(Closed) Surviving the 4 month sleep regression?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I don’t know, waking twice a night doesn’t seem that bad to me, but I bedshare and my baby wakes up a lot every night haha. 

I honestly think this is one of those things that just takes some time. There’s so much going on mentally and sometimes physically (my 16 weeker has already been teething for a month) that it’s just tough for them. It seems like there’s always something that throws a wrench into things, especially during the first year.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

2 times sounds like heaven  Sorry haha

 

I think it’s helpful to just remember it is a phase and just try to go with the flow. Don’t worry about creating bad habits at this age.  They wake up because they are in a new developmental phase as pp mentioned and they need you. This too shall pass!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My boy is 12w and I’ve been researching how to get through the upcoming sleep regression as I have a great sleeper (gets up 2x/night to eat but I don’t mind, can totally deal with that) and theres a lot of tips online. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

Try putting him down earlier! He might be overtired and that’s why he’s fighting it and not getting a good night’s sleep. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is the book I read.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Wait it out, it will pass. Do what you need to do to get the most sleep. youre not going to create bad habits. kid sleep is constantly changing the first few years of life, you gotta be flexible and just go with the flow.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The best advice I can give (and that I got) is to think of everything as a stage. Your son’s previous good sleeping was a phase, this poorer sleeping is a phase, and in three or four weeks it’ll be something else. For some reason, that perspective helped me a lot. 

Fwiw, we sleep trained at four months. Not to cut night wakings or feedings, but just so that DS would go down after eating without it taking me two hours every time. That definitely helped. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Do what you can to get through it. Bad habits can always be changed when he’s a bit older and more adaptable. Everything changes so quickly!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

We were there exactly a year ago and it was the toughest time of the first year and a half. I strongly recommend reading Ferber to understand why the regression occurs and how the sleep patterns change.

I also suggest looking at this

http://drcraigcanapari.com/le-pause-avoiding-sleep-problems-and-why-you-wont-break-your-kids/

I only discovered it afterwards, so I never tried it, but it seems to be the right thing to do at 4 months.

In terms of bad habits: talk to your doctor to see whether the baby needs to eat at night. If you feed, do it at prespecified times. I did the mistake of feeding whenever the baby cried out and soon instead of twice, she was waking up every hour. It turned out (when I finally decided to stop feeding) she wasn’t hungry, but just sucking for comfort. She started sleeping much better, once I stopped feeding her every time she woke up.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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KatiePi:  I have no advice, but just want to say – the sleep regression phase will end as quickly as it started 🙂

My son is 5,5 months and we were strugglign with the sleep regression phase between 4 and 5 months… and a couple of weeks ago it just stopped. He just started falling asleep on his own again, and only waking up twice to eat during the night, otherwise sleeping like a log.

So my advice to you is ”just keep going, it will pass” 🙂

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