Coping with Sleep Regression - Get Through Your Baby’s Sleep Regression
Sleep is vital to your baby’s health and development, so it can be frustrating when your baby isn’t getting that critical rest. While your baby may lose some sleep, you can rest assured that sleep regression won’t last forever. Of course, dealing with sleeplessness isn’t easy. Thankfully there are tools out there to help, for example the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™ offers a range of different tools and techniques in their app, so you can find the one that best fits with your parenting style and quickly get your baby’s sleep back on track.
We asked the experts at the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™ what they recommend to help parents (and their babies) cope with developmental sleep regressions:
Stick to a Routine
When a sleep regression strikes, try to continue with your regular bedtime routine and whatever methods you are already using to help your baby fall asleep. Whether you’re rocking your baby or using a controlled crying method, just know that it may take longer than it usually does to work. Sticking with your usual routines will help ensure a smooth return to your baby’s regular sleep schedule when the sleep regression is over. Following your normal bedtime rituals like reading books and bathing can also help comfort and relax your baby when she’s experiencing so many changes during the day.
Create a Relaxing Sleep Environment
A quiet, relaxing room will help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep; this is especially helpful when you’re up against that 4-month sleep regression and your baby is starting to experience periods of lighter sleep. Ensure the room where your baby is sleeping is a comfortable temperature and that there aren’t stimuli, like light and noise that will wake her up. You can also try soothing tools, like a white noise machine or blackout curtains to help your baby stay asleep longer.
Provide Daytime Stimulation
Making sure your baby has plenty of time to play and engage during the day can help her sleep better at night. If your baby is working hard to learn to crawl, for example, help her work on this during the day by providing enough time and space on the floor. At the same time, it’s also essential to make sure your baby isn’t overstimulated right before bed. Carve out some soothing quiet time that’s minimal on sensory before you launch into your bed or naptime routine.
Learn Your Baby’s Sleep Cues
Understanding the signs that your baby is getting tired and ready for sleep can help you navigate the changes in her nap schedule and shift from three naps to two or two naps to one. It can also help prevent your baby from getting overtired, which can make it even harder for her to fall asleep. Some signs of sleepiness to watch for include rubbing her eyes, fussiness and yawning.
Practice Self Care
When your baby loses sleep, you lose sleep, making it harder to juggle your daily routine and manage to parent. Whenever possible, enlist some extra help from family or friends so you can take a moment to rejuvenate. When your baby does finally manage to get some shut-eye, fall back on the age-old advice to bypass that to-do list and sleep when the baby sleeps.
Remember Your Baby is Making Progress
Instead of regressions, think of these phases as sleep progressions. It's a challenging stage, but it’s also exciting as your baby’s personality and awareness grow in leaps and bounds. You’re not alone in the struggle, as many babies experience sleep regression at some point during the first year. Stick with your regular sleep routines, and you’ll come out the other side resting easy and marveling at your baby’s new growth and development.