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. Mostly, sleep regression occurs at age 3 or 4 months, age 9 or past one and a half years. 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.
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.
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. The feeding schedule should be maintained to avoid sleep regression.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Create a sleeping schedule to follow when the toddler is preparing to sleep. 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.