During the first few weeks of your baby’s life, you may worry about how long sleep regressions last. Your baby may wake up irritable, fussy, or both, and you may not know why. He or she may also have a clingy or grumpy disposition. Sleep regressions can occur as early as eight weeks of age. They begin to catnap and sleep worse during the daytime. The newborn sleepiness has worn off, so your baby is more alert and unable to go back to sleep when they wake up.
Sleep regressions can affect both parents and baby. The first few days of sleep regression are the most difficult, so try not to stress yourself. Keep in mind that sleep regressions don’t last forever, and you should never have unrealistic expectations for your baby’s behavior. Just remember that each baby is different, and this stage of their development is normal. Be consistent with your parenting style and your baby, and you’ll find that your efforts will pay off in the long run.
Sleep regressions may be painful for both you and your baby, but they’re also signs of healthy development. Rather than just a phase, sleep regressions are a sign of engagement and learning. Just like your child’s physical growth, sleep regressions last for a few weeks or even a few months. They are not permanent, but they can be a frustrating part of the child’s life.