How We Got Through The Four Month Sleep Regression

Just when I thought we had the whole sleeping thing down, Gemma hit what I’ve come to learn is the four month sleep regression.  You can read my original nap time post here.

At around three and a half months Gemma started sleeping through the night.  She would wake up once every few days, but only for her pacifier or to be turned onto her back again.  It was amazing.  Then, all of the sudden, she would wake up every night between 12am-2:30am and cry until she was fed and rocked back to sleep.  She started fighting her naps, taking only a few a day and usually for no longer than thirty minutes!

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It’s not forever.

The biggest thing I had to cling to in the past month is the truth that this will not last forever.  Gemma was hitting a growth spurt (physically and mentally) and she was in the beginning stages of teething (which, sadly, she is still going through).  So every late night waking and every missed nap I held on to that truth.  These days will soon be behind me and I know that I will miss the cuddles and the sleepy milk grins.  Some days when I really felt the lack of sleep or when Gemma was fussy and refusing sleep, I would just do what I needed to do.  I’d give her another bottle to soothe her to sleep or let her cuddle with me in bed.

 

Invest in a Sound Machine.

There’s been a huge difference  in her sleep since we got the sound machine.  It did not magically make everything better, but it helps her sleep longer.  I don’t have to flinch at every little sound, praying it won’t wake her up. Instead, I use the machine every nap and through the night.  I feel like it helps get her ready for sleep and blocks out any noises that might wake her up.  A good sound machine >> here.  (Similar to ours).

 

Try a Routine.

Okay, this is thin lines.  I’m a big advocate for a strong routine.  Babies (in my opinion) do much better with structure.  We all do, in a way.  However, I think you also need to be flexible because our little one’s don’t always follow the routine down to the minute!  I always try and put Gemma down for her nap after she’s been awake for two hours.  Sometimes I am successful.  Other times, I am not.  But I still try.  I also push for the same 7:30 bedtime.

 

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Stay Consistent.

I try to be as consistent as possible.  When Gemma wakes up in the middle of the night crying I go into her room and put her on her back, stroke her face and give her the pacifier.  Then I turn around and walk out.  If she cries again, I repeat everything but add some soft shushing, and usually stay a little longer.  If she still continues crying, I get a bottle (she’s still young enough to need to eat during the night) and rock her silently while I feed her.

I never waver through that routine.  Some nights she goes back to sleep immediately.  Other nights I have to give her a bottle and rock her back to sleep.  It just depends.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up.

The one thing I’ve really learned is to not beat myself up.  Sleep regression is a very real and very difficult thing.  Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do!  I have spent many of Gemma’s naps cuddling her in my own bed because it was the only way she’d fall asleep.  I never planned to let that happen, but somedays it was the only thing I felt I could do.

Gemma jumped from her four month sleep regression right into teething so we’re still struggling with sleep.  (I feel I should clarify this is a struggle for US.  Gemma has and still is a great sleeper compared to most babies!). However, we’re moving along and I am growing in patience and gentleness.

Do you have any other sleep tips?  Leave them in the comments!

 

-Brittany Smith-

Gemma Raine: 5 Months Old Update

I truly can not believe that this little But is already five months old! She is really so much fun right now. Even though she’s been in some pain because of a diaper rash and teething, her little personality is starting to shine.

Gemma Raine is growing, growing, growing.  She is nearing 15 pounds and has officially moved into 3-6 month clothes.  We are putting her in size two diapers and recently conquered her first diaper rash.  It took using a hair dryer on her little bottom every time we changed her at home to help dry it out and relieve her.

Sweet Baby Girl now sleeps (mostly) through the night.  She will wake up around midnight and cry for a little bit but doesn’t want to eat.  She just wants to be snuggled and given her pacifier.  Then she usually goes right back to sleep.  She prefers to be curled up on her stomach and pressed against he bars of her crib.

I have a feeling this next month and a half will be filled with new milestones for our adventurous Gem.  She is so close to crawling.  Already, she is rolling both ways and can turn herself in a circle.

{Related: Four Month Update}

She has four little teeth right below the gums but they have yet to start breaking through.  She can also sit unassisted for 1.5 seconds but is getting better everyday!

Gemma loves to be held by her Mama and entertained by her Dada.  She cries out mama when she’s upset but we are unsure if she actually connects the meaning.  Whenever we try to get her to say Dada she stares intently almost as if she wants to but usually stays silent.

I am so excited to start feeding her solids but since we are going to try baby-led weaning we are waiting until at least 6 months old and for when she can sit up unassisted.  However, we will be making a trip out to Ikea in a week or two to pick up her highchair!

Five months old is such a fun age and we are soaking in every minute of our constantly growing and changing Baby Girl.

-Brittany Smith-