Sleep regressions and how to cope with them

Category: Special challenges

Sad infant girl holding the edge of her cot

Sleep regressions and how to cope with them

Category: Special challenges

As a sleep consultant, I always feel for parents who come to me with a baby whose sleep has deteriorated because of a sleep regression. If you’ve ever experienced one you’ll know how challenging it can be. One minute you have a little one who is sleeping nicely, or at least you know how to settle them. The next everything has changed and it feels like sleep is so hard to achieve. Although this is frustrating it’s perfectly normal, and there’s no reason your little one shouldn’t go back to sleeping well.

Most sleep regressions happen when your baby is going through a developmental change, and common ages for sleep regressions are 4 months, 6 months, 8 months 12 months, 18 months, and 2 years of age. The 12-month sleep regression is often one of the tricky ones as your baby might well be going through several changes at once, learning to walk, talk, and gaining a better understanding of the world around them. Often babies start nursery around this time too. This means that there is a lot going on in their little lives! All this change makes sleep difficult for a while, usually around 2 weeks and many babies will return to good sleep after that, but if it’s been a month or more and your baby is now in a bad sleep pattern it might be time to get some help.

Here’s an expert article that I’ve written for mybump2baby telling you everything you need to know to survive! Although it’s specifically for babies who are 12 months old there’s a lot of good stuff in there which is relevant for any age baby, so hopefully it’s helpful for everyone.

In this article I cover;

Sleep regression at 12 months

What’s unique about the 12-month sleep regression?

What are the signs of the 12-month sleep regression?

Survival tips

Could it be teething, a growth spurt, or a regression disrupting my baby’s sleep?

Will my baby have a 12-month nap regression?

How can I reassure my baby without getting into a bad sleep routine?

Read the full article here;

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