My 4 month old doesn't sleep anymore.

Kayla - posted on 09/14/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Day or night.... he fights naps during the day and doesn't sleep for more than 30-45 mins at a time. At night he sleeps pretty good for the first few hours (before I go to bed...) then the rest of the night he is often waking up. I searched online last night and from what I gathered I believe it is "4 month Sleep Regression" (Something I have never heard of, as it seems like all the close women in my life are or were lucky enough to have babies that slept through the night from the time they were a month to 6 weeks old.)

So my questions are: Is it something I am doing wrong like with bedtime routine... it goes bath -> bottle (& rice cereal last night.... didn't prevent him from waking so I don't think it's just hunger) -> then I pat him to sleep.... Can any other Mum's who have experienced this give me some tips on what I can do? And how I can keep sane, as I am not sleeping either by default.

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Janet - posted on 09/16/2014

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start sleeping your baby on his tummy. Baby will relax and sleep more soundly. Also start a morning feeding with rice cereal too. This should solve it. I'm a mom of five. All were tummy sleepers. I breastfed and began supplementing with rice cereal at 3-5 weeks. They were happy babies and I was a happy mom.

Amber - posted on 09/15/2014

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When that started happening with my son, I had to co-sleep with him for a while. He was waking up looking for comfort. It took a little while, but the cereal really helped send him into a deep sleep.

He is too young for it now, but if it continues, I would start letting him cry it out as he gets older. That's what I ended up having to do with both my boys.

Kayla - posted on 09/14/2014

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I know you're a real Mum, that came off not how I intended... I meant getting advice from Mums (such as yourself) as opposed to just reading it in an article as I agree not everything you read online is very reliable... Sorry, I didn't mean any offence. Thanks for that advice, I will try and get rest when and where I can... and I will bring it up at his next appointment (tomorrow).

Ev - posted on 09/14/2014

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I am a real mom. But babies go through a lot of sleep patterns during their first year. My daughter was one of those sleep through the night babies from 11 pm to 7 am from 3 weeks old. But my son had several sleep patterns from birth. What was bad was when he was older from toddler age to 4; he would go to bed at 8 pm and not fall off to sleep until 12 am. He would sleep for a few hours and be up and ready to go. He got a nap too. So all together he would get maybe 8 hours a day of sleep. I was up all night until he fell to sleep and then took a nap when he did. Even a few minutes of relaxing with your eyes closed can help to revive you while your baby is taking that 30-45 minute nap. And I would still talk to the baby's doctor on how to handle this. Also lean on your family or friends for help. Maybe one of them can come over and take over with the baby so you can sleep some. I looked at the site you left the link to. I would also look at a few other sites on this even the medical ones for more options. Not everything you find on the internet is reliable. But my suggestion still the same. And this site did say that it does not last forever but does depend on the child.

Kayla - posted on 09/14/2014

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I don't mean just not sleeping through the night, I don't really expect it at this age and he has never done it... but up until the past week or so he would sleep, wake up @ 2:45 for a bottle, go straight back to sleep then wake up @ 5:45 for a bottle. My comment on sleeping through the night from 6 weeks old is comparing to my sister and also my best friend's babies (even my Mother when we were babies) because no one I am close to has any experience with "4 month sleep regression".

The past week he starts waking up around midnight and wakes up at least 8 times through out the night... he doesn't want to go back to sleep after his bottle either. Most times he wakes up he doesn't want to eat, he's just not sleeping.

it's not really restful to nap when he does as he only naps during the day for 30-45 mins at a time.

http://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-... I have an idea of why he is not sleeping, I'd just like real-mum advice on how to cope.

Ev - posted on 09/14/2014

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All babies are unique. Not all babies sleep through the night from a month to six weeks old on. A baby this age is going to be up and down all day or all night. They are feeding a lot because they need to. If you are not working you should try to get a nap when baby does. Or find someone who can come in and help you out. Talk to baby's doctor.

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