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Sleep Schedules for Babies

I’m learning so much along this parenting journey! Right now, I’m just trying to read as much as I can in preparation for the next step. Arden is 5 weeks old and we’re managing to keep the sanity around here. Improving our sleep would be a huge bonus for us — so maybe sleep schedules are the place to start.

easy-schedules-cheat-sheet
From Diary of a Fit Mommy

Here’s what we’ll go with when Arden reaches 4 months:

4 Month Old = June 20 (start from due date not birthdate)
  • 6:30-7:00a = wake, feeding
  • 8:30a = NAPWake, feed
  • 11:30a = NAPWake, feed
  • 3:00p = NAP — not past 4pWake, feed
  • 6:30p = final feed; bedtime prep
  • 7:00p = bedtime
  • (9:30-11:30p = dream feed/pump = optional)
  • 1:00a (or after, but before 4a) = night feed

All

naps < 2 hours
  • Establish feeding relationship (lactation consultant, breast, bottle)
    • Swaddling, pacifier, white noise
    • From 7a-9p: NOT sleep longer than 2 hours at a time. When wake from nap —> 30-50 min awake time (including feed) —> NAP
  • When wake from nap —> feed (even if previous feed was <2 hours prior)
      • If not ready to feed —> wait 15-30min and try again.
    • 30 min before bedtime —> feed baby in well LIT room (keep baby as awake as possible during feed) —> swaddle.
      • **Unless absolutely necessary —> avoid changing diaper or unsaddling until morning. If must —> use <15 watt bulb or red light.
  • ** Between 4:00a and 6:30a —> NOT enter baby room unless an emergency. **
Make sure bedtime occurs about 12 hours after morning wake up.
Pump before bed (around 9:00-11:00p).
** Nap Train at the same time as Sleep Train. **
Ask daycare to use white noise and darkness.
Caretakers NEVER revert to helping child fall asleep.
** At least 90 – 105 minute gap from end of nap to start of next one. **
NAP = actual time went to sleep (not put in crib).
4-7 month old = nap 3x/day
  • 7-14 month old = nap 2x/day (9:00a, 1:30p)
  • If eating solids —> breakfast about 1 hour after morning waking. Lunch around 12:00p. Dinner about 2 hours after waking from 2nd nap (around 2 hours before bedtime).

Update: April 20, 2018
Arden is almost 2.5 months old! We’ve been extremely lucky that she has declared herself for naps and bedtime that’s pretty similar to this 4 month schedule. She sleeps about a 7 hour stretch and gets up around 2-3 am for a quick feed. She goes back down in her bassinet for another 2-3 hours and wakes around 6a. We also put her bassinet in her own room after running that by her pediatrician.
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One thought on “Sleep Schedules for Babies

  1. These are great notes/tips! I’ll consult these for dos. Isn’t it amazing how many books and theories there are? I should’ve read those books instead of the ‘What to Expect’ ! it sounds like Arden is a great sleeper! You’ll have a ‘normal’ full night’s sleep in no time! Keep up the good work!! xoxo

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