Probably the hardest part for me about being a new mom has been sleep regressions. No one warned me about these and I definitely was not prepared. I thought that once we were past the newborn phase, things would only get better.
Lilly hit her first sleep regression at around 4 months and, I didn’t think I would survive. She was waking up 3 times at night and I just wasn’t getting any sleep. This sleep regression lasted about 3 weeks and felt like 3 months.
Lillian is now 7 and a half months old and, it seems she’s hit another big regression. This one is known as “Leap 6” and, according to Google, it’s considered the worst of them all.
Not only does Lilly need to eat more at night but, she can’t seem to stay asleep for very long. She still takes naps during the day but, it takes a lot longer to get her down and her naps are very short. She’ll wake up from a nap still exhausted and then spend hours fussing until it’s time for her to eat again. This vicious cycle has been my life the past few weeks and, I’m finding it hard to cope.
The good thing about sleep regressions, though, is that this means Lilly is learning new skills and developing. Lillian can do so much more now and, if I dig down real deep in my soul, this makes the lack of sleep worth it. Lilly is so much more active and she’s way more interested in her surroundings. I can see that she’s learning so much. Another good thing about sleep regressions is that, as long as they feel, they usually only last 3-6 weeks.
Here is a list of the sleep regressions so you don’t end up unprepared like I was:
4 months: This regression can actually happen anywhere between 3 and 5 months and brings with it permanent sleep changes. Before 3 months, babies sleep deeply. I definitely miss when my baby was able to sleep anywhere and through anything. With this regression, baby sleep cycles will become more varied like ours. This leads to more waking at night and shorter (or skipped) naps during the day.
6 months: This isn’t actually a sleep regression but, babies can have a growth spurt at this age. Growth spurts usually lead to similar sleep changes.
8-10 months: A lot of physical and mental development happens here. Physically, they are learning to crawl, pull up, stand…etc. and, mentally, they are absorbing language. It is also during this time that babies start really teething and, that definitely adds to the fussiness.
11 months: During this regression, your little one may refuse their second nap.
12 months: Similar to 11 months.
15 months: Baby is learning to walk! Although, some kids start walking before this. At this point, your little one is probably ready to switch to just one nap per day. Any sleep problems are corrected with a schedule change.
18 months: Toddler tantrums, growing molars, independence, and separation anxiety. Joy.
2 years: Around this time, your little one is probably learning a lot and going through things like potty training, getting a big kid bed, and even nightmares/night terrors.