Spike. My 5 month old wee dude who hit the 4 month sleep regression at the same time the weather got very hot. That meant his night time sleep got very very bad… from waking once in the night to 4 or 5 times! Usually waking about 11, then 1, 3, 5 & 6.
I knew about the 4 month sleep regression, I knew it was because all of a sudden he was more aware of his surroundings and I was prepared for this to go on for one or two weeks. Not 5.
I sought advice from my friends – is the room too hot? Is he actually hungry? Is he just being a baby? Is this to do with weaning from breast to bottle? WHEN WILL THIS END I GO BACK TO WORK IN 3 WEEKS!!!!!
I called Plunket – was he too windy? What did they suggest? (Btw trying less bottle at the 11pm wake up and gripe water to reduce wind, trying to resettle before feeding) (tried both things but only for one night which wasn’t going to get me anywhere).
Sleep deprivation is so hard. It’s hard to know what day it is let alone make decisions on how to fix the not-sleeping issue. So I just kept riding it out hoping it would end but getting anxious that I was starting back at work soon and would be very very tired if night time didn’t get better.
I had a friend over last weekend and something made me remember that I had a book – “The Baby Whisperer“. I looked in there and low and behold there was my exact problem with a solution! Hallelujah! I’m a woman who loves plans so finally having one that was written down and easy to follow made me very happy!
So here’s the plan, and following blogs will be how we went each night and tweaks I’m making along the way.
1) Feed at first waking as per normal.
2) Add on 4 hours – this is where he should next feed at a minimum (eg if awake at 11pm, next feed at 3am).
3) If he wakes earlier (which he will), resettle for up to 45 mins. If still awake and annoyed after 45 mins then feed. If asleep, put back to bed.
4) repeat steps 2 & 3
Oh – I’m Naomi btw, married to David. We have 2 sons – Hugh is 4 years old and Spike is 5 months old.