I have a four-month of the almost five-month infant. From the first day since bringing her home, we’ve tried not to tiptoe around while she’s sleeping, so that she wouldn’t be sensitive to sound. I don’t know if it’s one or the other or everything combined, but she seems to be going through a sleep regression. Wakes every two hours in the night to feed and diaper change. I bath her every other night only right before bed. We wake up every day at 8 am, no matter how late we were up the night before, her routine. So my question is…what can I do that’s safe and healthy to help her to sleep easier and more soundly? I meant to add that she also struggles with naps. She gets really fussy right before naps. No matter what I do doesn’t make her happy and I try everything I can
Yup that happens at around 4 months its a hard phase…
Probably going through a growth spurt
My 10 month old dose that she takes 2 naps and up alot during the night for a cup and diaper change
Possible help her move around more tummy time bouncer play with toys
My little one is 6months old and on average this is my night…
Sleep by 8.30-9.00pm
Feed 1 @ 12.30am
Feed 2 @ 3.00am
Feed 3 @ 5.30am
( she doesnt feed for long more a comfort thing)
Wakes around 7am
Hope your little one sleeps better soon as i hope mine does
My LO is almost 3 months old and is doing that. He was on a schedule then out of the blue he wants to eat every two hours.
Sleep by 830
630/7am when were up for the day. Now he’s not wanting to fall asleep until closer to 10, wakes up at midnight, Two, four, and about 6. It has to have something to do with teething or growth spurt. I hope your LO sleeps better for you! It’s exhausting
Following im in the same boat. I’m exhausted…
My son was the same way, we stuck to his schedule, played a bit more during the day. Noticed he would fall asleep as soon as I started vacuuming. We tried a noise app which helped! He loved the sound of waves crashing on a beach! And vacuum of course!
My daughter would do the same thing, but I’m “that parent” that let’s their baby sleep with them. Its the only way she will sleep soundly, plus I breastfeed so its pretty easy for us both to get sleep and she doesn’t go hungry for even 2 minutes lol. Now I’m starting to want to get her in her own bed of course but dreading it
It is totally normal for babies to wake during the night–don’t expect sleeping throught the night until at least a year old and even then they may still wake at night. Society needs to stop with the expectations that babies should sleep all night–it is not natural or healthy. Anthropologists say we humans are born too early because of our large brains–treat babies like they need to still be in the womb.
A sound soother night light helps(the ones with a heart beat). drowns out any extra noise they might become sensitive to. They also make vibrating devices which that go with swings/bouncers(which we use to take it and put it next to my little ones mattress to Help relax the babe. Granted they are still babies and still need to feed/changed and wake up throughout the night. Mine son is 2.5 years old an wakes up 5am every morning needing a diaper change. But as they grow older and when you start to feed them more baby food then milk, they tend to sleep long at night but still wake up. Hang in there momma it wont be like this forever.
Try a feeding a little more before bedtime or closer feedings.
Every baby is different. But they go through so many changes for the first 2 years. Probably sleep regression. It’ll pass. Just nurture and support your child. You know your child best. Tend to their needs and know this too shall pass
The waking to eat is normal, she’s growing, possibly even having a small spurt. Infants NEED to eat frequently, particularly very young infants, and this doesn’t really change too much until they’re past the 6-8 month mark. And even then, they have frequent “developmental” spikes that will lead to increased wakefulness from time to time, even if it isn’t hunger-related. I wouldn’t suggest trying to “correct” the behavior because it could prove detrimental and isn’t worth doing. Just be patient, this is their growing process.
As for the nap fussiness, she’s probably fussing because she’s getting OVERLY tired before you lay her down, so you need to start the nap process earlier, almost preemptively. Cuddles and quiet and soft sounds help set the stage, but these things do very little for an infant who’s already upset at being over-tired. Watch for early signs of sleepiness and move in for a nap then. Adjusting her to a schedule that works better for your family is totally possible but it needs to be done gently and slowly to be most effective and least stressful for you all.
Stop teying tobe quiet during daytime, your baby needs to learn to sleep with everyday activities all around them, music, vaccum vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, tekevisio and the like. Thus helps them to adapt to everday noises of life.
