Many parents that I talk to live in constant fear of the dreaded sleep regression, but it doesn't have to be that way! Understanding what a sleep regression is and how to deal with them can help them seem less like a huge mountain of a problem to more like a little blip!
A sleep regression describes a period of time when a baby or toddler who has been sleeping well, suddenly starts having disrupted sleep. This either looks like they start having extra wakings at night, taking short naps, skipping naps or early mornings. Even though none of those sound fun, I like to call them sleep PROgressions and here's why:
By 4 months, your baby has ditched their immature sleeping patterns and is sleeping more like an adult. As a baby their sleep comprised of 2 cycles and now they go through 4, the two new cycles being lighter sleep! That may translate into frequent night waking along with shortened naps and difficulties falling asleep.
4-6-month progression: babies...
When it comes to summer, the sun is out and there’s endless fun! Barbeques, beach days, camping, fairs, fireworks… you name it! But parents often feel like they have to pick between helping their kids have good sleep or have fun at different events, not both, but that’s far from the truth! Here’s a few tips to help you party-on while respecting your little one’s sleep!
Still try to respect your little ones sleep needs as much as possible. Their little bodies still need sleep to be able to function properly, including to be their happy-self so do try to make some sleep happen, even if it’s not perfect. Anything is better than nothing! If you aren’t sure what your child’s sleep needs are, check out the Month-to-Month Sleep Guide here for average wake windows, daily totals, average number of naps and max day sleep.
It's best if you can "sandwich" sleep if your child needs to skip a nap, has a short nap or is going to...