Up until now it may have been pretty easy to get your baby down to sleep. You could feed or rock him for 10 minutes and then he’d sleep a few hours.
But these days nothing seems to work! Now you’re feeding, rocking and bouncing him for an hour- only to have him wake 20 minutes later, right?
I know. I’ve been there. It’s terribly exhausting. Remember, your baby’s sleep patterns are maturing and it’s completely normal for old tactics to lose their effectiveness. If you’ve gotten to the point where nothing seems to help your baby sleep well, then it’s time to teach him to self-settle.
There are many ways to do this. For 4 month-olds I prefer a slower, more gradual approach.
For example, you could focus on placing your baby in bed when he’s drowsy, but not yet asleep. You may need to give hands-on support to help him fall asleep (rock his body side-to-side, pat his bottom or put your hand on his chest.)
Each night, focus on lessening your hands-on assistance and getting him to soothe himself to sleep. When your baby can go into his bed awake and settle himself to sleep, he’ll start sleeping longer stretches. This is because he can resettle himself during the night when he stirs.
Have you heard of my free Exhausted Mom’s Survival Kit? It’s a step-by-step guide on getting your baby sleeping better. You can get yours here.