Causes and Tips on How to Concur 4 Month Sleep Regression.
Sleep regression happens when a toddler who has been sleeping well suddenly changes the sleeping pattern. During the regression, the baby may resist to sleep, wakes up many times and after a short while, or take a longer time to fall asleep. The regression may occur at the age of 4 months, 9 months or even the age of 18 months. 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.
At 4 to 6 month old, the toddler has started to notice things and people around 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. Evening bath and massage is also a great way of reducing the sleep regressing.
Sleep regression can also be caused by changing the feeding schedule. Earlier than usual feeding may make the toddler wake up severally due to hunger. The feeding schedule should be maintained to avoid sleep regression.
Another cause is change of diet. 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 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. They may also suffer from cold-related symptoms such as flue due to the change of weather, thus affecting their sleeping schedule. If possible, try not to travel with the toddler especially in cold weather so as to minimize the occurrence of sleep regression. 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.
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.