Causes and Tips on How to Concur 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. What causes sleep 4 month sleep regression and how can a mother ease the situation?
At 4 to 6 month old, the toddler has started to notice things and people around her. Toddlers at 4 to 6 months spends time playing with adults and noticing the surrounding, there, the napping schedule gets interrupted. The toddler sleeps late hours, since the sleeping schedule was interfered with.
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. 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. Remember that the baby is still a toddler, and not used to consuming several types of foods. At that age, the toddler is on breast or formula milk. A Change or introduction of formula milk might affect some toddlers, interfering with their digestion as well as sleep pattern. Make such changes in the morning or daytime to give room for observing any side effects of change in diet.
Change of weather can also cause sleep regression especially to toddlers who are not used to travelling. They may completely refuse to nap during the day, and also not sleep well at night. Some even suffer from cold or flu which affects their sleeping ways. 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.
Come up with a routine to be followed during sleep time. 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. Note that not all methods will work for your toddler simply because they worked on a friend’s baby.