Yes, yes you will get through it! You’re here because you don’t know what happened to your sweet little sleeping baby. All of the sudden your baby not sleep like they used to. The long naps are gone and you are maybe even seeing them wake in the night if not just a few times, fairly often. You thought you were on the verge of getting some rest yourself. Well, you can and so can your baby.
This stage is often called the 4 Month Sleep Regression. It looks and feels like a “regression” but it is actually a growth. This is when babies can no longer block sleep anytime / anywhere. As newborns they spent much of their sleeping time in a deep sleep. Now they are growing and they are beginning to sleep more like you do. They have lighter sleep and deeper sleep, just like we do! We can now no longer assume that they will “sleep like a baby.” I know, that didn’t last long.
There are some things we can do to help:
A calming bedtime routine:
Give about 30 min to prepare them for bed and 5-10 min before naps. This could mean a feeding, then books, then bath, then bed. However, you want to do it, just make sure it is calm. This is your communication to them that it is time for sleep.
An early bedtime:
You may have begun to notice that it is harder and harder to keep them up in the evening. Honor their need to sleep and put them to bed early!
A consistent place to sleep:
It would be a good idea now to have them sleep in their crib for all naps and night time. This means that it is time to let go of the swing and car rides to help them sleep!
Now that their biological rhythms (circadian rhythms) are coming together, we can honor that by having them sleep by the clock instead of sleeping by how long they’ve been awake.
Put him / her down awake:
I know, you’ve probably gotten used to putting your little one down asleep and walking away. But now when you put them down they are waking or waking soon after you put them down. It is good practice for them to learn to fall asleep on their own.
When they wake too soon, try to give them a little bit of time to see if they will fall back to sleep on their own.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. You and your little one can sleep again soon! And might I add that you and your baby can sleep well, very well. If you feel that you could use some support, that is what we are here for at Good Night Sleep Site – we can help you and your little one get the sleep that you need.
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