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Offline CaraAnneM

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Please help!! 4 Month old not transitioning sleep cycles
« on: July 09, 2019, 13:57:44 pm »
My boy is 4 months old and is having major trouble transitioning sleep cycles on his own. I have moved him onto a four hour routine so his naps should be 2 hrs each at this point. He is sleeping two hours but not on his own. He stirs and starts to cry a bit at the end of each 40 min cycle. I go in and roll him in his side, shush pat, put the pacifier in and he goes right back to sleep. I know he has the skills to transition cycles because when he was in a three hour routine he would do it occasionally. Around 2 and 1/2 months he was consistently sleeping an hour and half on his own for first nap but then would wake at the end of first cycle for 2nd and 3rd nap. Then around 3 months he started waking at first nap, still at second nap but then would sleep an hour and a half on his own consistently for third nap. Now that he is four months and he has been put on a 4 hour routine, he hasnít made it through any naps on his own. I've tried PU/PD, tweaking his A times, W2S, sitting next to him throughout the nap in an effort to extend the nap before he fully wakes. I've tried leaving him in the crib as he stirs and is fussing but not yet crying to see if heíll fall back asleep on his own. Nothing is working to help him transition sleep cycles on his own. Iíve had him on the 4 hour routine for about a week now. I have tried wake to sleep again (as I hadnít tried it in over a month) with minimal success. Itís basically been over two months of ďhelpingĒ him transition sleep cycles and though heís capable of doing it on his own, he just isnít doing it. Why?? Please help!!
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Re: Please help!! 4 Month old not transitioning sleep cycles
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 22:03:59 pm »
It can be developmental at this age, just something you have to keep doing small tweaks.
Although possiblity a 3.5 hour could help.
BUT if he is sleeping well at night then I'd say you are doing ok as most babies don't fall into perfect routines and (despite what books say ) some babies don't connect sleep cycles until 6 months.
A few things to try - slightly longer or shorter A time,  lots of fresh air before naps, lots of tummy time, to physically tired him.
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Re: Please help!! 4 Month old not transitioning sleep cycles
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2019, 19:20:26 pm »
Just wondering about the pacifier, you say you put it in and he goes back to sleep, could it have become a prop? Both my girls had that problem and started connecting sleepcycles after we removed them, one was 3 months and the other 4.