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Sleep regressions, what are they?

Ahhhh the dreaded regression. You would have heard, read and most likely be feeling somewhat anxious about the pending regression coming your way, don’t be!


These regressions are not a regression at all; but a positive, normal progression which happens at exciting times during your baby’s first three years when they hit a developmental milestone.


These developmental progressions are a common cause of disrupted sleep. They can result in less sleep, broken sleep and have us dreaming of more sleep! But it’s not all doom and gloom. The reasons for the progressions are exciting and will have you coo’ing and clapping at your little loves new tricks and forgetting about the lack of zzzzz you had last night.


The progressions affecting your child’s sleep usually result it some pretty awesome milestones;

  • Neurological changes to sleep cycles

  • Learning to roll, sit, stand or walk

  • Increased speech and language growth

  • Expressing more emotions

  • Separation and stranger anxiety

  • Starting their solid foods journey

  • Understanding they have a place in the world, and where they fit in

  • Cognitive and emotional development as they move from a baby to toddler

  • Assert their autonomy and having a need to exert control in their environment

  • Increase in language, physical and social skills

When you look at the above list of course their sleep will be affected! It’s a busy old time for them physically, emotionally and mentally.

"These regressions are not a regression at all; but a positive, normal progression which happens at exciting times during your baby’s first three years when they hit a developmental milestone".

Consistency


Keep consistent with your settling if you need to support and reassure them. If they can independently fall asleep and resettle themselves between sleep cycles they won’t have lost this skill – they may just need some extra cuddles, a longer wind down routine and some love and laughter during the day to fill up their love cup. Practise their new skills during the day, communicate with them and know that this phase will pass in a few weeks.


If you need any additional information or support please feel free to contact me at amy@littledreamers.co.nz to book in a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to talk about what is happening for your baby and how we help.

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