Nightwaking is normal at this age and babies are not expected to sleep for longer periods during the night until after 6 months of age. All babies develop differently and some babies may still wake for a night feed until 6 months of age.
To develop a rhythm to your baby’s day means establishing a pattern around three important activities:
- Feeding (perhaps every 3 – 4 hours)
These three activities make up the core structure of your baby’s daily routine. Try to do them in the same sequence at the same time each day.
See example: Daily Activities 0-6 Months Tip Sheet
From 3-4 months of age most babies know the difference between day and night. They are sleeping for longer periods overnight but will still need 1-2 milk feeds.
- As your baby matures, wake times during the day increases and night sleeps lengthen.
- Some babies will have 2 -3 longer sleeps per day, while others only need short sleeps
- If your baby is happy and interactive during wake times, it’s likely they have had enough sleep.
- try supervised tummy time (floor play)
- use rattles and soft toys to encourage interaction
- tell stories to your baby using soft books
- take baby for a walk in the pram
By now breastfeeding is usually well established and baby is likely to be feeding at every 3 to 5 hours including at least 1-2 milk feeds overnight.
- It’s okay to make changes to feeding, play and sleep times to fit in with your baby’s tired signs.
- Some days things will go smoothly, but illness, disruption and busy days can affect your baby’s cycle. If this occurs, try to move back into your normal daily activities as soon as possible.