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Sleep regression Series: 8 month sleep regression

The most common sleep regressions happen at 4 months, 8 months, 18 months and 2 years old.

I remember my twins falling asleep at night and for their naps folded up like pretzels. It was taking them much longer than usual to fall asleep for the afternoon nap and at bedtime. Lots of sitting up, falling over and everything in between. This particular time for us stands out especially because of our daughter in her boots and bar for her clubfoot treatment. She would lay on her back and "fly" her feet and legs in the air. She even would fall asleep with the entire brace resting on her forehead. Kids are so weird!!

Around 8-10 months, your baby may have mastered sitting up; they will be working on crawling and even pulling up to stand. If you think about it, that is an extreme amount of progress in a short time period. What happens is baby may take the time in their crib to work on some of these things. There are no distractions, so, they can really focus. That means that sleep can be compromised during this time. Which for me, gave me lots of stress.

Here are a few things you can do to work through the 8-10 month sleep regression.

  • Practice these new skills intentionally during the day.

  • Place a coveted item outside of their reach to witness them 'get back down'. You can even do this in their crib before nap time.

  • Think about where you can add some intentional wake time to their day. I suggest before their second nap and/or before bedtime. 15-30 minutes is a good place to start.

  • If your baby is an independent sleeper, continue to keep your foundation present. Not adding any props to their sleep experience will be the quickest way back to peaceful sleep.

Take some deep breaths! This is a very short period in your kiddos life. If sleep overall has been a struggle and wish for change, reach out! It is NEVER too late to start on improvement for everyone. If you want sleep for your family, you can get it. Talk to Lindsay for FREE to find out when you can get started.

Lindsay Loring is a certified pediatric sleep consultant who works with families all over US & Canada. She is a Mom to twin girls and resides in the Metro St. Louis Area. Join her community of online parents here.

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