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Hello 4 month sleep regression, now p*ss off

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sphinxster Thu 25-May-17 14:39:44

I've just spent 2 hours shushing and playing heart beat sound tracks.

She's fallen asleep approximately 874 times and has immediately woken back up.

Reasons she's woken up: the cat jumping in an adjacent room, neighbour using a strimmer, me trying to sneak out of the room, a car door in the road, her own arms moving, the wind blowing the front door, her own legs moving, a butterfly farting in Mongolia...

She's shattered, she's tearful, but she won't go to sleep! We've now missed the nap boat as 18 month old has just woken from his nap and will want to point out her nose and eyes.

user1482079332 Thu 25-May-17 18:05:49

Don't want to read and run, currently In the same boat. Feels like it's never going to end

sphinxster Thu 25-May-17 18:19:37

Longest day ever. I think my teeth might fall out from all the shushing!

Youvegotafriendinme Thu 25-May-17 18:54:10

DS is stil in the fucking regression 2 months on. I'm currently standing in his room while he crys for no reason and have been for the past hour. he will be due the next regression before he gets out of this one!

user1482079332 Thu 25-May-17 21:18:59

It just feels so personal. Was your lo sleeping through prior? Mine had started reaching 5hours. I'd be doing cartwheels if he just managed an hour. Lady at play group asked if it's normal for her baby to sleep 7-7 could have ripped apart a play mat and strangled her with it

sphinxster Thu 25-May-17 21:34:25

User has she ever met a mother before? Stealth boasty witch! grin

It's the daytime nap refusing that's killing me. I can cope with evenings and nighttime with DH at home. I ended up giving the toddler toast and microwaved egg for his dinner today because I couldn't get a thing done.

Youvegotafriendinme Thu 25-May-17 21:36:54

Oh! User14820, I know that feeling! The mums at sensory class have stopped asking me if he is sleeping better now! DS has just woken up, was going to give him a 10pm dream feed (only just started trying it.) He is wide awake as if 2.5hrs was enough! I'd love more than 2 hours sleep!

Any one else fed up of being told 'it will get better!' angry

Youvegotafriendinme Thu 25-May-17 21:38:11

sphinxster I couldn't work out how you microwaved toast but then re read it! Regression brain!

sphinxster Thu 25-May-17 21:46:14

I've been repeating "It will get better" to myself all day.

sphinxster Thu 25-May-17 21:50:11

I've been doing a midnight dream feed which has been working well and I'm hoping after being awake from 7am-7pm without one single minute of napping, she'll sleep through a marching band practicing.

sphinxster Thu 25-May-17 21:52:53

Youvegotafriend if I could microwave it, I would!

furryelephant Thu 25-May-17 22:02:41

We're at 6 months now and after 2.5 months still having horrendous sleep sadnot so horrendous when I give in and let her sleep in my bed though! You definitely go into autopilot survival mode grin

NotWithoutMyMerkin Thu 25-May-17 22:07:40

I'm pretty sure you'll have tried it but white noise, through a decent speaker, stops the wake ups here. I have it pretty bloody loud (I use one called calm waves) so no other household noise can be heard

sphinxster Thu 25-May-17 22:12:42

Notwithoutmymerkin that might work for us as the only time she closes her eyes is when I've shushed so much I fear for my teeth!!

Youvegotafriendinme Thu 25-May-17 22:24:15

furryelephant we are at 6mo too! I thought it would be over by now. Feels never ending doesn't it!

furryelephant Thu 25-May-17 22:27:52

I've convinced myself that this is how the rest of my life of sleep will be grinso then anything better will feel like an achievement! She's just come out of a leap and getting over being unwell so I'm hoping it might improve soon, at least enough that I can have some winewithout the worry that she won't sleep until she's in with me grin

Grayfig Fri 26-May-17 02:50:58

OP have you tried the Baby Shusher app on your phone? I agree this is awful, mine has had crap naps and night sleep for 1.5 months and she is now almost 5m old. Worse, I'm ending up feeding her to sleep every time after previous success with hands on settling! And keep feeling as if perhaps (and being told by everyone) the only cure is sleep training. Is anyone else in this boat? Then again, I don't see why sleep training is the answer when I know many babies who settle with minimal intervention, surely they all reach that stage eventually?

furryelephant Fri 26-May-17 09:41:59

@Grayfig I feel like sometimes the only answer will be sleep training too, I also feed her to sleep for all wake ups! Sometimes she falls back asleep before her head hits the pillow she lies on to feed thoughhmmI don't think I could do CIO or anything like that, I bought the book by the Cheshire Baby Whisperer or something but haven't implemented anything yet. I have a feeling I'll continue rocking/swaying/playing music for her to fall asleep until I go back to work and hoping my mum will sort it grin

Grayfig Fri 26-May-17 09:52:58

It's so frustrating how almost all the bubs in my mothers group go to sleep with just white noise / maybe a dummy. Mine won't take one, I've tried! Maybe we should start a thread for those in the same boat (4-6mth olds) who don't want to use crying methods - there's an old thread like this but it may be nice to have solidarity and tips as to what works?

furryelephant Fri 26-May-17 15:06:45

Oh it would be lovely!! I'll try and think of some sort of amusing title for one if you haven't grinmy DD loves her dummy, but more to hold and chew the plastic rather than suck hmmI agree about being frustrated with everyone else's perfectly sleeping babies! One at a group I go to sleeps 12 hours straight envyand "only" naps for 30 minutes in their cot... I felt like screaming that mine won't even go in the cot at night grin

Youvegotafriendinme Fri 26-May-17 17:19:09

Oh yes! Son does this with his dummy! Puts it in his mouth, chews the plastic then pulls it out but cries for you to put in back in!

user1495370365 Fri 26-May-17 21:16:27

Your message had me giggling - your sense of humour will get you through this phase! My son went from sleeping through consistently to waking twice for a feed at 4 months. It ended as suddenly as it started. Fingers crossed you're heading for the end!

Youvegotafriendinme Fri 26-May-17 21:46:02

I wish my son only woke twice! From the time I put him down at 7am till the time he wakes at roughly 5am, he wakes up at least 6-8 times. It's like he is just taking lots of naps! I love him dearly but the lack of sleep is making me want to move down to the garage grin

furryelephant Fri 26-May-17 22:03:52

You've I regularly threaten my DD with her being put in the shed if she doesn't go back to sleep. Think it just makes her angrier grin

furryelephant Fri 26-May-17 22:04:58

<obviously lighthearted I feel bad putting her down to wee if she gets sad let alone in a shed > grin

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