SETTLING SUCCESS 4+ MONTHS
Settling, sleep and your baby’s hormones and development changes from around 4 months of age as their sleep cycles and sleep hormones begin to mature, and become more adult like. Cue the 4 month sleep regression around this time, and a big neurological leap!! So how can we work towards ensuring your sleep doesn’t break down in this time? And accommodate your baby’s sleep needs through a different style of settling, moving away from 1:1 settling and toward an independent style of sleep. ✖️Look at the timing of your baby’s sleep. The fist nap would be well and truly forming around this age now, falling around 9am. The first sleep window for the day is between 9-10am and if you can have your baby going down during this time, it’s typically much easier to settle them down. The second falls between 12-2pm, and the faint is between 6-7pm, also a GREAT time for bed!! ✖️If you’re consistent with your nap times, it will mean that your child’s circadian rhythms will naturally sync ad their body will in turn learn to expect sleeps t hat certain time. These are influenced by light, activity and food. So, if you are feeding upon waking, have a dark room for sleep and have some nice activity upon waking after a feed, these patterns can sync in much easier then if you had less consistency. ✖️Your child’s temperament if a big factor in regards to how they will settle. Some baby’s are cruisy and will prefer going down on their own, and become more unsettled with mum or dad present in the room. Other baby’s need more 1:1 settling to begin with, or that parental presence and proximity by the cot can provide a sense of security. We find that a hand on the belly and gentle pat, with some shushing can be all your baby needs to help transition off to sleep, when they aren’t overtired or other factors are coming into play. ✖️A hungry baby wont sleep! If your little one isn’t gaining weight or has had troubles thriving we would suggest seeing your healthcare provider or lactation consultant to ensure that feeding is going appropriately, and there aren’t any underlying issues which could be influencing their weight gain including a tongue/cheek or lip tie, reflux or other medical conditions.
Need more help with your baby’s sleep, ease with settling and information regarding awake times, nap structure and how you can settle your baby to help them sleep longer? You can find it all here in our Sleep Guides!