Babywise Sample Schedules: Four Months Old

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Babywise Sample Schedules for 4 month old babies. 18-22 week old Babywise sleep schedule. These are real schedules used by real Babywise moms.

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This post gives sample Babywise schedules for the fifth month. The fifth month of baby’s life comprises weeks 18-22ish.

Your baby is four months old during the fifth month.

Months and weeks don’t line up exactly, so sometimes weeks can be in more than one month of life. Your baby is no longer a newborn and is simply a “baby.”

4 Month Old Overview

Here are some things to expect this month:

  • 4 Months: Often a rough age for sleep. This can be a rough month for sleep with a major Wonder Week going on. Read more in Baby’s 4 Month Sleep Regression: What To Do
  • You still want to have a sleep routine before each nap and a sleep routine before bedtime. The routine can be the same for naps and bed or they can be different.
  • Your range of hours of sleep in a 24-hour period is 13.5-19.5 hours. Daytime sleep will be 3.5 hours to 7.5 hours depending on baby’s sleep needs. That is quite a range!
  • Teething can start to impact sleep this month.

4 Month Old Baby Naps

  • 4 Months: Baby will drop the fourth nap this month.
  • 4 Months: Baby is usually at 3 daytime naps. If not, by 5 months baby should be at 3 naps in a day. There still should be a third nap each day with a 4 month old.
  • During this month, naps will ideally be 1.5-2..5 hours long. Baby nap time is pretty consistent from this age forward, but remember that 4 month old baby sleep can be very disrupted with the Wonder Week going on. Baby’s sleep patterns can be disrupted by Wonder Week 19. I know I have said this three times already, but people do freak out, so I want to assure you that this is normal.

4 Month Old Night Sleep

  • 4 Months: Baby might be ready for 10-12 hours of night sleep. Some will not be ready for this until 6 months, and the normal range is always 10-12, so some babies might just be 10 hour a night sleeper.
  • Nighttime sleep is typically a solid stretch in this age group. 4 month old sleep at night will usually be “sleeping through the night” if you have followed Babywise to this point.

4 Month Old Feedings

  • 4 Months: Baby will move to 4-6 feedings in a day. This is true weather you breast or bottle feed.
  • 4 Months: Baby’s feedings will be about 3-4 hours apart.
  • Your baby might be ready for solid food this month. Check with your baby’s doctor.

4 Month Old Playtime

  • 4 Months: Baby might be ready to start daily blanket time.
  • Your baby should continue with Independent Playtime each day (or start it if you haven’t yet! It isn’t too late). At this age, it will probably be 10-20 minutes 1-2 times a day.

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Our Sample Schedules

Here are the schedules we used in this age range.

Week 18

5:30-6:00 AM–eat from one side
8:00 AM–wake and eat
8:50 AM–nap
11:00 AM–eat
12:00 AM–nap
2:00 PM–eat
3:00 PM–nap
4:30 PM–eat
5:45 PM–nap
7:00 PM–eat and straight to bed
10:00 PM–dreamfeed

7:30–feed
8:35–nap
11:30–feed
12:45–nap
2:30–feed
3:45–nap
5:00 or 5:30–feed
6:30–nap (80 minutes after waking)
7:30–feed, then bedtime
9:45–dreamfeed

Read More McKenna Baby Summary: Week 18 and Brinley Summary: Week 18

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Week 19

5:00-6:00 AM–eat from one side
8:00 AM–wake and eat
8:55 AM–nap
11:00 AM–eat
12:05 AM–nap
2:00 PM–eat
3:30 PM–nap
5:00 PM–eat
6:30 PM–nap
7:00-7:00 PM–eat and straight to bed
10:00-10:30 PM–dreamfeed

7:30–feed
8:35–nap
11:30–feed
12:45–nap
2:30 or 3:00–feed
3:45–nap (75 minutes later)
5:00 or 5:30–feed
6:30–nap (80 minutes after waking)
7:30–feed, then bedtime
9:45–dreamfeed–until it was dropped

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MCKENNA
The first couple of week of 4 months old were a bit unpredictable due to early morning feeds. Once she hit 19 weeks, though, things smoothed out.
7:00–nurse
7:50–nap
10:30–nurse and cereal
11:30–nap
1:30–nurse
3:00–nap
4:30–nurse and sweet potatoes toward the end of the month
6:00–nap
6:30–she would wake, or I would wake her. Some days, she didn’t take this nap
7:00–nurse then straight to bed
10:30ish–dreamfeed

Read More McKenna Baby Summary: Week 19 and Brinley Summary: Week 19

Week 20

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn’s schedule didn’t change much, but she did drop a nap. We also started solids at 4 months, so solid feeding times are listed as they were once we had all three.
7:30–nurse + solids
8:30–nap
10:30–nurse
11:30–nap
1:30–nurse + solids
2:30–nap
4:30–nurse
6:30–nurse + solids then bed
9:45–nurse the bed (dreamfeed). I was starting to move it back in preparation for dropping it.

