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Sample Babywise Schedules: The Fourth Month

Your baby's fourth month is her month as she turns three months old. The first month, 0 months old, was the first few weeks of life. The forth month is her month as a three month old. This is your first month stepping out of the newborn months!

Now that you have a three month old, read through my sleep hierarchy for 3-6 month olds. The goals and ideals change a bit with this older age range. Here are some sample Babywise schedules for you to use this month. This post contains affiliate links.

Month Overview
During this fourth month, aim for the following:
  • 12 weeks: 5-8 feedings per each 24 hour period.
  • 12 weeks: Feedings will be 2.5-3.5 hours apart.
  • 12 weeks: Some babies might be ready for feedings to be spaced 4 hours apart. Watch for that this month. 
  • 12 weeks: Your  baby should take 4-8 naps a day.
  • 12 weeks; Naps should be 1.5-2.5 hours long. The exception is your final nap of the day. This might be 30-60 minutes long.
  • 13 Weeks: Might be ready for 5-7 feedings in day.
  • Your baby will likely be sleeping anywhere from 7-10 hours at night. If you drop the dreamfeed, baby might sleep 12 hours at night. 
  • Watch for signs your baby is ready to drop the dreamfeed. Not all babies are, but some will be ready during this month. If you are breastfeeding, consider pumping at a dreamfeed if your baby stops eating at the dreamfeed. This will help keep milk supply up. 
  • Watch for signs your baby is ready to stop being swaddled. Some swaddle beyond this age, but some are ready to stop as a three month old.
  •  Babies in this age range will start to talk to themselves around 5 AM. If left alone, they will typically go back to sleep. This is just something they do developmentally. 
  • There is a significant Wonder Week around 12 weeks old. 
Our Sample Schedules
Here are our schedules we used in this age range.

Week 12:
7:30 AM--eat
8:30 AM--nap
10 or 10:30 AM--eat (I always get her by 10:30)
10:50 or 11:20 AM--nap
1 or 1:30 PM--eat (I always get her by 1:30)
1:50 or 2:20 PM--nap
4:00 PM--eat
4:50 PM--nap6:00 PM--eat
6:45 PM--put in swing (due to witching hour)--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat (essentially a dreamfeed--no waketime)
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed
On Becoming Babywise
8:00--feed, then bedtime

Week 13:
Our schedule has some differences. Our morning waketime got a little later because of the early morning feedings and we also dropped the cluster feeding:

8:00 AM--eat
8:50 AM--nap
10:30 AM--eat
11:30 AM--nap
1:30 PM--eat
2:30 PM--nap
4:30 PM--eat
5:30 PM--nap
6:30-7:00 PM--eat
7:30-8:00 PM--sleep in swing due to witching hour
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed
5:30-6:00 AM--early morning feeding (she wakes for this, I don't wake her)

8:00--feed, then bedtime

Week 14: 
10:00--nurse then bed (dreamfeed)
At this age, her night feeding was in those early morning hours, usually around 6 AM. I believe she dropped that feeding around 4 months.

6:30 or 7:00--eat then down to bed
Every other night, she ate between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM. Those days, we started at 8 AM. The other days, she at between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM. She still slept until about 11:00 AM.

8:00--feed, then bedtime

Week 15:
8:00 AM--eat
8:50 AM--nap
11:00 AM--eat
12:00 PM--nap
2:00 PM--eat (sometimes this was at 1:30 PM)
3:00 PM--nap
4:30 PM--eat
5:40-5:50 PM--nap
6:30 PM--sometimes woke. She is starting to usually take a shorter nap at this time of day. If she woke at 6:30, I got her and held her until starting to feed her at 7:00 PM. If she didn't wake at 6:30, I got her up at 7:00 to eat.
7:00 PM--eat then right back to bed.
7:30 PM--in bed
10:00-10:30 PM--dreamfeed
5:30ish AM--eat from one side

