Comprehending the Four Month Sleep Regression


How to survive the 4 month sleep regression

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Managing the 4-month sleep regression Give your baby time to practice during the day. Your baby is working hard to master newfound skills and may be so eager Fully feed your baby during the day. Full feedings during the day and just before bed can help prevent your baby from Introduce ‘drowsy.

During the four-month sleep regression or soon afterward, you may find that you have an entirely different baby than you did just a few weeks ago. That is because your four-month-old is becoming a much more social being, and is beginning to understand the world around them in new ways. What’s Going on With Your Four-Month-Old.

The 4-month sleep regression is when a baby’s sleep patterns change. It is the first of many new sleep patterns babies experience as they mature. Not all babies experience it. Sleep coache. This is the beginning of sleepless nights and labeled “the 4 month sleep regression.” Add In Some New Developmental Changes: During months three and four our babies become aware of the big world around them.

Welcome to the (very common) Four Month Sleep Regression. A Typical Four Month Old Baby’s Sleep. On Becoming Babywise describes four month olds as beginning to extend their morning wake times and complete five feed-wake-sleep cycles throughout a typical day. This means that your four month old is likely taking three 1.5-2 hour naps with a. The 4-month sleep regression may be happening because: Your baby is trying to master rolling or flipping over.

In her eagerness to hit this milestone, your baby is waking up Your baby is becoming more aware of her surroundings. It can be tough to sleep soundly. The exhausting 4 month sleep regression is when your baby wakes very frequently at night and/or takes short naps. Regressions at other ages, including 8 months, 11 months, 18 months, and 2 years old, are temporary. The 4-month sleep regression is a permanent change to how your baby sleeps.

➡️ One of the major ways the 4 month old sleep regression shows itself is by babies waking up after only 45 minutes. Assume that baby is hungry and simply feed baby as soon as he wakes. If you keep this up for a day or two and notice your baby doesn’t want to feed at these times, then it’s likely a sleep issue, not a hunger one. The 4 month sleep regression is a result of a change in the way your baby sleeps. As a newborn, your baby falls almost immediately into deep sleep.

Now, your baby’s brain is maturing and his sleep is becoming more adult-like. It’s widely known that when you have a baby you will end up not sleeping at night. One of the main reasons for that is the four-month sleep regression. This is the time when your baby is waking up very often during the night or when he takes short naps.

Regression can.

List of related literature:

One prospective study did find that persistent sleep disruptions across the first 2 to 24 months of life were uncommon (6%) but were associated with maternal depression and parenting stress at 24 months (Wake et al., 2006).

“Handbook of Infant Mental Health, Fourth Edition” by Charles H. Zeanah
from Handbook of Infant Mental Health, Fourth Edition
by Charles H. Zeanah
Guilford Publications, 2018

The nine-month sleep regression is just for fun, and it’s a great way to carry you through to the 10-month sleep regression.

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by Emily Writes
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It is conceivable that during the 6 days of the study, changes may have occurred in infant sleep-wake state that could be attributed to infant maturation or to environment (such as from variations in noise or light level).

“Advanced Design in Nursing Research” by Pamela J. Brink, Marilynn J. Wood
from Advanced Design in Nursing Research
by Pamela J. Brink, Marilynn J. Wood
SAGE Publications, 1998

There is some consensus that regressions occur in a roughly predictable pattern across the first 20 months of life, with at least half of all babies studied showing indications such as fussiness, decreased sleep, increased awakenings, wants to nurse/eat constantly, cannot be put down, etc.

“Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents” by Alexis Dubief
from Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents
by Alexis Dubief
Lomhara Press, 2017

Two important developmental “milestones” are normally achieved during the first 6 months of life; these are known as sleep consolidation and sleep regulation.

“Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics E-Book” by William B. Carey, Allen C. Crocker, Ellen Roy Elias, Heidi M. Feldman, William L. Coleman
from Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics E-Book
by William B. Carey, Allen C. Crocker, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Development of EEG and daytime sleep patterns in low risk premature infants during the first year of life: Longitudinal observations.

