A guide to Dealing with 4 Month Sleep Regression.
Sleep regression is the refusal for a baby who has been sleeping well, suddenly changes and refuses to nap or starts to sleeps for shorter intervals. Sleep regression will see the toddler take longer times to fall asleep, and when he or she does, the nap does not last long, thus interfering with the 6 month old baby schedule. The regression may occur at the age of 4 months, 9 months or even the age of 18 months. We discuss some causes of 4 month sleep regression as well as ways of lessening the effects.
At the age of 4 to 6 months, the baby has started noticing the things around him or her. The 6 month old napping schedule is interfered as the baby does not want to sleep, the toddler want to explore and play. This pushes the napping schedule further to maybe late hours.
If it is watching cartoons or sitting with adults to play, the same can be scheduled in a manner that it will not interfere with toddlers napping time. Try having baths at the evening before sleep time, since the toddler has been active during the day and might be tired.
Change of feeding schedule can also lead to 4 month regression. Earlier than usual feeding may make the toddler wake up severally due to hunger. Avoid frequent altering of the feeding timetable, but if the change is inevitable, the baby will adapt with time.
Another cause is change of diet. A 6 months old toddler has not been introduced to several types of foods. Actually, most toddlers at age 4 to 6 months are on exclusive breastfeeding or formula milk. A 6 months old sleeping schedule will be interfered with when the formula or breast milk is changed. 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. They may completely refuse to nap during the day, and also not sleep well at night. Sleep regression can also be caused by conditions resulting from change of weather such as a cold or flu. Avoid travelling with toddlers of this age, unless where need be. Keep the baby warm and carry with you the right clothing for the current weather.
Come up with a routine to be followed during sleep time. The sleeping schedule can comprise of an early meal, bath and a story reading moment to make the toddler fall asleep.
To conclude, take note of the several methods of concurring the 4 month sleep regression. Understand that each baby may respond differently from the given ways of concurring sleep regression.