A guide to Dealing with 4 Month Sleep Regression.
When a toddler who has been sleeping well suddenly changes the sleeping habits, it is usually referred to as sleep regression. 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. Mostly, sleep regression occurs at age 3 or 4 months, age 9 or past one and a half years. 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. Toddlers at 4 to 6 months spends time playing with adults and noticing the surrounding, there, the napping schedule gets interrupted. The plays and exploration moments pushes the sleeping schedule ahead.
To minimize the cases of experiencing the regressions, schedule the plays so that they do not interfere with the toddlers napping time. Have a bath and massage before sleeping so that the toddler can relax and sleep well.
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. The feeding schedule should be maintained to avoid sleep regression.
Change of diet can also cause the sleep regression. Remember that the baby is still a toddler, and not used to consuming several types of foods. A 4 to 6 months old toddler feeds on formula or breast milk. A 6 months old sleeping schedule will be interfered with when the formula or breast milk is changed. Make such changes in the morning or daytime to give room for observing any side effects of change in diet.
Travelling and weather change can also lead to change in sleeping schedule of a 6 months old baby. The weather change makes the toddler not to sleep well at night, and hardly naps during the day. Some even suffer from cold or flu which affects their sleeping ways. 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.
Create a sleeping schedule to follow when the toddler is preparing to sleep. The routine can comprise of an early meal, followed by a bath time and story reading before the baby sleep.
To conclude, take note of the several methods of concurring the 4 month sleep regression. Note that not all methods will work for your toddler simply because they worked on a friend’s baby.