Month: August 2015

Sleep Regressions: What to Expect

Sleep regressions can be very frustrating to deal with.  Either 1) your baby was sleeping well and then all of a sudden begins waking up in the night or 2) your babe has always had a difficult time sleeping through the night, and is now sleeping even worse! Both situations can feel extremely challenging to deal with, and rightfully so!  This sudden change with your baby’s sleep may leave you feeling confused and exhausted.  So let’s take a look at the term “sleep regression” to better understand what is going on!

Basically, a sleep regression is a period of time usually lasting between 1-4 weeks, where a baby or child begins to wake more frequently in the night, has difficulty falling asleep at bedtime and/or refuses to nap, for no obvious reason.  It can often feel especially surprising for parents, who previously had a great little sleeper but is now all of a sudden waking in the night!  

There are a number of sleep regressions that we commonly see in the first two years of life.  Remember, every baby is different and some babies may experience these regressions earlier or later than others.  Some may even skip a sleep regression all together (lucky family!)  If a “regression” lasts for months and months though, it’s possible this is more of a sleep habit that needs attention rather than a regression that will pass.  In general though, there are 5 common sleep regressions to become familiar with:

Age: 4 Months

Why? Sleep patterns begin to follow the 24 hour clock, production of melatonin and cortisol (effected by light and dark), increasingly aware of their surroundings and more alert (sleep is more similar to that of an adult, rather than newborn).

Age: 8-10 Months

Why? Physical developmental milestones such as scooting, crawling, pulling up, increasingly verbal,  possible teething.

Age: 12 Months

Why? Less common, usually impacting naps, refusing to take 2nd nap- treat this as a regression rather than readiness for 1 nap a day (babies drop to 1 nap around 15-18 months).

Age: 18 Months

Why? New found independence, walking, talking, tantrum-throwing, separation anxiety, possible teething.

Age: 2 years

Why? Transition to longer wake times in the day,  potty training, new sibling, nightmares, testing boundaries. 

Tips on how to handle sleep regressions: 

  •  Growth spurts can be associated with these sleep regressions, so for the time being feel free to offer your little one some extra nourishment before bed or even add an extra feed into the day.

  •  I always recommend an early bedtime to all my clients, but it may be especially helpful when you’re facing a sleep regression.  If your baby is waking in the night or refusing to nap, it is likely they are over-tired or even sleep-depriced, so getting them in bed a little earlier may help them have a smoother more peaceful night. 

  • Comfort and reassure your bub but try to not introduce any new habits that your little one will begin to rely on to fall back to sleep upon waking. If we begin to always put baby back to sleep by rocking, bouncing, nursing, bottle feeding etc, your little peanut will end up needing these same actions in order to fall asleep time and time again for every night waking.  Try some basic “shhing” or patting to calm your baby rather than responding with feedings or boucning. 

  • Remember that expression: this too shall pass! Hang in there and remember that everything is temporary. Sometimes it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and your current situation feels like it will last forever.  It won’t.  If you need additional support and would like 1-on-1 guidance, email me today.

Bebe de Luxe: Organic Natural Bath Milk

Bath time is a pretty important part of our bedtime routine at home.  As you may know already, in my opinion, consistent bedtime routine is a MUST, so it’s important to make it a time that you enjoy with your little one.  Bath time is always a great way to get the routine started. This is definitely one of my favourite times of the day in our home.  I recommend bath at bedtime to many of my clients for a number of reasons: 1) It can be incredibly calming and relaxing. The simple action of sitting in warm, gentle water can literally make your child feel peaceful and sleepy. 2) When you start your bedtime routine with a bath, this cue becomes a positive sleep association for your child. When used consistently, as soon as they hear the water running they begin to recognize that the day is coming to an end and it’s time to get ready for bed. 3) If your baby is still taking a few naps in the day, a bath at bedtime differentiates daytime sleep from night time sleep. Baby learns that the bath only occurs before night time, which helps to regulate their sleep patterns and rhythms and eases them into a deep long sleep.

 Now that my daughter is really engaged and playful during her bath, I’ve noticed that she thinks it’s a fun little game to drink the bath water! My main concern with this has been the soap we are using.  It worries me that she is ingesting chemicals and toxins and I’ve found it challenging to stop her! (She is stubborn and feisty:)  Recently though, we found a solution.  Bebe de Luxe Coconut & Oat Milk Bath is an organic, free of toxins, parabens and carcinogens milk bath and is completely edible (if your child does indeed continue to drink the bath water despite your efforts to stop this).

Naturally rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and saponins,  this gentle milk bath is the perfect addition to your child’s bedtime/bath time routine.   Not only is it safe for your baby’s sensitive skin but it also cleanses without without stripping their natural oils, which replenishes moisture.  The Vitamin E found in the milk bath helps to heal dry skin, minor cuts, burns and rashes.  Many of the moisturizing properties of the coconut milk are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which kills the yeast often known to cause thrush and diaper rash.  The health benefits here are so much more outstanding than any baby cleanse you might find at your grocery store or pharmacy. 

We love it so much we have decided that you need to try it! If you purchase any Peaceful Sleepers package with support, you will get a lovely sample of the product and 10% off all Bebe de Luxe products. If you have reached your wits end with sleepless nights and need some compassionate, nurturing sleep support, now is the time to give me a call.  Initial 15 Minute Consultations are completely free 604.908.1548 and  we can get started today.  Trust me when I say, that things CAN improve and with if we work together we can and WILL get your little babe sleeping fully through the night. 

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