Updated: Jul 7
Now that you are a parent of a child who maybe does or doesn't sleep well, you will come across the term 'SLEEP REGRESSION' a lot!
Does this image resonate with you?
For years, I have been trying to educate parents to understand that the 'SLEEP REGRESSIONS' that you hear about, are not really 'REGRESSIONS' per se.
Most sleep regressions, 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, 7 months, 8 months, 9 months, 10 months, honestly, I could just keep going with this monthly regression, until the age of 4 years .... it is like they have a regression each month!! So why bother making changes for the best?
Well here's 5 quick facts that I want you to know and think about......
The sleep doesn't really regress, but normal development milestones can impact sleep in what you deem to be a negative way
Parents regress in how they react, which causes confusion, and then the sleep can truly fall apart :(
Having a good solid sleep foundation can GREATLY assist in the sleep progression when it happens
9-12 months is for sure the trickiest of all the sleep progressions
You will SURVIVE this even though sometimes, it will feel never-ending.
Here the same facts, but broken down in more detail...
The sleep doesn't really regress, but normal development milestones can impact sleep, in what you deem to be a negative way.
Children grow and change over time. This is normal. This is what we want. This is what we expect. But when we see it at midnight or 4 / 5 am or maybe all these times, we often look at it through a different lens (or should I say toothpicks)
It's normal for babies to learn to roll, sit, stand & walk. In the day, these skills do create problems, but we more likely see a funny side to them.