E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training: Week 6 to Month 4

Posted on Jul 4, 2015


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Not all agree on sleep training.  Some parents say you must let your child determine when and where they are going to sleep, perhaps they are afraid of becoming regimented to the point that they are no longer in tune with their baby’s unique needs.  Other parents may not navigate the day without a pinpointed schedule that tells them when to feed their child, and when their child should nap; perhaps they feel tied to the house.

 

To all you parents, I say rest easy.  The techniques that make up E.A.S.Y. are meant to be tailored to your child. It will allow you to parent in a more conscious manner.  It does not encourage a schedule so much as a routine.  If you feel your child is not developmentally ready for the hours suggested here, try utilizing the same principles in a shorter time frame (i.e. 2.5 hours or 3 hours).

 

It is a routine, a repetition of natural cycles related to each letter that occur throughout the day.  A routine allows for flexibility rather than mechanically following a schedule.   As I’ve said before, E.A.S.Y. is not necessarily easy, but it works.   

 

 

This is part of a series.  As your child grows, be sure to adjust their schedule accordingly using additional charts {more coming soon}.

 

E represents EAT.  All babies need to eat either liquid thru nursing or bottle feeding or solids starting at 6 months.  They are less likely to be either underfed or overfed on a routine.

A represents ACTIVITY.  This can usually be baby led.  A structure though can prevent overstimulation.

S represents SLEEP.  Sleep is mandatory.  Daytime sleep in the form of naps helps improve nighttime sleep.  Good naps as a result of the proper amount of food and activity are more likely with a routine.

Y represents YOUR Time.  With less unpredictably and more structure, you’ll have more time to yourself to rest, shower, clean, what have you.

 

The schedule I’ve provided is adapted from The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood by Tracy  Hogg and Melinda Blau.  I highly recommend reading the book in its entirety!

 

Be aware the routine will adjust as your child grows.  And it may even vary somewhat from what’s presented here based on weight and personality.  However, since most babies hit certain milestones at certain ages, this plan is on target for Week 6 to Month 4.  You may want to continue using the schedule for Day 4 to Week 6, which is a 3 hour routine, until your baby reaches 8 weeks or so, and/or they no longer need the tanking up process in the late afternoon.

 


 INFANT E.A.S.Y:  WEEK 6  TO MONTH 4


Below is a synopsis of the schedule broken into 3 segments.  Click on each heading for detailed information.  Scroll to the end of the article for an opportunity to get access to a free printable for easy reference.

Morning E.A.S.Y. Schedule

*Please Note: Evening tanking up or cluster feeding will not need to extend past 8 weeks unless experiencing a growth spurt.

Further, if your family’s routine makes it better to start the day at 7:30 that is acceptable to adjust accordingly.  However, it’s not recommended to start the day after 7:30 am nor end the day past 7:30 pm.

 

7:00 AM (E)at Feed 4-6 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

7:30 (A)ctivity Limited Activity (i.e. changing diaper, talking)

8:30(S)leep Nap (1:45) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes

(Y)our Personal Time

10:30 AM E Feed 4-6 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

11:00 A Activity

12:15 S Nap (1:45) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes

Y

Afternoon E.A.S.Y. Schedule

2:00 PM E Feed 4-6 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

2:30 A Activity

3:30 S Nap (1:45) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes

Y

5:30 PM E Feed 4-6 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

6:00 A Bath & Bedtime Ritual

S & Y are not defined here as baby will most likely go from a bath to a last evening feed to bed.  If your baby is not capable of doing this, see the Evening Time Variation Chart for an alternative.

Evening E.A.S.Y. Schedule

7:00 PM E / S Feed 4-6 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle) & to bed for night

Between 10-11 PM E / S Dream Feed – NO WAKE – activate sucking reflex

Between 3-5 AM E / S Night Feed – BACK TO BED TILL 7 AM

 

Below is the time variation for the evening activity and bedtime slot for your little one if they get too cranky in the evening.  Click on the heading for detailed information.

Evening Time Variation Chart

6:00 A Bath & Bedtime Ritual

6:30 S Catnap (30 min)

7:30 E / S Feed 4-6 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle & to bed for night

Then you’ll return to the original chart for the remainder of the evening. 

 

Below is the Food, Activity and Sleep Totals for each day.  Click on the heading for detailed information

Daily Food, Activity & Sleep Totals

Food Intake: 6 feeds per day for 24-32 OZ. typical. If nursing = approximately 30 minutes per feed

Day Sleep: 6 hours on average *based on age & activity level influences

Day Activity Time Slots

2 months 1 hour 15 – 20 mins; 

3 months 1 hour 20 – 30 mins; 

4 months 1 hour 45 mins – 2 hours

Remember these are guidelines, NOT rules, so if you feel that your baby is not yet ready for these A times, please do not force them, as this will result in issues.

Night Sleep: 5 hour stretches on average *based on body weight influences

The goal is that you gradually extend the time between daytime feedings in 10-15-minute increments so that at 4 months your baby can go around 4 hours between feeds.  However, be mindful that during the approximate 3-day growth spurts, if you’re nursing you may need to temporarily tank up with a cluster feed and/or return to the 3-hour routine. Additionally, your baby will need to stay awake 2 hours between feeds before they can transition to a 4-hour routine.


 


 


Adapted from The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

This series has expanded into an in-depth online training course called The Baby P.L.A.N.S. Method.

This 14 training unit course is designed to take your parenting style and your baby’s personality into deeper consideration while enhancing the bonding experience of parent and child.

Happy Babies Play and Learn through proper Activities, good Nutrition, and restful Sleep. This course is your toolbox and roadmap for a successful parenting journey. Get set to make Baby P.L.A.N.S. today!

 

Do you want a routine that produces a contented baby & happier mom? Learn about E.A.S.Y. sleep training & tailored routines for babies from Week 6 to Month 4 - get a FREE reference chart!

 

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P.S.  I’d love to hear, how do you feel about sleep training?

 

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