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    Default 4 month sleep regression?

    DD is almost 5 months (next week) and her night time sleep has gone out the window over the last 3 - 4 weeks, some nights are worse than others. Her day sleeps are fine. She is a catnapper but always has been so that doesn't bother me. She somewhat self settles, we put her in her cot awake then pat/ sing to her until she is alseep which is usually under 10 mins.

    Last night she woke every 1 - 2 hours and wouldn't settle without a feed, although she would only feed long enough to put her back to sleep, then repeat a short time later. DP tried to settle her a few times but she just won't go back to sleep. She doesn't scream for a feed but you can tell she will stay awake until she gets one.

    How do you tell if it is a habit forming or just a phase? She doesn't feed to sleep during the day and has no negative sleep aids other than a few minutes of patting. I'm going back to work in 5 weeks and it is really worrying me that I won't be able to function at work on such little sleep.

    She is my 3rd child but I have not been throughout this before, both my boys were sleeping through by 12 weeks (with dummies, DD will not take a dummy)

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    Sorry, I'm no help, but subbing,for DS due soon.

    I was going to say negative sleep association, but you've ruled that out.

    Is it cold where you are?

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    She has a heater in her room so the temp stays pretty much around 19 - 21 degrees.

    I'm totally happy to feed her if that is what she needs but I worry about habits forming, especially with my return to work approaching. I have never in my life been so forgetful and ditzy (for lack of better words!)

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    What's a negative sleep association? I thought anything that gets a baby off to sleep would be okay. Is it a cue that has become a dependency?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    What's a negative sleep association? I thought anything that gets a baby off to sleep would be okay. Is it a cue that has become a dependency?


    Some people may disagree, but its a sleep cue that requires parental assistance.

    A favorite baby friendly soft toy / comforter that they can cuddle at night whether a parent is there or not is still a sleep association but not one I would consider negative if bubs can find it on their own when they wake up.

    Something like a parent bouncing a baby in their arms to get them off to sleep would be considered negative association as the parent would need to do the same thing at each night waking.

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