Myth: There’s no such thing as a sleep regression.
Fact: The 4-month sleep regression is real. And it’s horrible!
Austin was sleeping well, day (naps) and night. Key word: was. Then he turned 4 months old, and it’s been a roller coaster, mostly filled with screams. A two-hour afternoon nap has turned to 35 minutes of sleep, 35 minutes of rocking, and maybe another 35 minutes of sleep. What used to be a once or twice middle-of-the-night whining has morphed into him waking up seemingly every hour. A little coaxing and popping the pacifier back in usually helps … for another 59 minutes.
His morning nap seems fine as he clearly has given us no reason to believe he’s done with them. He wakes up between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Eating ensues. By the time 8:30 rolls around he’s whiny, cranky, and his eyes have a hard time staying open. An hour-long morning nap is followed by a 10 o’clock bottle. Great.
He’ll occasionally fall back asleep, or want to, around 11:30-ish for a little while, half-hour maybe. His next bottle isn’t until 1 o’clock, but he’s usually pretty jovial and in good spirits until then, even after waking up with an hour to go before he eats.
So … wake up, nap, wake up, bottle, catnap, wake up, bottle. It’s been clockwork. Until recently.
He eats and cries when it’s gone (always) because he just wants to eat all day, like Graham tries to. Around 1:45 p.m. I’ll take him to his room, get him ready for nap and rock him before placing him in the crib, asleep or just barely awake. (Save your “you shouldn’t rock them to sleep” malarky for someone who cares. Me, I want the kid to sleep however we can get him to sleep.)
Thirty-five minutes later I hear the pacifier land on the floor (as it turns out, 5 feet from the crib) and crying soon follows. Lots of crying. Eyes wide open. No interest in sleep. I’ve taken him back out to the living room to play for a few before attempting a re-nap. I’ve calmly rubbed his back while his eyes slowly closed. Sometimes it works but most times it doesn’t.
The bottom teeth look like they could be on their was as well because drooling has increased as has sucking/gnawing on his fist/arm.
I’m not asking for sympathy or your condolences, I just am airing it out that the 4-month sleep regression is 100 percent real, and it’s 100 percent miserable for everyone involved.
Just hoping it’s a phase (it is) with hopes of finding a solution.