Talk to any parent about their child's sleep and you are likely to hear some boast about how early their child slept through the night, while other lament over how their child just "isn't a good sleeper." Bottom line is there are a lot of factors that going into a child's sleep. Everything from temperament, to feeding habits, to parenting style play a major role in how a child establishes their individual sleep pattern.
A common discussion point amongst parents of young children (including infants) is the notion of "sleep regression." Google sleep regression and you will come across a collection of articles and blog posts that speak to the various views on this topic, yet what are the facts and myths about sleep regression? Is sleep regression a real phenomenon amongst children?
Let's start with some facts:
Now a look at a few myths:
Sleep regressions do occur but the likely flaw is in the terminology. Children will experience changes in their sleep patterns just as adults experience the changes/disruptions for similar reasons (stress, over tiredness, environmental changes, etc.) and this is not a form of regression but a more permanent change in their overall development. Reconsidering how we define these sleep adjustments will help parents understand that these situations are completely normal. Hopefully the adjustment period will be short-lived and everyone will return to their regular sleep very soon!
*This post was originally shared on the TODAY Show Parenting Team Community.*
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