Sleep Disruptions

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Last Month's Wow:

Connection

Baby is starting to behave more like a baby. Primitive reflexes are becoming more refined and are replaced by the ability to recognize faces and the will to do things by themselves; feeding and pooping schedules are starting to get more predictable.

The Wow of Now:

Sleep Disruptions

Baby is gaining control of their head, neck, and tongue. This means that the first tastes of food are right around the corner.

The Wow Ahead:

Food is Information!

Baby is gaining control of their head, neck, and tongue. This means that the first tastes of food are right around the corner.

The Wow

Out of the controlled chaos that is the first three to five months of life, baby’s temperament is starting to emerge. As neural-pruning continues, sleep rhythms begin shifting in distinct circadian phases, helped by the production of melatonin and the rhythms you’ve been setting. As baby’s sleep rhythms mature, they begin to mimic yours: brief wakings as they toggle between light and deep sleep cycles every few hours throughout the night. Even for adults, night waking 3 to 4 times a night is normal and goes largely unnoticed. But for baby, it can mean crying when they wake and discover their surroundings have changed from when they fell asleep. There are many ways to help baby handle this transition in sleep, and it’s important not to assume that they’re up because they’re hungry. Remember: not all crying is hunger, although, baby may feed for comfort. Because sleep is essential for development and growth, healthy habits can be the first tool to aid in self-soothing and gaining sleep skills.

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