Here is a list of the main stages of development – how they can affect sleep and what you can do to help your baby get back on track. A recent study found that there was a link between early nighttime awakening and stages of motor development – babies had more trouble falling asleep and woke more frequently at night two weeks before taking their first steps.
It's also important to remember that babies often wake up in the middle of the night and love to practice their new skills, because it's so much more exciting than going to sleep – in fact, they love to cry a little or call you to join them for a late night get-together.
Once your baby starts to roll over, the above scenario will have you getting up several times during the night to help your baby roll over. If you haven't seen them roll from belly to back, then they probably haven't mastered this skill yet – so you may need some help upfront. The sleep consultants can help parents via this blog for the 4 month sleep regression at babysleepmagic.com/blogs/resources/the-month-sleep-regression.
However, once you see how they do it, you have to refrain from getting too involved or they will call you all the time to come and do it for them. Once the baby has the ability to roll over, the neck muscles become stronger and the chances of SIDS are reduced.
Walking – another blast at night for you – during this important stage they will not stop you as they want to explore every possible path – yes they will wake up at night and practice to climb the crib – walk up and down – use caution and avoid anything in the crib that is hard and could pose a potential hazard and if you need to install a crib bumper or safety guard, go ahead.
Give your little one plenty of opportunities throughout the day to explore and use their energy, at this age they can barely stop breathing. Babies this age rarely like to be chained to a stroller or strapped to a car seat.