What does 2 year sleep regression look like?

Answered by Robert Flynn

The 2-year-old sleep regression can be a challenging time for both parents and toddlers. During this phase, you may notice some changes in your child’s sleep patterns and behaviors. Here are some common signs that indicate your child may be going through the 2-year sleep regression:

1. Night Wakings: One of the most noticeable signs of the sleep regression is an increase in night wakings. Your child may start waking up more frequently during the night or have difficulty staying asleep after previously sleeping through the night. This can be frustrating for both you and your little one, as it disrupts their sleep and can leave them feeling tired and cranky during the day.

2. Difficulty Settling: Another common sign is that your child may take longer than usual to settle down at bedtime or naptime. They may resist going to sleep, become more restless, or have trouble calming down. This can result in a longer bedtime routine or more time spent trying to get them to sleep.

3. Bedtime Procrastination: Toddlers going through the sleep regression often try to delay going to bed by asking for things like another story, another glass of water, or another song. They may become more demanding and persistent in their requests, as they try to extend their awake time. It’s important to set consistent boundaries and stick to a bedtime routine to help them understand that it’s time to sleep.

4. Changes in Sleep Schedule: Your child’s sleep schedule may also become disrupted during this regression. They may start waking up earlier in the morning or resisting naptime. Some toddlers may even skip naps altogether, leading to overtiredness and more difficulties with nighttime sleep.

5. Increased Fussiness and Irritability: The lack of quality sleep can make your child more irritable and fussy during the day. They may be more prone to tantrums, have difficulty managing their emotions, and be less adaptable to changes in their routine. This can be a challenging time for both you and your child as they navigate through this developmental phase.

It’s important to remember that every child is different, and not all toddlers will experience the same intensity of sleep regression symptoms. Additionally, the 2-year-old sleep regression may last for a few weeks or even a couple of months. However, with patience, consistency, and a supportive sleep routine, you can help your child navigate through this phase and establish healthy sleep habits once again.

In my personal experience as a parent and sleep consultant, I have seen many toddlers go through the 2-year sleep regression. It can be a challenging time, but with some adjustments to the sleep routine and a lot of patience, it is possible to help your child through this phase and restore better sleep patterns.