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. The toddler starts waking up at night several times than he or she has been doing, or refuses to sleep entirely and take longer to fall asleep. 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?
Toddlers at the age of 4 to 6 months starts taking note of the surroundings and people around them. The 6 month old napping schedule is interfered as the baby does not want to sleep, the toddler want to explore and play. The toddler sleeps late hours, since the sleeping schedule was interfered with.
The a caregiver should engage the toddler with plays at the convenient time that will not affect the sleeping schedule. Try having baths at the evening before sleep time, since the toddler has been active during the day and might be tired.
If the feeding schedule has been altered, sleep regression will also occur. 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. 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 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.
Travelling and weather change can also lead to change in sleeping schedule of a 6 months old baby. A toddler who is 6 months old experiences changes in sleeping schedule with the change of weather and surroundings. They may also suffer from cold-related symptoms such as flue due to the change of weather, thus affecting their sleeping schedule. 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. Start with an early meal, then a warm bath, followed by a time to read the baby a story before the toddler sleep.
To conclude, take note of the several methods of concurring the 4 month sleep regression. Remember that toddlers are different, and what works for one baby might not work on your baby too.