How to Cope with Sleep Regression
It’s difficult to predict how long regression will last, but the following tips might help you cope with it:
1. Start them early with a bedtime routine
The first tip to deal with sleep regression is to establish a bedtime routine. And yes, it’s recommended even to babies as young as two months old.
A routine is a set of things you do usually at the same time in the same order.
Before going to bed, consider bathing your baby or changing their diaper, reading them a book, and nursing them. Remember to feed them well. This will reduce the risk of them waking up because they are hungry.
2. Let them cry it out
Perhaps, the most practical tip is to let babies soothe themselves back to sleep.
Also called the “cry-it-out” method, this technique means you’ll let your baby fuss or cry until they get back to sleep. You will not pick them up and lull them to slumber.
Many parents find the cry-it-out method difficult because it hurts them to hear their baby cry. But experts explain that picking them up frequently might make them depend on you too much.
Here’s an important point: You can go to your baby when they wake up at night, comfort them, and let them know that you’re there. Just don’t turn the light on, talk to them, or pick them up.
Share your thoughts
Be the first to let Hello Doctor know your thoughts!
Join Us or Log In to join the discussion