Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Nikki says

    My daughter is 5.5 months and formula fed. We just dropped the 3am bottle at 5 months because she was waking closer to 5am and no longer “demanding” to be fed. Her schedule has been 7:30 wake, 9-11 nap, 1-2:30 nap, 4:30-5:15 nap and 7:30 bedtime. I’m thinking she has hit the 4 month sleep regression just this week because she is waking constantly all night, naps are all over the place and she’s now waking as early as 6am. I realize that 6am is not “too early” but add this to the fact that she’ll soon be in preschool where her first nap won’t be until 9:30-10am and I think we’re in trouble! I’m considering reintroducing the 3am bottle to try to help her through the night. Is this a bad idea? Should we try tweaking something in her schedule instead?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for your comment, and I’m so sorry for the delayed response! I hope your daughter is sleeping a little better this week, but from your description, it does sound like this could be the 4 month sleep regression. This is a very common phase and can be difficult, but it usually only lasts for 2-4 weeks, so hang in there!

      At 5-6 months-old, most babies are eating between 1-3 times a night. If your daughter seems hungry or you’re worried about hunger, you can add a bottle, but if you believe the cause of the waking is the regression, then the bottle probably won’t help. You can read more about the 4 month sleep regression and what causes it here:

      I hope this helps, but if you do have any further questions, please feel free to write us at [email protected]. Thank you for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource!