There is actually a name for when your perfectly sleeping baby sudden starts waking at night, cat napping or starts skipping naps and it isn’t “I’m losing my mind!” - It’s actually called Sleep Regression and it is one of the toughest sleep challenges that many mothers and babies face together.
Basically, baby sleep regression is unpredictable and can happen at any time. Sleep regression is usually connected to a natural, biological sleep change, a growth spurt and can often coincide with cognitive or developmental milestones.
So what actually happens?
Well, the bad news is that sleep regression can happen at any time. Commonly sleep regressions tend to happen at 6 weeks, 3-4 months, 6 months, 8 months, 10 month sleep regression, 12 months, 18 months and 2 years. So don’t be shocked if your little one is a fast learner and is showing signs of baby sleep regression at 4 or 8 months, or don’t be alarmed if everyone in the house is sleep deprived and dealing with 15 month old sleep regression. It is an unpredictable battle.
The best news? There is a winning solution! The first thing you need to understand, no matter how exhausted and frustrated you are feeling, baby sleep regression is a normal developmental process, so try to copy as best you can. You may need to look at alternating or changing your sleep plan as you may need to teach you baby a new way to sleep. Understanding and adapting to the change is the most important component.
Sleep regressions can be a temporary problem and can last anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, other times, it can be much longer and can represent more problematic sleep habits.
If you feel that your baby’s sleep is more problematic, then reach out and contact a baby sleep expert, who are best to help you through this tough time.