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5 Steps to Handle Sleep Regression

Steps to Handle Sleep RegressionYou thought you had it all figured out!

Your baby was finally sleeping well. Maybe not all the way through the night, but with just a single wakeup or two, you are finally getting some sleep yourself. And then it happens… sleep regression.

Suddenly your precious one is up several times a night, demanding attention and requiring you to go through your old tricks (feedings, rocking, cuddling).

Take these steps to get through this difficult time.

1. Understand the cause

Sleep regression can be caused by a number of things. He might be going through a growth spurt and especially hungry. He might be teething and in pain. He might be beginning to have vivid dreams that he doesn’t understand. Try to figure out why your child is waking up. The solution might be as simple as some baby Tylenol before bed or more solid foods.

2. Let them cry a bit

I’m an advocate of the cry-it-out approach (at least not the cry-all-night system), but a few tears are OK. You have to learn to read your child’s crying. There’s a difference between light moaning and full-on screaming.

If your child wakes up at night, by all means go in and comfort him, but leave him in the crib. Be loving for a few minutes until he comes down and then let leave, even if he protests a bit. Wait 10 minutes. If he’s still crying, go in again and calm him down. Repeat until he falls asleep (which will be a lot sooner than you expect).

3. Try co-sleeping

Often children go through a sleep regression when their development reaches a new level, like they understand that mom and dad are still around somewhere, but they can’t see them. A simple solution might be to put your child in a place in your room where he can see mom and dad.

NOTE: Bed-sharing is dangerous for children under one. Do not bring your little ones into your bed.

4. Use some old methods

White noise, rocking, cuddling, walking, feeding, swinging, patting… go to whatever used to work before. A sleep regression is usually temporary. In a week or two, things will settle back to normal as your child adjusts. In the meantime, don’t think you’ll introduce sleep associations again, just get everyone back to sleep.

5. Accept that this will be tough

There’s no sure-fire solution to this time period. It’s all about your child’s development; something you can’t rush. You will have better sleep again. Until then, double up on coffee in the morning and get to sleep earlier at night.

safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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