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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29-08-2014 07:14 #1Senior Member
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4 month sleep regression?
29-08-2014 08:27 #2
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?
29-08-2014 09:40 #3Senior Member
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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!)
04-09-2014 09:09 #4
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?
04-09-2014 09:31 #5
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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