Why Baby Sleeping Patterns Are Not Linear
The most difficult challenge you’ll face whenever your baby is first born, is the sleep deprivation that is to follow, as your baby cannot distinguish between night and day. Your baby only cares about one person, and that is himself. It is a basic survival instinct, and your baby’s natural desire to feed will take precedence over everything in your life during this time. That is why whenever your baby finally starts to sleep all the way through the night for the first time, this is a huge relief for all parents. However, many parents are disturbed to find out that this does not always last.
Many new parents make the mistake of assuming that a baby’s sleeping patterns are linear, and they will progress in this manner as time goes along. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as many babies will have a number of breaks in their sleeping patterns in the first year. As an example, you may have your baby sleeping for seven or eight hours a night by the time she is four or five months old. However, there can be an interruption in her regular sleeping pattern, and she may start waking up in the middle of the night, or having problems going to sleep initially. This is really quite common and can be caused by a number of things, which can include a growth spurt, a new milestone, or even a big change such as a new crib.
If your baby is going through a growth spurt, she may wake up in the middle of the night because she requires an extra feeding or perhaps she learned a new milestone, such as rolling over or even sitting up. In this instance, your baby will most likely be practicing these new found skills in her crib, because she is so excited about them. This is why it is important to note that your baby’s sleeping patterns are not always going to progress as you initially assumed.
The good news is that eventually your baby’s sleeping pattern will almost always eventually return to normal after a week or two. It is important during this time to keep your baby in the same bedtime routine and not to panic and change things up. This will just cause confusion for your baby, and help extend the interruption in her sleeping pattern. Trust the process and stick to your routines, if you want to get her back on a regular sleeping schedule again.