As the parent of a new baby, the number of questions you’re going to find yourself asking are, to put it mildly, astronomical.
The old saying about babies not coming with instructions has cemented itself in parental lore for a good reason. Even after spending nine months doing endless research on what to expect when baby arrives, as soon as we’re sent home from the hospital with our little ones, there’s an unavoidable feeling of unpreparedness.
Every baby is different, after all, so no manual, no set of instructions, no amount of coaching from friends and family, is going to prepare you for your child in particular. And since this is just about the biggest responsibility that a human being can have, to raise another living person, we feel an incredible obligation to get it right.
In the beginning, most babies sleep. A lot. Of course, with just about any scenario, there is always a few exceptions to the rule, in this case, having a newborn that doesn’t sleep much at all. However, for the sake of the topic of examining the 4 month sleep regression stage, we will focus on the babies that slept a lot the first 3 months of their lives, to all of a sudden, not sleeping well at all.
Many parents chalk this up to a sleep regression, as if it’s a way to explain why a child, that had seemingly mastered a skill, isn’t quite so good at it anymore. However, a question I like to ask parents who label their child’s sleep struggles as a regression is, “If your child had been doing so well and “practices” sleeping every day, how would it work that their sleep would get worse?”
Is it possible that it's not a regression after all? What if I told you that it is actually a sign of transition?
I love the changing of the seasons, particularly what happens during the fall season - the changing of the leave, warm cups of hot cocoa, snuggle hats and mittens for me and my littles. It's such a great and cozy time of year!
However, one particular event that happens during the fall that I don't enjoy is Daylight Savings Time, the event in which we turn our clocks back one hour. When this time change happens, this year on November 5th, it feels like it is dark, ALL OF THE TIME. Additionally, I also don't like the impact it has on my littles and my families' littles. Moving the clocks back just one hour can really affect their body clock and sleep schedules!
Luckily, I have five tips that you can use to help navigate the time change and help make it less stressful for you and your littles.
I am a Pediatric Sleep Consultant who works with families to help them resolve their littles' sleep issues. As a mom of two littles herself, Katie has walked in the shoes of her clients and is passionate about helping them re-discover peaceful sleeps in their own homes.