So expanding on this horror 8 month sleep regression thing I’ve been reading about, we also have the new development of ‘object permanence’ in a babies’ minds.
The concept of object permanence was developed by Jean Piaget. Piaget studied the concept of object permanence by conducting simple tests. He would show a baby a toy and then cover it with a blanket. A child who had a clear concept of object permanence might reach for the toy or try to grab the blanket off the toy. A child who had not yet developed object permanence might appear distressed that the toy had disappeared.
Before around 8 or 9 months, a baby is not able to appreciate that something out of sight still exists. However, around this 8-9 month period, baby starts to realise that things are still there even when she can’t see them. So in effect, when you leave the room, she may miss you. This can lead to the separation anxiety that a lot of babies experience around this time. Is it any wonder now when they wake at night and remember their fabulous mother and father, they decide to summon their presence?
The non-co-sleeping Imp has suddenly decided he prefers to co-sleep. He’s keeping his permanent objects nice and close.