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My son is almost 6 months and his sleep still hasn’t improved from before the 4 month mark. Previously he would sleep between 5-7 hours straight at night. Wake for a feed and then sleep in 3 hour intervals after that. Then along came the four month sleep regression, cutting two teeth and starting solids. Now, almost two months later and it hasn’t improved and he is waking every 2 hours. Usually just wanting to be held to go back to sleep. He goes to sleep by himself at the start of the night.

Posted anonymously, 23rd May 2019

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  • unfortunately this happens sometimes as every child is different. have you tried self-settling during the night? ie not getting up to them. may be worth trialling.

  • i think a dummy cures a lot of sleep related issues

  • Ours usually lasts a few weeks, but in saying that, I think after they’re fussy time ends you kind of have to get back into routine otherwise the bad habits of when you just do what’s you need to do for them to sleep, can last?

  • Ours lasted about 4 weeks or so. Longest 4 weeks ever!! I hope it settles for you soon. Lack of sleep is the worst!

  • I have never heard of this. My first was a shocking sleeper til around age 2, my second was a great sleeper and she still loves her sleep now, aged 25. My grandson was around 2 before he started regular solid night sleeps.

  • Can’t help. My first had silent reflux and premature, did not sleep through until she as almost 2, during the day she only have 30-40 min naps, and quit naps by 18months.
    My 2nd was a good sleeper, long day and night sleeps until the 3 month mark. She is now 9months, and hasn’t gotten better. It might get better soon, it may not. As hard as it is, let your expectations of long sleeps go and ask friends or family for help when you need it. I found when I didn’t stress about it and just paid attention to my babies energy & happiness levels. I realised my kid was getting what they needed, and asking for help allowed me to get what I needed

  • We didn’t have a 4 month regression but he was such a bad sleeper there was no where to regress. We have had regressions since and the 18 month one took about 2 and a half months to resolve. It is painful but so good when you come out the other side. Hopefully this is the big one for your bub and it’s almost over. Good luck.

  • I know some parents don’t approve of dummies/pacifiers. Some babies suck on them to go to sleep. They may wake up if they “lose” it and need it put back in their mouths. They are better than them sucking on their fingers. and easier to break of a dummy too. I know a girl who sucked 2 or 3 fingers at the same time and it took what seemed like forever to break her of the habit. They even got up during the night and took her fingers out of her mouth. She pushed her teeth out of alignment and had to have braces on her teeth when she was old enough. It also effected her jaw. Are her gums red at all? My niece had some teeth that came through her gum, the gum got swollen over the top of the tooth, then the tooth cut through again. Her gum was red and looked swollen for about 3 weeks in total for one tooth, Your daughter has 2. Also the solids you are giving her may not be suitable for her tummy. Some babies have better digestion than others. Maybe she is getting tummy discomfort or reflux that isn’t severe enough to make her vomit. My cousin used some of the normal milk quantity at the night feed and gave her baby a little bit of baby cereal. She baby slept longer overnight when she started doing that. It might help. All babies are different.

  • all 3 of mine were different. The first one was a horrid sleeper until sleep training at 7 months. The second was a great sleeper until illness at 5 months and then took until 3 to sleep through the night. The third is now 5 months and talks himself to sleep. He has had a few colds so a few horrid nights but mostly wakes twice for a feed :)

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