A guide to Dealing with 4 Month Sleep Regression.
Sleep regression happens when a toddler who has been sleeping well suddenly changes the sleeping pattern. 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.
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. This pushes the napping schedule further to maybe late hours.
The a caregiver should engage the toddler with plays at the convenient time that will not affect the sleeping schedule. Evening bath and massage is also a great way of reducing the sleep regressing.
Change of feeding schedule can also lead to 4 month regression. 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.
If the diet has been changed, sleep regression can also occur. 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. Any change to the above will interfere with the 6 months old sleeping schedule. To curb the problem, change the diet on daytime or early morning, to be able to monitor the toddler.
When a baby get affected by change of weather from travelling, sleeping habit will also be affected. 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. Keep the toddler warm to avoid interfering with the napping schedule of the baby.
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. Remember that toddlers are different, and what works for one baby might not work on your baby too.