Chocolate and sleep. Right now, those are the two things I want most of all. Because right now we’re smack dab in the middle of my youngest child’s 11-month sleep regression. Yay…
Thankfully, though, this isn’t our first time experiencing the joys of a sleep regression. Given that baby girl is our 4th child, we’ve been around the block a few times. Even so, each of our children’s sleep regressions has hints of individuality to it. So it’s still good parenting practice to review (or learn, if this is your first kiddo!) how to handle (or just survive) a sleep regression, no matter the age.
Surviving the 4 thru 11-month sleep regression
Okay, so there’s more than one sleep regression in this range. There’s typically several:
- Between 3-5 months (usually at 4 months)
- Between 7-9 months (usually at 8 months)
- Between 10-12 months (it’s an 11-month sleep regression)
Now, if you’re lucky enough to have babies who actually slept in the first place, here’s the good news: sleep regressions are short and survivable. They’re usually only a week or two long, provided you stick to your schedule and tough it out.
On the other hand, if you had kids like mine who wouldn’t sleep unless held, well, sleep regressions are less fun. They’ll still insist on being held – and still wake up a lot more often. Basically, you and the sleep regressed kid will be even more exhausted than usual. It’s all good, though. Because we’ve got moms with some great ideas to make any and all sleep regressions more livable/survivable.
Survival Strategy 1: True Aim – 5 Ways to Help Your Newborn Sleep.
Strategy #2: The Pragmatic Parent – Surviving the Dreaded 8 month sleep regression
BONUS: Here’s how I survived my youngest son’s 11 month old sleep regression.
Consistency, naps, and early bedtimes are the key during that first year. Especially as those kiddos outgrow naps, y’all.
Surviving nap loss and sleep regressions after 1
Now, once your child turns 1, you’re in the “nap loss” potential stage. Yup – my kids have generally stopped napping by 12 months. You can cry for me, it’s okay.
Sometimes they’d nap a few times here and there. But by 18 months, there were zero naps – not even in the car. So it’s even more important to focus on routine, no matter what time of year it is.
Survival Strategy 3: Green Moms Collective – Improve Your Child’s Summer Bedtime Routine.
Strategy #4: SAHM Plus – 11 Terrific Tricks You Need to Get Baby to Sleep.
But if nothing else seems to be working, focus on survival, tacos, chocolate, getting as much sleep as possible, and praying.
Survival Story 5: The Good Mama – The 5 Stages of Toddler Night Waking.
Survival Story 6: Candle in the Night – Surviving Sleep Regression
Keep at it, friends. It may take some time, trying different bedtime routines, and some less-than-gentle reminders that the kids need to “just go to sleep!”, but eventually, they will sleep. Hopefully. Just remember that bedtime is a nightly struggle/routine. And that sleep issues aren’t just for kids.Bedtime can be a nightly struggle/routine. It may take some time, trying different bedtime routines, and some prayer, but eventually, they will sleep. Hopefully. Oh - and these tips will help, too.Click To Tweet
Surviving sleep problems as an adult
Getting adequate sleep is also important for us adults. So for our last look at surviving sleep regressions, let’s be sure to help ourselves, shall we?
Survival Story 7: Divas Run for Bling – 7 Tips for Better Sleep.
More on sleep regressions and schedules:
- 8 Tips to Conquer the 4-Month Sleep Regression
- Sleep Regressions: Everything You Need To Know and Ages They Happen
- How to Handle a Nap Regression (at any age)
- 11 Terrific Tips You Need to Get Baby to Sleep
My must-have sleep resources:
- Say Goodnight to Sleep Regressions: the Ultimate Bedtime Checklist
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, MD
- The Sleep Sense Program’s Free Sleep Assessment
- White noise machine and/or a fan in the room
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Okay, wow. After all that talk about sleep, naps, and chocolate, I think I need all of the above. How about you? What helps you and your kids sleep better each night?