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  1. Ashley says

    My 19 week old (4.5 month old) has been trained to sleep on his own for a couple months now. I just do his routine before naps and bed and I put him down awake and he takes care of the rest. At the beginning of his night sleep he was getting a 5 stretch basically every night. He had also started stretch naps out at the end of December. Suddenly he is waking more at night, really fighting going down for naps, and getting frustrated at bedtime. I am really trying my best to get him sleep, but I am worried th past couple days of trying to get him to sleep however I can (i.e. holding, rocking, swing, etc.) Is going to undo all this hardwork I out into getting him to sleep on his own in his bassinet. I am lost at what to do and worried I may have to sleep train all over again. I am not sure if this is regression, but I am just wondering if there is any advice for this situation?

  2. Kristina says

    Hi. My son is 4.5 months old. For the past 2 weeks, he has been having short naps (30 or 35 minutes). I follow a consistent nap routine and follow his sleepy cues. I put him in his crib awake and he usually falls asleep on his own within 5 to 10 minutes. After he wakes up, I leave him in his crib to see if he’ll fall back asleep. He usually cries for a few minutes, then sleeps for a minute. He does this on and off for about 30 minutes, and then just cries. I’ve tried so many tricks to try and help him nap longer, but with no success. And I know he’s not hungry because I feed him close to when I put him down for a nap. I realize he’s going through the 4-month sleep regression, but want to know if there’s anything I can do to help him nap longer. And wondering if it’s ok to let him cry for so long after he wakes up. Thanks.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Kristina,
      Thanks for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling so hard with your son’s naps. It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on without knowing more about his schedule and other sleep, but short naps can be a symptom of the 4 month regression, as you mentioned. Sometimes waiting this out can help, as your son learns how to fall back asleep on his own through the regression, but if it’s been ~4 weeks with no luck, I would recommend getting some more help. Our sleep consultants answer questions in the Members Area chat once a week, which might be a good fit for you if sleep is otherwise going well, or of course we offer the consultation packages, too. Please hang in there – the regression can be tough! Good luck 🙂

  3. catherine says

    My baby turns 4 months on July 6. He is currently 15 weeks old. I believe he started his 4month sleep regression last week with waking every 45 min and ONLY sleep in my arms after long bouts of crying. Two days ago, after really focusing on naps and routines, he started sleeping better but still needs to be rocked to sleep.I only had one day with successful drowsy but awake. Last night and this morning he digressed again and needed to be held and rocked for 20min before being laid down. Is this up and down normal right now?
    Is he still too young to sleep train?
    When do I start weaning sleep associations?

    So confused. Thank you!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Catherine – Thanks for writing to us! Sorry to hear that your baby is going through the 4 month sleep regression right now! We know how tough this can be, and you’re not alone! Sleep training can definitely be confusing too! We’re here to help, and he’s not too young to start working on teaching him to sleep on his own! If you’d like some one on one expert help, you can read about all of our sleep consultation packages and purchase from here:
      Thank you again and hang in there Catherine! If you need any assistance at all, please let us know. We’d love to help you get started ASAP!

  4. Clare says

    Is it normal for my 16 week old baby to have very light restless sleep throughout the night? Previously very peaceful deep sleep. She is now tired during the day and sleeping restlessly more than previously. She is also twitching and startles very easily.

    • Neosha says

      @Clare – Thank you for reading and for sharing! Babies’ sleep transitions from more of that deep, wonderful pre-4 month old sleep to more of the light/deep sleep cycles we adults are more familiar with. With this transition comes more restless sleep for sure. We have tons of information about what to expect at this age with sleep and hope you find more useful information on our site or with one of our sleep consultants. Please also be sure to use your daughter’s healthcare provider as a resource if ever you’re concerned about anything to do with your daughter’s health. Hang in there, Clare!