January 2013 Moms

Bedtime for 4 1/2 month old

I was wondering what time your LO goes to bed? My 4 1/2 month old is always cranky in the evening.  He takes a bottle at 4:00, then a 20-30 minute cat nap at 5:30, bedtime routine at 7:30, bottle at 8, and then bedtime after his feeding.  But, we fight him from 6-8 every single night, pretty much since he's been born.  He is super fussy during this time.  Should I try putting him down earlier like 7? and just go on and feed him his bottle earlier instead of at 8?  He has been sleeping through the night for awhile without feeding and typically wakes up b/w 7-8. I'm just scared that if he has his last bottle at 6:30 or 7, then he will be waking up again in the middle of the night to feed, but I'm so tired of fighting him at night.  I'm not sure why he is fussy, unless he is really just overtired.  Any advice??

Re: Bedtime for 4 1/2 month old

  • My LO has been going to bed between 6:45 and 7:15 since about 4 months. She is so tired by then, there is no way I could keep her up.
  • I am no expert in baby bedtimes (trust me we've had some rough evenings!) but my DD tends to be fussy in the evenings too and I've wondered about putting her to bed earlier as well. I try to follow her cues. Sometimes I can't get her down until after 9 pm, but the last few nights she's in bed by 8:30ish and seems much calmer during the whole process. I would go with your gut. If he's cranky and seems ready for bed try pushing up his bedtime. They say that the tired cues (crankiness, rubbing eyes, etc.) are usually a good indicator of when to start heading to bed. Try it once, if he wakes up in the middle of the night then go back to the old bedtime.
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  • DS has been going to bed between 7 and 7:30 since he started sleeping in his crib since 10 weeks. He's only just recently dropped his MOTN feeding because he would only take 4oz at a time for the longest time! Now as long as he gets 28-30oz in during the day he'll sleep 10-12 hours straight.

    It's possible your LO is overtired. Maybe start his bedtime routine earlier so that he's getting his bottle at 7:30 rather than 8 (which would put his awake time since his last nap at 2 hours). I find DS can't really go more than 2 hours straight of awake time without getting cranky. 

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  • My LO goes down between 67. Any later and he becomes a bear.
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    My little guy turns 5 months old today, but has been going to bed around 7 for the past two months. There are times he can stretch it to 7:30, but there are also times he's done by 6:30. I find everything is just easier if I put him to bed when he gets super cranky like that in the evening because he is tired. You know best, but I would at least try an earlier bedtime and see how it goes.
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  • DD usually is in bed around 8:30 or 9. She does often get a short nap at like 7 though when we walk around our neighborhood.
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  • If they are fighting it they most likely need an earlier bedtime because they are overtired.  If I don't get DD to bed by 7:15 at the latest, it's meltdown city and she's up fighting it until 9.
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  • When is his last nap (prior to the 5.30 one)?
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  • He takes his first afternoon nap anywhere b/w 1 and 1:30 and usually sleeps until 3:30 or so. 
  • I'm guessing he's overtired. LO's bedtime used to be 9-9:30 and I don't know how he made it that long. Now, he gets real fussy about 6:30 so I put him down usually by 7, sometimes 7:30 and he sleeps SO much better than we he went down later. LO does eat twice throughout the night though.


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