Sleep in the time of Covid

We’ve all heard of sleep regressions, some instilling a feeling of dread more than others – I’m looking at you, 4 months! I’ve been noticing a few different regressions that have been landing in my inbox in the time of lockdown and isolation, and they haven’t all been sleep-related.

The regressions I’ve been seeing and hearing about include:

  • Increased tantrums
  • Regressions with toilet training or children suddenly wetting the bed or their clothes when they’ve been toilet trained for a little while now
  • Sleep regressions
  • Increased clinginess and anxiety

My theory on this is that the change in routine, or perhaps the lack thereof, has taken a greater toll on our babes’ behaviour outside of just being extra bored and extra hungry at home all day. I’m always reminded that our children are far more intuitive and aware than we often give them credit for. If anything, these regressions just re-iterate to me how much our children truly do thrive on routine and how knowing what is coming next makes them feel safe. To varying extents, this has routine has been changed or even completely taken away due to isolation, and it’s only fair that it’s being manifested in some behavioural regressions and changes.

My suggestions would be to help your little ones by creating a new routine and sticking to it as best you can. Also, continue to talk to them and include them in age-appropriate discussions about what has been going on. Sometimes an understanding for them can help. I see this all the time with sleep and often tell parents that no matter how old or young their baby may be to explain what is happening and what you’re going to be doing.

If sleep issues have appeared during this time, or perhaps you’ve just become more aware of pre-existing sleep issues, this is a great time to make positive sleep changes. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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