What Is Sleep Regression and Why Does It Happen?

At some point during your time as a parent, you may experience stints where your baby or toddler fall into a poor sleep pattern. This could be a period of time that lasts for only several days, or for as long as a month (although it can feel more like a year!) and is called sleep regression. It can be disheartening if your child has been sleeping well for some time and then all of a sudden is waking every half hour or reluctant to take their much needed nap. Parents can find this time just as stressful as the child, as in most cases sleep regression comes out of nowhere for no apparent reason.

Why It Happens

Sleep regression has been studied to occur at common times during the first two years of a child’s life. Not all children will experience it at the same time and each baby is different—so if sleep regression is a known issue in your household, or one you haven’t experienced yet, both situations are completely normal. Usually at 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18 and 24 months old, babies and toddlers can fall into a sleep regression cycle. These are during milestones in your child’s life and can be caused by a plethora of reasons such as transitioning into a different type of sleeping pattern, making physical or cerebral developments, testing out their new found independence (like refusing naps!), separation anxiety, teething, spending more time awake, potty training, changing environments (such as a new toddler bed), nightmares, night terrors and almost every other cause you can imagine. Top tips to survive:

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  • Consistency is key! Make sure you've secured a consistent routine around sleep. There is a great example of a solid routine here
  • Swaddle or wrap your baby so they feel secure and warm, Love To Dream have some great swaddles for all ages
  • Ensure your child's room temperature is optimal for sleep, most good baby monitors will have in built temperature gauges
  • Grab a Glow Dreaming sleep aid, it will keep your child's mind and body relaxed while inducing Melatonin
  • Put your baby or child to sleep drowsy, not asleep
  • Playtime! Give your child plenty of play time so they can learn all their new developmental skills while they're awake
We have always been transparent that when introducing Glow Dreaming into your child’s bedtime routine, sleep regression may occur. It can be difficult for your child to adjust to a new environment, it takes them some time to get used to this new device that’s glowing next to them while they sleep. Don’t worry though! This type of sleep regression is extremely short lived, and may only last up to around 6 days.

The Good News

Sleep regression is only temporary! Thank goodness! Although it may seem like you’re constantly battling sleep issues, it’s a natural process for children. The biggest way to help transition your child during these regression cycles is through consistent bedtime routines with the help of your Glow Dreaming. You can reduce the regression periods dramatically when approaching bedtime with the use of the red LED light, turning on the pink noise setting and using our Glow Lullaby Organic Essential Oil for optimised sleeping.

Need More Help?

Finding your child in a persistent sleep regression period? We can help! If your Glow Dreaming isn’t getting the results as quickly as you’d hoped for—don’t worry! Every child is different; sometimes it can take a bit of adjusting and patience to get your child and your Glow Dreaming working exactly the way you need it to. Don’t forget to reach out to our Glow Sleep Specialists via our parent hub after the initial 6 nights if you aren't seeing positive changes, they are amazing at getting your Glow Dreaming to work for you.