A: We all want to know the answer to this question, but it’s important not to compare your child with your neighbor’s or friend’s. Every child is unique, and there is great variability amongst babies when it comes to sleep needs.
First, understand the role of feeding in your baby’s development. Ensuring that he is gaining weight at an appropriate rate will help you and your pediatrician decide when he is ready to stop night feedings, so he (and you) won’t need to wake as often.
Some babies will start sleeping longer stretches around 4 months old. However, because of the many developmental changes babies go through between 4 and 5 months, it may still be challenging for your baby to sleep all night without needing assistance.
Oftentimes, by around 6 months old, babies will have gone through many of the key developmental leaps and will be ready to start consolidating their sleep more predictably both during naps and at night. At that point, you and your baby will be on your way to getting some much-deserved slumber.
—Christina Gantcher, MSC, sleep consultant and founder of Good Night Sleep Coaching