6:30-7:00 AM–nurse
55 minutes later–nap
10:00 AM–nurse (if she ate closer to 7, she will often go until 10:30)
60-65 minutes later–nap
1:00-1:30–nurse
60-90 minutes later–nap (I try to watch for cues for this nap
4:30–nurse
6:00–usually a nap
7:00–nurse then bed
10-10:30–dreamfeed

7:30–feed
8:35–nap
11:30–feed
12:45–nap
3:00–feed
4:15–nap
5:00 or 5:30–feed
6:30–nap (80 minutes after waking) until it was dropped
7:30–feed, then bedtime

Read More McKenna Baby Summary: Week 20 and Brinley Summary: Week 20

Week 21

7:15 AM–wake and nurse
8:10 AM–nap
10:30 AM–nurse and rice
11:30 AM–nap
1:30-2:00 PM–nurse
2:40-3:10 (70-90 minutes later) PM–nap
4:40-5:00 PM–nurse and sweet potatoes
7:00-7:20 PM–nurse then straight to bed
10:30 PM–dreamfeed

7:30–feed with solids
8:45–nap
11:30–feed with solids
1:00–nap
3:30–feed
5:00–nap
5:30–feed with solids
7:30–feed, then bedtime (no dreamfeed)

Read More McKenna Baby Summary: Week 21 and Brinley Baby Summary: Week 21

WEEK 22

McKenna
7:30 AM–wake, nurse, solids (1 T rice. I will add 1 T peaches this next week)
8:30 AM–nap
11:00 OR 11:30 AM–nurse, solids (at least 4 T bananas)
12:00 OR 12:30 PM–nap
2:00 OR 2:30 PM–nurse
3:15-3:45 (75-90 minutes later) PM–nap
4:30 OR 5:00 PM–nurse and solids (2-4 T sweet potatoes)
7:00 PM–nurse and straight to bed

Sometimes she eats after only two hours in the evening since she is extending her day out right now. This is a temporary situation and it is fine with me for now. I know it won’t last too long. I find that preferable to having a fourth nap and eating at a 3 hour interval, and thus having a later bedtime. I want bedtime consistent.

Brinley
Our schedule typically looks like this:
7:30–feed with solids–half of a banana and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in
8:45–nap
11:30–feed with solids–4 T of pears and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in
1:00–nap
3:30–feed
5:00–nap
5:30–feed with solids–half a banana mixed with 2 T oatmeal and sweet potatoes (1-2 T)
7:30–feed, then bedtime

Read More McKenna Baby Summary: Week 22 and Brinley Baby Summary: Week 22

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Your Sample Schedules

Here are your baby sleep schedules that you have shared over the years.

4 Month Old

4 Months girl
7:20 – wake up/eat (55 minute wake time)
8:15 – nap (2 hour nap)
10:15 – eat (60 minute wake time)
11:15 – nap (2 hour nap with help of swing ½ way through)
1:15 – eat (65 minute wake time)
2:20 – nap (2 hour nap with help of swing ½ way through)
4:20 – eat (65 minute wake time)
5:25 – nap (65 minute nap)
6:30 – wake (1 hour, 30 minute wake time before bed)
7:00 – eat
8:00 – bed
10:00 – dream feed/10:30 bed

4 month old boy
6.30-7am wake & nurse
8am nap
10am wake & nurse
11.30am nap
1.30pm wake & nurse
3pm nap
4.30pm wake & nurse
6pm catnap
6.45pm wake (7pm nurse)
8pm sleep

We dropped the dreamfeed 2 weeks ago and he’s slept through the night ever since (would love to have a morning waketime of 7-8am, but maybe in a few weeks?).

We’re also thinking about dropping the last nap to get him to sleep longer in the morning, but we haven’t quite figured that out without dropping a feeding.

4 month old boy
6:45- wake, nurse, play
7:45- 1st nap (usually 1.5 hr)
10:00- nurse, play
10:40- 2nd nap (if he woke early from 1st nap, if not i’ll put him down around 11)
1:00-nurse, play
2:00-3rd nap
4:00-nurse, play
5:15-catnap
6:45-bath, nurse, bedtime
I’m exclusively breastfeeding so I pump around 9:30 to keep my supply up and I have extra bm in the freezer in case I need it!

