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4 Month Old Baby Schedule

4 Month Old Baby Schedule

This article outlines the average 4 month old baby schedule, including feedings, solids, naps and night sleep.

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4 month old baby’s sleep

Pediatricians disagree high and low about when a baby is capable of sleeping through the night and only a handful of parents who reach this page will have a 4 month old that sleeps all night without even a single feeding (those that do are LUCKY!).

At this age, if you are not lucky enough to have a baby who sleeps through the night, many 4 month olds are still waking 1-3 times to eat at night and many will continue to eat 1-2 times until 9 months old. Anything more and likely you have a sleep association problem. If your baby has recently started sleeping worse, you may want to read my article about 4 month old baby sleep. If you’re having trouble with naps, you might be interested in helping your baby nap.

Keep in mind that one of the biggest sleep challenges families face around 4 months is the 4 month sleep regression. You can read more about the 4 month sleep regression here and here.

Obviously, all babies vary, but here are some sample (loose) schedules you can use to make your own for your unique baby. Most babies, at this age, can’t be on a strict schedule because many babies are still taking shorter naps while their brain matures and they simply can not stay up very long to get to the next scheduled nap-time, so at this age, it’s likely naps are still on the short side, but come frequently and every day will still likely be different. Don’t worry, that will change! Most babies can get down to just 3 naps around 6 months or 7 months.

I should warn you that I am in the camp that breast milk or formula should be the primary nutrition for the first year and solids come secondary. Below are the amounts we recommend. For more information on starting your baby on solid food, visit our sister site, Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods. It includes recommendations about how and when to start solids, as well as helpful information on food allergies, recommended products, baby-friendly recipes, and more.

Amounts per day:

• At least 5-6 breastfeeding sessions per day or 2 1/2 ounces formula for each pound of weight (approx. 20-30 ounces) (decrease solids if your baby is not taking in at least this much)
• Water is unnecessary (breast milk and formula have plenty of water in them). If your baby has any constipation issues, focus on fiber foods (pears, prunes, etc.)
• 1-2 servings baby cereal (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons dry)
• 1-2 servings fruit (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons)
• 1-2 servings vegetable (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons)

Note: Don’t worry about feeding this much right away! You will start with just 1 teaspoon of dry cereal (before mixing w/ breast milk or formula) and work your way up. Don’t forget to wait at least 3-4 days before introducing a new food for food allergy reasons.

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Sample 4 month old schedule

This schedule assumes baby can stay up 1 hour 15 minutes before needing to sleep again. At this age, wake-time should be 1-2 hours TOPS, to avoid baby getting overtired.

6:30 – Wake and Breast milk or Formula
7:15 – Breakfast
7:45 – Nap
8:15-8:45 – Breast milk or Formula
9:45 – 10:00 – Nap
10:45 – 11:15 – Breast milk or Formula
11:45 – 12:00 – Nap
1:15 – 1:45 – Breast milk or Formula
2:00 – Nap
3:45 – 4:15 – Breast milk or Formula
4:45 – Nap
5:45 – Begin bedtime routine
6:00 – Breast milk or Formula
6:15 – Bedtime (Goal to be asleep at this time)

+Plus probably 1-3 nighttime feedings

Note: This schedule follows the eat-play-sleep routine, however, it is sometimes hard to do at this age when the amount of time between naps is not long enough and your baby wakes too early from his nap because of a feeding.

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What is your 4-month old’s routine?


  1. Melanie says

    4 month old…

    7:00 Wake
    9:00 NAP
    9:45 Wake
    11:45 Nap
    12:30 Wake
    2:30 Nap
    3:15 Wake
    5:15 Sleeps (ends up sleeping his longest stretch)
    10:00pm Wake (ready to play… Grrr)
    11:30 Sleep
    3:00 Wake
    4:30 Wake
    7:00 Wake


    P.S. I breastfeed him each time when he wakes up all day long.

  2. Ram says

    Hey Melanie,

    Me too is having a 4 months boy. He too was sleeping in day last month. But now what we have done is we made his day time more interesting by talking to him, playing with rattles, just take him for a walk around so that he always find the time interesting.

    At about 6.00 in evening we give him a bath in warm water. After which he is fresh, do his breast feeding, and his dinner. By about 07.30 pm she just takes him to bed and tell him a long-long story so that he just listens to it and then sleeps.

    Being ‘worked so hard’ in day, naturally he sleeps quietly in night. Breast feeding is done at about 2 hours interval in night.

    Initially, he was not responding to story and he was shouting and playing. Then my wife would just continue with the story without making his game uninteresting due to ‘lack of company’. Now he knows the story time and lies quietly for the “show” gradually leading to a peaceful sleep time… :)