Suggested Routine for a 2 - 4 Month Old

6:28 am Baby behaviour, Nutrition, Sleep and Settling

By Jan Murray

I started having my babies in the 1980’s over 20 years ago. Back then I knew very little about how much sleep babies were supposed to have. I thought babies fell asleep when they were tired and I was told to feed them any time they cried.

I wish I would have known then some of what I know now about routines as it would have made my life a lot easier.

I  am keen to pass on the knowledge I have learnt over the years both personally and professionally to parents who are just like I was - fumbling my way through.

mum & baby together we learn


Below is an example of the type of routine I  suggest for a
breast fed baby who is 2 - 4 months old.

Other routines (up to 5 years old) are available in  FREE Routines eBook 

Suggested Daily Routine for
Breastfed Babies 2 – 4 Months Old

Babies are individual in their needs. This information is only a guide to help organise your day. At this age, most babies will still breast feed at 3 hourly intervals during the day and four to five at night.

5 or 6am
Wakes for milk feed
Settle back to sleep  

8 or 9am
Milk feed
Age appropriate stimulation
Watch for tired signs
Settle into sleep (approx. 9.30 or 10.30am) 


11am or 12noon
Milk feed
Age appropriate stimulation
Watch for tired signs
Settle into sleep (approx. 12.30 or 1.30pm) 

2 or 3pm
Milk feed
Age appropriate stimulation
Watch for tired signs
Settle into sleep (approx. 3.30 or 4.30pm)


5 or 6pm

Milk feed
Awake time
Top up feed around 7pm
Settle into sleep (approx. 7.30 or 8.30pm)


9.30 or 10.30pm
You may wake your baby to feed or they may wake

Settle back to sleep


Low stimulus feed when your baby wakes


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This article was brought to you by Jan Murray, Private Child Health Consultant who is an internationally renowned expert in her field. Jan encourages parents in the area of infant sleep, nutrition, activities and family balance. Jan publishes regular ezine and blog articles to provide free parenting tips, tools and resources to educate and support those caring for young babies and children. For more online resources visit  















4 Responses

  1. Angela Norval Says:

    What do you do when you try hard to follow these routines, but a baby doesn’t follow them. My son will fall asleep, but as soon as I put him in the cot he wakes up and takes a long time to go back to sleep. I have tried patting while he is in the cot, leaving him to cry for a while but he is definitely determined. The hardest part of this is my 3 year old daughter is left waiting while I try and try and try to get him to go back to sleep

  2. Jan Murray Says:

    Hi Angela, if routines are not working for your little one there are many things that need to be considered. Try these for starters
    - Do they have silent reflux? A GP or paediatrician will diagnose this.
    - Do they have an intolerance or allergy making them feel some discomfort after feeds?
    - Are they getting enough at each feed or are they still hungry? Their weight gain will tell you this.
    - Are you feeling tense or anxious about them going to sleep as they will pick up on your emotions making it even harder for them to settle?
    - If you have another toddler try playing loud white noise sounds in their room at sleep time?
    I discuss all this in more depth on the ‘Putting them to Sleep’audio CD or the eBook of the same name which is available from the link below

  3. amber Says:

    I’m trying this but my baby doesn’t ever sleep long enough to make it till the next feeding?.and she screams for a bottle n she’s 2 months, 13lbs

  4. Daisy Says:

    Thank you for this post! There is SO much information/opinion out there around baby sleep, and a lot of it can make mamas feel stressed that they are doing something “wrong.” This simple schedule is easy to understand and not blaming, and my little guy (now 2 mo old) seems to naturally fall into this routine, most days. Thanks for the info!

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