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Top Five Things Not to Do During a Sleep Regression


Sleep regressions are a normal part of a child's development and can occur at various stages as they grow and their sleep patterns change. During a sleep regression, a child may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and may wake up more frequently at night. Anyone who has gone through this (as most of the Sleepout community has) knows how difficult this can be.

While the exact cause of sleep regressions is not fully understood, they are thought to be related to changes in a child's sleep patterns and developmental milestones. For example, a sleep regression may occur when a child is learning to crawl or walk, when they are going through a growth spurt, or when they are experiencing changes in their environment or routine.

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Don't let sleep regressions stress you out

It's important for parents and caregivers to be aware of sleep regressions and to be prepared to provide support and comfort during this time. While sleep regressions can be challenging, they are a normal part of a child's development and will typically resolve on their own with time.

We at Sleepout want you to know it's NATURAL to feel frustrated and overwhelmed when your child is going through a sleep regression. However, it's also important to remember that sleep regressions are a normal part of a child's development and will typically resolve on their own with time (we know from experience how hard it is to go without sleep for long periods of time).

It will be tempting to try to "fix" your child's sleep habits or to introduce new routines during a sleep regression, but it’s generally best to stick to your regular bedtime routine as much as possible. This will help your child to feel more secure and comfortable, and may make it easier for them to fall asleep.

It's also important to remember that sleep regressions are not anyone's fault. Your child is not deliberately trying to cause you stress, and you are not a failure as a parent if your child is experiencing sleep difficulties. It's important to be patient and understanding with both yourself and your child during this time.

It's natural to feel frustrated and overwhelmed when your child is going through a sleep regression. After all, sleep is essential for both your child's physical and emotional well-being, and a lack of sleep can be challenging for both you and your child.

However, it's important to remember that sleep regressions are a normal part of a child's development, and that they will typically resolve on their own with time. It's okay to feel frustrated, but try not to let it overwhelm you.

Instead, focus on providing comfort and support to your child during this time. This may include offering extra cuddles and reassurance, providing a comfortable and calming sleep environment, and sticking to your regular bedtime routine as much as possible. By taking care of yourself and your child, you can help to make the sleep regression as smooth as possible.

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Don't change your child's sleep routine

During a sleep regression, it's important to stick to your regular bedtime routine as much as possible. This will help your child to feel more secure and comfortable, and may make it easier for them to fall asleep.
Your bedtime routine may include activities such as bathing, brushing teeth, reading a story, singing a lullaby, or offering a bedtime snack. By sticking to this routine, you can provide a sense of structure and predictability for your child, which can be helpful during a time of change and uncertainty.


It's also important to avoid introducing new habits or trying to "fix" your child's sleep habits during a sleep regression. This can create more anxiety and resistance to sleep, and may make the sleep regression worse. Instead, focus on providing comfort and support to your child, and be patient as they navigate this difficult time.

Instead of trying to fix your child's sleep habits, it's generally best to stick to your regular bedtime routine as much as possible. This will provide a sense of structure and predictability for your child, and can help them to feel more comfortable and secure.

If your child is having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, try to offer comfort and support without trying to force them to sleep. This may include offering extra cuddles and reassurance, providing a comfortable and calming sleep environment, or using gentle techniques such as rubbing their back or singing a lullaby.

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Remember that sleep regressions are a normal part of a child's development, and will typically resolve on their own with time. By being patient and understanding, and by providing comfort and support to your child, you can help to make the sleep regression as smooth as possible.
One thing you can do to help your child through a sleep regression is to create a comfortable and calming sleep environment. Our portable blackout curtains are designed to block out light and noise, which can help your child to fall asleep more easily and to sleep more soundly.
In addition to using blackout curtains, it's important to stick to your regular bedtime routine as much as possible. This will provide a sense of structure and predictability for your child, and can help them to feel more comfortable and secure.

It's also important to avoid trying to "fix" your child's sleep habits during a sleep regression. This can create more anxiety and resistance to sleep, and may make the sleep regression worse. Instead, focus on providing comfort and support to your child, and be patient as they navigate this difficult time.

Our Sleepout Portables can be a useful tool to help your child through a sleep regression. By creating a comfortable and calming sleep environment, you can often help your baby get an extra 1-2 hours of sleep during the regression cycle.

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Don't try to force your child to sleep

When a child is struggling to fall asleep or to stay asleep, they may become anxious or frustrated. If they are constantly being told to go to sleep or being offered new sleep-inducing techniques, they may start to resist sleep even more. This can create a vicious cycle, in which the child becomes more and more resistant to sleep and the parents or caregivers become more and more frustrated.

It's important to avoid trying to force your child to sleep during a sleep regression. Instead, focus on providing comfort and support without trying to fix their sleep habits. This may include offering extra cuddles and reassurance, providing a comfortable and calming sleep environment, or using gentle techniques such as rubbing their back or singing a lullaby. By being patient and understanding, you can help your child to relax and fall asleep more easily.

Being as relaxed as possible can be challenging during this time, but it really is the best way possible to get through it.

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Don't ignore signs of illness or discomfort

If your child is experiencing sleep regression, it could potentially be a sign of an underlying health issue. It is always best to consult with your child's healthcare provider if you have concerns about their health or if they are experiencing any symptoms that are concerning to you.

Sleep regressions can be caused by a wide range of factors, including physical illness, emotional discomfort, or changes in the child's routine or environment. Some common causes of sleep regressions in children include teething, illness, changes in routine (such as starting daycare or a new school), and development milestones (such as learning to crawl or walk). Some common signs that your child have an underlying health issue during a sleep regression include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in sleep patterns (such as difficulty falling asleep or frequent waking at night)
  • Changes in behavior or mood

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms during a sleep regression, it is important to seek medical attention from their healthcare provider. The provider will be able to assess your child's symptoms and determine the cause and best course of treatment. It is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your child's health, so if you have any concerns at all, it is best to contact their healthcare provider.

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Don't blame yourself or your child

Parents! It can be tempting to blame ourselves, our partners, or even our children for the challenges that come with sleep regressions. However, it is important to remember that sleep regressions are a natural part of development and are not anyone's fault. Just as children grow and change in other ways, their sleep patterns and habits will also change and evolve over time. These changes can be difficult for both parents and children, but it is important to be patient and understanding during challenging times.

It is also important to remember to be kind to ourselves and our children during a sleep regression. Sleep is an essential part of our overall health and wellbeing, and when we are not getting enough of it, it can be difficult to manage our emotions and maintain a positive outlook. Try to be patient and understanding with your child, and remember to take care of yourself as well. Make sure to get enough rest, eat well, and engage in activities that help you to relax and unwind.

In short, sleep regressions are a natural part of development and are not anyone's fault. It is important to be patient, kind, and understanding during this difficult time, and to remember to take care of ourselves and our children.

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In conclusion, sleep regressions can be challenging for both parents and children, but with the right support and tools, they can be managed and overcome. A portable blackout curtain can be a useful tool during a sleep regression to create a calm and conducive sleep environment for your child. A blackout curtain can block out external light sources, which can be especially helpful for children who are sensitive to light or who have trouble sleeping in a brightly lit room. By blocking out external sounds, such as traffic or noise from other rooms, a sound-insulating blackout curtain can help to create a more peaceful and quiet environment for your child. This can be especially helpful for children who are sensitive to noise or who have trouble sleeping in a noisy environment.

Remember to pay attention to your child's overall health and wellbeing, and to seek medical attention if necessary. And above all, be patient and kind to yourself and your child during this difficult time.

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