As your baby grows and the months pass by, they develop in many aspects including their sleeping patterns. As your baby grows, you may find yourself familiar with their sleeping schedules. However, your baby’s sleeping patterns may suddenly change. As they grow, their need for breastfeeding or bottle-feeding may decrease and they may sleep more hours through the night.
Each baby develops at their own pace and not all babies will follow the same sleeping pattern.
Starting 3 months, your baby will start sleeping through longer stretches throughout the night and may develop a sleeping routine.
This article will guide you through your baby’s sleeping patterns at 4-6 months.
4-5 months sleeping patterns.
- By the time your baby reaches four months old, they may be sleeping less than before.
- As your baby grows, they will want to play and interact more with their surroundings.
- Your baby should sleep around 12-17 hours per day and should take 3-4 naps per day.
- The baby may sleep about 6-8 hours per night.
- Not all babies follow the same sleeping pattern, so if your baby is not sleeping long stretches during the night don’t panic.
The four-month sleep regression
At four months, you may notice that your baby’s sleep has gone crazy. If your baby was once sleeping well with long stretches throughout the night, this may suddenly change to the total opposite. Your baby may suddenly wake up every hour to feed, refuse to sleep for long hours, or take more time to settle.
Here are the signs of the 4-month sleep regression:
- Changes in sleeping patterns: If your baby previously had a sleep routine, they may either have trouble falling or staying asleep.
- Trouble staying asleep for long hours: Your baby may be fighting himself from falling asleep.
- Change in naps: Your baby may nap for fewer hours or skip a nap.
- Waking up through the night: Frequent wakings and difficulty getting them back to sleep again.
- Restless sleep: Your baby might seem restless during their sleep by rolling over and moving a lot.
During their fifth month, your baby will have the same sleeping patterns as four month. They may learn to self-soothe themselves to sleep and go back to sleep once they wake up.
Six-month sleeping pattern
- Babies sleep about 14 hours per day, 10 hours per night, and may take two short naps per day.
- Some six-month-old babies may face separation anxiety issues at six months which may affect their sleeping patterns as they may wake up if they feel like you aren’t around them. This is a normal development for babies this age.
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