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by Chris on 08/01/2010

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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.


Keith Wilcox January 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

HAHAHA. Yeah, I guess that’s how it goes. We did the whole co-sleeping thing so we didn’t ever have that issue. On the other hand though there were other issues to deal with. I guess no matter what we do kids will always throw a wrench into our perfectly laid plans :-)

Chris January 10, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Thanks for the reply Keith,

We’ve also noticed that co-sleeping helps her sleep better, but like you said it creates it’s own issues. Hard part is decided which is the less of the two evils!

Nicole January 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I can’t tell you how many people find my site around this age (thank you for the link back)! I can almost bet money when someone says “He was sleeping in long stretches, and then…” and I can almost finish the sentence “he turned 3 or 4 months old and he started waking up every 2 hours.” :D At least my son didn’t tease me. He was always a poor sleeper. LOL Co-sleeping didn’t even work for us. I guess I was just too much of a worry-wart that I’d roll on him or daddy would pull the covers up over him. I do think it’s harder for parents who had a “good” sleeper and then baby throws them for a loop. I hope she’s getting back on track!!

I really love your blog name!

Good luck!

Chris January 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Hey Nicole,

Thanks for stopping by! Your site described our daughter to a tee… very informative!

Eric January 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm

My son is finally sleeping all through the night… he has done this since 8 months old (he is 9 1/2 now) and here we are pregnant again..

This summer things will TOTALLY change on us.

Not sure if I am ready for the long nights again…


Bring on the Starbucks!

joana March 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

Hi, Chris, I know exactly what you mean, around here I had several sleep regressions, hopefully Little Miss will only have this one. Anyway, I’ve learned long ago when it comes to our children, we really can’t brag, they always find a way to make us swallow our own words… :) Hang in there! All the best and thumbs up!

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