Are you the parent of a 4-5 month old?  Are you finding that things with your little one were going smoothly and now suddenly things seem to be falling apart?  Are you desperate for help…and sleep?mom with crying baby

 

Between the ages of 4 and 5 months, babies go through great physical and neurological growth. These developmental milestones often derail established routines and cause disruptions in a child’s sleep patterns.

Although these disruptions are normal, this can be a very challenging and frustrating time for parents. Parents often find themselves needing to do whatever it takes to get their baby to sleep but worry that they are going to create bad sleep habits as a result.

Fortunately, sleep habits can be altered with a good sleep plan fairly easily between 6-12 months of age. Understanding that this challenging stage is normal, often gives parents a sense of relief. Knowing they can undo any sleep habits fairly easily once their baby is a bit older, helps them “hang on” and do whatever is working for them until their child is ready for formal sleep training at 6 months.  However, some babies may be capable of learning some gentle sleep skills at 4.5 or 5 months but this should be carefully assessed and evaluated by a trained sleep consultant with specific training in this age range.  Getting approval from your child’s doctor is always recommended as well.

However, if you are finding yourself at the end of your rope and desperate for help, there are some helpful coping strategies and sleep shaping techniques that you can begin to implement now, until your child is ready for sleep training.

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Contact me to learn how I can help you get through this challenging stage or to discuss whether your child may be ready for formal sleep training.