A guide to Dealing with 4 Month Sleep Regression.
Sleep regression happens when a toddler who has been sleeping well suddenly changes the sleeping pattern. The toddler starts waking up at night several times than he or she has been doing, or refuses to sleep entirely and take longer to fall asleep. Mostly, sleep regression occurs at age 3 or 4 months, age 9 or past one and a half years. Let discuss some of the reasons why sleep regression occurs at 4 months, otherwise known as 4 month old sleep regression and ways of trying to alleviate the regression.
Toddlers at the age of 4 to 6 months starts taking note of the surroundings and people around them. Toddlers at 4 to 6 months spends time playing with adults and noticing the surrounding, there, the napping schedule gets interrupted. This pushes the napping schedule further to maybe late hours.
To minimize the cases of experiencing the regressions, schedule the plays so that they do not interfere with the toddlers napping time. Have a bath and massage before sleeping so that the toddler can relax and sleep well.
Change of feeding schedule can also lead to 4 month regression. If the toddler feeds earlier than he or she is used to, the baby might wake up at night, possibly due to hunger. Try to maintain the feeding timetable, but if the change was unavoidable, in this case, the regression habits will last longer until the baby get used to the new feeding schedule.
Change of diet can also cause the sleep regression. At that age, the toddler is not used to several type of foods. Actually, most toddlers at age 4 to 6 months are on exclusive breastfeeding or formula milk. A Change or introduction of formula milk might affect some toddlers, interfering with their digestion as well as sleep pattern. To curb the problem, change the diet on daytime or early morning, to be able to monitor the toddler.
Travelling and weather change can also lead to change in sleeping schedule of a 6 months old baby. A toddler who is 6 months old experiences changes in sleeping schedule with the change of weather and surroundings. They may also suffer from cold-related symptoms such as flue due to the change of weather, thus affecting their sleeping schedule. To avoid sleep regression in such cases, minimize the frequency of travelling with a toddler below the age of 6 months. Keep the toddler warm to avoid interfering with the napping schedule of the baby.
Form a sleeping routine that will be followed during bedtimes. Start with an early meal, then a warm bath, followed by a time to read the baby a story before the toddler sleep.
In conclusion, there are several ways of dealing with a 4 month sleep regression. Remember that toddlers are different, and what works for one baby might not work on your baby too.