3 Facts about the first sleep regression

Many new parents commonly talk about regressions, but they do not have a clear concept of what it is and believe that regression starts when babies start sleeping poorly usually at 3-4 months of age.

Liliana Amaro Coach de Sueño clarifies:

  1. Regressions do NOT happen when the baby who has slept well since newborn begins to wake up at 3-4 months more than before. This is not a regression; the baby is simply changing his sleep pattern and his habits are getting stronger every time and the baby is becoming more aware of his surroundings.

       2. Nor is it when the baby that did NOT sleep well, begins to wake up more frequently and for longer.

       3. Regression is not when the child wakes up suddenly at night and stays awake for more than an hour.

Real regressions happen when:

  1. A baby who is learning to sleep, begins to gain good habits, good routines and suddenly refuses to follow them.

      2. A baby who sleeps easily with a certain habit begins to not sleep well and no longer works to make him fall asleep.

      3. A habit is removed, and the child wants to return to it

How does sleep regression manifest itself?

  1. After 3-5 consecutive nights of perfect sleep, the little one refuses the routine and wants to resume previous habits.

       2. A child who begins to sleep well and suddenly wakes up many times all night.

       3. Restlessness Day and night—it seems impossible to follow routines.

How to survive a regression?

  1. Understanding what it is and when it can happen.

       2. About spending it without ignoring the routine more than a day and a night.

       3. Having confidence that it is happening, and everything will be better.

Symptoms to identify:

  1. No naps

       2. Inconsolable and irritable child

       3. He slept very well a few days and nights before.

If you have more questions, consult your Sleep coach before it is too late.

About the author

Liliana Amaro

International Children Sleep Coach
(Breastfeeding Advisor, Child Massage Instructor, Baby Sign Language Instructor)

I’m Liliana Amaro the founder of Zzleep My Baby and certified as Child & Baby Sleep Consultant, Brisbane based; but currently servicing Internationally covering many regions in Australia, North and South America, Europe and Asia. Zzleep my baby was established to provide support to parents with newborn babies, infants, toddlers, twins and kids under 10 who struggle to sleep at night.

Born in México City, Mother of three Zelda, Inka and León. My journey as Baby Sleep Consultant began with the arrival of my first daughter Zelda, as a first-time mum was excited for her arrival, but of course never researched about infant sleep routines. When she was born, I dedicated myself to care for her day and night, without any experience or help got a general advice from the hospital and I began to wake up and feed my daughter every three hours even when she was asleep, I did this for months. My exhaustion and tiredness were extreme, as a result, Zelda got into the habit of waking several times during the night and as she grew up the night wakings were much more frequent, also it was not possible for her to sleep or resettle without being rocked or fed; more months passed, and I began to suffer extreme sleep deprivation. I used to work full time as an Architect, and it was extremely hard to keep my concentration and complete my tasks while being so tired.

One day sitting at my desk exhausted and almost in tears, I decided to end this situation. I researched for help finding a Sleep Consultant expert that since that moment changed my life forever. Whit her methodology I learned different sleep gentle techniques. We applied the most suited method and followed a sleep routine and plan as close as we could and in less than two weeks, we all were sleeping, Zelda learned to sleep on her own and self-settle.

In March 2015 I completed my certification by learning the techniques and methodologies created by the Coach that helped me, since then I have been fortunate to help several families in many parts of the world (Australia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Lebanon etc.) with newborns, twins, babies, and children up to 5 years old sleep alone and throughout the night. Within the skills as a sleep consultant, we can help a baby to leave the pacifier, avoid continuous awakenings, resetting naps, sleep time without

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