Sleep Regression & Babies
No sleep for you!
So like always, I opened by big mouth and bragged to everyone within a 10 mile radius that Little Miss was such a great sleeper and began sleeping through the night. Now this loud mouth is stuck eating his words as Little Miss has been waking up three to four times a night.
Apparently this is fairly common for babies who are around four months of age. It even has a catchy name: 4 month sleep regression. It basically means that your baby has figured out that daddy loves his sleep too much and that she has the power to change it.
While the last sentence is true. Sleep regression is an actual term used to describe stages of sleep disruption. Most children will experience a sleep regression around the ages of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.
The cause of the sleep regression is long and varied. I covered most of the common causes in my sleep regression: frequently asked questions post.
Now you’re probably thinking, how do I get my kid to sleep?!
There is no magic fix for a sleep regression. Your best bet is to continue with a good bedtime routine and not start any poor sleeping habits. Tough it out, read up on sleeping tips for babies & overcoming sleep regression. The bad nights and multiple wakings should disappear within a couple weeks.
Now excuse me, I need another cup of coffee.