Getting your baby or toddler to sleep can, more often than not, be a parent's worst nightmare. It seems like just when you think your child is finally sleeping through the night consistently, a sleep regression will sneak up you and ruin everything. To make matters worse, it appears as though every parent you talk to has their own baby sleep advice, and they can have a tendency to perpetuate myths about sleep regressions that, according to experts, just aren't true at all.
So what is a sleep regression, anyway? According to The Baby Sleep Site, sleep regressions are "a period of time (anywhere from 1 – 4 weeks) when a baby or toddler who has been sleeping well suddenly starts waking at night, and/or skipping naps (or waking early from naps) for no apparent reason." The biggest myth that some people believe in regards to sleep regressions is that they aren't real and are just "excuses" that parents come up with when they "fail" at getting their baby to sleep. According to The Baby Sleep Site, not only are sleep regressions real, but they aren't your or your baby's fault.
According to Linda Szmulewitz, a licensed clinical social worker and certified gentle sleep coach, sleep regressions typically happen right before your baby meets a new developmental milestone, like crawling or walking. Fortunately for tired parents, according to Kim West, LCSW, The Sleep Lady, regressions are short phases and should pass in a few weeks. You can rest easy knowing that they are normal parts of child development, and not a sign that something is wrong. So with that in mind, here are a few other sleep regression myths you should feel free to ignore: