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Community Questions - Baby Sleep Regressions?

"Can you explain what baby sleep regressions are? I keep seeing loads about them online."

Baby sleep regressions refer to a temporary period of disrupted sleep patterns in infants who were previously sleeping well. These regressions can occur at different ages and are often associated with developmental milestones, growth spurts, or changes in routine or environment.

Here are some of the most common baby sleep regressions:

  1. 4-month sleep regression: This is the most well-known and significant sleep regression. At around four months of age, babies undergo a major developmental milestone which can cause them to become more aware of their surroundings and wake up more frequently during the night.

  2. 8-10 month sleep regression: Around this time, babies may experience another sleep regression due to separation anxiety and crawling or walking development.

  3. 12-month sleep regression: This is typically associated with the transition from two naps to one.

  4. 18-month sleep regression: Around this age, toddlers may experience a sleep regression due to cognitive and language development.

During these regressions, your baby may wake up more frequently during the night, have difficulty falling asleep, or refuse to take naps. These changes in sleep patterns can be frustrating for parents, but it’s important to remember that they are temporary and will eventually pass.

To help your baby through a sleep regression, try to stick to a consistent bedtime routine, offer extra comfort and reassurance, and make sure they are getting enough daytime sleep.

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