The Perfect 4 Month Old Schedule With 2 Fab Examples To Try!

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 01/11/22 •  7 min read  •  Baby » Baby Parenting Advice

You’re about to learn the secret to navigating from newborn-dom into young babyhood swiftly, seamlessly and effortlessly.

And no, it’s not a magical potion or trick…

It’s a simple case of breaking down your baby’s day into 3 parts…

  1. Feeding
  2. Sleeping
  3. Playing

And blending them seamlessly into one another into a 4 month old schedule!

It’s gloriously simple…

But there’s a knack for getting it right!

So here’s how and why you do it…

Why Should A 4 Month Old Have A Schedule?

If you have read any of my other posts, you will know that I am a strong believer in schedules! 

All babies benefit from a basic schedule that is built around their feed and sleep needs. 

And in the early months of your little one’s life, you will need to adjust to their changing needs so the 4 month schedule will be subtly different to the 3 month old schedule and a 5 month old schedule.

And believe me when I say that establishing routines in the early months will make your life SO MUCH EASIER as they ensure all your baby’s needs are met whilst ensuring you do not get overwhelmed with what needs doing!

A Typical 4 Month Old Sleep Schedule

The 4 month sleep stage can be tricky as it is a very transitory phase… 

Your little one may experience the dreaded 4 month sleep regression or start fighting sleep.

But with a solid schedule and routine, you will be able to sail through these rocky sleep moments without too much disruption.

Remember what I said about the secret to moving from newborn-dom to young babyhood smoothly…?

Well, here is a typical 4 month old sleep schedule to give you an idea of what your baby’s sleep patterns could look like:

How Much Should A 4 Month Old Sleep?

In accordance with the National Sleep Foundation, 4 month old babies need an average of 14 to 15 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. 

Some 4 month olds will be able to go for 8 hours at night without waking for a feed, although many will still be waking every 4 hours to fill their tummies.

How Many Naps Should A 4 Month Old Have?

By now, the bulk of your baby’s sleep should be happening at night and the balance of their sleeping should be taken over 3 or 4 naps during the day, ranging in length from 30 mins to 2 hours. 

Knowing your baby’s awake windows and how long they can manage to comfortably stay awake will determine your 4 month old’s nap schedule.

How Long Can A 4 Month Old Be Awake Between Naps?

By 4 months old, your baby will start to develop clear awake windows. 

These can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the time of day.

You will also know when your baby needs a nap because they will start to show the following sleep signs:

5 Common Baby Sleep Cues

  1. Rubbing eyes 
  2. Pulling at ears
  3. Yawning
  4. Looking away
  5. Squirming and restlessness

So, if baby starts showing these signs, it’s time for them to have a rest!

What Time Should A 4 Month Old Go To Bed?

Ideally, you should aim to have your 4 month old tucked up in bed for the night any time between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. 

4 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Here is a basic 4 month old feeding schedule, but it is important to remember that this schedule can vary slightly from baby to baby. 

All babies are different and at this age, some will need anywhere between two and four feeds per day while others need five or six. 

Here is a typical 4 month old feeding schedule for 6 feeds a day:

How Much Should A 4 Month Old Eat?

Many 4 month old babies are still being “demand fed” but as a general guideline they need between 4oz and 6oz of formula up to 6 times a day. 

Or, if they are breastfed… they should feed every 3-4 hours during the day and at least once at night. 

How Long Can A 4 Month Old Go Between Feedings?

By 4 months of age, your little one should be able to go for up to 8 hours at night without feeding and 3 to 4 hours during the day.

The Perfect Sample 4 Month Old Schedule

The thing to remember about a 4 month old baby is that they are slowly coming out of the newborn sleep phase and heading towards young babyhood…

This means that they can really throw you a curveball when it comes to establishing routines!

Your 4 month old schedule will now be driven more by their awake windows rather than by their sleep needs.

But as long as you have a flexible approach, a 4 month old schedule will be an asset to your parenting journey!

So, here are 2 sample schedules to start you off on the right foot!

4 Month Old Schedule With 4 Naps

A 4 month old schedule with 4 naps should look similar to this:

4 Month Old Schedule With 3 Naps

And a 4 month old schedule with 3 naps should look similar to this:

10 Top Tips For Managing Your 4 Month Old Schedule

Here are my top tips and facts for managing your 4 month old schedule.

  1. Morning waking and bedtime should remain consistent.
  2. Feeds should be every 3 to 4 hours during the day.
  3. Most babies can now go up to 8 hours at night without a feed, but some may still wake to be fed.
  4. Read your babies sleep cues and don’t try and keep them awake to fit a schedule.
  5. Make the most of awake windows together.
  6. During the day, feed baby when they wake up rather than before they go to sleep. 
  7. Get outside for some fresh air every day.
  8. Offer a dream feed before you go to bed.
  9. Enjoy playing and interacting with your little one when they are awake.
  10. Remain flexible… babies operate on their own time!

Remember, the basics of getting enough age-appropriate sleep and regular feeding are the foundations on which you will build your baby’s ideal schedule, ending the day with a regular and healthy bedtime routine.

And as I said before, laying the foundations for a routine and schedule now, will make your life much easier as your little one grows up!

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Paula McLaren

Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the childcare industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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