2:00 or 2:30--feed
3:00--nap (one hour after waking)
5:00 or 5:30--feed
6:30--nap (one hour after waking--sometimes she does one hour ten minutes here)
7:30--feed, then bedtime

Week 16:
It is a bit different this week since she is extending nights. I will just say she is waking at seven even though it ranged from 6:45-7:15. 7:00 is a happy medium.
7:00 AM--eat
7:50 AM--nap
10:30 AM--eat
11:30-11:35 AM--nap
1:30 PM--eat
2:35 PM--nap
4:00 or 4:30 PM--eat
5:15-5:45 PM--nap
6:30-6:45 PM--wake up
7:00 PM--eat then straight to bed
10:00 PM--dreamfeed

2:00 or 2:30--feed
3:00--nap (one hour after waking)
5:00 or 5:30--feed
6:30--nap (one hour after waking--sometimes she does one hour ten minutes here)
7:30--feed, then bedtime

Your Sample Schedules:
Here are your schedules you have shared over the years: 

Week 12: 
12 week old girl (but same schedule since 9 weeks or so)
I also work very early, so I have to leave the house by 6:30 am and get home at 5. So I always want to make sure she starts the day with a breastfeeding before getting breastmilk from a bottle all day.
5:30 wake
6-6:15 independent playtime while I get ready for work
6:15 nap
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8:30 feed
9:00-9:30 play time with daddy and tummy time
9:30 nap
11:00 feed
12:15 nap
2:00 feed
3:15 nap (she has a very hard time with this nap)
4:45 or 5:00 feed
6:00 nap (she has a hard time with this nap sometimes)
8:00 feed
8:30-9:00 bed, depending on cues 
My husband pointed out that I should mention we don't dreamfeed. I tried it, and she actually wouldn't sleep through the night on nights that I did one. It started because I was so tired I skipped the dreamfeed for a couple of nights and she slept through. Then I picked it back up and she woke at 3:30. Perhaps because of gas? Either way, she currently doesn't eat between 8 and 5:30 

Week 13:
Almost 3 months

6am-waking time-feeding
11:30am-feeding-and usually we go out and doesn't fall asleep until his last feeding,stays awake all that time.Very happy and calm,sometimes fussy.(i know he is tired)
8pm-feeding,and goes to bed at 8:30pm,50% of the feedings i wake him up,specially on this one.
2am-feeding,he wakes up for this one. I'm still working on getting him to STTN, the longest interval so far is 6.5 hours but that is about it. and i usually pump before going to sleep(10-11pm) to keep my milk supply.

Almost 3 months 
I wake him up at 9:00 am-breast feed
Go down for nap 10:00 
Breast Feed 12:00 
Go down for Nap 1:00-1:10
Breast Feed 3:30 
Go down for Nap 4:30
Breast feed 6:00 
Go down for Nap 7-730 
Formula bottle 8:00
Goes to sleep 9:00 
Dreamfeed 930-10:00
He sometimes awakes by the 45 minute intruder during 2nd and 3rd nap but if I go in right away and give paci he goes right back to sleep and finishes out nap... he started sttn at 7 weeks!

Week 14: 
3 Months Girl 

7:00am – eat
8:00am – nap
10:00am – eat
11:00am – nap
1:00pm – eat
2:00pm – nap
4:00pm – eat
5:00pm – nap
7:00pm – eat
8:00pm – bed time
10:00pm – dreamfeed
(5/6:00am) – shortened feeding

