Sleep Regressions are typically a period of time where your child who was previously sleeping well, suddenly starts waking more frequently at night, takes shorter naps and or resists the onset of sleep. They are about 6 major sleep regressions in the first 2 years of your child’s life which can last 2-4 weeks. These Regressions usually happen around big developmental progressions. Having said all that, these phases affect babies differently, and while some may not experience any hiccups, it could be a drastic challenge for others. These regressions can occur at any time or may not happen at all but I have listed the typical ones we see and the ages they occur.
Regressions are typically a very challenging time and tend to happen right when things start moving along smoothly, and you feel like you have gotten the hang of parenting. If your little one is developing physical skills, allow for a lot of practice during awake times. If they are experiencing separation anxiety, set aside 10-20 minute periods during the day for very intentional one on one time with them. If they are simply going through a leap or teething, offer comfort and love during the day. When it comes to your child’s sleep, always try to stay as consistent as possible as consistency and predictability provide structure and reassurance in your little one’s life;.
Remember regressions can last 2-4 weeks and if you notice sleep disruptions after this time, it could be that your little one has developed some strong sleep associations which prevent them from sleeping easily and confidently. If this is the case feel free to reach out to us to help get your little one back on track.
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