Which Sleep Regression Is Worse?

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!


Will sleep regression end
Sleep Regression

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.


In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, or are a member of my FREE Infant and Toddler Sleep Group, you will know that I prefer to use the term SLEEP PROGRESSION.


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......


Sleep Regression on Babies
Sleep Regression on Babies
  1. The sleep doesn't really regress, but normal development milestones can impact sleep in what you deem to be a negative way

  2. Parents regress in how they react, which causes confusion, and then the sleep can truly fall apart :(

  3. Having a good solid sleep foundation can GREATLY assist in the sleep progression when it happens

  4. 9-12 months is for sure the trickiest of all the sleep progressions

  5. 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.