When my DS was born we chose not to swaddle him. EVERYONE around us thought we were crazy. We read the new research that led us to believe that it was best for him to be free. He never really slept long stretches and we figured it was due to the lack of swaddling. Totally fine...he is a baby and we expected it. Then he had what the doctor diagnosed as reflux issues and needed to be sleeping on an incline. That required us to take him out of his bassinet and snuggle nest and put him in his crib sleeping on an angle. He was up every 30-60 minutes and sliding all over his crib. Finally I decided to bring him into bed with us...YEAH! He loved it and I loved it. He was sleeping a 4-5 hour stretch and then nursing every 2-3 hours. PERFECT! But slowly he has fallen back into waking every 60 minutes and is only satisfied and will return to sleep if he nurses. I also can't seem to get him to nap well consistently during the day. He is now almost 4 months and I am worried that he won't learn how to get through his sleep cycles and fall back asleep if I continue to nurse him all night long. Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions?
It could be teething for sure. I read about regression at this age. His naps during the day are totally inconsistent and I think maybe after reading some things from other moms I need to try to get him some consistent sleep times. I don't know. I am feeling like I am teaching him that nursing = sleep and I want to help him get through his sleep cycle transition without nursing but it is tough at night. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone! Maybe it will get better in a couple of weeks.
My son had a sleep regression right around 4 months too. It lasted about 3-4 weeks and then got MUCH better. I have low milk supply so it did help to go back to giving him bottles at night...not suggesting that you do that but maybe consider that he needs to nurse a lot right now. It helped me to just know that 4 months was a common time for a sleep regression.
4 years and 5 IVF cycles in the making, Elliott was born at home in water on 2/2/11.