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Nap and bedtime issues: good info to have!

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Nap and bedtime issues: good info to have!

I was trying to find out why my almost 4-month-old was having trouble staying asleep when I put her down for the night and came across this article: http://www.babysleepsite.com/how-we-sleep/4-month-old-sleep-regression/
I wanted to know if anyone has had experience with this, or if this is very common? It seems like this is exactly what’s happening with my daughter!
It’s pretty specific, so if you don’t happen to have a 3- to 5-month-old you might not find it helpful. BUT! I checked out the rest of the website and found it to be very informational on baby and childhood sleep patterns. And I love arming myself with knowledge on this kind of thing, it helps me not feel so useless when my baby is having issues! If you’re the same way (or just having a sleep issue with your child) this might be some good info for you 🙂

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  1. My son was an excellent sleeper until 4 months exactly. It was like a switch flipped and he was a newborn again. It was awful for us because he slept 5 hours straight the night we brought him home from the hospital and was sleeping 7-8 hours consistently at just 4.5 weeks old. Unfortunately, our sleep regression ended up lasting until he was about 9-10 months old. It was really hard on me because I love my sleep! Now at 16 months, he is finally sleeping through the whole night completely uninterrupted (most nights). He’ll even find his paci all by himself most of the time if he does wake up! 🙂

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    1. Oh no, 5 months of no sleep?! That makes my heart hurt for you! What did you do to help correct it, or did your son just regulate himself eventually?

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  2. It is always great to arm yourself with knowledge. Always make sure the resource is credible. While the information seems accurate I can not easily find where they get their information. Sleep is very much behavioral and regulated by good habits and routine, at every age. A site I like to use is http://www.sleepfoundation.org through the National Sleep Foundation. You can search for Sleep, Infants and Parents.

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    1. Ooh, fantastic. I will definitely use that as a good resource. Thank you 🙂 Since sleep is behavioral and can be groomed with good routine, I’ll make sure to work on it. Like Kristen said, sleep is GLORIOUS. I love it too much to leave it to chance!

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  3. We went through the same thing with our first. Pretty good sleeper until about four months, then he sort of derailed. It wasn’t until around 9 months (right around the time when we were totally losing our minds) that he started having a little more predictable sleep schedule through the night.

    At first we thought we did something wrong and ruined the good thing that we had and generally beat ourselves up over it. Then we learned that “sleep regression” around that age is totally normal.

    We were “ready” for it with our second baby, and did a much better job of just rolling with the punches and not getting too worked up over it – which helped a lot. Not that it made her sleep better (and she wasn’t terrible, but she was an infant), but because our expectations were more accurate.

    Our kids are great sleepers today, both for night time and naps. Of course, everything is out the window if they are sick, teething or going through a major developmental milestone (first steps, first words, etc). Again, attitude is everything. Read up on ideas, try what sounds good to you, but try to keep all the advice out there from boosting your expectations of sleep.

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    1. With my daughter, her sleep suffered with EVERY developmental milestone! We started to predict when she would crawl, walk, have a language explosion, etc. by when she started night waking.

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    2. I like this advice. I always blame myself first when something changes in the baby’s routine, but I have to remember: SHE’S A BABY! It’s not something I’m causing, it’s her own changes and milestones.
      She did roll over from front to back recently, but only twice and hasn’t done it again in over a week. Maybe she’s gearing up to roll more 🙂

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  4. Sleep is such a tricky subject. And the EVERYONE is more than happy to give you an opinion. I agree that sometimes our expectations are too high of both the baby and ourselves. I love the comment about “rolling with the punches” because what works with one baby or at one time is not going to be guaranteed to work with the next. I am a strong believer in bedtime/naptime rituals as well as good sleep hygiene (putting baby down in the same spot each time and trying to be home for naps). And when things get rough, remember that the definition of sleeping through the night is actually only 6 hours in a row. Be kind to yourself if you are not there.

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    1. THANK YOU! I have a lot of people encouraging me to “get out of the house” because they feel like I’m holed up in here going crazy. My response is that it’s what the baby needs right now! I believe she won’t get the sleep or routine she needs if she’s being schlepped around in her car seat. I would MUCH rather stay at home to make sure she gets full naps in her crib. I was beginning to wonder if I was doing something wrong, with the way most people would give me the side eye about how rarely I get out. I don’t mind at all!

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