“Comprehensive Neonatal Nursing Care: Fifth Edition” by Carole Kenner, PhD, NNP, FAAN, Judy Wright Lott, DSN, RN, BC-NNP, FAAN
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by Carole Kenner, PhD, NNP, FAAN, Judy Wright Lott, DSN, RN, BC-NNP, FAAN
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Douglas P, Hill PS, ‘Behavioural sleep interventions in the first six months of life do not improve outcomes for mothers or infants: a systematic review’, Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 2013; 34: 497–507.

“The Discontented Little Baby Book” by Pamela Douglas
from The Discontented Little Baby Book
by Pamela Douglas
University of Queensland Press, 2014

The majority of healthy infants achieve prolonged nighttime sleep periods—interrupted only briefly for feedings—by 3 months of age, but 10% fail to achieve uninterrupted nighttime sleep during the first year of life [6].

“Sleep Disorders Medicine: Basic Science, Technical Considerations and Clinical Aspects” by Sudhansu Chokroverty
from Sleep Disorders Medicine: Basic Science, Technical Considerations and Clinical Aspects
by Sudhansu Chokroverty
Springer New York, 2017

A large 5­year follow­up study demonstrated that behavioral sleep interventions can reduce the short­ to medium­term burden of infant sleep problems and maternal depression without causing long­term harm (Price et al. 2012).

“Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” by Mina K. Dulcan
from Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
by Mina K. Dulcan
American Psychiatric Publishing, 2015

The 3-month-old spends only 40% of sleeping time in rEM sleep.34 By 3 years of age, the child’s amount of rEM sleep constitutes 20% to 25% of the total sleep time, the same percentage as an adult.35 This appears to be the result of functional maturation of the inhibitory systems active during rEM sleep.

“Functional Movement Development Across the Life Span E-Book” by Donna J. Cech, Suzanne Tink Martin
from Functional Movement Development Across the Life Span E-Book
by Donna J. Cech, Suzanne Tink Martin
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

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  • Please suggest how to manage..

    My LO is 17th week and I started seeing her becoming very very cranky for slp and even for food..
    We never swaddle her till now for slp but now it’s like, we have to swaddle else she will not slp.. and at that particular time she shouts too much..
    Appetite has gone down as well..

    Please help me how to over come this phase.. ����

  • I’m fairly certain my daughter is going through a mixture of a growth spurt and brain development currently. It’s been affecting her sleep for almost a week now, waking her up every 30 minutes compared to her sleeping for 12 hours through the night without waking for the last 2 months. We have been feeding her more and have had a consistent bed time routine for 2 months now, but nothing is helping her sleep / stop waking up. We recently tried swaddling her again and are testing that out because she tosses and turns and kicks/punches herself awake, but I am wondering what else we can do to help her not wake up or fight bedtime. Thank you!

  • I’m in the middle of the 4 month sleep regression and we’re working in shifts. Dad does middle of the night and sleeps into the day. Mom wakes up early and does the morning feed and gets to nap in the afternoon to catch up on sleep. Works for us! Trying the Merlin sleep suit and he’s still fighting sleep. He’s 5 months next Thursday so I’m not sure it’s worth it to get a new sack. We’re just trying to stick it out ugh

  • Firstly, I just want to say I love your videos! �� and to your questioni don’t know how I am surviving working full time and managing this regression. I type this as my little guy is up in the middle of the night. Our minds are pretty incredible all I can say is somehow, I am managing to do it. Just starting to pretty much feel like a zombie at work. It’s really hard but like someone also commented knowing that this means soon my little one will be sleeping through the night and I won’t get my midnight snuggle sessions, helps me to embrace the middle of the night wake ups. Even though it sounds crazy, I think I’m going to miss them when they’re completely gone. With that said I REALLY miss sleeping ����

  • I haven’t gone through the sleep regression yet, but it is gonna hit us in a couple months! I have been told that the best thing you can do to help baby through this is to help them learn to put themselves to sleep at bedtime. Having a solid bedtime routine and doing your best to get baby to a place to put himself to sleep independently (laying him down while he is still awake) could potentially result in fewer full blown night wakings. I am hoping it helps us when the time comes!

