Your 4, 5, or 6 month old baby’s sleep is undergoing some big changes during this stage: you’re finally past the constant waking and eating of the newborn stage, and you can look forward to a more predictable daytime schedule as well.
However, if you’re still dealing with lots of night waking or with short naps, don’t worry – these are very common problems at this stage.
Your 4, 5, or 6 Month Old Baby’s Sleep: An Overview
By 4 months, your baby’s sleep patterns are beginning to change in a big way: they are becoming more like yours! Your baby is also able to go longer between feedings by 4 or 5 months old; around this time, many babies start having a longish stretch of sleep at night, and feeding a little more often during the day. By 6 months old, your baby will likely be sleeping more at night and less during the day, while feeding more during the day and less at night.
Your 4 or 5 Month Old Baby’s Sleep: Watch Out For the 4 Month Sleep Regression!
Remember those changing sleep patterns I mentioned, that happen around 4 months old or 5 months old? Well, those big changes cause even bigger sleep problems – namely, the 4 month old baby sleep regression! This one is a doozie; many families report that their babies, who were sleeping pretty soundly, are suddenly up all night and missing naps left and right.
This article on the 4 month old sleep regression, and this 4 month sleep regression checklist, will give you the background info you need as well as tips to help you cope with this particular sleep regression.
Your 4 Month Old or 6 Month Old Baby’s Sleep: Growth Spurts
There’s a growth spurt around 4 months old, and then another at the 6 month mark. While some families may not notice these growth spurts at all, others will notice the telltale signs of a growth spurt at these ages – that is, a baby who seems extra hungry and extra sleepy.
This article about how baby growth spurts affect sleep is a helpful resource to get you through all your baby’s growth spurts.
Your 4 Month Old, 5 Month Old, or 6 Month Old Baby’s Sleep: Naps and Bedtime Help
Naps may still be erratic and on the short side for your 4 month old baby – and that may still be true when your baby is 5 months old. By 6 months old, however, your baby may start to consolidate sleep better, and you will likely see distinct naps emerge. You can also start working towards a more clock-based schedule for your 6 month old baby.
This printable baby and toddler nap chart is a great resource for helping you determine the number of naps (and the ideal nap lengths) for your baby.
Bedtime should be on the early side for your 4, 5, or 6 month old baby, as early bedtimes tend to prevent overtiredness (which in turn can make it harder for your baby to sleep soundly).
This printable bedtime chart will help you identify your baby’s ideal bedtime.
Your 4 Month Old, 5 Month Old, or 6 Month Old Baby’s Sleep: Daily Schedules
Your 4 month old or 5 month old baby’s schedule should allow for a relatively short wake time between naps. It should also allow for plenty of daytime feedings; feeding often during the day is an important step to encouraging your baby to sleep through the night.
Your 6 month old baby can achieve slightly longer wake times, and you should begin to see 3 distinct naps emerge. It’s best to keep the timing of these naps somewhat flexible at this age, although you can work towards a more regular, by-the-clock schedule at this age. This is also the point at which many families are introducing solids, so you’ll want to be sure to work any solid feedings carefully into your schedule, and time them up well around any milk feedings and around naps.
See sample 6 month old baby schedules here.
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Your 4 Month Old, 5 Month Old, or 6 Month Old Baby: What You Need To Know About Sleep Training
For starters, if you’re planning to sleep train your 4, 5, or 6 month old baby, you’ll want to download our free e-book, 5 Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Through The Night. This free e-book is available to download instantly, which means you can start using the techniques in it as early as tonight. So download now, and learn why your baby is waking at night – and what you can do about it.
Sleep training starts to become a very, very popular topic for our families once their babies reach about 4 months of age. Why? Because this is the point at which babies stop being newborns and start developing more grown-up sleeping patterns, which means it’s also the point at which you can start working towards self-soothing and independent sleep.
It’s generally best to wait until the 4 month sleep regression is over until you start sleep training. For that reason, 5 months old and 6 months old are both great times to begin work on sleep training. And if you’re wondering how to get started with sleep training your 4, 5, or 6 month old baby, look no further – you’ve come to the right place!
Keep scrolling for an overview of our most popular 4, 5, and 6 month old baby sleep training resources…..
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If you’re looking for ways to get your baby or toddler into a healthy sleeping routine during the day, I encourage you to explore Mastering Naps and Schedules, a comprehensive guide to napping routines, nap transitions, and all the other important “how-tos” of good baby sleep. With over 45 sample sleep schedules and planning worksheets, Mastering Naps and Schedules is a hands-on tool ideal for any parenting style.
For those persistent nighttime struggles, check out The 3 Step System to Help Your Baby Sleep. Using the same unique approach and practical tools for success, this e-book helps you and your baby sleep through the night.