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Is this the start of the dreaded four month sleep regression?

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Zimm Fri 24-Dec-10 15:51:21

Hi all,

DD is 20 weeks and has always been an excellent sleeper - 6 hours from birth, built up gradually to 10.5 hours plus 2 hours after feed now. However in the last week she has started waking half an hour after we put her down at 8.30pm ish and not going back down until 11pm. She will then sleep til 6 (previously 7), feed and go back to sleep. I KNOW this sleep pattern is good, but I'm worried this extra waking is the start of sleep regression. Any thoughts or tips to ensure she stays settled from 8.30PM? I really don't mind if she wants to add a night feed e.g. 2 or 3am, she is EBf so i just pop her on and pop her back but I would like my evenings back and not to regress to the eating dinner one handed stage!

Many thanks and merry xmas,

Zimm

Zimm Tue 28-Dec-10 12:20:46

Well it was the start of the dreaded sleep regression - for the past few nights she has been up and down like a yo-yo and we are exhausted - any advice about breaking this new pattern?? Please???

BraveGirl Thu 30-Dec-10 09:40:59

Hi there!
We started our sleep regression at 19weeks +3 days. I tried everything to break it, but have no answers. (Moving from moses basket into cot, changing from swaddle to grobag, now back in swaddle!) Have a look at my thread earlier as it had some really good links which certainly helped me to understand why it was happening. That made it easier to bear!

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/sleep/1066802-19-weeks -EBF-and-sudden-night-waking-ready-to-wean

For me, the first 3 weeks were the hardest with DS waking for up to 2 hours at a stretch in the night.
After that, we managed to get back into our old sleep training, gradually pushing back the night wakings. He stopped the night feeds at 26 weeks, and has been better since - although he's now teething and waking in pain.

My only advice is to try and ride it out the best you can! At it's worst, DH and I would take shifts - if one of us had been up 45 minutes, the other would take over - sort of a tag-team approach! Just do what works for you!...good luck!

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