Updated: Jan 9
There is no question that it is tough as a parent, when you finally get your infant to sleep on a regular schedule so that you can get back to sleep on a regular schedule, when out of the blue a curve ball is thrown in - the ever dreaded sleep regression. Your baby starts fussing more, he/she refuses to go down at night and start waking up at all hours again.... aahhhh I thought we were over this?! Well, unfortunately for all parent everywhere - its normal. Babies go through many emotional and developmental changes throughout the few years of life and their sleep is effected quite a bit, but don't worry you will have the tools to prepare for it and get through it like a champ. Here are 5 ways to survive a sleep regression!
What is sleep regression
Sleep regression refers to a period of time when a baby or toddler is in a normal sleep pattern then that sleep routine is interrupted for seemingly no apparent reason. It feels like just as you've gotten your barings on your Childs current routine a monkey wrench is thrown in the mix of things. This sleep regression could last about 3-6 weeks.
Why and when does sleep regression happen?
Sleep regression can happen any time really, but most often at certain age markers 6 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 9 months, 10 months and even 12 to 15 months. There can be many reasons for a sleep transition in babies but the most common are:
needing to transition to a new sleep pattern
major life changes like potty training, birth of sibling etc.