According to Babywise, the order of events are to first, drop the dreamfeed. After some time (2-4 weeks), you can see if baby is ready for a four hour schedule, going over readiness signs.
According to The Baby Whisperer, the events are to first move to a four hour schedule (at 4 months old) and then drop the dreamfeed (at 8 months old).
Over the last year, I have gotten a lot of questions regarding this scenario. Before McKenna reached four months old, I had questions on "what will you do? Which path will you take?" Once she had passed it, people wondered both what I did and why I did it.
So, here is a post dedicated to The Baby Whisperer and the Four Hour Schedule.
Hoggs 4/4 Plan
With McKenna, we did move to a four hour schedulebefore we dropped the dreamfeed. This was due to special circumstances. She was ready to drop the dreamfeed at four months old, but we were going to be moving right around the time she turned 5 months old and I didn't want to be in the middle of dropping the dreamfeed when I moved McKenna to a new room in a new house. I wanted to be able to
check on her and check on the room conditions in the night. I just felt better about it.
She didn't, however, stay up for two hours at a time. She just took longer naps. You can see the baby summaries around that age for more info.
Deciding For Yourself
So what should you do? Should you drop the dreamfeed or go to four hours first? Here are my things for you to consider:
- Cues: Look for signs of readiness for either step. See Dropping the Dreamfeed and When To Move To A Four Hour Schedule for help. Don't go solely by age here. You will create problems if you force something your baby isn't ready for. Combine age with readiness cues.
- Lifestyle: Which would be best for your family? Would you like to be able to go to bed before the dreamfeed? If so, drop it. Would you like to go on a date with your husband and not have to hurry back for the dreamfeed? If so, drop the dreamfeed. Do you need more time in the day? If so, the four hour schedule would be a good step for you.
In the end, go with what you feel is best for your baby and your family. I don't think it really matters what you do first, so long as you are doing it following readiness cues.
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