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Is there a five or six month sleep regression?

The most commonly talked about sleep regressions are at four and eight to nine months. However since some kids hit their regressions early or late, they can pretty much happen at any time during the whole first year haha! I feel like months four to 10 were just one long series of sleep regressions back-to-back!

In case you’re feeling like you’re in the middle of one right now, here’s something I found helpful to know! Sleep regressions happen most because of neurological growth spurts. They can also happen when teething hits or separation anxiety kicks in.

1. Teething: I hadn’t known this until we were going through it, but the teething process can start weeks or even months before their first tooth actually breaks through. When they’re lying down, this is when the gums can start to throb. So our son was waking crying a tonne in the middle of the night. Our pediatrician advised us to give him Motrin at bedtime for a few nights to see how he did, and it helped tremendously! So it could be the start of teething. Also refrigerated water teethers or a wet wash cloth refrigerated and tied in a knot help too!

2. Whenever babies are going through new milestones (for example learning to sit, crawling, walking, etc) they can go through sleep regressions because their neurological system is just on overload wanting to master their new skill! So if your baby is starting to try sitting on his own or rolling over or anything new, it could be a sleep regression from that. Best thing to do is to help him work on that new task during the days so it fatigues him and makes him feel accomplished with his new task.

3. Our son’s separation anxiety showed up early! We’d already had him in his own room at three months but we moved to a new house when he was almost seven months, which I think triggered it. He would wake at night and seem scared and would only go back to sleep if I came in and consoled him for a bit even though he would previously self-soothe back to sleep. The best thing that helped with this was playing a lot of games to teach object permanence during the day (peek a boo for example). This helps them understand that just because mom and dad aren’t in the room doesn’t mean they’re gone forever.

Hope some of these tips help!

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