Here are a few tips that can help you cope during these sometimes challenging periods:
*Offer comfort as needed, but try not to create habits you ultimately do not want to have. Providing your child with some extra TLC during sleep regressions is a great idea, but it’s best to avoid creating sleep associations that you do not want in the long term. For example, if you have decided to end co-sleeping, then it’s best to keep your child in his/her own sleep space and to provide comfort and support in another way.
*Temporarily move bedtime earlier, if needed. If your little one is not sleeping as well due to his/her sleep regression then he/she is more likely to become overtired. By being proactive and moving bedtime earlier you can help prevent your little one from becoming exhausted.
*Offer more feedings if you think your baby is hungry. Sometimes growth spurts can accompany a sleep regression, so if your baby seems extra hungry during this time it’s okay to offer extra feedings as needed.
*Be flexible, but try to maintain as consistent a schedule as possible. Children thrive with routine and do best napping and going to bed at predictable times. Typically the more you stay the course during a sleep regression, the easier it is to get back on track once it passes.
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