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What are Sleep Regressions?

So, you finally got your little bundle of joy to sleep through the night. Hallelujah! You celebrated this milestone like you just won the lottery. But then, out of nowhere, your baby starts waking up multiple times during the night, crying and demanding your attention. What gives? Welcome to the world of sleep regressions!

What exactly is a sleep regression?

Well, my friend, a sleep regression is like a sneaky little monster that creeps up on you just when you think you've got this whole parenting thing figured out. It's a period of time, usually lasting a few weeks, when your baby's sleep patterns suddenly go haywire. It's like they hit the snooze button on their good sleeping habits and decide to party all night long.

Why do sleep regressions happen?

Oh, the mysteries of the universe! Sleep regressions can be caused by a variety of factors. It could be teething, growth spurts, developmental milestones, or just plain old baby shenanigans. Basically, anything that disrupts your baby's routine can trigger a sleep regression.

When do sleep regressions occur?

Just when you thought you were in the clear, sleep regressions can strike at any time. The most common ones happen around 4 months, 8-10 months, and 18 months. But hey, your baby might decide to throw a curveball and have a sleep regression at 6 months or 12 months, just to keep you on your toes. Babies are unpredictable little creatures, aren't they?

How do you survive a sleep regression?

Now, here's the million-dollar question. How do you survive a sleep regression without losing your sanity? Well, my friend, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Some parents swear by sleep training methods, while others choose to ride it out and hope for the best. You could try soothing techniques, white noise machines, or even resort to bribery (hey, desperate times call for desperate measures).

But here's the thing: sleep regressions are temporary. They may feel like an eternity while you're going through them, but trust me, they will pass. Just hang in there, keep your sense of humour intact, and remember that you're not alone. Every parent has been through this sleep regression rollercoaster at some point.

The silver lining

Believe it or not, there is a silver lining to sleep regressions. These challenging times can actually be a sign that your baby is growing and developing. They're hitting milestones and making progress in their little lives. So, while you may be sleep-deprived and slightly delirious, take a moment to appreciate the amazing journey of parenthood. Or a shot of tequila.

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