Sleep Regression?

Sleep Regression?

This week my word has to be regression or should it be worry?

“I broke my baby.”

“My baby won’t sleep.”

“My baby is waking up every hour.”

These are some of the desperate posts I read in some of my Facebook groups. Mums who had good sleeping babies; little ones who were doing good stretches between feeds and have suddenly stopped doing this. They want answers. They want help and suggestions. Why is this happening?? They were used to getting this sleep and it has gone and that is so flipping hard. Throw in a boisterous toddler, who wakes at 6am and there are some very tired Mummies (and Daddies) out there.

What am I talking about? What is causing this change supposedly?

The 4 month sleep regression. The DREADED 4 month sleep regression.

Piglet is 16 weeks now and officially 4 months old next week. Apart from when my little one had bronchiolitis, I have a very good sleeper. She sleeps through and I mean sleeps through for a good 8-9 hours. I don’t currently get woken in the night to feed. I may get a 5am feed and more dozing. I may have a girl who doesn’t always sleep at the same time each night, meaning as a breast feeder, I can’t go out at night. I may have a girl who only naps for 30 minutes at a time during the day. I don’t care. I can sleep at night!!

The gremlin never had this regression. She always woke for a feed in the early hours but her sleeping was fine until she hit 18 months and decided she didn’t want to sleep in her cot. That was a fun time and involved a bed and Daddy lying on the floor next to her for a long while!!

So will Piglet regress? Will we re visit those first few weeks again; the regular wakes, the co-sleeping and the general exhaustion?

Only time will tell really. I know they say siblings are like chalk and cheese but I’m hoping my two girlies stay very alike in the sleeping stakes!

Will keep you posted.

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  1. January 20, 2017 / 7:54 am

    We’ve never had a good sleep, but we had a good spell at around 4 months. He went back to waking frequently at about 5 months and still does! He was one this week so I’m beginning to think I’ll never sleep again! Good job they’re worth it isn’t it?! #thatfridaylinky
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  2. January 20, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Oh no! I hope this sorts itself out and goes back to you getting sleep again soon! So hard being woken up all the time. #thatfridaylinky

  3. January 20, 2017 / 9:59 am

    oh my, those big blue eyes! These days are all distant memories for me and I know they will be for you too. Sleep deprivation is horrid, just make sure you take good care of yourself and remember that this doesn’t last xx
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  4. January 20, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Oh no, I remember this so well with my son, at bang on 16 weeks he did this! He’d been a good sleeper, too, so it was a sudden shock to the system! He went through it for about two to three weeks and I had to feed him a lot more, too, and then he settled down again. Fingers crossed you’ll be through it soon! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x
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  5. January 20, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I hope it’s just a blip and normal service will resume soon for you. My little boy was a nightmare with his sleeping until he was about 9 months so I envy you having those long stretches of sleep. #WotW
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  6. January 20, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Alfie had a regression at about this age, Elarna not so much…….try 18 months onwards, wahhhh 3 times it was last night ffs!! I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed for you hun. Popping over from #ThatFridayLinky
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  7. January 20, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Eek! I can’t actually remember if my girls had sleep regression. It was a long time ago when my girls were little. lol
    I hope you get through it without much lost sleep! x
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  8. January 20, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    My 5 year old still wakes through the night most nights, my little girl who is 1 is a terrible sleeper, this week we have had about 16 hours sleep!! I…am….a…..zombie! Hope she gets a new routine soon for you.

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  9. January 22, 2017 / 12:17 am

    Sleep deprivation is a killer. Our twins were fab for the first six months they’d sleep. I actually had to wake them for feeds, but when that first tooth started to make an appearance, sleep went out of the window and we’re only now, at the grand age of almost five, starting to get some decent sleep again! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  10. Nige
    January 22, 2017 / 10:02 am

    The girls were great sleepers until they were 6 months old omg did it change hope it continues for you super post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  11. January 22, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Sleep isn’t something that happens in our house due to our sons needs. It’s a bit of a nightmare. It feels like our Little Lady knows this and she has been a good sleeper, thankfully. We are yet to move her out of her cot into a toddler bed. It is well overdue but we are scared of the battles that could take place after. I hope your sleep battles aren’t too bad #WotW

  12. January 24, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    It’s so hard when you start getting used to having that sleep again to go through a spell of sleep regression. I don’t really remember it at 4 months with either of the girls though – the stage I really remember came much later. Fingers crossed that Piglet continues to sleep well for you. #WotW
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