At about 4 months of age, your baby’s sleep pattern changes and becomes more like an adult’s, in that he progresses slowly from drowsy to light sleep and then, finally, deep sleep after about 45 minutes. Because he is spending more time in non-REM (light) sleep, there are more transitions between deep and light sleep, requiring him to use whatever soothing methods he has learned to return to sleep. If he has become accustomed to breastfeeding, sucking on a pacifier, or being rocked to sleep, he will be looking for that in order to return to sleep. This is why, by about this age, it can be helpful to start putting your baby down for sleep while he is still drowsy but awake. Often, after you begin this routine, your baby can put himself back to sleep in the night.
Cherie Tannenbaum, NP, IBCLC
Cherie has been a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Family Practice for over 30 years. Since the births of her own children, she has furthered her education and training in the fields of breastfeeding medicine, infant growth and development, and early parenting, and for over 10 years, this has been her focus. Clients and students of her individual, family and group consultations and classes attest to her knowledgeable, empathic, and nonjudgmental style and enthusiastically recommend her to their friends and acquaintances. She is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Cherie is the mother of four daughters, two of whom are twins.
Lactation Consultant, Parent Educator, First-Year Program Coordinator
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