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4 month old Sleep

4 month old sleeping

By 4 months most children should be sleeping through the night. If your child is consistently sleeping 6 to 8 hours they are on track. As the child, gains weight and settles into the routine they should continue to increase these sleeping hours.

If your child is not sleeping through the night there are three things you need to do:

1.) Space their daytime feeding to every 31/2 to 4 hours. If your baby if is a frequent feeder slowly space out their feeding by increasing the minimum interval by 15 minutes at a time. Such that if the baby is able to tolerate feeding every 2 hours make them wait 2 hour and 15 minute at each interval. I realize you may be using the pacifier and bouncing the baby alot but the child will learn to take more milk and slowly adjust to this change.

2.) Continue to feed your child until they reach 12 pounds

3.) Create a bright & stimulating day and a dark & boring night. Daytime should be bright and fill with normal noises. Don’t make your home a library. After the bedtime routine, parents should whisper and lights should be dimmed.

Written April 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician


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