Sleep disturbance is a common part of 18 month sleep regression, which continues until the second year and beyond. Baby age jumps 8, 9 and 10 months can be some of the more challenging things and happen around babies aged 13 months, 15 months and 17 months. With a long fussy period up to the first six months of the second year, it seems that this will be a huge sleep disorder.
It makes sense that a baby who is learning to move will interfere with quality sleep time. A 2013 study showed that infants not only experience sleep disorders in the months before the baby can crawl, but up to three months later! Other possible accomplishments such as sitting, standing, walking, climbing and running will challenge babies and children in the same way.
Around the age of 18-24 months, children usually experience a “language explosion”, which is marked by a spike in the number and use of words. Starting from learning one word at a time, in a slow but stable pattern, predictable, children around this age can learn new words at once and make great progress in communication.
Some children may experience sleep disturbance during this developmental period or are busy chatting when Mom tries to help her get back to sleep! Persistent sleep disorders are hard work for every parent.
However, it is important to understand that a night’s sleep is a normal part of an early childhood and not a problem that needs to be fixed. Instead, we need to look at ways to help children get back to sleep as quickly as possible. Through this process, children only need the support of parents to wait until the child can get back to sleep soundly through the night