You’ve been blessed with a good sleeper from the start, but suddenly your little one is fighting daytime naps and waking in the night. What is going on? You’re likely experiencing the dreaded 18 to 24-month sleep regression. Don’t worry, you’re in good company. As your trusted sleep coach for baby in Philadelphia, I will help you get everyone back on track in no time. Let’s talk about sleep training your toddler during a sleep regression.
What is a sleep regression?
For those of you whose angels have been good sleepers from birth, this sudden waking and nap-fighting can be mind-boggling. You’re wondering what on earth happened to make your previous super sleeper a fitful snoozer.
Sleep regressions typically coincide with spurts of development with your baby. It could be that your toddler is having a language explosion, or is developing their motor skills. Perhaps your toddler is experiencing a growth spurt. Whatever the cause, periods of great physical, mental, and emotional change can cause your little one’s sleep cycles to shift or be interrupted. Whatever you do, don’t panic.
Sleep Training Your Toddler
If you’re panicking, you should know that sleep regressions are only temporary. While it might feel like forever, sleep regressions typically last a week or two. If it’s been a few weeks, it may be time to try sleep training your toddler to help them get back into a healthy sleep rhythm.
How to Sleep Train a Baby
Your baby is waking — or fighting sleep — because their brains are undergoing massive growth. In many cases, your little one figures out how to get themselves back to sleep on their own, ending a short period of regressive sleep habits. However, some toddlers need help to get back into the groove of things. In this case, you need to establish a consistent sleep schedule and routine to get your little one back on track and train their little body to sleep again.
Take a look around your toddler’s room: have toys and other potentially distracting items crept into their sleep space? Removing items that could keep your little one alert and stimulated, such as toys, stuffed animals, and books, can greatly aid your attempts to enforce a regular sleep schedule. Make sure that the room is as boring as possible so that your kiddo will have nothing to do there other than sleep.
Hiring a Sleep Coach for Your Baby
If you’ve tried infant sleep training and nothing seems to be working for you, it may be time to ask for help. Hiring a sleep coach for baby in Philadelphia is a big step for many, and the ultimate test in trust. At the point when many parents contact me, they’ve reached levels of exhaustion they never thought possible and they feel raw and vulnerable.
For this reason, I offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation with new families. In this time I’ll get to know a little about your sleep issues and I’ll be honest about whether I think I can help your family. In many cases, parents are simply looking for a plan and straightforward instructions to get their toddler sleeping again, and I’m happy to be of assistance.