I'm a first-time mom to a 4-month-old baby and I'm currently struggling with her sleep schedule. I've noticed that whenever she's about to reach a developmental milestone, such as rolling over or crawling, she becomes more restless and her sleep schedule gets disrupted. I find it really challenging to manage her sleep during such times and I could use some advice.
Has anyone else experienced this kind of situation with their baby and found effective ways to manage their sleep schedule during developmental milestones or leaps? Are there any specific strategies or techniques that you've found helpful? I would love to hear your suggestions!
I had a similar experience when my baby girl was learning to walk. It was a challenging time managing her sleep, but we found ways to cope.
One strategy that worked well for us was sticking to a consistent bedtime routine. We would give her a bath, read her a bedtime story, and then put her to bed with her favorite stuffed toy. This helped her to feel calm and relaxed, and she was often asleep within minutes.
Another thing that helped was to make sure she was getting enough physical activity. Taking her to the park or for a walk outside helped her to burn off excess energy and tire her out during the day, which made it easier for her to settle down at night.
We also found that it was important to respond to her needs when she was having trouble sleeping. This meant cuddling her or rocking her if she was upset or struggling to fall asleep.
Overall, it's important to be patient and understand that disrupted sleep patterns during developmental milestones is normal. With a variety of strategies and some experimentation, you'll find a routine that works for you and your baby.