To all parents out there, let’s talk sleep regression. I know I’m not alone. Baby Boy slept pretty well for the first 4 months, waking once or not at all each night. Four months hit, and his sleep changed overnight. He now wakes up twice a night and I feel like I have no choice but to feed him again the second time. I’m no fan of the crying and for now anyways, I say no thank you to all the advice telling me to avoid feeding him and to try to put him back to sleep. That took us a couple of hours one night.
Advice is given almost every day by everyone. Don’t feed him at night, give him water instead of milk, dream feed, soothe him on the boob…it goes on and on. And I find myself looking for even more advice, or maybe it’s reassurance that others have gone through this, online. Googling ‘4 month old sleep regression’. Yup. Apparently it’s normal. They’re developing rapidly at this age. Sleep will go back to normal. Sigh. Too much info.
I’m actually dreading going to his 5 month appointment because I know his doctor will tell me I should’t have fed him the second time per night and that I probably developed a new habit.
But you know what, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep your sanity. And then you read blogs and articles that make you feel a bit better. Like this one sent from a friend and fellow parent. The article also links you to a series on infant sleep written in Psychology Today, basically saying that infant sleep has no pattern.
So I say do what feels right, whatever works for now. That’s what we decided to do. And you know what? I’m ok with waking up twice a night to breastfeed my little man. It makes him happy and soothes him back to sleep. That makes me a happy maman.