A lot of people talk about the dreaded ‘sleep regression’ around the 3-4 month mark however, you should think of this as simply a change in your baby’s awareness and development. This is where you may notice that they start waking easily after a 45-minute sleep cycle and will have difficulty going back to sleep. This is a time when your baby will need your support to help them resettle and extend their sleep. With a little time, patience and consistency, you will be able to help your baby resettle and eventually to self-settle on their own. Try to resist the urge of automatically going in and picking them up, as this will make resettling much harder and can lead to more frequent waking at night in the long term. During the day, they will typically have a longer morning and afternoon nap with a catnap in between. Try to extend the morning and afternoon naps by gently resettling them in their bed. You can do this by gently patting and ‘shushing’ where you find them. If they become too unsettled, pick them up and cuddle them until calm and then place them back down in their bed again. Remember that the sleep environment is equally important, so ensure that they are put to sleep in a dark and quiet environment.
Your Daily Rhythm
It’s not always easy to remain calm and patient if you have been up all night or have siblings running around. By being aware of your baby’s Daily Rhythm, you will have a sense of control in knowing what to expect with things such as awake windows, which sleeps are best for resettling and timings for feeds and sleep.