4-5 months is pretty standard for going through a sleep regression. Don’t worry too much, I happens to everyone! I would suggest following Takingcarababies on instagram, she is the best person to get advice from and has stories on her page about how to get through sleep regression!
We would have the TV or music around my kids when they were born. I never had a problem with them falling asleep or staying sleep, while having loud noise…
Breanna said everything! Just nurture and support. Mine did the same was a great sleeper, between 4 and 6 months was a mess, and then everything was back on track. I just keep doing what I always did. Routine it’s the word
Mine did that right around that age and omg I was going insane . No sleep . And when she did it was such bad schedules. Doctor told me it’s because at their age their little minds start working faster and everything interest them. Like how an adult can’t shut off their mind and go to sleep.
Is she teething? My 6 month old had weird sleep patterns for about 1 week the popped a tooth. I started using Pumpkin Butt Teething Oil, it made a big difference. You rub it on their gums
It was a good 3 weeks where I wanted to go insane. And then it just ended and she napped twice a day. Then around 14 months went to one nap a day
Sleep regression is normal, however I also found around the 5-6 month age, milk alone wasn’t enough anymore, and cereal had to be started.
I was struggling with this too until my friend recommended Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. I learned that I was putting her down to sleep too late and keeping her up too late and was missing her tired signs. So far she’s only cried for ten minutes tops in her crib whenever she goes down for the last week and since I started putting her down earlier and more often she’s an amazingly happy child that laughs all the time.
I’m not trying to be a meanie so sorry if I sound like I am. Bathing a 4 month old every other night just seems like a lot, usually its only recommend a baby under a year old be bathed once or twice a week so their skin doesn’t dry out, but if you must, I also recommend not bathing her “right” before bed, sometimes the water can wake them up more, especially if they get a little chilly after. You could still do at night but I would recommend doing something after as a bed time routine. Another thing I have heard and notice with my daughter is that the later she goes to bed the earlier she gets up. It’s weird to think it works like that but it truly seems to be that way. I know that at that age it is very hard to establish a “routine” as much as people say you should. Do what you feel is right. I am sure you are doing a really good job!! They only stay this small for so long. Babies are not easy know matter who you are or how many you have.
All kids are different my my little girl stopped taking naps at 5 months old and she didnt sleep through the night til she was almost 5 she woke ever 2 hours or so if I wasnt right beside her . It was a long time before I got good sleep. Hang in there.
Sleep regression at 4 months is actually really typical, as it can be at 8 months and sometimes even 12. It helps if you start solids at 4 months so they feel sustained for longer than just formula alone can provide. Like other ladies said, it could be teething as well - sometimes accompanied by red cheeks and sometimes a temperature. Just gotta get through this period, like very stage of babies. It will pass
My lo is 18 months and doing it. We have kept her routine exactly the same. We even go outside to play for a few hours before it starts getting dark. She takes naps great during the day. Its bed time when shes a mess
When my boys were little I bathed them every night, I used a bed time bath wash then a bed time lotion specially on the soles of there feet, but them down about 7pm after a feed and they slept about 4 to 5 hour b4 they would wake up for next feed, it doesn’t work for everyone baby but there is no harm in trying
My now 8 year old was like that. And still is! Took me two years to get one full night of sleep😕
Talk to her doctor she maybe teething or possibly colic so please ask her doctor
could maybe be teething at that age where it starts.
Time to introduce a little cereal I would say. A teaspoonful to a bottle is what I did.
I wouldn’t worry so much regarding a routine, obviously there’s limits but try to be more relaxed about set times, your baby is only 4 months old, also could he or she be getting ready for solids or getting enough milk? My baby got very fussy because she wanted more milk, also starting weaning early which helped x
My son is going through a faze were he’s hungrier at night time. He slept fine till 5 months now stirs a lot and can suddenly be wide awake. I give him more milk before bed and have teething gel ready if he wakes.
When my children were 6 weeks old I have them rice cereal mixed with formula at bed time they slept all night!
I’ve always been told to put them to sleep tired but awake, that might help
My son was like this from day 1 and he is now 3 years old. Some children are built this way. My daughters on the other hand, live their sleep
It will be a growth spurt. Remember it with my grandson. Hard on parents. Seems when they are learning new skills or physically growing can set them back.
Weighed blanket? Baby bunting? What has been tried?