Sleep is a very tricky thing. We need desperately yet the harder we try to make it happen, the less likely it will. It is something we never really think about as a valuable commodity until we don’t have any.
And we know so well that happy, healthy babies need sleep, but most often it seems like they can’t possibly be getting enough.
Sleep is very hard to understand. You might just be thinking that you’ve pinned down your baby’s sleep pattern, and some semblance of normality has come back into your life when suddenly, the myth that is the 12 month sleep regression hits.
So is there such a thing? And what can you do about it?
Mostly, the best advice is to persevere with trying to put your baby down at the recommended times for her age, and ride out the regression period while she fights against you at every opportunity. You could treat it as practice for when she’s a teenager.
This phase has not been caused by anything you were doing or not doing for your baby. It is a normal phase that doesn’t happen to everyone, is the sign of a healthy growing baby, and the best thing you can do is ride it out.
Be compassionate and forgiving to yourself if other things have to take a back seat until you are fully functioning again. And trust that this too shall pass.
If you want share your experience about your child's sleep regression, feel free to comment below and I would be very happy to reply.
Amy Duncan is the founder of KindMommy, a blog where she's providing helpful information about pregnancy and many useful tips for young parents. Besides writing, Amy loves to cook and travel with her friends and family. You can also find Amy on Twitter (@AmyKindmommy).