Causes and Tips on How to Concur 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. Sleep regression mostly occur when the bay is around 3 or 4 months, and might still re-occur at 9 months, or when the baby hits a year and a half old. What causes sleep 4 month sleep regression and how can a mother ease the situation?
At the age of 4 to 6 months, the baby has started noticing the things around him or her. The 6 month old napping schedule is interfered as the baby does not want to sleep, the toddler want to explore and play. This pushes the napping schedule further to maybe late hours.
To minimize the cases of experiencing the regressions, schedule the plays so that they do not interfere with the 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.
Sleep regression can also be caused by changing the feeding schedule. If the toddler feeds earlier than he or she is used to, the baby might wake up at night, possibly due to hunger. Try to maintain the feeding timetable, but if the change was unavoidable, in this case, the regression habits will last longer until the baby get used to the new feeding schedule.
Change of diet can also cause the sleep regression. A 6 months old toddler has not been introduced to several types 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 avoid this problem, any change of diet can be done early morning so that the caregiver can have enough time during the day to monitor any subsequent changes to baby behavior.
Change of weather can also cause sleep regression especially to toddlers who are not used to travelling. A toddler who is 6 months old experiences changes in sleeping schedule with the change of weather and surroundings. Some even suffer from cold or flu which affects their sleeping ways. Avoid travelling with toddlers of this age, unless where need be. Also, ensure you carry warm clothing for the baby to minimize the effects of cold.
Form a sleeping routine that will be followed during bedtimes. The sleeping schedule can comprise of an early meal, bath and a story reading moment to make the toddler fall asleep.
In conclusion, there are several ways of dealing with a 4 month sleep regression. Note that not all methods will work for your toddler simply because they worked on a friend’s baby.