Every mom needs to know how to deal with sleep regression in her newborns
Any loving mother will do everything, and even more, so that her baby grows and develops well and efficiently. They give them good food, a lot of new and interesting knowledge, the opportunity to relax and warm cheerful emotions. And over time, as the child develops, some things change with the child.
But some may have fussy periods for newborns. And then mothers may notice some problems in their children with nutrition, and especially with sleep. Why does this happen? We can explain this, but it’s worth learning a little more about it first.
What is a sleep regression?
Baby sleep regression is a situation that can occur for every baby. This usually lasts for 10-30 days. During this time, the child may wake up abruptly at night for no particular reason, or he simply cannot fall asleep. We warn you right away – this isn’t fatal, but the opposite. This means that the child grows and develops. That’s cool!
Let’s talk about the sleep regression stages. This itself can last a maximum of 5 days, but after that, it takes a certain period to return to full and sound sleep (usually 1-4 weeks). Of course, this is all individual, and therefore it is impossible to predict how long does sleep regression lasts.
Do all babies go through sleep regression? Of course. This is a transitional period and a sign of growing up a baby. Some calmer children may not get through that hard, or they just won’t show up. It all depends on upbringing and communication with parents.
What causes sleep regression?
Many reasons can influence the appearance of regression. Several main factors can cause discomfort in a baby during sleep, which causes anxiety, and therefore regression of sleep:
- Rapid development, due to which the child will want to eat even more;
- Pain when the baby’s teeth begin to erupt;
- The child has entered a new stage of development;
- The daily routine and meal times have changed;
- You took your child on a trip that changed sleep time and sleep duration;
- The child fell ill or caught a cold and more.
As you can see, all these problems can be quickly resolved, so there is no need to worry. But still, if you haven’t noticed anything similar to the above factors, then you should consult a doctor and find a source that affects the sleep of your little miracle.
Sleep regression months
Now you know that normal sleep regression can last for about a few weeks. But this time can also depend on the age of the child.
At 3-4 months, when the child begins to actively grow or the appearance of teeth. It is this period that is considered the most difficult for parents, at least because it is the first. But over time, you can get used to it, especially if you know what to do in these situations. Although, usually already at this age, children can learn not to wake up during the night, or wake up if they want to eat or go to the toilet.
At about 8-10 months, the baby can already learn to crawl and stand on his feet. Also, somewhere at this age, you need to teach the child to sleep separately, or even in his own room. A child can get used to the fact that during sleep there are no parents nearby. He begins to fear and worry that you have left him and may not return. Therefore, he begins to wake up and “call” you, demanding support.
From 9 months old, babies begin to walk and talk. It is these big advances and steps that can trigger sleep anxiety.
Sleep regression, which appears between the ages of 18 and 24 months, can be caused by nightmares, fear of the dark, or ordinary anxiety.
Signs of sleep regression
Signs of regression can be very diverse, and they all depend on one reason or another. But there are also common signs that can be observed in most children:
- The child began to wake up more often at night;
- He cannot quickly and calmly fall asleep;
- The kid began to be even more capricious, nervous, and cry.
It is these indicators that may indicate regression. But these signs can also indicate other problems that you may not have noticed before. Call your treating pediatrician and explain the situation. Otherwise, you may simply miss the moment when your child needs help right at that time.
How to deal with sleep regression?
When do babies have sleep regression, there is no need to panic in the first place. You should listen to the baby and learn to understand what exactly he wants or when he needs help. In addition, you need to clearly think over the daily routine and sleep and adhere to it for at least a month, so that the baby can get used to the new constant regime. It is also advisable to adhere to it if you aren’t at home (whether visiting, on vacation or traveling). If, after a time of getting used to the regime, the child’s sleep regression continues, you should seek the help of a professional. He will help you find the reason why the child doesn’t sleep well.
Still, this period may not be so easy. Therefore, parents can only reconcile and help the child go through this stage of growing up.
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