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4 Month Old Baby Sleep Tips & Guidelines



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your four month old should be sleeping

or napping every one and a half to two

and a half hours throughout the day so

this is one of the best tips that I have

and I'll go over tips in just a minute

but one of the best tips in one of the

best recommendations I have for you is

to let your baby sleep often because

your baby really needs to your 4 month

old should be taking about 3 to 4 nuts

every day and it really just depends on

how long the naps are what's most

important is not how long your baby naps

but how often your baby naps so as long

as you're giving your little in the

appropriate wait tons of one and a half

to two and a half hours then that's more

important than that he's taking longer

naps your four month olds night sleep

should be about 9 to 11 hours at night

now I don't mean 9 to 11 hours straight

if he is that's amazing but for the

majority of 9:1 for the majority of 4

month olds it's too soon and they're not

able to sleep this long at night bedtime

for the 4 month old really depends on

how many naps they're taking and also

how many hours of sleep they're really

ready for at night in general you want

the 4 month old sped tone to be a little

bit later you don't necessarily want to

have a 7:00 p.m. bedtime for your 4

month old because that means they may

tweak a really early and want to start

their day really really early so I

usually say for a 4 month old any time

between a 9 maybe even 9:30 p.m. is

pretty realistic given that your little

ones only gonna sleep 92 11 hours at

night now if you have to wake up super

early to get to work or to go to daycare

and you need your little one to wake up

at 6 a.m. or even a bit earlier then you

want to move bedtime earlier to give

your four month old than 9 to 11 hours

of sleep that they need at night as far

as night waking this goes on average

your 4 month old should be expected to

have 2 night feeds so when we say night

waking is really mean night feeds so how

many times your baby should need to feed

during the night it's anywhere from 1 to

3 times a night but we can have an

average of about twice per night which

would normally mean that your little one

could go 4 or 5 hours between

feeds overnight and that's of course

assuming that your baby's growth and

weight gain or great that your doctor is

completely pleased with your baby's

growth and that there's no nutritional

concerns or feeding concerns that your

baby's you know eating well growing well

and everybody's happy if you're maybe

has feeding issues or growth issues then

you really want to speak to your doctor

first and ask them about how long do you

think my baby could go overnight in

between feet total sleep for your four

month old should fall anywhere from 14

to 15 hours give or take an hour or so

so that's when you're adding up maps and

nighttime sleep on average when looking

at like a weekly picture on average my

baby slept anywhere from 14 15 maybe

even 16 hours a day

the first tip that I have for you is to

begin a peaceful nightly ritual for your

baby and a peaceful nightly ritual is

really just a series of activities that

you do every evening that set the scene

for relaxation and that get your baby

used to relaxing and settling down and

falling asleep at the same time every

evening

now the second big tip I have to help

your four-month-old sleep well is to

really stick to those one and a half to

two and a half hour awake times that I

just talked about the most important

thing for your young baby is that he

sleeps often because we want to prevent

your baby from becoming overtired when

babies become overtired they really

become wired and overstimulated and

really really hard to settle down now if

you're home with your baby all day long

and you're quite a routine lover or

quite vigilant about watching the clock

what you could do is you could have the

shortest oh wait tons be in the morning

and they can slowly get longer as the

day progresses if that's too much for

you to keep up with you could just stick

with the same awake time throughout the

day so to say two hours and I'll watch

my baby sleepy signs and if he seems a

bit sleepy a bit earlier I'll get him

down earlier you could do something like

that which is a lot easier you know a

lot simpler to follow if your baby goes

to daycare or is with a nanny it's a lot

easier to tell them okay go for two

hours between naps and just watch for

sleepy signs what I would definitely

recommend for all night sleep

and for naps where your baby is at home

is to start playing white noise so play

a white noise all night long and play it

during that time when your baby's at

home and to also make sure that you

darken your baby's bedroom really well

you really want to prevent that morning

light from coming in your baby's window

which will definitely make him wake

earlier the best recommendation I have

for you is to work on how he falls

asleep at bedtime and if he's falling

asleep in his bed more and more on his

own then this will help him

automatically sleep longer stretches

he'll really only wake up and call out

for you and the night when he's hungry

because otherwise he'll be able to

settle himself so what I recommend that

you do is you get your Betty baby ready

for sleep so you do your bedtime routine

and you feed him and he's got a clean

diaper and he's nice and cozy and you

put him in his bed when he's trowels but

not yet not yet falling asleep so

ideally his eyes wouldn't be closed yet

and you want to put him in his bed and

then you're gonna do however much

hands-on and you have to do to have him

be okay with being in his bed falling

asleep and then what you want to do is

every night you just want to do this a

little bit less every night you want to

be really gradual wean off of your

hands-on support whatever method you

decide on let's say you decide to rock

your baby's body gently side to side

then you want to stick with that method

and every time he wakes on a night you

want to feed him when he's hungry and

burp him and then put him back in the

bed to fall asleep in the bed on his own

and then you just give the same hands-on

assistance and again every night you

just do a little bit less and a little

bit less and a little bit less until

he's used to it and what you could do if

you want to slowly start reducing your

baby's night fees again I think four

month olds do still need to feed at

night but you can work to a pattern that

you think works well for your baby maybe

is waking and feeding every four hours

maybe it's every five or even every six

after you speak to your doctor and your

doctor gives you their opinion on it

then what you want to do is you could

start by saying okay I'm only gonna feed

my little one every three hours in the

night when he wakes so what you'll do is

if you wakes and it's been three hours

or more than you can feed him and burp

oh and

and go back to the method that you used

at bedtime to help them fall asleep if

it's been less than three hours then you

just want to go straight to the method

that you used at bedtime and this is a

really slow and gentle way of getting

his stomach and his body used to eating

a little bit less often at night and

he'll make up for that nutrition

tomorrow when he wakes up he will have

gotten a little bit less milk at night

so then he'll be a bit hungry or

tomorrow and you just make sure that

you're offering him feeds frequently

throughout the day to help him

compensate for that let me know if you

have any more questions you can post

them under this video and I'll be happy

to follow up with this

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