Attention First Time Moms: Sleep Regression is REAL

Just when you think you are past the sleepless nights and 2 AM wakeup calls, sleep regression rears it’s cute little face.

Siena just turned 14 months. We moved into a new house a little over a month ago and that is when she started sleeping in her crib at night. She transitioned just fine and was sleeping for the most part through the night. It was FANTASTIC!

Then… everything changed.( insert ominous DUN DUN DUNN!) Slowly but surely I noticed some strange sleeping patterns.

Here is a quick snap shot of the past month:

week 1: Sleep at 8:30 PM / Woke up 1x / Fell asleep after a few minutes

week 2: Sleep at 8:30 PM / Woke up 1x / Fell asleep in crib / Woke up 2x refused to go back to sleep in crib / Fell asleep in bed with me

week 3: Sleep at 8:30 PM / Woke up 7 AM

week 4: Sleep at 8:30 PM / Woke up at 2:00 AM / Refused to go back to sleep until I put her in my bed – roots around and makes king size bed feel like twin sized bed / Goes back into crib at 4:00 AM / Wakes up between 6-7 AM

That is the general idea of what we have been dealing with sleep wise.

I thought I might be going insane and so was my child, then a close friend and mom of another tot said, “Yeah, sounds like she started sleep regressing.”

YES I knew this was a term, but never knew the details and timing of this regression stuff. So what does it mean and how do you deal with it?

What and Why? :

  • Big changes happen around the 15 month age. Many toddlers are learning to walk which can make then more tired during strange times of the day.
  • A newly walking baby will be more interested in walking and exploring then getting ready to go to sleep.
  • Nap times can change from 2 naps to 1 then back to 2 depending on the day.
  • Less daytime sleep can leave your baby overtired at bedtime and harder to get to bed this can also lead to more night wakings.

Tips to Deal with Regression:

  • Put aside more time before sleep to read a book and settle down the baby.
  • Be flexible about naps. Each day can be different. One day could be 1 nap and the next could be 2.
  • Keep a sleep routine in place. (ex: bath, bottle, book, bed)

Please keep in mind, this is not permanent. You and baby will make it through this sleepless time. (YES WE WILL!) Sleep regression has been known to last 2-4 weeks.

Set your coffee timers and stay strong! Comment below if you are going through this, or have gone through this in the past. Maybe we can chat… at 4 AM when I will inevitably be up.

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