By the four-month mark, first-time mums (and dads) are happy to share that they are getting more sleep. Babies agree with this sentiment as well. They can go for long stretches around this time without eating, which leads to much more uninterrupted sleep time.
This article explores a few simple milestones when a child reaches their fourth month as a baby. This is also something you can discuss with your qualified healthcare professional.
Four-month-olds typically consume around 0.26 kg of milk every four to six hours. Typically, paediatricians still advise that the baby sticks to a formula or breast milk only diet. Introducing solids may come soon.
Uninterrupted sleep time may start to become a thing, but it can get derailed by the four-month sleep regression. Keep in mind that regression can occur at five months as well. This can be challenging for parents, especially if you have finally settled on a schedule and bedtime routine that the baby is following. Sleep is a realistic expectation again. And then you notice your baby has been waking up at 2 am, 4 am, 6 am...
It is important to have context about your waking baby. It is not because you have done anything wrong. Growth spurts and brain development often trigger these sleepless nights. Try to get through it by maintaining a routine.
Hopefully, even if the sleepless nights re-occur, nap time is not be affected. Sleep regression tends to occur at night.
Like many of the ups and downs in these early months with your bub, it is good to know that this too shall pass to keep a positive mindset. Any type of change may feel like regression and can be hard to experience, but your baby should be sleeping again through the night soon – and so will you.
Written by Chelsea D.
Chelsea is a mum of one and pregnant with another. She writes about pregnancy, parenting, and body positivity.
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