E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training – Month 4 to Month 6 3

E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training – Month 4 to Month 6

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

This series has received a lot of interest on Pinterest which tells me that most moms want a routine that is good for their baby and preserves their sanity! Since I started this series, I’ve also seen pins from some who state why they don’t sleep train their children. It’s obvious a controversy over sleep training continues to exist. 

Let me take a moment to reassure all you parents, that the method behind E.A.S.Y. is intended to be tailored to your individual child. It will allow you to parent in a more conscious manner.  It does not encourage a schedule so much as a routine.

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!

The routine will adjust as your child grows. And it may vary based on weight and personality. For example, during this stage, you’ll gradually phase out a feed because baby can physically consume more at each feed; you’ll gradually consolidate three naps into two because baby can stay awake longer. So typically at four months baby can stay awake 1 1/2 hours and 2 hours by 6 months.

Additionally, because of natural strides in development at this age, many will wake between 4-6 a.m. but left to happily talk and play in their crib for 15-20 minutes will easily fall back asleep on their own until 7 am. If they are truly hungry then feed them before returning to sleep for a couple more hours.


 BABY E.A.S.Y:  MONTH 4 TO MONTH 6


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 access to an easy reference FREE printable.

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 it’s 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 due to naturally inherit sleep cycles in children.

7:00 AM (E)at Feed 5-8 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

7:20 (A)ctivity Limited Activity (i.e. changing diaper, talking)

8:45 (S)leep Nap (2 hrs) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes so sleep starts closer to 9 am

(Y)our Personal Time

11:00 AM E Feed 5-8 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

11:20 A Activity

12:45 S Nap (1 1/2 – 2 hrs) Sleep ritual takes 15-20 minutes so sleep starts closer to 1 pm

Y

Afternoon E.A.S.Y. Schedule

3:00 PM E Feed 5-8 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

3:20 A Activity

5:30 S CAT Nap (45 min) (may be as early as 5 pm or as late as 6 pm depending on your child – overtiredness happens easily here so keep low key!)

Y (probably your own dinner 🙂 )

Evening E.A.S.Y. Schedule

6-7:00 PM E /A/ S this is where you need to determine, based on time of late afternoon cat nap if your baby should have a bath then eat or eat then bath, prior to bed

(E) Feed 5-8 OZ. Liquid (Breast or Bottle)

(A) Bath & Bedtime Ritual

(S) 7pm to bed for night

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

5 AM E / S Night Feed if truly hungry – BACK TO BED TILL 7 AM

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 26-38 OZ. typical. If nursing = approximately 20 minutes per feed

Day Sleep: 4 1/2  hours on average *based on age & activity level influences

Day Activity Time Slots:

4 months 1 hour 30 mins;

5 months 1 hour 45 mins;

6 months 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: 10 hour stretch from 7 pm to 5 am if no waking at Dream Feed on average *based on body weight influences then another 2 hours before daily routine begins.

Please be observant to your baby exhibiting tired signs. If a baby goes to bed for the night being overtired (active) their nighttime sleep will likely be fitful, and they’ll wake earlier.

 



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. Get set to make Baby P.L.A.N.S. today and have a successful parenting journey!

 

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

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P.S.  I’d love to hear, how do you benefit from a routine?

 

Comments

  1. Andrea

    This looks really great! Do you have it for over 6 months? My son is almost 8 months and his sleep schedule is not very good. I have tried many things, nothing really working

    Posted on March 18, 2016
    • Tiffany

      Hi Andrea!
      I’m actually in the process of posting a Month 6 to Month 9 as well as a Month 9 to 1-year routine. So keep on the lookout. The Month 6 to Month 9 should be available in a few weeks. Additionally, I’ll be releasing a 6-8 week email course that will address many sleep/food/activity issues. So be sure to email me a specific question or concern if applicable and I’ll be sure to address it in detail during the course. If you feel desperate, I’ll be happy to shoot a few tips over to you in the meantime!

      March 18, 2016

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