Congratulations! You’ve survived the first few months with a newborn and are well on your way into infant-hood. By now, you’re adjusting to life with your little one – but just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, BOOM. The 4 month sleep regression hits!
What is this regression, and why does it happen at 4 months?
Well, it is about this time in your baby’s development that their sleep patterns begin to change. Your baby will leave the hours of newborn slumber behind them, and will start cycling between periods of light and deep sleep. It is these transitions between light and deep sleep that are new to your little one, and may cause them to wake up more frequently.
This regression affects some babies at four months on the dot, but can occur earlier or later for others. Some babies (and their lucky parents) will be seemingly unphased by this regression.
However, sleep issues at this time are a very common occurrence, so if you’re deep in the trenches of the 4 month regression, you’re not alone!
As well as their sleep cycles maturing, your baby may also be going through other developmental milestones at the same time: learning to roll, developing their language, and beginning to recognise faces. All of these mixed together make for some pretty long nights.
So what happens next?
Here are some tips to help you get through:
Hang in there folks, you’ve got this… but should I mention that the next common regression is only a few months away?
Make sure you follow on with our series on sleep regressions to find out what’s coming next:
Sleep Regression in Babies - Recognising the Signs
The 4 Month Sleep Regression
The 6 Month Sleep Regression
The 8 Month Sleep Regression
The 12 Month Sleep Regression
The 18 Month Sleep Regression