Just when you think you’ve got it all sussed and are enjoying some decent sleep, your baby’s sleep routine can go completely pear-shaped and you wonder what on earth you did wrong. 

The answer is that you didn’t do anything wrong. It is probably a growth spurt resulting in a sleep regression. It will feel like you are going backwards but I want to reassure you that it will be short lived and understanding what is happening will, I hope, make it easier to cope with.

There are generally considered to be 5 major sleep regressions that you should be aware of at approximately 4 months, 9 months, 13 months, 18 months and 24 months. 

You can also expect some disruption to your sleep routine at about 2 weeks, as this is when your baby will go through his first major growth spurt.  It will usually occur between 9 and 12 days old and lasts for approximately 4 days. During this time, you will see your baby cluster feeding a lot more, becoming more alert and actively seeking light sources. It may also be harder to get him milk drunk which can make it tricky to get him to sleep. Don’t worry about this as it only lasts for a week and, with a good routine in place, you will shortly revert to normal.

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