8-10 Month Sleep Regression
During the 8-10 month age range, we do see a very common regression. Part of what you'll see is a surge of separation anxiety because babies begin to grasp object permanence.
Separation anxiety is a huge sign of great developmental progression, as it talks about in the post linked above. This is an amazing part of your sweet baby's understanding of the world growing and changing.
Here's a bit more on the practical strategies to help you work on the developmental component of separation anxiety:
- Maintain your consistent bedtime routine. This prepares your baby for the separation of sleeping without you.
- Don't add any new habits that didn't exist before. It can be easy to jump to snuggling to sleep, but this will create habits that are difficult to break.
- Offer verbal reassurance. Say, "I know you're upset. I know you don't want to go to sleep but you need to rest. Mommy loves you. You need to go to sleep."
- Don't sneak away. This can actually heighten anxiety and cause your little one to worry that as soon as those eyes close, you will disappear. Instead, let your baby see you leaving.
- Create a goodbye ritual during the day and at night — a hug, kiss, and love you is simple but great.
- Try not to get overly emotional. If you get upset, your baby feels like there's a reason to be really upset. Babies will feed off of positive or negative emotional energy.
- Practice planned separation during the day. Spend periods of time away during the day so that your sweet kiddo sees consistently that you'll always come back.
Watch Cara share even more about separation anxiety in these Instagram highlighted stories.