4 month old sleep regression?? Anyone else got this?

Jen - posted on 12/14/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if anyone had heard of this and if you have had similar problems lately.
Within the last week my DD, who will be 4 mos on the 16th, has been fighting sleep something fierce! She does not want to nap and even fights going to bed at night. She had been sleeping marvelously and still is for the most part, it's just getting her there. I had been very adamant from the beginning about her sleeping in her crib in her own room, and making sure she went down sleepy but awake. I was very successful, and even successful at breaking her of swaddling at around 11 weeks. I was a little worried it was the fact that my husband has been the one home with her recently because I work and he got laid off (he has a lot less patience than I do) But now that I've googled 4 month old sleep .. and found this regression topic I feel like a jerk for thinking it could have been him. Soo is anyone else going thru a change like this? Is this a growth spurt period? Feedback PLEASE! :)

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Savannah - posted on 01/06/2011

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One of the most amazing things that my hubby and I have discovered made sleeping through the night wonderful. We bought an air purifier and put it into my DS' room. It creates a perfect steady white noise that helps sooth him while he sleeps. Anytime he is fussy or tired and fights his sleep I take him into his room sit in my rocking recliner and he falls right to sleep. The air purifier has been our secret to success. All babies are different, but it is worth a try. My DS also has started to fight napping and I asked my doctor about it. He said that teething at this age would not cause him to be unable to sleep. It could be a growth spurt which means one of two things, he is hungrier or even uncomfortable because growth spurts can cause a little discomfort. I have also learned that if he fights to no end, he usually wants to put himself to sleep. I will lay him in his crib, he will fuss maybe even cry a little, then I will go back in give him his paci and lovie and he passes right out. My DS loves his lovie. He pulls it close to him and rubs his face on it to help him sleep. If you are not giving your DD a paci, you may consider a lovie to allow her to self soothe. Again, all babies are different and I am no expert. Jus sharing what works for me. Good Luck. I just realized this was posted in December. Your issue may be resolved by now, but I already typed this whole thing so I am going to post it LOL

Kunang - posted on 12/31/2010

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If anyone is interested I found an interesting book called "The Wonder Weeks" it explains whats going on in bubs brain when they're reaching a milestone and when to expect difficulty sleeping because of it. What I like about the book is it doesn't tell you how to raise your baby, just whats going on so you can be well informed.

Sherri - posted on 12/15/2010

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My daughter will be 4 months on the 23rd, and the last few nights have been rough in regards to sleep. She is usually only up once during the night, if at all. The last 3 nights have had her up at least 3 times! We have been feeding her cereal for about a month now, and will be starting baby food next week. This is a period of growth, as well as teething. I know mine is beginning to teeth. She is always chewing on something, and drowling is out of control. I remember this period with my other 3 as well, and it usually last up to a few weeks. Not much can be done, other than to know that it hopefully won't last long, and they'll be back to their regular sleeping habits soon. Also, remember, that as they grow, they need a little less sleep. Depending on how many naps your daughter has (Megan only has 1 morning, and 1 afternoon nap now), maybe try cutting back on napping times to see if that helps.

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Jen - posted on 01/15/2011

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I can't believe it's been a month since i was on here! The holidays really had us busy. Sorry ladies, and thanks to everyone for their input and suggestions. It only lasted about another week and a half, and I'm pretty sure it was changing her sleep habits during the day mixed with a growth spurt, cause about a week ago we finally had to put away the rest of her larger 0-3 clothes.. the sleepers still fit, but those are gettin too short too. No teeth yet so it wasn't teething, but she's still chewing on everything. I hear some infants teethe/chew for MONTHS before teeth. It wasn't a sleeping thru the night issue, she's been sleeping thru the night since about 13-14 weeks old and never had any issues with staying asleep, just settling enough to GO to sleep. Thanks again to everyone who replied :)

Kiara - posted on 12/31/2010

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My Muffin is really startn that to.At first she was slpn very well n slpn all night but nw she fights her slp scratching her face,kicking n cryn she doesnt stay slp she fights her slp at night n tries to slp during the day

Italia - posted on 12/30/2010

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I'm sure it can be a lot of things. Teething, growth spurt, developmental growth etc. My baby sure went through it and she still has her nights where she wakes up more frequently than others. She's going to be 5mo in 2weeks. She's teething and wakes up crying biting her lip (poor baby). We co sleep and that seems to sooth her back to sleep. When she's alone she'll wake up crying or screaming. I think it's part of this milestone I hear it'll get better... hang in there we are all here for ya. I thought I was terminally unique until I found this site.
thanks for your share :)

Nikki - posted on 12/30/2010

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I'm really hoping its just a growth spurt ... my Ava has been sleeping through the night for about a month or so now. In the last few nights shes been waking up 2 or 3 times to eat (exclusively breastfed)... I feel your pain about the "getting her there" part ... Ava has to be out like a light in order to go to bed =/

Kunang - posted on 12/29/2010

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Same here. My Grace was born on the 23rd and we're in the same boat as you. She is a great sleeper and I also have been adamant about her sleeping in her crib and making sure she went down sleepy but awake. Grace is also no longer swaddled. But for the past 3 nights shes been a terror to get to sleep at nap time or at night time. I've heard of this 4 month sleep regression to but I have no idea what it means. Maybe its a mixture of the 4 month growth spurt, growing pains, teething and I've also heard that reaching milestones can place stress on our wee ones. Grace has just learnt to roll, she gets quite frustrated with herself.
I think you should stick to your guns, its not going to last forever. But if you cave in you might form bad sleeping habits. Maybe just stay with her patting her bum until shes asleep. Just so she knows your there. Good luck everyone!

Me-Anne - posted on 12/28/2010

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Same thing , my boy is 4 months old & 3 days, he usually push out from his mouth the feeding bottle but wanted to drink the milk,it could be teething & growth spurt..

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my son will be 4months on the 30th. The past 3 nights he has been restless too during the middle of the night. I assumed it was a growth spurt since I had read that babies usually hit a growth spurt around this age. It will pass. I strictly breastfeed so putting cereal in a bottle is not a good option for me right now...I just feed him more when he asks. No teething yet, he chews on his hands a LOT now... sometimes gagging himself when he tries to put his hand too far in. I hope he learns not to gag himself sometime soon.

Jen - posted on 12/15/2010

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thanks ladies. I don't quite think she's teething yet, but she's chewin on anything she can and has been since 2 mos, not a whole lot of drooling goin on tho.
As for breaking swaddling.. I think I just kinda got lucky. She didnt need swaddled when we brought her home, then at about 4 weeks she did... all those neurons firing and what not.. I waited til I noticed that her movements weren't so herky jerky and she seemed to have more control and started swaddling her more loosely. Then there were a couple nights where it was sleep swaddled and sweat or unswaddled and be comfy.. she HATES being hot, so I took advantage of that and just kinda stopped only at night, and still swaddled for naps but only arms. Then I stopped and would let her get sleepy in my arms lay her down, and just hold her arms & legs in place til she drifted off and she was fine. Like I said we just kinda got lucky.

Stephanie - posted on 12/14/2010

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My son will be 4 months on the 17th! He's been waking up & having screaming fits in the morning, wanting to go back to sleep, but unable to. I usually have to rock him back to sleep. I really think it is a growth spurt period though, because he also has been eating A LOT more... How did you break your daughter from swaddling?? I've had to start swaddling my son every time he sleeps, because he was a belly sleeper for naps before (I would always boost him up on the boppy)! Now he's starting to sleep well on his back though... Also, I think teething pains will wake them up, and 4 months is about when most babies start teething..

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