Re: 4 mo DS no longer STTN - need solids? growth spurt?
Originally Posted by @llli*filmmommy
STTN is a gift from the universe that can be taken back at any time. Babies who STTN early often return to night-waking and night-nursing at around 4 months. In fact, there's a widely used term for this phenomenon: the 4 month sleep regression. I don't really like the term because it implies that the baby is losing ground, rather than returning to a very normal baby sleep pattern. But the fact that there is a common term for this behavior points to how common it is.
So, what do you do? Add solids? CIO? Put baby on a schedule? No, no, and NO! None of those things will change your baby's sleep pattern or need for nighttime calories. So you just roll with it. Nap when the baby naps, if you can!
If your doc recommends solids based on your baby's size, then you're getting outdated, bad information. Solids are not recommended until 6 months regardless of the baby's size. They have fewer calories than breastmilk and will neither increase baby's rate of growth nor make him STTN.
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