• Michelle Leon-Gibson

Transitions & Sleep

Updated: Feb 10, 2018

Your little one changes so much in the first years! Developmental milestones and transitions may affect your child's sleep.

Did you have a baby who slept through the night for months at a time and then suddenly you're dealing with night wakings or early morning rising, or other challenges at bed time that you never dealt with before? The answer to the changes in your child's sleep is usually transitions and developmental milestones!

Common transitions include: when baby can roll over, when baby can stand up, baby learning to walk, baby becoming verbal, moving from crib to bed, and potty training (among others!).

These sleep disruptions typically last anywhere from 1 week to around 1 month, with toddler sleep disruptions lasting longer than baby disruptions.

The key for parents to remember during these times is...CONSISTENCY! This is NOT a time to be training your child to become dependent on you to help them sleep and this is NOT a time to introduce new sleep associations to your child! While the nights may feel long during these disruptions, it is super important to remember that they will not last forever and to ensure that you remain consistent with your response/sleep training approach. We do not want to start creating new associations due to disruptions and end up in a longer term battle for sleep.

Sleep will return to your child soon so long as you continue to allow your child the time and space to develop their self-soothing skills.

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