No body told me about the 4 month sleep regression!

I can totally understand how sleep depravation is a form of torture and if baby R wasn’t so utterly adorable I’d be seriously wondering what I’d done to deserve such a battering. As I type I’ve got the hopeful sense that we’ve just got over the worst of the 4 month sleep regression, to which the only medicine & saving grace was being greeted by his gummy grin every morning.

I follow the Wonder Weeks to track any developemental leaps Baby R goes through and we were armed and ready for the dreaded leap 4 (a titanic 31 fussy days) but nothing prepared us for the sleep regression. 
I’ve had 2 poor sleepers already and felt we’d cracked it finally with number 3 but after sleeping through (the official line is 5 hour stretches which we achieved  a few times) Baby R decided he needed to check in with me and fill up every 1 -2 hours. 
As an eternal optimist I’ve been trying to focus on all the amazing things he’s accomplished in the last 25 days rather than fret on the extra wrinkles and bags I’ve aquired! 
Here goes
1 he’s now grabbing his toes 
2 he can roll to his side 
3 lots of giggles at play time 
4 splashing in the bath with his hands
5 sticking his tongue out trying to copy raspberrys

We’re still, however,  working on the no cry car journey. 
With love from lovely Devon
X

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9 Comments

  1. Ali Chapman
    3rd October 2014 / 9:11 am

    If thoroughly recommend downloading the Wonder Weeks app, it helps knowing the tough times are only temporary. Good luck with the new baby. X

  2. 3rd October 2014 / 8:41 am

    Definitely hold on to those positives!! Our new baby will be here in a few weeks and I am so .not looking forward to the sleep deprivation, eek! Xx #babybabble

  3. Ellen O'Keeffe
    3rd October 2014 / 7:06 pm

    Oh no A's 18 weeks, really hoping he's over the sleep regression stage I don't think I could handle night feeds again! The milestones are awesome though! x

  4. 3rd October 2014 / 6:44 pm

    Oh yes! My son was never a good sleeper, but he really went downhill during the four month sleep regression. He was up every hour!! It was just awful. Now, thankfully, he is finally sleeping through the night (he started just before his first birthday). Everyone told me it would go by fast, but it really feels long when you're in the middle of it and not sleeping!

  5. 3rd October 2014 / 8:42 pm

    NO sleep is NO fun. My youngest has only just got the swing of sleeping all night , it took him 3 years! But that's because he was very into boobs! I really hope he's over the regression now, his milestones are brill. Well done him! x

    I found you on # weekend blog hop !

  6. Ali Chapman
    4th October 2014 / 6:23 am

    That gives me hope! I forgot how hard the sleepless nights were.

  7. Ali Chapman
    4th October 2014 / 6:25 am

    I've spent lots of hours researching this in the wee small hours and apparently if they've learnt to self settle before the sleep regression it doesn't hit them as hard. That's a lesson learnt to me!

  8. Ali Chapman
    4th October 2014 / 6:26 am

    Eek 3 years! I have a booby baby as well, at least his night feeds are instant. x

  9. Janice
    4th October 2014 / 5:24 pm

    The 4 month sleep regression caught me by surprise with my first! Why does no one warn new mothers about this? It was even worse with my second and he still doesn't sleep through. Thankfully my youngest 2 have been great sleepers from the beginning. They had learned to self settle before 4 months and I think this really helped. They went from sleeping through to waking once or twice.

    I hope he starts sleeping better for you soon. The milestones are great, it's lovely to watch them learning new things. 🙂
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