less. She is a happy and healthy baby so I don’t worry about it.
I do not stress about times. The times are just here to give you an idea of what I do and the order I do them in. If she doesn’t get up till 7:00am that day then she will go down for a nap around 8:30am. I don’t feed her every 2, 3 or 4 hours I just feed her as soon as she wakes up. I also don’t ever wake her up from her naps either (at this point in time.) If she sleeps longer than 1.5 hours then I let her sleep.
Basically I want you to see that when she wakes she eats. We are up playing right after she eats. Then she will go to sleep (whether for the night or for a nap) after some time spent awake. We have a schedule but it doesn’t always follow a clock.
Diaper changes are as needed.
A bedtime routine is important because it teaches your baby it is time for nighttime sleep (with the end goal that they sleep longer.)
Our routine is simple. Bottle, bath, lotion, fresh diaper, jammies. If she gets a bottle she DOES NOT FEED TO SLEEP. When she gets older I will add a story in there but right now this works for us.
Routine and schedule are so important for babies. Although it may seem tedious and like a burden for the moment the payoff is huge in the long run. Keep it up Mommas you are doing GREAT!!!
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