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Is There A "Learning To Walk" Sleep Regression?

This is what zero naps looks like.

I’ve read a few times that as babies get ready to reach certain milestones, they typically go through a brief sleep regression.  Cullen is closer to walking every day now, and as his walking has improved, his napping has taken quite the hit.

This morning, he slept for a measly 40 minutes unlike his typical 2-2.5 hour naps.  And this afternoon?  Nada.  Nil.  Zilch.  Every time I put him in his crib and hand him his lamb blanky, he looks at me like I’m nuts.  I’m not sure where his burst of energy is coming from, but he has no intention of sleeping any time soon!

His night sleep has bit a little off this week too.  He very predictably wakes up at 4:17am almost every single night.  But this week he’s been waking earlier, more like 2 or 3am.  I’m wondering if he might be going through some sort of milestone sleep regression.

All day long he works on walking.  Take a step, fall.  Take another step, crash.  Take two steps, throw arms up in the air, and thump back down again.  He wants it so badly, but he wants no help from me.  I would think that all his hard work and concentration would make him want to sleep more, but it seems to be having the opposite effect.

Who knows.  As moms, I feel like we’re always looking for answers and explanations for whacky baby behavior.  Milestones, teething, phases of the moon – there is a theory about everything.  Maybe it really is walking, and before I know it he’ll be running across the room.  Or maybe it’s just the fact that he’s nine months old and he doesn’t want to be told when to nap.  Either way, this mama is ready for bedtime.

Read more from Emily on her personal blog Daily Garnish, where she creates healthy vegetarian recipes, recaps her latest running adventures, and chronicles life as a new mom to her son and two crazy dogs.  You can follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest too!

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