The 4 month sleep regression has finally arrived. People aren’t lying when they say it’s intense, I think I can taste colors right now. When my son was born 4 months ago he was a great sleeper and I was overjoyed! He settled easily for naps and slept for long stretches at night. How I am missing those days! Naps are short little catnaps now and getting him to sleep involves nursing, bouncing, walking and shushing (not all at once) and is taking significantly longer to get him to sleep.
I know this is completely developmentally normal, but it doesn’t make it any easier! I’m trying really hard to stay positive and focus on the fact that this won’t last forever, but it is really hard when you are sleep deprived! Here’s how I’ve been managing to stay sane:
Take a break. Have someone else watch the baby so you can get some sleep. I can’t stress how important it is to sleep when you are a mom! This one is so hard for me. My husband works really long hours and I hate to call family over to watch the baby so I can take a nap. My husband has been really kind and made a point to come home early all week to give me a break and some rest, I felt amazing after a 30 minute power nap and a shower.
Don’t stress about sleep aids. I know the sleep professionals hate them, but if your child needs a pacifier to sleep now is not the time to try to take it away! You can get rid of bad sleep habits later, for now try to get everyone rested.
Babywear. If your baby likes it (my daughter hated to be worn!) put him or her in a safe carrier/sling/wrap. Sometimes there is more than just a sleep regression going on and babies want to be close to their moms. I have a suspicion that my little guy has started teething, we have been using the Ergo a lot this week.
Know this phase will end. There is an end in sight! With my daughter this sleep regression was the worst and I thought it would never end. I remember it took a few weeks for my daughter to get over this awful sleep phase, but it really felt like a lifetime.