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  • Sleep Regression – No Thanks!

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    Morning lovelies

    I’ve started writing this at the delightful hour of 5.30am! It’s been a long night… started at 9.30pm with an early dream feed. All fine, then he woke at 12.30; not a problem, then 1.30…….2.40….3.30….. 5.00. By this point I was thoroughly pissed off! Josh is normally so good and would do a midnight feed and another around 4am before getting up at about 6.30. I couldn’t believe how badly he had slept, or not slept as the case may be. Then it dawned on me, the dreaded four month sleep regression. Josh is 16 weeks tomorrow, could it be coincidence?

    I heard about the hideousness that is sleep regression from one of my NCT friends (and can I just take a moment to say I love my NCT girls; it is so comforting to have one another to vent to when you are waking a million times in the night and we are always there for one another with advice and encouragement. They are a god send). Any way back to the sleep regression.

    So one minute you’ve got an adorable four month old baby, sleeping fairly well and you’re feeling far more human than you did in those early days. Then out of nowhere your little angel is transformed into a nocturnal, cranky disaster who won’t sleep! Long gone are the decent stretches of sleep between feeds and the somewhat manageable sleep schedule. Now you are both exhausted and you have a baby who won’t fall asleep or stay asleep for longer than 20 minutes! After much wracking your brain and googling (why do we do it) you get told it must be the dreaded four month sleep regression!

    Now hold on to your knickers ladies cause the description of this vile. The four month sleep regression marks a permanent change in your baby’s sleep habits. Before this the baby didn’t have the distinct deep and light sleep stages that us adults experience, they basically just sleep deeply all the time, which is wonderful and explains why Josh has always been a delight at sleeping anywhere; car, moses basket, peoples houses, in the middle of the floor in a baby sensory class…!!! However it would appear that four months hits and your babys brain matures (a good thing; comfort yourself with that fact when you’re awake at all hours) and sleep patterns develop much like ours. So baby is going between deep and light sleep. Now you can take comfort in the fact this is a healthy and normal developmental milestone in your baby, always a good thing; your babies growth is right on track.


    However, as lovely as all this may sound, it is of no comfort at all when it’s 3.30am and you’re up for the fifth time and feel like a demented overtired lunatic.And if you’re experiencing this you have my sympathy! It is like reverting back to those early days which, as cute as the teeny tiny baby was, no one misses because you were up half the night and thoroughly exhausted. And now that baby is experiencing these sleep cycles it appears that he or she now needs your help even more to fall back to sleep.

    Now as if all that wasn’t a bitch enough, here’s the cherry on the cake; it doesn’t go away! It appears that unlike the sleep regression your baby will experience at around 9 months, which tends to pass after a few weeks with your little ones sleep returning to normal, this one is permanent! So you can imagine my initial reaction upon reading all of this. I came to the most logical decision going; ignore it and hope that it wouldn’t happen to Josh. But if last night is anything to go by then this could be the start of this quite frankly shitty sleep regression! So how can you cope? Short of investing in shares of coffee and undereye concealer, it seems that you will just need to find a way to cope!!!What a bitch. You can try to help baby get back to sleep if you can; if you know certain things settle him or her, such as a mobile, a night light, a comfort blanket, make sure they have it when trying to soothe them. I personally don’t rock Josh or hold him till he sleeps as I’ve drummed into him from day one to self settle and get himself to sleep, but I do turn on a night light and his Ewan dream sleep which he should hopefully associate with falling asleep! And although it didn’t work last night, a dream feed has worked wonders for me in the past and can get you a good four to five hours sleep under your belt!

    Above all don’t struggle alone. If someone offers help accept it and have a nap if you can (often easier said than done). And lean on your fellow Mummy friends; hearing that someone else is suffering too is weirdly a comfort. You can always ask your baby to pack it in and let you get some sleep but oddly I’ve not found that that works as yet….!!

    If you’ve already been through this then it would be great to hear how you coped and if you have any tips!

