Dissecting Sleep Regressions
Just when you think you’ve got a good schedule going with your baby, you are bound to hit a sleep regression that will seem to undo all of your progress. These sleep regressions usually happen in association with a new cognitive or motor skill that keeps them from wanting to sleep.
Here is a list of the most common sleep regressions babies go through:
6 weeks – one of the first major growth spurts, causing increased hunger.
4 months – another growth spurt, increased hunger, excessive daytime sleep, and increased brain development. Possible teething.
6 months – more interactive, so they want to play. Possibly started solid foods recently which may cause indigestion. Lots of teething and likely trying to crawl.
9 months – object permanence understanding, so they don’t want parents to leave at bedtime. Starting to pull to standing.
12 months – walking and weaning, causing emotional distress and a desire to practice new skills.
18 months – peak in separation anxiety and growing independence to fight at bed and nap times.
24 months – needs less sleep, may fight naps, moving to a toddler bed from the crib, and possibly potty training.