How to Conquer the Dreaded Four Month Sleep Regression
What Does the Four Month Sleep Regression Look Like?
- Waking between the hours of 4-6 AM laughing or talking to themselves, and eventually crying or fussing once they have been up too long
- Waking early from naps, moving around more or protesting when you know they are still tired
- Waking frequently throughout the night not out of hunger, but seemingly wide awake or alert
- Rolling around and grabbing for things while in their crib
- Yelling like a pterodactyl and entertaining themselves
- Much more needy and/or attached to Mom & Dad
- Fussier than normal
- Easily distracted during meals or during snuggling sessions
Why is the Four Month Sleep Regression Happening?
What Can I Do to Help?
- Put your baby down awake for naps and for bedtime. When babies learn independent sleep at this age, they are able to work through future regressions -- as well as this current one -- much more easily on their own!
- Make the sleep environment ideal: safe crib, no stimulating colors or patterns, pitch black room, loud sound machine, and a room temperature between 68-72 degrees
- Put your baby in the same place to nap every day
- Make sure your baby is eating full meals during the day -- often times when they are distracted, they don’t eat as many calories and then end up waking in the middle of the night to make up for it
- Keep with a bedtime routine that is sustainable -- you want your baby to really know what to expect and to form comforting and calming associations with bedtime
- Don’t engage too much if they are just talking to themselves. They are just practicing their new skills, so the less attention you give them (in reference to the middle of the night -- not the day!), the faster they work through the sleep regressions
Melissa Brown is founder of Sleep Shop and is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Newborn Specialist with a Master's Degree in Counseling. Prior to launching Sleep Shop, she worked as a Chaplain and specialized in bereavement care and family counseling. Melissa has developed an approach to sleep training that is, through Sleep Shop, tailored to each individual family’s unique goals and parenting style. Having worked with thousands of families both locally and internationally, Melissa is passionate about helping families find their rhythm while also getting everyone much needed sleep. As a mother of twins, she is particularly adept at ensuring sanity for parents who are welcoming multiples themselves. She lives in Orange County with her husband Eric and their four kids Anniston (8), Grover (7) Augusta (4) and Sullivan (4). You can follow her on Instagram or listen to her podcast!