After the unpredictability of the first weeks of a child’s life, three months is a time when things start to settle into a more predictable pattern. Circadian rhythm of your baby begins to develop, it is awake and interact more and sleep more predictable. Life suddenly starts to look a little “less chaotic.
It seems cruel, that immediately after the introduction of this blessed time constant to one of the most difficult periods kick development of a newborn. It feels thrown in the deep end again.
Some refer to this phase of the development of the child as the four monsters months or four months sleep regression. Or for those who follow the Wonder Weeks, it can be recognized by the changes, your child is sleeping, feeding, and behavior. Whatever you call it, most parents realize quite large differences in the behavior of their child between 4-6 months. You can even begin to doubt that you understand you, baby, as well as you thought! To be sure, all these changes are a normal part of child development, demanding as they are!
Here are six ways that children change, and what you can do to get through:
# 1: When your child seems distracted Power
If you have finally reached the point of feeding the most relaxing, you’ve probably been able to read a book or surf the Internet on your phone while your child eats in silence in the 45 minutes or so.
But the sudden change in eating behavior at this age may come as a bit of a shock. ” Almost overnight, children can not focus on power and distracted, sometimes power.
Until now, the child has lived in a bubble, are interested in her little world and unaware of everything else. But in a fit of brain development, it looks anything but the bubble bursts and all.
Now your child is no longer able to rule out irrelevant stimuli or indifferent. Feeds are interrupted or abandoned altogether, as sounds, movements and places her distracting. She is practicing his new skills: turning your head to find a sound or visually track moving objects. The chairs in and out of the chest in response to distractions, children often seem uninterested in feeding longer than an absolute minimum in the course of the day.
It will help to know that milk production is not the fault of this change. Children at this age will be very efficient milk triggers and can take a lot of milk in a very short time. Take the night means they can relax and enjoy the feed without distractions. For now, limiting distractions during feeds help. Turn off the tv, put your mobile phone, give your child some toys still and close the cat in another room. Minimize the conversation and use a low voice. If you are out of the House, look for a quiet room on childcare center, a place away from the playground in the park or head inside for a barbecue lunch.
Things usually settle for about six months, as the brain of your child develops further, and can exclude irrelevant information.
# 2: your child has a short attention span and is easily frustrated
After previously enjoying recreation, where the child has been achieved and attention-grabbing toys out of his gym to play, has the novelty worn off now.
Your child becomes frustrated and bored when it fails when it does. Some kids want to be standing the whole time, and will not tolerate any time on the floor. Others don’t like tummy time or lying on your back. Some will cross when they roll over and end up in the wrong place. Movement options limited in this age seem irritating as if he knows he’s only a few months away from sitting, crawling and cruising.
Understand his frustration and help him at this point is important. Try to offer something new to see or often do during the day. You can set play different positions around the House, and since the turn of the pad the belly, to play, to the gym to sit on the lap of a story and back. But don’t expect me to stay entertained in each game station for much longer than 10 minutes!
When you need to do other things, pop your baby in a sling or carrier. As you move around the House or in the garden, the ever-changing views will entertain him, and you can chat with him about what you’re doing.
# 3: your baby seems hungry for more milk
Because this rapid development brain comes in time, you’ll probably notice a change in eating habits.
Breast milk is a great help to the development of the brain. A 2013 review showed that breastfeeding alone had produced brain development better than a combination of breastfeeding and formula that produced a better development of the single formula.
Requests for frequent breastfeeding, feeding length shorter and increase night feeds often causes nursing mothers to worry about their milk supply. It is very important to remember that these changes are normal and does not mean the end of lactation, or do not have enough milk.
Breastfeeding is more than a source of food. This rapid development of the brain means that your child needs more of everything that comes from the chest. More energy, more relaxing, more comfort and more safety.
Continue to breastfeed in response to signals about hunger, child; you can be sure that your milk supply will adjust to meet your needs change.
# 4: your child shows interest when they eat
Many see these changes in four months as an indicator that the children need solid. In fact, one study found that many parents relied on two main signals of their child to determine if ready for solids:
- A strong interest in food, for example, look carefully when others eat or reach for food from the plate by adult problems sleeping at night
None of these behaviors are typical of development is associated with the children to be ready to start solid foods.
The recommended age for the introduction of solids is approximately six months. There are advantages for children to start solids before-there are indeed risks to consider, before you make that choice.
- The signs of being ready to introduce solid foods are:
- Able to sit and have a good head and body control
- Able to reach food and bring it to your mouth
- loss of tongue thrust reflex-which stops the food is pushed into his mouth.
- Since the time of the introduction of other foods comes close, you will see he learn the skills he needs to eat and digest. You will notice:
dribbling increase which increases production of saliva
- movements of the hand to mouth while you get coordination the need
- attention and interest, when others are eating, while you learn by watching
His digestive system is not yet ready to deal with the food, although he could swallow them purees finely enough.
Children are healthier, if we wait until they are ripe and ready to eat, and waiting until you are, you can skip all that mashing! Find our more in our article, 6 points for introducing solids … The easy way!
# 5: your child wakes up at night more
And ‘ natural for children to wake up for feedings at night. It is also natural for adults will have uninterrupted sleep!
The myth of self-adjustment and negative attitudes to power night brought the judgment of parents, how long their baby “sleep through the night.” As depressing as it may be to hear, studies have shown that “sleeping through” for a baby is about five hours.
When development happens, night waking increase. Not only the kids wake up for feeds, wake up, while they try to roll in his sleep, and their brains process the input busy day. When awake, they need help to go back to sleep as quickly as possible: breastfeeding.
Stages of child development children’s lead to sleep disorders, and continue to do so beyond infancy. Sleep training is not appropriate for 6-12 months of age, and ignore the increased need for power at night can lead to decreased milk production and poor weight gains.
Instead of trying to get your child to sleep longer, read these 6 things to do when you need more sleep.
# 6: your child grows off the charts!
The development of the brain and central nervous system are measured not on charts. When your child’s growth slows, not assume that there is a problem with the mother’s milk. Brain development, improved mobility, and increased activity mean just energy is used elsewhere, and not stored as fat.
Remember that the baby’s weight and length is only part of the information used to assess the growth and development of the child. Growth happens in intervals-weight can increase a week, with length reach the next.
Breastfed babies reach a plateau of weight gain in around 4 months of age. After the rapid growth in the first quarter, it appears that the growth in weight and length of pause, while the brain and nervous system recover. If you are in doubt, offers more opportunity to feed, keep an eye on these wet and dirty diapers and consider ways to increase the intake of breast milk before adding the formula RSS or first fixed.
… “Four monsters month” in the title of this article has been used in humor. In fact, this might be a great stage of your child’s life when they begin to show their unique personality and interacting with the world and everything in it .it’s a very challenging time, but also a moment to be the brand for the next phase is mobility! Suddenly all the hours on the couch all the time nursing is good memories when you begin to chase the child throughout the day!