My son is currently going through the dreaded 4 month sleep regression partnered with the Week 19 ‘Wonder Week.’ Between the two, it has been chaos in our house! For those of you who don’t know what the wonder weeks are, they are periods of mental development and leaps that cause babies to become extra fussy. Instead of a growth spurt, they have a mental leap which can cause issues with naps, sleep, and personality. This, in addition to the sleep regression that many 4 months old have, can cause some unwelcome stress for a mom. This has been especially true for myself, since I am a stay at home mom who takes care of my son 24 hours a day. For others who think they can’t hold on much longer, here are 5 things to remember during this time.
1. This too shall pass.
This phase is not forever. Keep your head up and stay tough, mamas! Parenting is hard as it is, but adding in sleep regression and fussiness makes it all the harder. This is only a phase. Hang in there and find something about your baby to smile about everyday. Even though they are fussy, they need you most during this time. Give them some extra love!
2. Babies are allowed to have off days.
We as adults don’t go through life with perfect attitudes every single day. Why should you hold your baby to the standard you don’t follow. They are learning a lot. Give them a break!
3. Enjoy the extra snuggle time.
Don’t take the extra snuggles for granted. One day your little one won’t be so little anymore and you’ll wish you could still curl up with their little bodies. I know this is something I never want to end. I love my baby snuggles!
4. Relax and keep calm.
It may be hard to remain even headed during this phase, but the little one needs you to be their rock. You are their teacher and they count on you to be there for them. As much as you want to breakdown, don’t do it. Try to have patience with them. I know this has been hard for me sometimes, but I am working on it every day.
5. Remember how much they love you.
No matter what happens during this stage, just remember that your little guy or girl loves you unconditionally. There is no greater love in this world than that of a mother and child.
Hopefully these are enough reminders to get you through the sleep regression and wonder years. Remember, you can do this mamas!
Let me know in the comments section what you did to get yourself through this period.