What is the 4-Month Sleep Regression?
Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Ah, the dreaded 4-month sleep regression. Perhaps you have previously experienced this with one of your older children, or maybe you’ve just heard a lot about how awful it is.
So what is sleep regression? Sleep regression is a time period (typically 2-4 weeks) when your previous unicorn sleeper is now waking often, sometimes hourly! The beauty of this is that your baby is developing new and evolving skills and going through a growth spurt! It also means that your baby's sleep cycle is maturing.
Does every child magically go through this regression at exactly 4-months? No. Each child is different and matures and grows at their own pace. The 4-month marker is the general time that the regression takes place. Since it is the first of many regressions, it is often the most challenging. Although this may be a rough time, keep in mind that it is not only normal but short-term.
So How does Slumber Feed help ease your sleep regression woes? Here are 4 key tips to help:
Have a Solid Daily Routine
Create a routine that works for your family and stick with it. Consistency is your friend! A well-rounded nighttime routine may look something like this: nurse/bottle feed, bathtime, lotion application, reading, and baby is put into a safe sleep space, drowsy but awake. You want to keep feedings 20-30 minutes apart from bed to stop any suck to sleep associations.
Wean your Baby from any Negative Sleep Associations
Speaking of sleep associations, this is a great time to get rid of any or all your child might have. What is a negative sleep association? A negative sleep association is typically something your baby relies on YOU to provide, such as rocking, feeding, or using the pacifier to fall asleep. Instead, you want to create positive sleep associations such as listening to white noise.
Provide a Lot of Floor Time or Awake “Play” Activities
Babies need tummy time to strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles and prevent flat spots. This is also typically the time when babies start to roll over, whether it is front to back, back to front or both. It’s important they get the time to practice these critical milestones.
Make Sure Their Room is Completely Dark
Babies respond to light so creating a dark environment is key to good rest, hi former night nurse here! Using blackout shades or the @slumberpod will help provide the safe, dark environment they need.
These tips are great, but how do I implement them? Need more encouragement or you aren’t sure how to set up a great routine? Now is the best time to start sleep training.