I remember when my son finally started sleeping through the night. Honestly, I was smug. In fact, I thought this parenting thing was "easy." Really, what was all the fuss about, parents? Are "sleep issues" really the worst part of parenting? Then my baby experienced his first sleep regression, I was suffering from a terrible head cold, and I honestly felt like I was dying. I really wish I had some tips on hand, like these tricks real parents use to survive sleep regressions.
After all, us parents need a little help from time to time, right? Not only help, we need advice from those who have experienced the hell that is a baby who just won't sleep. It's one thing to read about sleep regressions in a book, but it's another thing to receive honest advice from someone you can trust, and from someone who has actually been there.
Being sleep deprived made me so emotional, I found it hard to function as a normal adult. As a result, I would experience illogical tantrums over nothing, all because I was so damn tired I couldn't contemplate my actual reality. I was lucky, though, because I had a supportive partner and family members to lend a helping hand. When I couldn't function any longer, they stepped in and allowed me to grab a necessary nap. Still, I definitely would have benefited from any of the following tricks and tips from real parents, and I have a feeling you could, too: