In the first years of parenting, the question we are most likely to ask is, “Is the baby asleep all night?” But in fact, as many as a third of parents claim to have lied to their baby’s sleep patterns, for fear of family and friend judgment if they all know that babies have trouble sleeping deeply for longer periods of time.
However, the evidence that supports the normality of night sleep throughout the first years of life will continue to grow as babies get older. Here are 4 unexpected things that affect a child’s sleep quality:
The term “sleep regression” is used to describe a period of time when the sleeping patterns of infants or children change. This regression is usually seen in children aged 4, 9, 13 and 18 months, and often coincides with major milestones such as rolling, crawling and walking.
Because the baby processes information during sleep, it becomes more awake when approaching a new milestone. The occurrence of this 18 month sleep regression appears as a sign of normal child development. Unfortunately, many parents often see the disturbance of their child’s sleep patterns as a problem, but these are all temporary changes and should provide a gentle and convincing response to help the child get back to sleep.