I am a new mom and my little one is just about to hit the 4-month mark. I have been co-sleeping with my baby since the day she was born as I find it easier to breastfeed her during the night. However, I have been hearing a lot about the 4-month sleep regression phase and I am worried if co-sleeping can affect it in any way.
I am not sure how to manage this situation and was hoping to get some advice from experienced parents who may have gone through the same thing. Should I continue co-sleeping with my baby or try to transition her to her own crib? Will co-sleeping make it more difficult for my baby to sleep independently during the sleep regression phase?
Any tips or suggestions on how to handle this phase with a co-sleeping baby would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
I also have personal experience with co-sleeping and sleep regression phases. I co-slept with my baby girl from the beginning, and when the 4-month sleep regression phase hit, it made things quite difficult.
It seemed like we were getting less sleep than before because she was waking up more frequently to feed and cuddle. After some research and talking with other parents, we decided to transition her to her own crib.
The transition was not easy, as she cried and became fussy. However, we persevered by putting her down in her crib for naps during the day and started gradually increasing the time she was sleeping in the crib during the night.
We also established a consistent bedtime routine that helped her associate the crib with sleep. After a few weeks, she started sleeping longer stretches in her crib, and I found myself getting more rest at night.
Co-sleeping can be a great help during sleep regression, but it can also become a problem if your baby becomes overly dependent on it. However, transitioning your baby to their own space can take some time and effort.
In conclusion, every baby is different, and what works for one might not work for another. If co-sleeping is becoming more challenging and you are not getting enough rest, then transitioning to a crib could be helpful. Remember to be patient and persistent, as this can be a significant change for both you and your baby.