    Sweet Dreams Yummy Mummys x





    1. March 22, 2016 / 10:58 am

      Ah, the dreaded sleep regression. My baby went from an okay sleeper to waking up every 1-2 hours all night – and this lasted for nearly 4 months! I think the problem was I would feed or rock her to sleep each time she woke up, and this turned into a habit for her that she couldn’t break until she matured a little. She’s still not a great sleeper, but at 7 months we emerged from sleep regression hell. I hope yours passes more quickly – good luck! #abitofeverything

      • March 22, 2016 / 7:49 pm

        ??? oh god how on earth did you get though it! I’m keeping my fingers crossed its not too bad xx

    2. March 22, 2016 / 10:59 am

      Awwww I feel your pain, I’m on my third baby, she’s 5 months now and still fighting sleep but I’m winning. With the help of a white noise app, a dummy and lots of cuddles. I’m pretty sure my four year old is still going through one giant sleep regression!! They certainly know how to test us! #abitofeverything

      • March 22, 2016 / 7:48 pm

        Ha ha love this – winning!! Right that’s what I’m gonna aim for!! Thanks for the reassurance I’ll keep you posted xx

    3. March 22, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Sleep regression is tough. It will pass though – and you will get more sleep again. Hope this stage doesn’t last too long for you!

    4. March 23, 2016 / 12:29 pm

      Oh, the sleep regressions are grim! Max would go through them spot on when the books said, and his sleep would be up the creek for a few weeks. I have to say though that we didn’t find the 4 month one that bad (I say this in hindsight, having got past the 11 month one which was an absolute killer), so I hope you’ll get through it soon.

    5. March 25, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Oh lovely I feel for you. My oldest was a terrible sleeper. My other two haven’t been as bad. But my toddler is getting worse. Hang in there and it will get easier. Stay strong and firm. xx Thanks for linking up #abitofeverything xx

    6. March 26, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      I am dreading this happening, 14 weeks this week! Like you I am just going to ignore it until it really hits me in the face… Good luck, probably meet you one night on Twitter at 3am!

      • March 29, 2016 / 7:59 am

        Its hit me now! Very hard but coffee helps a lot!!! xx

    7. March 28, 2016 / 8:32 am

      Oh my goodness I feel for you! There is nothing worse than suddenly getting your nights back to have them cruelly snatched away. My tip is to talk about it like you have said, or write posts like this, it’s therapy! Also when you get those sudden bursts of caffeine infused energy and think you are ok, remember how tired you are so that you don’t use up too much energy or bite too many people’s heads off. Oh and drinking lots of water and a bit of fresh air helped me too. Thanks for sharing and if you want to talk about lack of sleep anytime, feel free!! #bigpinklink

    8. March 28, 2016 / 12:08 pm

      Oh no! I remember them well. You sound a lot more knowledgeable and sane about them than I did. My son (now two and a half) was textbook for going through regressions. I wrote a post about them all when he was in the midst of the 2 year one now (which I don’t really remember now). I don’t think it will help much but I do offer virtual tea and chocolate cake in it! http://occupationmother.net/2015/07/22/sleep-regressions-and-me/ Good luck…it will pass! #bigpinklink

      • March 29, 2016 / 7:42 am

        Thank you so much for this hun I’m going to have a read now xxx

    9. March 28, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      Yuk! I remember this!! The pain of all those night wakings is indescribable! We had a Ewan! I’m not sure there was a single sleep thing we didn’t try thinking back. It does get better though. Pinky promise! Until then there is coffee and sugar! I loved dream feeding. Getting one in just before they would usually have woken could deffo buy you some time! Thanks so much for linking up with us again. #bigpinklink

      • March 29, 2016 / 7:41 am

        I will keep with the drewam feeding and I also have a Ewan. I’m holding you to the pinky promise 😉 xx

    10. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
      March 29, 2016 / 6:22 am

      Oh I remember this all too well! My first born ever did it though! He always slept the night. My second & third didn’t sleep properly until they were 2 years old or so. It’s so hard! The hourly waking is so difficult. As you say they are changing into light sleep & are waking. If the baby’s sleep trigger is feeding then they will wake looking for that to put them back to sleep. I breastfed my three so I went along with feeding them whenever they woke until they were eating some solids. Then I cut out the night feeding. It’s not easy! Baby doesn’t like it. But eventually they learn to settle themselves back without a feed. I can’t do the cry it out thing, so I’d still be up with them. All I can say is it eventually ends & best of luck!! 🙂 x Thanks so much for linking up with us! #bloggerclubuk x

      • March 29, 2016 / 7:38 am

        Oh it is so hard and I think its going to get worse before it gets better! xx

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