14 Week Old Boy

We just moved to this schedule about 4 days ago after weeks of battling the 45-minute intruder and thinking he needed less awake time. I finally went with my gut that he was undertired and so allowed more awake time (almost 2 hours sometimes!), dropped the dreamfeed, and moved to a 3.5 hour schedule during the day. It has worked like a charm so far--he sleeps 1.5-1.75 hours each nap, 10-11 hours at night, and is happy and alert during awake times! He also still averages 15-15.5 hours of sleep a day, so it seems like enough. And he is not overly sensitive about the exact amount of wake time. We just watch for yawns, stillness, or sometimes fussiness before putting him down.
7am Wake, nurse both sides. (Sometimes he wakes between 6 and 7 but goes back to sleep or lays quietly.)
Wake time--independent play in gym, some play with mom and dad.
8:45-9am Nap
10:30am Wake, nurse both sides.
Wake time - tummy time, reading, playing in gym, playing with mommy, etc.
12-12:15pm Nap
2pm Wake, nurse both sides
Wake time - playing with mom or dad, reading, more independent play, etc
3:45-4pm Nap
5:15-5:30pm Wake, nurse both sides
Wake time - Bath, playing, errands or a walk, hanging out with us while we eat dinner
7:30pm Nurse both sides
Into pjs, read a book, sing a lullaby, and into bed by 8pm.
No dreamfeed since 13 1/2 weeks. No MOTN feed since 8-9 weeks.
9:30pm Pump right before going to bed. I started doing this when he dropped the dreamfeed, since he's still pretty young and I don't want to compromise my supply. Not sure how long I'll continue.

7 am: wake, nurse
7:50: nap
10:30: wake, nurse
11:30: nap
1:30: wake, nurse
2:30: nap
4:00-4:30ish: wake, nurse
5:00-5:30ish: nap (This is the shortest nap of the day)
6:00-6:15: wake, take a bath
7:00-7:30: bedtime (I nurse right before I put her to bed)
10:30: Dreamfeed (About 4-5 oz of pumped breastmilk)

5:30 - I wake and pump
6am -wake/feed (bottle)
8am - 1st nap
10am- feed
12 - 2nd nap
2pm -feed
4pm -3rd nap
4pm - I pump here too
6pm- Feed
8pm - Bedtime + Feed

He was going so long at night I started to pump twice a day to make sure my supply didn't drop.
I typically can freeze 6oz but it can range up to 12oz. He moved to a 4 hour schedule at 2 months.

3 months

6:30 eat
7:40 nap
9:30 eat
10:50 nap
12:30 eat
2:00 nap
3:30 eat
5:00 nap
5:30-6:00 wake for the evening
7:00 eat
7:30 bedtime

Start time and bedtime are very consistent from day to day, feedings are "on time" about 90% of the time. Waketime and naps are more variable from day to day. Some days she hibernates, other days she seems able to be awake and alert more, so we rely on cues quite a bit for naps. Occasionally chaos ensues and every nap is off! But we are close to the schedule most of the time- I include that info to encourage anyone reading who sees these schedules and wonders what they are doing wrong on off days- I've been there! Bad naps and bad days happen, but they have gotten much less frequent. STTN the full 11 hours most nights, she would occasionally starting around 9 weeks but now she is eating more at each feeding and she has started making it through most of the time. Dreamfeed didn't work for us (we gave it a good effort, but she woke earlier with the dreamfeed than without) and cluster stopped working around 8 weeks.

Combined ages:
10 - 13 week old boy

7:30am - 8am - Feed
wake time usually consists of baby in bouncy chair watching mom have her coffee.
9:30am - Nap
11am - Feed
wake time consists of some sort of exercise for mom, either stroller ride or front carrier hike.
12:30pm - Nap
2pm - Feed
wake time: bath then errands.
3:30pm - Nap
5pm - Feed
Wake time: bouncy chair or playpen time. Mom makes dinner.
7pm - Nap or awake usually put in swing because tends to be fussy at this time.
7:45-8:15pm - Last Feed
Have not done dreamfeeds as we are usually in bed early and up early so found dreamfeeds would actually make me lose some of my sleep.
3-4am - Feed (when baby wakes up) straight back to bed. Still trying to drop this feed.

See also:
 Sample Babywise Schedules for the first year  Sample Babywise Schedules: The first month  Sample Babywise Schedules: The Second Month
 Sample Babywise Schedules The Fourth Month

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