Each month I will be doing a monthly update of Temple’s sleep schedule, toys she’s currently loving and any other updates! Make sure to check out her 3-Month Update if you have a little one that is younger- I have a lot of great sleep tips in that post!
It’s crazy how much Temple changes each week! Some mornings when she wakes up I feel like she grew overnight. Temple is so alert and wants to grab everything and pull it straight to her mouth! I haven’t felt any teeth coming in, but she is definitely starting to teeth and drool. T loves this baby banana toothbrush for teething. She is seriously the happiest baby and is always smiling. She’s currently OBSESSED with her new Jolly Jumper. I try not to put her in it too much each day since I know she needs to work on her tummy time and crawling!
Some big things that have happened this month…
TEMPLE NAPS WITHOUT BEING ROCKED OR NURSED TO SLEEP!
I didn’t plan on doing this as soon as we did but one day as I was walking around and swaying her like I usually do to fall asleep, I noticed she seemed uncomfortable and so tired. Temple was almost annoyed with me holding her. So I just put her in this sleep sack and laid her down in her dock-a-tot in the crib while she was awake (but tired). She fell asleep almost instantly!!! From then on this is how we’ve done it! When I put her down, she sometimes fuses for a few minutes but then usually plays with her hands and falls asleep within 3-5 minutes. The only way I go back to her room if she is fussing off and on for around 10 minutes. We, as their moms, know the difference between a tired fussiness and a legit cry. Haha. I can always tell when I need to go back into her room to soothe her for a few minutes before putting her back down. This is super rare, T has gotten SO good at falling asleep on her own! It’s been a huge game changer, and I’m so lucky that she transitioned so well to falling asleep without me rocking her.
TEMPLE DROPPED ONE OF HER NAPS
At three-months, Temple was taking five naps a day. She now usually takes four naps since her wake period is longer (more on that below).
TEMPLE IS NOT SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT…
But, I’m okay with this! I am still exclusively breastfeeding so she usually wakes up once or twice during the night to eat. It’s not bad, she wakes up, and I nurse her in the rocking chair for about 5 minutes and put her right back down in her crib. I’d call it more of a ‘midnight snack’ than an actual full feeding. Haha.
TEMPLE LOVES TO SWIM!
She loves bath time and swimming so much! We love using this floaty! Note: it’s recommended NOT to use any sunscreen on babies until six months. Check out my sunscreen post to see the sunscreens I do suggest for the whole family and how we approach being out in the sun/Vitamin D!
TEMPLE’S FAVORITE TOYS RIGHT NOW
WE ARE STILL EXCLUSIVELY BREASTFEEDING
We have been so lucky that breastfeeding is still going well for us. Make sure to check out my breastfeeding post for all my tips, recipes, etc. to help with your breastfeeding journey. The biggest game-changer has been adding supplements from Legendary Milk. They use only 100% organic ingredients, and I have seen a significant improvement in my supply since taking them. They have several blends to choose from, so make sure to do your research to find what’s best for you. I’m currently taking Liquid Gold and Pump Princess. BONUS- I have a discount code for 15% off!! Use code MADA15 at checkout for 15% off any items.
At four months, being up for about an hour and a half between naps is working great for us. At three months it was an hour of wake time, so basically, with each month you add around 15 minutes to your baby’s wake time. Once she goes back down for a nap, she usually sleeps for around an hour. We do this cycle all day long. Awake an hour and a half, sleep an hour-ish.
Temple is so used to her schedule that I can always tell when it’s hitting an hour and 15-30 minutes that she is fussy and ready to go down. I want to remind you all that we worked with a sleep coach around two months on the phone and she’s given us great advice – I cannot recommend her enough if you want that individualized help. Below is a rough daily schedule!
Our 4-Month Schedule:
7:00 to 7:30 am: We wake up for the day! She usually wakes up naturally around this time. We change her diaper from the night and immediately breastfeed. She is usually starving when she gets up!
8:45 to 9:00 am: Down for Nap #1. Temple’s longest nap of the day. Note: I never let Temple nap over 2 hours- this can mess with her sleep schedule for the day. Let’s be honest though, sleeping for a full two hours is rare anyway! haha
10:00 am: Wakes up from Nap #1. Could be sooner or a little later but it’s usually sometime around 10 am. Nurse and play! We often go on a walk at this time.
11:30 am: Down for Nap #2.
12:30 pm: Wake, feed, and play. Note: She doesn’t always eat at each wake period – depends if she seems hungry. But, she does eat at least every other time she’s awake.
2:00 pm: Down for Nap #3.
3:00 pm: Wake, feed, play.
4:30 pm: Down for Nap #4. I’m sure you see the trend here!
5:30 pm: Wakes up. If it’s a bath day, (we only bathe 2-3 times a week) this is when we usually bathe. After bathing, we play, nurse and read two or three books in her room. This is her longest wake period – she is usually up for 2 hours before bedtime.
7:30-8:00 pm- Down for the night.
1:00 am- 3:00 am: Temple wakes up sometime between 1 – 3 am, and I nurse her and put her right back into her dock-a-tot/crib. She always goes right back to sleep.
7:00 – 7:30 am: wake up and start all over!