21 Jul 2022 | 3 min Read
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When your little one has been sleeping well, but suddenly begins to wake up frequently at night, or begins to fight naps or refuses to sleep, chances are that your child has hit a sleep regression. Sleep struggles are most common around 18 months to two years of age because of developmental changes.
The good side? As long as they were sleeping well before the regression, the sleep should usually go back to normal within a few weeks. Here’s everything you need to know about toddler sleep regression and how to deal with it.
There are some signs that you can watch for if you suspect a toddler sleep regression. Some of these signs are:
The good news is that there are some tips to deal with your toddler’s sleep regression:
Maintaining your typical bedtime routine, such as winding down with a warm bath, cuddle time, and reading a book to the little one alerts your little one that it’s time to get ready for sleep.
So, don’t worry about offering that extra nighttime or daytime feeding.
For instance, avoid rocking your baby to sleep regularly. You should also avoid reinstating old bad habits.
If you have weaned your toddler off the pacifier, it is not advisable to revert to offering the pacifier during a sleep regression.
You can also opt for some quality drapes or sunshades to prevent sunlight from entering the room in the morning.
Sometimes, the little ones might self-soothe themselves back to sleep. If they don’t, you can pat their head, and tummy and reassure them. It is not advisable to pick them up and rock them to sleep as they can become dependent on this habit.
Although sleep regression is common in toddlers, you can consult a doctor to rule out other problems. Parents should stay calm and be patient as the little ones can take time to adjust.