  • My almost 4 month old had been sleeping pretty well at night, waking once at 2am (ish) and once at 5/6a (ish) to quickly nurse, then he’d go back to sleep. Last week, his naps started to become more and more difficult and his nighttime sleep became more interrupted. Over the past couple of days, he’s been waking up even more often and wanting to nurse every 2-3 hours. Last night, I couldn’t even put him down after his first 2 hour stretch of sleep without him screaming. He’s normally a very happy, easy baby who rarely cries unless he needs something so this is definitely hard for the entire family. Should I continue to feed him throughout the night? I don’t want to create bad habits but I’m at a total loss for what to do. Sorry this is so long but I’m desperate and exhausted! Thanks.

  • I really liked your video!! Thank you for the encouragement. I just wish bed sharing wasn’t included (400% SIDS increase). Swaddling also stops at 8 weeks or the first signs of rolling. There’s some great groups on Facebook that can support you during rough sleep patches while still staying safely apart from your baby at night. I really liked your video, I just wish bed sharing didn’t seem like the only option for parents (it’s not, I promise).

  • My baby dropped his 3 o’clock nap but What about the rule that says don’t let your baby sleep between 4.306…… what time do I put my 4 month old to bed?

  • I’m wondering if you have any tips about how to get them to nap (in their crib), mine also always sleeps in my arms and while I love it, he’s getting too heavy to continue that and I need to transition soon. Did you use the cry it out method for napping or were you able to implement something more gentle and gradual?

  • Pretty sure my baby is going through this. What do you suggest for second shifters? My baby has been on a schedule of bedtime between 1 and 3am waking up at 7-10am since 7 weeks then after that its feed back down until around 11am-1pm feed again back down after about an 1-1.5 hours between each nap his feeding times are usually around 4pm,6pm,8:30 pm, and 11pm. Going to bed at 7:30pm-9pm is not doable for us we both work second shift. We had been doing the Ferber method and slowly transitioning out of a swaddle for a week when he started sleeping in 45minute to 1hr stretches for naps and 4-5 hours for night sleep not wanting to go back down in the mornings like he used to he fought sleep from 7:30am-10:15am this morning and was back up by 11:30 am slept till 12 ate and was back down until 1:20.

  • When my baby wakes up at 4am and won’t fall back asleep I usually put her in her swing with a video on the tv because then she will fall back asleep, but I feel like this is something I probably shouldn’t be doing? I don’t know if it’s something she will become dependent on the be able to sleep? Or if it’s just more about doing what I can to make sure I sleep and she sleeps?

  • My baby have turned 4 month today and she is so fussy whole day and she have so much sleep but cnt sleep she screams and cry so much it’s very hard to make her sleep, she doesn’t sleep buy he own or after feeding please help me please ��

  • My little girl is about the same age as Wilson! I agree, it is a PROGRESSION, not regression! She is learning how to put herself back to sleep at night, praise the Lord! But we are still struggling with short naps during the day. But for perspective, they will all grow into well-adjusted, sleeping young men and women before we know it! And we will miss snuggling our babies. So Im trying just to enjoy every waking moment with her….even at 3am:)

  • Lol of baby is fighting naps how do you stick to the 1.5 to 2.5 awake time?? It’s like they don’t have a switch off button that makes them going to sleep now that’s it’s time.

  • Thank you! Yes, I forgot to say she is just around 4 months now. That makes me feel better that it’s not easy to get her into a nap routine yet.

  • Do you know of any developmental or cognitive risk factors with consistently longer awake times that result in overtired baby on most days? Our four month old will fight naps and when extreme fussiness occurs we often must nurse or feed additional ounces in order to get her to finally nap. My sense is the feeding and nap routine is harmed by consistently creating an overtired infant, but is there any evidence of any long-term negative side effects from this overtiredness?

  • Hi Jilly. I’ve been “consuming” your channel but I’m still to find the answer to my problem:( my 3 months old is really good during night time usually just waking up once to feed before 7:30. In the morning she’s lovely and usually sleeps 2h on her first nap, but after that everything starts getting crazy. I constantly monitor her wake time and I take her for a nap max 1:30 after she had waken up. Everything gets a bit more difficult of her to fall asleep and her naps become of 40min. After 4:00 she refuses to take another nap and gets super fussy. I’ve been going out for walks with her between 5:00/6:00pm to see if she settles, but majority of the time she doesn’t… this makes the end of the day a nightmare and bed routine a struggle. Please help!!