4 months
7:00 WEP
8:15 nap1
10:30 WEP
12:00 nap 2
1:30 WEP
3:00 nap 3
4:30 WEP
6:45 eat
7:00 bedtime
Usually wakes between 6:30 and 7:00am, but stays in crib until close to 7:00. He’s EBF, no solids.

4 months old
Our schedule varies by a half hour or so right now since our son is going through a Wonder Week AND teething, but here you go:
7:00 Wake, feed (5-6 oz formula at each feed)
7:30 Play
8:15 Nap
10:30 Wake, feed
11:00 Play
11:45 Nap
1:30 Wake, feed
2:00 Play
2:45 Nap
4:30 Wake, feed
5:00 Play
6:00ish Cat nap
6:45ish Wake, play, some nights bath
7:30 Feed, bedtime
10:30 or 11 Dreamfeed

4 Month Old Baby Girl
7/730 – wake, reflux meds, dressed for day, BF
830/9 – nap
1030/11 – wake & BF
1230/1 – nap
230/3 – wake & BF
430 – nap (sometimes)
5/530- BF (5 if she didn’t take a nap prior to, 530 if she did)
630 – reflux meds, bath and baby lotion massage (this starts our night-night routine)
7 – BF, read book after, if awake enough
730 – bedtime
10 – dreamfeed and STTN
Her naps are the most inconsitent right now because 1) 4 month sleep regression and 2) teething. Her wake time typically lasts 1.5 hours though sometimes it’s more or less. I am a SAHM and watch her for her sleep cues. There are times she will wake in the middle of a nap, chat/lightly fuss for a few minutes (sometimes as long as 15) then go back to sleep. I personally do not check on her unless she’s crying or the fussing is different than a “transition cry” because it makes it worse and she will not go back to sleep. If she doesn’t take her naps, I do my best to keep feeding times the same and fit in several cat naps (hopefully 6 – 30 min naps). Bedtime is almost never later; she doesn’t make it later – she winds up screaming at us for even trying OR falls asleep 🙂 Also, I change up what activity she does during her wake time. She is a VERY particular baby and will not always go for the same exact wake time routine. As such I just switch up activities and/or toys to help keep her content.

4-month-old boy
8:00 am wake up, 8 oz bottle, cereal and a fruit
9:30 am nap
11:30 am wake, 8 oz bottle fruit and vegetable
1:00 pm nap
3:30 wake, 8 oz bottle, cereal and a fruit
5:00 nap
5:45 wake, bath, get ready for bed
6:45 bottle and bed
typical flexible routine, it varies by 20 or 30 minutes sometimes

Nap Schedules for Combo Ages

4-6 month old girl
typical flexible routine, it varies by 20 or 30 minutes sometimes
6:45 wake, eat (6 oz. breastmilk)
7:30 long nap every day
10:30 eat (6 oz. breastmilk)
11:45 nap some days
2:15 eat (6 oz. breastmilk)
3:45 nap some days
6:00 eat (nurse)
7:00 nap most days
8:30 bath and bedtime routine
9:00 eat (6 oz. breastmilk)
9:15 bed, sleeps through the night
I find that her nap routine is the least consistent since I work part-time and different family members keep her on those days. Her bedtime, morning waketime, and feeding time is very consistent. I would like for her naptimes and activity times to be more consistent. After charting everything for several days as suggested by the Baby Whisperer, her naptimes really depend on who keeps her that day.

4-6 Months
Since 4 months (he will be 6 months this week) we have been working on transitioning to 3.5-hour schedule. After a few days of the longer schedule, he wakes up early from naps and we end up doing the 3-hour schedule above, so for the last little while we’ve just done the longer schedule 2-3 days a week which allows me to decide which days rather than him. Hopefully we’ll do this all the time soon!
6am Nurse, then some playtime
7:15 Nap
9:30 Nurse, tummy time, playtime
11:00 Nap
1:00pm Nurse, tummy time, playtime (or errands)
2:30 Nap
4:30 Nurse, play time, family time
6:00 (sometimes a little later) Nap
(Sometimes he doesn’t take the 4th nap, but most of the time he needs it.)
7:30 Nurse
Bedtime routine
Bed by 8:15

4-8 Months
8:00 wake, nurse
9:30 nap
11:30 wake, nurse
12:00 independent play time
1:30 nap
3:30 wake, nurse
5:30 nap
6:30 wake, nurse
8:00 nurse, bed

Babywise Schedules for the First Year

This is a compilation of sample schedules for baby's entire first year!

This post originally appeared on this blog January 2018

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