A guide to Dealing with 4 Month Sleep Regression.
Sleep regression is the refusal for a baby who has been sleeping well, suddenly changes and refuses to nap or starts to sleeps for shorter intervals. 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. Let discuss some of the reasons why sleep regression occurs at 4 months, otherwise known as 4 month old sleep regression and ways of trying to alleviate the regression.
Toddlers at the age of 4 to 6 months starts taking note of the surroundings and people around them. 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.
If it is watching cartoons or sitting with adults to play, the same can be scheduled in a manner that it will not interfere with toddlers napping time. Try having baths at the evening before sleep time, since the toddler has been active during the day and might be tired.
Change of feeding schedule can also lead to 4 month regression. The toddler might not sleep well if fed earlier than usual. Avoid frequent altering of the feeding timetable, but if the change is inevitable, the baby will adapt with time.
Another cause is change of diet. At that age, the toddler is not used to several type of foods. Actually, most toddlers at age 4 to 6 months are on exclusive breastfeeding or formula milk. A Change or introduction of formula milk might affect some toddlers, interfering with their digestion as well as sleep pattern. To curb the problem, change the diet on daytime or early morning, to be able to monitor the toddler.
Travelling and weather change can also lead to change in sleeping schedule of a 6 months old baby. They may completely refuse to nap during the day, and also not sleep well at night. Sleep regression can also be caused by conditions resulting from change of weather such as a cold or flu. To avoid sleep regression in such cases, minimize the frequency of travelling with a toddler below the age of 6 months. Also, ensure you carry warm clothing for the baby to minimize the effects of cold.
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.
Focus on the several ways of alleviating the 4 month sleep regression,, as well as what causes it. Understand that each baby may respond differently from the given ways of concurring sleep regression.