Firstly, I wouldn't compare your bub to other bubs. They are all so different and night wakings at 4 months is sooooo normal.
Waking every 2 hours I agree sounds like the 4 month sleep regression. It's when babies sleep patterns change permanently. Read more about it here:
Controlled crying shouldn't be used until 6 months of age as babies under 6 months don't understand that when you leave the room and they can't see you that you will come back, they think you've disappeared all together.
But if bub is waking so often from the sleep regression, I would make sure bub is dry and warm and well fed (offer a feed before nap or sleep time, but don't let bub fall asleep at the boob or bottle). Once he's has a top up feed, burp him and wrap him (in a swaddle if you're still swaddling - if not a sleeping bag) put on some white noise (a fan or white noise app) then put him in his cot, or basinet and sit with him and rub his tummy and either hum or make ssssshhhhhh sounds until bub falls asleep (there may be crying but you'll be ther with him the whole time). The aim is for him to fall asleep where he's going to wake up. If he falls asleep in your arms and he wakes up in between sleep cycles (as explained in the link I posted) and you're not there like you were when he fell asleep he will cry out for you and you'll need to help him fall asleep again.
Eventually too once you've followed the same pre- sleep ritual (feed, wrap, white noise) and you put him down for sleep, he will start to associate those things with falling asleep and will be at the point where instead of having to sit with him as he falls asleep, you will be able to leave him to fall asleep by himself.
So even if you have to continue to sit with him rubbing his tummy and shushing, he should hopefully not wake so often at night, but remember just because a baby self settles doesn't mean they will sleep through the night, especially at 4/5 months, he will do that in his own time.
Oh and here's some information on controlled crying if you're still struggling with 2 hourly night wakings after bub turns 6 months...http://www.*******.com.au/Baby-Baby-...42+article.htm
But hopefully if you try the other method I used above you won't need to get to the point you'll have to use controlled crying. I used the first method for DD and it took about 3 months for it to finally click and work and only a few days with DS (about 3 weeks ago - he's now almost 11 months). But they, as mentioned didn't sleep through but they didn't wake anywhere near as much (generally - so not when sick or teething). So for me it worked to reduce night wakings and reduce the time and stress of assisting them to sleep for all naps and night times.
I wouldn't try the controlled crying as if baby has a need and it doesn't get met it will make him more distressed.
I think medical advice is that sleeping through is classed as 5 hours for example midnight to 5am.
I think just keep doing things like making sure he is fed and changed in a darkened room overnight and hopefully even though he is waking it will be a bit easier to resettle him if he can see the difference between night and day.
He's also teething at the moment is there anything we can use other then panadol to ease his pain and hopefully help him sleep better ? Thanks for everyone's help!
Have you got any bonjella or other teething gel? Other than that and Panadol not really much else you can do. My DS is teething too at the moment so he's waking a bit at night. It's tiring but he will cut those teeth soon enough and it will pass.
Yeah we have bonjella I just find it wears of quite easy.
There's a stronger teething gel with local anesthetic in it. Cant remember the name, but you could talk to a pharmacist about it. Try cold teething rings too during the day. Goid luck.
Bonjella does need reapplying, recommendation is every four hours. Nurofen is actually better for teething pain as it has a anti inflammatory agent in it. You can also use panadol and nurofen in conjunction with each other but always make sure you give them 2 hours apart.
Hugs, sleep regression and teething is tough but you'll get through it, with a few extra grey hairs and bigger bags under your eyes, but you'll get there
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I give my DD Nurofen at night as Panadol doesn't cut it when she's teething though it works well in the day for her.
Different teething rings (one's that go in the fridge, one's that don't), one of bubs facewashes that you dampen & put in the fridge to cool for bub to suck on can help as well as teething gel.
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