Carol App Team
Community Questions - 4 month sleep regression.
"Mums, I'm in the thick of the 4 month sleep regression with my daughter, any tips?"
We know that the 4 month 'sleep regression' is tough - we've all been there! But just to make it feel a little better, this period is actually a huge developmental break through for your little one! Generally, 4 months old is when your little one is likely to be hitting huge milestones such as rolling over, sitting up, becoming more aware of what's going on around them, and as all of this development is taking place, often their sleep gets disrupted. This is totally normal!
Some tips that worked for us when we were going through this period with our little ones, are:
- Sticking to their daytime nap routine - trying not to 'make up' the hours of sleep in the day as this can further impact their nighttime sleep.
- Get outside everyday, the fresh air and sunlight helps with regulating their sleep/wake cycle.
- When your little one does wake in the night, try not take them out of their cot. Make sure that they feel safe and know that you are there for them but from our experience, keeping them in their cot helps to avoid creating the habit of getting them out every time they cried which can ultimately lead to the regression lasting much longer. Placing your hand gently on their stomach, softly speaking to them and reassuring them that you are there are things that helped us.
Although the 4 month sleep regression feels like it may never end, remember, this too shall pass! You've got this!!