I'm a new mom and I'm currently going through a bit of a sleep regression with my eight-month-old. It seems like every time we get into a good routine or successfully complete some sleep training, something comes up and throws everything off. We recently had to switch up our routine because of some family visiting, and it's been a challenge getting my baby back on track.
I'm looking for some strategies for managing my baby's sleep schedule during these periods of regression. I know it's normal for babies to go through stages of disrupted sleep, but it's still tough to deal with as a parent. Any tips for getting my baby back into a routine after a setback, or for managing changes to our regular routine?
Thanks in advance for any insights you can share!
As a parent with a six-year-old, I've experienced my fair share of sleep regressions over the years. One strategy that has worked well for my family is to make sure our child is getting plenty of physical activity and fresh air during the day.
When children are physically active, they tend to be more tired at night and able to fall asleep more easily. So we encourage our child to spend time playing outside, doing yoga or other exercises.
In addition, we try to create a calm and quiet environment in our child's bedroom that signals "sleep time" to her. This includes using blackout curtains to darken the room, playing soft music or nature sounds, and keeping the temperature cool and comfortable.
Lastly, for nights when our child is struggling to sleep, we've found that implementing a "mental break" before bedtime can be helpful. This could involve reading a book or meditating, which can help to clear the mind and create a more peaceful environment for sleep.
I hope these strategies are helpful for parents dealing with sleep regressions. Remember, every child is different, so it may take some time to find the right approach for you and your family.