Sleep regression: How to survive.

This is the time at work during your lunch break you contemplate sleeping in your car but can’t actually do it because you know there is a really good chance you won’t make it back. When you’ve already gotten used to sleeping through the night, right after you had to get used to not sleeping through the night. Apparently, there is the “4 month sleep regression”. I dunno, I’m no expert, but what I do know, is that it sucks. I feel like it’s harder to get used to then when you first bring the baby home and they don’t sleep through the night. At least then you’re in the whole “aww my new baby” phase and love that one on one alone time together. But when you’re in the back-to-work-life-is-insane-phase, the whole no more sleeping through the night thing, is no joke. It’s been a few weeks now and here are the things I’ve tried:

  • He’s been waking me up around 3:45-4:00 a.m. so normally after I feed him I can’t get back to sleep, I have to be up for work at 5:00 a.m. so what’s the point of even going back to sleep? So I start my day around then but I’ve started to try and go to bed earlier. And by earlier I mean instead of 8:00 p.m., like 7:00 p.m. I don’t think think you can get earlier then that.
  • Danny is 6 months old so I took it upon myself to start to try and feed him again. This time, apples. He loved them, but two days later still hasn’t gone #2. He has to be stuffed up again like he was when I tried the bananas. At least then he barely even ate the bananas, but this time he housed the apples like a champ. I really thought the extra food in is belly would keep him asleep longer – nope, still up at 4:00 a.m.
  • I got really sick with a migraine and threw up for two days. That’s actually a really good way to catch up on some sleep. I don’t recommend getting sick on purpose but it’s a good way to get some sleep. (Crazy right? But it’s the truth.)

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Here is what is getting me through:

  • The thought that this literally can’t last FOREVER is kinda what is keeping me going. Right? I mean when I say forever, like he won’t be 11 years old waking me up during the night to feed him, I’m not talking about another month. Is 8+ years too far to look forward to?
  • Coffee, obviously. All. Day. Long. Reheat, drink ..repeat. If you don’t drink coffee: now is a good time to start.
  • My supportive husband who even though is SO EXHAUSTED himself, still lets me go to bed at 8 p.m. and puts the baby to sleep. These men are few and far between these days but get yourself one of the them, I couldn’t do it without him.

If you have any questions, the chances are, I won’t be able to answer them.. but feel free to ask! My son and I shared a bed when I was 19 and for the life of me I can’t remember him waking up like this in the middle of the night. And my daughter is currently having her own sleep regression at 2 years old, but in her defense, she is STILL TEETHING.

10 thoughts on “Sleep regression: How to survive.

  1. Aw, poor you! My babies were good and really slept through he night, mostly. My sister tried this trick with her daughter: Take a baby bottle of water to bed with you. When the baby cries, give it to him/her! They will cry a few nights and then figure out that it doesn’t make sense to wake up and make a fuss for water. Does that make sense? Is it wicked? I hope not. Good luck.

  2. I have 1 year old twins, and a sleep regression cycle is the worst! Bottle of water is what we did too! We also got a voice activated projector sound machine, it comes on when baby starts crying to help them go back to sleep. But you are right, it doesn’t last forever!

  3. Ah I have four kids and none of them sleep so I feel you. I also have a good man to help. It makes all the difference. I wish I could go to sleep at 7, I have the worst insomnia but that is a great way to catch up on sleep for sure! One day we’ll get sleep again right? <3 Jamie

    1. Omg I used to not be able to sleep at all, but I feel like now when I actually do get to sleep – it’s the best sleep I’ve ever had because it never happens!

  4. What a cute baby! I understand right where you’re at, girl. My “baby” is eighteen months old and still wakes 2-3 times a night. Sleep deprived is my new norm it seems. Good for you for being disciplined enough to get to bed early. I’m not unfortunately (because then when would I blog, lol). Fist bump for strength, mama!

  5. This sounds about right! We are going through the same thing with our 2 year old since he’s moved into a big bed. So tiring. Hang in there, Mama! I totally agree – it cannot last forever.

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