A few months ago I shared with you guys the E.A.S.Y Sleep Routine that I have implemented on all my boys. Well, I figured now would be a good time for the second part of the sleep routine for babies (4-6 month babies). Liam is almost six months old, and I know several of you have been waiting for this. Better late then never right?!
Before I share the routine, let’s get a few basics and reminders out of the way…
-Make sure you are establishing a routine vs. you following your child. Babies do not know much at this age. They learn from what we teach them.
-Listen to your child’s cues. More often then not we are following the clock to a T and not listening to our child cues.
-Avoid accidental parenting. I know us moms will do anything to make our kids stop crying, right? Well, often this ends up becoming a bad habit.
-This is not an easy fix. You have to be patient. Also the older the child is, the harder it will be to implement change.
–REMINDER– this is not a schedule, but a routine. You can not fit a baby into a clock. A routine allows consistency, and it’s also predictable. We all thrive on predictability!
What does the four to 6-month routine look like?
By now your baby is much more active and aware of going on around him/her. Babies develop from the head down. So by now, your baby is probably able to hold his or her up and able to grasp at objects around them. With new developments comes new routine.
Most babies at this point are also ready to switch from a 3-hour routine to a 4-hour routine. Most babies at this age can stay up longer for play time too. By now it should be about 1.5 hours, and by six months it’s 2 hours.
Since the routine is changing a bit, you can expect to cut a feed, (especially since your baby can take in more each feed). You can consolidate three naps into 2 and extend his or her wake time.
Here is what the new routine will look like:
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The Baby Whisper goes through a lot, and I mean ALOT of questions and scenarios that answer many, many questions on sleep routine for babies. I can’t go into every situation and case because, well, I do have three kids. But I HIGHLY recommend this book. It’s an easy read, and it’s a great book!
I also want to mention that I am not a doctor, nor the baby whisper, this is just what has worked for the boys and I. I’ve simply highlighted the most critical part of a sleep routine for babies.
As always if you ever have any questions, please email, comment or reach out. I would love to help in any way I can!
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