What is Sleep Regression?
Sleep regression is a period of time when a baby or toddler who has been sleeping well suddenly starts having difficulty sleeping. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including developmental milestones, teething, illness, changes in routine, and more. During sleep regression, babies and toddlers may wake up frequently during the night, have difficulty falling asleep, or wake up earlier than usual.
How to Respond to Sleep Regression
1. Establish a Routine
Establishing a consistent bedtime routine can help your child transition into sleep more easily. This should include calming activities such as reading stories, singing songs, or taking a warm bath. Make sure to keep the routine consistent each night so that your child knows what to expect.
2. Create a Calming Environment
Creating a calm and comfortable environment for your child can help them relax and fall asleep more easily. Keep the room dark and quiet, and make sure there are no distractions such as toys or electronics. You can also use white noise machines or soothing music to help create a calming atmosphere.
3. Be Patient
Sleep regression can be frustrating for both parents and children alike. It’s important to remain patient and understanding during this time. Try not to get angry or frustrated with your child if they are having difficulty sleeping; instead, offer comfort and reassurance.
4. Talk to Your Pediatrician
If you’re concerned about your child’s sleep habits or if the sleep regression persists for more than a few weeks, it’s best to talk to your pediatrician. They can provide advice on how to manage the situation and may recommend further evaluation if necessary.