For the past week and a half I have been a mombie and I am not entirely sure how I am still functioning with the amount of sleep I am getting. My son has forgotten how to sleep and let me tell you, it is exhausting. I am to the point that I don’t even want to go to bed because I know I will just have to get up at least ten times during the night.
I have been racking my brain for the past few days, trying to understand what went wrong or what changed and I couldn’t find a rhyme or reason and then it hit me .. 9 month sleep regression.
What is 9 month sleep regression you ask? It is a mothers worst nightmare, or at least it is mine.
Sleep regression can happen at eight, nine or ten months. You might notice your baby having trouble sleeping well during the night as well as trouble napping. This regression occurs because during these months your baby’s brain is in overdrive trying to reach physical milestones like crawling, scooting, sitting, rolling and sometimes talking. Your babe might even be cutting teeth. Unfortunately this regression can last anywhere from three to six weeks, so be patient momma.
Here are a few things to remember as you navigate through these sleepless nights.
This is only temporary
Every baby goes through some form of regression, but the degrees and times vary. Just be patient and know that you are not the only momma not getting rest and remember that this regression is one of the easier ones. A sleep regression phase usually lasts for two to six weeks. It is only a phase and it will pass! You will sleep again.
Whatever you do don’t change your babies sleep environment and stick to your bedtime and nap time routines! It is important that you don’t create sleeping habits for your little one that are out of your normal routine. For example, if you don’t rock your baby in the middle of the night, don’t start or if you don’t feed your baby in the middle of the night, don’t start. It might be hard because all you want to do is get some sleep, but it will be better for you and baby in the long run. I know that I don’t want to try and break bad sleeping habits!
There is always a possibility that your baby could be experiencing separation anxiety and providing extra snuggles and reassurance before bedtime and nap time could help them cope. You could try adding ten extra minutes of cuddles before bed or nap, but be sure to stick within that timeframe so you don’t alter the schedule too much.
A few signs of separation anxiety are:
- Being extra clingy
- Waking frequently at night or during naps
- Crying when you leave the room even for just a moment.
Coffee and nap time
This has to be my favorite survival tip. Drink a lot of coffee and nap when your baby is napping. Yes, that’s right I said it, resort back to napping when baby is napping just like when you had a newborn. I would not make it through the day if I didn’t drink coffee and take a nap or two.
Don’t worry momma, you will make it through this phase and you will sleep again.