The first of several signs of sleep regression is waking up frequently. During this period, your baby may wake up during the night, often because of teething. You should take note of any changes in sleeping habits and consult your pediatrician. Other signs of sleep regression may include: increased fussiness or waking up frequently during the day. Your baby may also have a finger in his mouth. He may have a shorter naps than usual or wake up early in the morning.
Regressions can be caused by growing pains, teething, hunger, or reflux. It can also be due to a variety of other problems. Generally, these episodes don’t last more than a week, but your baby’s sleep pattern might be affected for a couple of days or weeks. It’s important to distinguish sleep regression from other types of sleep disturbances because the signs of each differ from one another. It is important to note that regressions occur between two and six months of age. At four months, the first signs of sleep regression appear.
You can avoid sleep regression by identifying the source of the problem. A new sibling, a toddler bed, or developmental milestone can disrupt your baby’s sleep. Sleep regressions are temporary and may occur for a number of reasons. To help your child get a good night’s rest, you should provide more daytime activities that engage the child mentally and physically. This will tire your child out so that he can sleep at night.