Have you ever heard about the 4 month sleep regression?
My little one is ten months old today, but this is not the only reason I want to celebrate.
Last night, for the first time since he was 4 months old, he slept without my boobs and for nine hours straight!
Let’s talk about sleeping, that kind of matters that only some mums know, and if you are one of those unlucky, like me, you know what I’m talking about …
Leonardo is my second child and with him I discovered the real sleep deprivation. When my eldest was three months old he slept alone in his cot in his room all night long. Then there were ups and downs, now he is two and a half and sleeps through the night, but every now and then (I would say often) gets out from his bed and comes to us in our bed.
I am not a fanatic of co-sleeping, but I have to admit that I like to sleep with my child stuck and around me.
But let’s go back to Leonardo. He has never been a good sleeper, since the first months we woke up usually three times a night. But it is common at that age. But, since he was fourth months old, he began to wake up every two hours, precise like a watch. The only way to keep him sleeping and, as far as I’m concerned, to survive, was breastfeeding. Perfect, even easy, if it was not for that creepy circle that we have created. So he couldn’t fall back to sleep without my boob. (Leonardo never wanted to take the dummy).
I made some research and found that I found about the four-month “sleep regression”. You can read more about sleep regression in this post).
This summer, thanks to my partner, we decided it was time to put an end to these endless nights and to adopt an approach if you want a little drastic but I feel really recommend if you are in my same situation.
Leonardo was used to the physical contact overnight, and since the first holiday’s night he slept with his father. The first two nights was tough for him (for everyone to tell the truth, as we were in a bungalow … and you could hear everything. And also because a mom’s heart can feel even at miles away, he doesn’t sleep and you don’t sleep).
He didn’t let him cry without consolation, my partner coddled and tried to do his part, at the best.
The first two nights were difficult, but then already by the third he started to wake up only a couple of times and gradually accustomed to sleep alone and without my nipple.
And yesterday, ten days since, he slept all night, nine hours straight.
I recommend you to to do in the same way if you are ready too.
It is not easy to accept that now is able to sleep without me, but I will be able to accept it soon (I think and hope):). 💙.
I hope my experience can help you. If you would like to know more or sharing your experience with me, don’t hesitate to contact me.
I suggest to visit this website, that has lots of information about the baby sleep problems.