E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training: Week 6 to Month 4 13

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

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

 

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 โ€“ NO WAKE – activate sucking reflex

Between 3-5 AM E / S Night Feed โ€“ 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?

 

Comments

  1. Megan

    What is your sleep routine?

    Posted on December 8, 2016
    • Tiffany

      Hi Megan,
      Thanks for the question. Each of my children have been different even as babies so this has varied. Currently, my baby doesn’t like baths and gets too distracted or stimulated with even gentle music. So my sleep routine is very simple. I turn on a white noise machine, close the blinds and curtains, swaddle her, give her colic calm if she seems uncomfortable (she’s very gassy) a paci if she wants it, hold her for 5 minutes, then lay her in the cosleeper.

      December 8, 2016
  2. lexi

    Interestingly, as a first time mom we seem to have come to the same routine on our own. My child wakes hungry, eats, plays for awhile and then gets cranky. Usually she’ll fall asleep unless hungry,and even then I don’t let her fall asleep on the breast. Our times are a little different, but as you say, adjust to your individual child’s needs. And I do the sleep feed too, finding that I could top her up before I went to bed, and she’d sleep right thru her meal. She goes about 6 hours at night, and goes back to sleep easy. So while I understand probably not’s concern, I don’t think the pattern offered is at all worrying. Our daughter is 90 percentile for weight and exclusively breast fed.

    Posted on November 27, 2016
    • Tiffany

      It’s so nice to hear that your daughter is doing so well! And I’m glad you’re having success with the basic sequence of Eat, Play, Sleep. I appreciate your comment about her being hungry sometimes before sleep, but that you don’t let her fall asleep on the breast. My 3rd is nearly 8 weeks old now and she’s such a sleepy baby that I have to do Eat, Activity (change diaper), Eat, Activity (sleep routine), Sleep otherwise, she would not eat enough, and the poor thing it takes her an hour each feeding session. But I am careful not to nurse her to sleep for her naps. For night feeds and sleep I try to keep her asleep while she eats, lol. I feel like this has aided her in naturally overcoming the day/night reversal within 5 weeks and sleeping a 5-8 hour stretch at night.

      November 28, 2016
  3. Probably Not

    Yikes, this is the age block my little one is in right now and I couldn’t imagine getting him to follow this.

    What is with the whole expecting them to sleep nearly 2 hours on an empty stomach thing?? How the hecks that gonna fly? I don’t understand why on earth you wouldn’t feed them right be for a nap…

    And he’d NEVER make it from 2 in the afternoon to 5:30 without any food, in fact I’d probably be worried if he did! This whole thing is pretty crazy tbh.

    Posted on March 19, 2016
    • Tiffany

      Dear Probably not,

      Thanks for your comments of concern.

      If your baby is nursing efficiently, due to the size of your baby’s stomach, it should be plenty given that a babies metabolism slows during their extensive sleep cycles.

      The idea behind not nursing a baby right before a nap is that a sleep association is formed. A baby is then being trained to only go to sleep with food. A baby can and should learn to distinguish between true hunger or just a crutch.

      If any mom out there wants a content baby and a content self, without feeling like they are winging it or appeasing their baby with food just because they are crying and they donโ€™t know what else to do, this is a routine that is worth giving a try.

      When I was a first-time mom, I suspended disbelief and tried this, and Iโ€™m so glad I did. It saved my sanity!

      March 19, 2016
  4. Monica

    Hi
    Can you explain the dream feed- no wake- activate sucking reflex part of the sleep schedule?

    Posted on February 23, 2016
    • Tiffany

      Hi Monica!
      I’m so glad you took the time to ask this question rather than feeling isolated. This is an excellent question to add to the 6-week course I have coming up. I will give a brief explanation here. Then if you’d like more information, please email me. So the dream feed is a practice used to “tank-up” your little one so they can sleep longer before waking for their night feed…which gives mamma some extra sleep too, especially if you use expressed milk and let Dad bottle feed the baby. The goal is to activate the sucking reflex so that the baby will take the milk without fully waking. You’ll need to keep lights low, noise to a minimum, and try not to wake the baby. Then gently touch baby’s mouth with whatever you use to feed the baby (bottle or nipple). The baby should latch on even in sleep and take a feed for about 15 minutes before stopping. Once the baby stops, you’ll just place him or her back in their crib as if you’d never been there! ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 23, 2016
      • Probably Not

        What if they wake up hungry more than the allotted 2 times a night?

        March 19, 2016
        • Tiffany

          Dear probably not,

          As I mention in my series posts and the reference sheets, this is not a schedule to religiously stick to. If your child is obviously hungry (for instance, because of going through a growth spurt) then you should feed your child!

          March 19, 2016
      • Probably Not

        … (comment edited by moderator):

        I’d really like to see your credentials, do you have any training in children’s health or nutrition? Do you have any child related education at all? It really scares me that there are parents out there following a strict schedule that was just pulled out of thin air by some house wife that has no idea what shes talking about…. No offense.

        March 19, 2016
        • Tiffany

          Dear Probably Not,

          If you read the posts in the series in entirety, you’ll see that I don’t advocate following a strict schedule. This is a routine based on natural cycles led by baby and established by renowned sleep experts and pediatricians.

          To reiterate a reply to one of your earlier comments, I make it clear that if your baby is truly hungry – then for goodness sake feed it, don’t starve it. I’ve used this with multiple children and never had failure to thrive issues. The results of thousands of documented children in the reference material (provided below) is proof in the pudding.

          Further, this information is not pulled out of thin air. It is from The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood by Tracy Hogg (Author), Melinda Blau (Author)

          Warm regards.

          March 19, 2016

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