As a professional sleep consultant, I hear the term “regression” used in regards to just about every imaginable circumstance. Essentially, if baby doesn’t sleep well for a couple of nights, parents start dropping the ‘R’ word. Some people subscribe to the idea that there’s an eight month regression, a 9 month regression, a 1 year regression, as well as teething regressions, growth spurt regressions, and so on. Others see these as simple hiccups caused by extenuating circumstances.
But the four-month regression, everybody agrees on, and for good reason. It’s the real deal, and it’s permanent.
So in order to understand what’s happening to your baby during this stage, first you need to know a few things about sleep in general. So here’s the science-y part, told in plain English.
Many of us just think of sleep as an on-or-off situation. You’re either asleep or you’re not. But sleep actually has a number of different stages, and they make up the “sleep cycle,” which we go through several times...
I love sleep hacks! These are products that help kids sleep better, without your help. Here’s a list of what I love:
I love swaddles for babies 0 - 3 months old. They recreate the position they were in the womb. I hear parents all the time saying that their baby doesn’t like to be swaddled, but the truth is all babies love it. Babies squirm, arch their back and cry when they’re overtired, and this can make them look like they’re fighting the swaddle. I recommend swaddling your baby for every sleep situation. Not only does it help make sleep stretches longer, but it also lowers the risk of SIDS. How is that for a good reason to start using them? My favorite swaddle is the Sleepea Swaddle. Very simple to use, and makes it impossible for baby to break out of it.
White noise machines.
I’m a big fan of white noise. For infants, it reproduces what they heard in the womb, helping them calm down, fall asleep and stay asleep. For children of all ages (and adults) it tunes out external n...