  • I’m back to watch this a second time as yup, you’ve guessed it, sleep regression has hit us hard. Wanted to ask if there’s any correlation between difficult night sleeps and day naps. My son, who’s 4 months, has been sleeping terribly at night, but then, thankfully, he sleeps like a little angel during the day for about 2 hours each nap, 3 times a day. I can’t daily naps in myself as most of them are at awkward timings.
    Also, at bedtime he’s so difficult to console, he cries and straightens his body out and doesn’t want to take my breast. I keep on thinking it’s teething as when I rub his gums he calms down, but his guns are pale pink, not red or swollen. Advice would be much appreciated! Xxx

  • Thank God for your video’s they are such a blessing for us new moms. You are so caring and grateful but still keeping it real as it is, no sugar coating.

  • Oh my God Thank you So much for your video. When you said that is okay to let my baby to sleep on the go I am so relieved. My 4 months old baby have gone through this sleep regression for nearly a month and always help her to sleep if I put her in baby wrap..

  • Love love love this thank you! Our little girl is turning 2 months next week and i go back to my 9-5 job in January so we will be experiencing that regression while working not sure how we’ll manage to function haha

  • As I watch this, my son will be 4 months tomorrow. He never was a fan of swaddling, so I only would do one arm. But now he seems to not even want the one arm and will fight going to sleep if I don’t free both arms. I left both arms free tonight and I’m worried about how our night will go ��

  • I know you said you guys have gotten through the 4 mo regression, but I wanted to share with you a “group” on Facebook that I joined after having my little one. (He is 3 months and my first so I had no clue there was so much to learn about baby sleep)
    The group is called “Respectful Sleep Training/ Learning” and it has ALL the information I think anyone could possibly ever need. There are a ton of sleep guides for babies out there that you have to pay for (which is crazy) but this is obviously totally free. I have seen sleep training while room sharing with other kids on the group before so I thought you might find it helpful! ��

  • They don’t nap…I’ve tried all those things and still get a 20 min nap out him! Yes room is dark and white noise is on. DOESNT WORK!

  • Is it bad to let your baby nap in their pram/pushchair or should they be put down to nap in their bed?

    I have been pushing my near 4 month old to nap in the pram and he will not nap otherwise he is also screaming hysterically just before all naps and bed is there a reason for this?

  • my son just turned 4 months today but has been going through the regression since the past week or so. He used to sleep straight for at least 5 hrs at night before waking up for a feed then going back to sleep for another 3-5 hrs. But now he’s waking up like 3 times at night to feed. He does go back to sleep right back but its still exhausting to be up 3 times a night. Plus he’s sleeping at around 2 am so its been tiring. He used to nap for 2-3 hrs straight as a newborn but now naps for 1 hr hardly and in my lap. If I put him down he wakes up. Definitely more fussy and clingy as well. The naps mainly are an issue for me since I find it hard to get things done during the day with him being up and demanding my attention that often

  • I feel quite equipped when I watch your videos, even though I’m 20 and don’t have kids yet but I know once I have them I’ll be fine because of your great videos❤️

  • My own sleep regression makes me cry. And when my future children experience it, I’m going to be crying more right along with them ����������

  • My 5 month old baby is waking very frequently during the night and only has short naps of about 45 minutes during the day.
    I can put him down drowsy but awake and leave the room while he settles himself.
    Is there anything else I can do? Or will I just have to wait for him to do it on his own.
    Thanks. X

  • He doesn’t fully wake EVER, instead he rolls to his side and reaches for my boob every hour of the night. Yikes…and it’s summer here. So no sleep sack here

  • I work a full-time 9-5 type job. I went back to work at 3 months. My daughter went through a 4and 6-month regression. All I can say is that I suffered at work during those times. Find a caffeine source that works for you. I will say I wish I had gone to bed at the same time I put my baby down around 7:30. She had a tendency to sleep for a few hours before the hourly wake-ups started. I should have tried to sleep during the first stretch! As she eased out of the regressions and started sleeping longer stretches, I actually woke her up (like just got her up to feed and do a super quick diaper check, no lights and commotion) at 11. That feed and a dry diaper would get me about five hours of sleep before she would wake again. (I breastfed as well.)

  • Oh and we’ve tried all these tricks which have been a small help. Thank you in advance, we are in desperate need of help, don’t know what to do