What are signs of sleep regression?

Answered by Bryan Campbell

Sleep regression can be a challenging time for both babies and parents. When my daughter went through sleep regression, I noticed several signs that indicated she was experiencing this phase. One common sign was that she started fighting naps and bedtime. It seemed like she was suddenly resistant to going to sleep, and it took longer for her to settle down.

Another sign I noticed was that she had difficulty falling asleep. Previously, she would easily drift off to sleep, but during sleep regression, it became a struggle for her. She would toss and turn, sometimes staying awake for extended periods before finally falling asleep.

During sleep regression, my daughter’s naps also became shorter or she would skip them altogether. This was very different from her usual routine, as she had been taking regular and consistent naps before. It was frustrating because she would become overtired, leading to more difficulty with nighttime sleep as well.

Frequently waking up at night was another sign of sleep regression that I observed. My daughter, who had previously been sleeping through the night, started waking up multiple times during the night. It was exhausting for both of us as we had to constantly tend to her and help her fall back asleep.

In addition to the physical signs, I also noticed changes in my daughter’s behavior during sleep regression. She would fuss and cry more often, especially when it was time for naps or bedtime. It was clear that she was not as content and relaxed as she used to be, and this added to the overall challenges of sleep regression.

Sleep regression can be a difficult phase for babies and their parents. The signs I witnessed included fighting naps and bedtime, difficulty falling asleep, shorter or skipped naps, frequent night waking, and increased fussiness and crying. It’s important to remember that sleep regression is a temporary phase and to provide comfort and support to your baby during this time.