There are many things that can cause a
baby’s sleep regression. From teething to sickness to various milestones like
your baby learning that he can suck on his toes. A baby’s world is so incredible! Can you imagine seeing everything in our world for the first time. It’s like visiting a new country and being so excited to do and learn everything you can. You don’t know how much time you have to do it and you don’t know if
you will be able to do it again. This is the same way a baby feels when they learn to pull to a crawl position, suck on their toes or cruise around their crib. They will excessively do this new skill over and over again and most often in their crib at nap or bedtime when they have the time and opportunity to do it. In some situations they may need some help from you when they get into a situation they cannot solve themselves, like getting back to a laying position
or getting back into the middle of the crib instead of wedged into a corner. But as they practise and learn to perfect their new skill they will be able to help themselves and won’t need you to “help” them. For some skills that are just fun like sucking on their toes, you will need to just give it sometime and when they get bored of their new skill they will stop and go back to sleeping better.
In the meantime, when your baby hits a new milestone, be understanding of why their sleep may have regressed. Support them by practising their new skill in their wake time and if they get into a predicament, you can quickly offer minimal help to get them into a comfortable position. But most importantly be patient…this too shall pass!
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