Four-Hour Feeding Schedule

Some sleep consultants and books recommend putting babies on a 4 hour feeding schedule. Taking Cara Babies is truly a believer in being responsive to a baby's hunger cues. We always want to feed hungry babies. We also know that hungry babies don't sleep well. Your goal is to get those needed calories in during the day, so your baby is less likely to be hungry at night. 

Because of this, we believe most babies do best if offered a feeding about every 3 hours during the day for the entire first year of life (and beyond). We recommend to always offer a full feeding every 2.5 to 3.5 hours all day long.

Think about this: When you offer a feeding every 3 hours instead of every 4 hours, you get in an extra feeding in a 12-hour day. That extra feeding can go a long way toward making sure that your baby is well-fed for the night.

Now, we will be honest with you: some parents do find that a 4-hour feeding schedule works better for their individual baby. If this works, it's totally acceptable. You have to do what's best for your little one. Some will eat better on this type of schedule. But please don't let anyone or any book tell you to rush to a 4-hour feeding schedule! If you choose this, do it because your baby is leading the way.

To see sample schedules with feeding included, check out Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months.

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