The 4 month sleep regression phase, if Nat actually had it, feels like a distant memory now because we may be going through the 8 month one. I completely forgot about it until this morning when my mom texted to say that Nat refused to go down for his 1st morning nap and just kept wanting to sit/stand up. So in the end, he had a 2-nap day. That’s when it clicked – that his usual sleep routine is possibly being disrupted due to his newly acquired skill of standing and a possible dropping of his 3rd nap.
By 830pm, Nat went to bed (thankfully), as a result of HJ’s bedtime routine of trying to get him to relax as opposed to struggling with him to sleep. Nat had his last milk feed (now only 40-60ml) around 1015pm. Shortly after, at around 1045pm, he was suddenly very awake and I found him standing up in the dark.
That was when I had an inkling that we are dealing with the 8 month sleep regression.
This article gives a good explanation of what the 8 month sleep regression is all about before offering some very helpful advice about transiting from 3 to 2 naps.
I really thought this would happen much later. I mean, didn’t teething happen not long ago that disrupted sleep for a bit? On hindsight, dealing with Nat at 4 months when he kept rolling over during bedtime isn’t as bad as him wanting to stand up whenever it’s time to sleep.
I also didn’t expect the 3 to 2 nap transition to happen now as the age I had in mind was around 9-12 months? Then I recall that on some days, Nat would have 2 big naps so it makes more sense now.
It just didn’t register that a nap transition was taking place since as long as Nat has at least 3 hours of daytime sleep, it did not matter to me if he took 2 or 3 naps.
At times like this, I just need to remember that this phase shall pass and that we just need to maintain certain habits whilst being flexible in responding to his changing body.
This regression will pass in time, but if you make a habit of now rocking the child, letting them sleep in your bed, sitting with them until they fall asleep (unless you are already doing these things), or skipping naps entirely, this regression now turns into a new habit for the child, one that will be tough to break.
Oh well, these are all part and parcel of the first year I guess and I’m sure toddler-hood isn’t a walk in the part either! We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.