Lots of questions about the 3-4 mo transition. Just want to make sure I'm not creating / reinforcing bad habits...
Up to about 3 mos, my baby's feeding and napping was pretty predictable.
Shortly after 3 mos (coincided with our first flight) he started napping poorly - very hard to put down and he would wake shortly crying. I chalked it up to jet lag and not being in a familiar environment. When we were back home and adjusted, things got better, but still not as reliable as before the 3 mo mark. He's still much harder to put down than before, and his naps are short - 30-45 mins. Sometimes he wakes up after only 20 mins. We've been having to resort to walking him where we never had to before. He was sleeping through the night regularly before, he's doing it still but occasionally waking up, and also earlier in the morning.
Feeding has changed as well - there have been spurts of much more frequent feeding (assumed this was the 3 mo growth spurt) but at this point it's been several weeks of this. He also seems to be getting less efficient eating than more - sometimes he's distracted, other times he makes an "uhhhhn" sound throughout, and in general takes a loooong time to finish. I invariably have to just take him off as he never gives it up on his own as he did before. And in the 1-2 hours leading up to bedtime, he's practically eating for 1.5 hours straight. I just keep switching him from side to side - somehow I continue to have let downs. He seems hungry as he will cry if I take him off and when he's sated I can finally put him down.
I've heard if both the 3 mi growth spurt and the 4 mo sleep regression - looking for tips on whether I should try to put baby on more of a routine? Does anything I'm doing seem just plain wrong?
I feed on demand but up till now Ive tried to keep a regular routine for naps.