Your newborn comes home, all snuggly warm and makes it a habit of snoozing for most of the day. Brand new babies sleep 18+ hours a day, often dozing between feeds for a couple weeks. As you celebrate your very sleepy baby, your well-meaning sister or aunt jumps in with, “Just wait until the 4-month sleep regression….”
We’re sure you’ve heard it everywhere. On Facebook, websites, in passing conversation...at 4 months old your darling, sweet, sleeping baby will turn into a growling, angry monster that never sleeps.
What if we told you the 4 Month Sleep Regression was a lie?
Well...okay, maybe not an all out lie, but more of a misconception.
As your baby grows and develops, you’ll notice changes left and right. New movements, noises, and schedules will emerge as your little one grows up right before your eyes. As babies grow so do their brains. They require different things and as they grow, their sleep patterns will inevitably change. One of these very expected changes is an increase in the time your baby is awake. They’ll become more alert, more aware, and...well, more wakeful.
The 4 Month “sleep regression” is really nothing more than a developmental milestone. It’s less a regression and more of a progression in your baby’s journey to grow!